Barbra Streisand's Relationship With Columbia Records Going Strong; DVD Set Planned
By Kenneth Jones
Barbra Streisand and Columbia Records announced on Feb. 22 that Streisand's recording contract with the label has been extended, and revealed that Columbia will release a 12-set DVD, "giving unprecedented access into her professional and personal life."
The DVD set will feature "never-before-seen footage directly from Barbra's archives, as well as milestones from her illustrious career."
Streisand, of Broadway (Funny Girl), Hollywood ("Yentl," The Way We Were," "What's Up, Doc?") and recording ("The Broadway Album" "My Name Is Barbra") fame, began her relationship with Columbia with "The Barbra Streisand Album" in 1963, and it has continued to her 2012 Grammy-nominated "What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman."
The collaboration includes number one albums in five consecutive decades.
"From the day Goddard Lieberson signed me almost 50 years ago, Columbia Records has been my recording home, and I am thrilled to continue that partnership for many years to come," Streisand said in a statement.
Streisand has released 62 albums with the music label, including the number one albums "People," "The Way We Were," "A Star Is Born," "Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits, Volume 2," "Guilty," "The Broadway Album," "Back To Broadway," "Higher Ground" and "Love Is the Answer."
"There are stars and there are superstars, and there's Barbra Streisand," Steve Barnett, chairman and COO of Columbia Records, said in a statement. "Home to Barbra's recordings since the first release in 1963, Columbia Records is proud to play a vital role in her extraordinary career. We're looking forward to the next chapter in our long and fruitful relationship."
Streisand is an artist in multiple disciplines. She is an award-winning actress, recording artist, concert performer, film director, producer, screenwriter, songwriter, philanthropist, designer, photographer, author and activist. Streisand is the only artist ever to receive an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards as well as France's Legion d'Honneur and the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the recipient of two Oscars, five Emmys, 10 Grammys, a Tony and 12 Golden Globes including the Cecil B. DeMille Award. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors. The three films she directed received 14 Oscar nominations.
The Streisand Foundation has given millions of dollars in more than 2,100 grants to over 700 non-profit organizations including her substantial underwriting of The Cedars-Sinai Barbra Streisand Women's Cardiovascular Research and Education Program which addresses the leading cause of death among women in the United States, as well as men. Streisand was recently honored by the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors for her support and dedication to the Cedars-Sinai Women's Heart Center.
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