The one consistent truism of the last 50 years (!!) of the entertainment industry has been this: Don’t sleep on Streisand. You can count Barbra out as many times as you see fit, but she always comes roaring back, just as she did during your parents’ generation, and your parents’ parents’ generation. Word has it that Babs has has just signed a new contract with Sony for an incredible $30 million sum—decent haul for an artist who just celebrated her 70th—and the label plans on kicking off her new deal by having her make nice with the kids, with a Tony Bennett-style Duets album. The New York Post reports:
Streisand has been approached by label execs to record an album of duets with young, hip artists, including Adele and Rihanna. Industry sources say the move would aim to [boost] Babs’ appeal with more youthful record buyers beyond core Streisand fans.
Well, not to be cruel, but it’d be tough to get too much older than Streisand’s current core fans, so maybe younger is the way to go. And while it’s a little hard to imagine Rihanna bumping the Funny Girl soundtrack while growing up in Barbados, we bet she could do a mean Donna Summer imitation for a “No More Tears (Enough is Enough)” update. And Adele? Well, “The Way We Were” would’ve been a pretty on-the-nose fit for 21, no? This idea might have potential.