Barbra Streisand Joins In ‘Carpool Karaoke’ With James Corden

Music and film legend Barbra Streisand joined in the Carpool Karaoke fun with The Late Late Show's James Corden last night as she releases her latest album, Walls.
James Corden and Barbra Streisand

Music and film legend Barbra Streisand joined in the ‘Carpool Karaoke’ fun with The Late Late Show’s James Corden last night as she releases her latest album, Walls.

With his own car jackbooted, he calls on the EGOT winner for a lift.

Immediately reaching for some music, La Streisand initially isn’t too hip to the idea, “I just finished making an album and I don’t usually put the radio on when I’m driving.”

Corden’s sad face saves the day, fortunately for us.

Along the ride we’re treated to “Enough Is Enough,” “Evergreen,” “Imagine,” “What A Wonderful World,” “Don’t Lie To Me” and “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”

Plus, Barbra shares how she really isn’t a great driver (she failed her driving test three times recently),  that performing live still makes her uncomfortable, and how she called up Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) to get Siri’s pronunciation of her name corrected.

And she talks on the theme of her new album inspired by the current political turmoil.

You can get Walls here on iTunes and you can watch the one and only Babs below.

Barbra Streisand Releases Music Video “Don’t Lie To Me” From Upcoming WALLS

Barbra Streisand makes her music video directorial debut with the new lyric video, “Don’t Lie To Me.”

“You can build towers of bronze and gold/ You can build castles in the sky/ You can use smoke and mirrors, all clichés/ Not today, not today,” she sings in the soaring new anthem.

The Oscar-winning music legend recently told Billboard there’s no ambiguity about who she is singing about here.

“The Liar in Chief, the Groper in Chief — yeah, I’ve written many articles about this… this person… who has no manners, insults everybody, makes fun of disabled people,” she said. “I don’t know what to say, I’ve written like 15 Huffington Post pieces. This way my way to do my record, because what else could I think about? It’s my protest, in a sense, about this unprecedented time in our history.”

The video is filled with striking imagery of Trump, environmental challenges and social upheaval.

Written and directed by Babs, “Don’t Lie To Me” is from the new album WALLS set for release November 2.

Watch below.

Barbra Streisand Announces New Album “Walls”

Legendary actress and recording artist Barbra Streisand has released her first single from her upcoming album, Walls, set for release November 2.

Legendary actress and recording artist Barbra Streisand has released her first single from her upcoming album, Walls, set for release November 2.

According to the famously socially conscious Streisand, she intended the new single, “Don’t Lie to Me,” to have “very subtle” references to Donald Trump.

But she just couldn’t do it.

Instead, the track includes questions and comments clearly meant for Trump.

How do you sleep when the world keeps turning?
All that we built has come undone
How do you sleep when the world is burning?
Everyone answers to someone

And then there’s the title of the album, Walls. There’s a none-too-subtle reference to Trump’s favorite subject.

In an interview with the Associated Press, the Oscar/Emmy/Grammy winner shared that the current “assault on democracy” inspired much of the new collection’s intent.

“I wanted to talk about the things that were making me feel so sad, heartbroken,” she said. “I’m a kind of fierce American.”

“I don’t know who we are anymore as a country. Are we embracing people who flee oppression? Or are we separating children from parents, putting them in cages?”

“I don’t know if people care about the planet, the survival of the planet. Do they care about clean air? Clean water? Clean food? If they do, how could they vote for somebody like Trump, who believes it’s a hoax?”

“I’m frightened for this country. And yet, I have hope.”

Streisand turned to music industry luminaries Walter Afanasieff, John Shanks and David Foster – all Grammy recipients for Producer of the Year – to help craft the arrangements and production of Walls.
And speaking of achievements, a brief review of Streisand’s career highlights is the stuff artists dream of.

With 52 gold, 31 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career, she is the only recording artist in history to achieve a #1 Album in six consecutive decades.

Streisand is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling Artists list, and is also the female artist with the most number one albums in Billboard’s history.

And yes, the mantles in her home must be packed with honors considering her two Oscars, ten Grammys (including two special Grammys), five Emmys, three Peabodys, and eleven Golden Globes including the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Walls Tracklisting

1.    What’s On My Mind
2.    Don’t Lie To Me
3.    Imagine / What A Wonderful World
4.    Walls
5.    Lady Liberty
6.    What The World Needs Now
7.    Better Angels
8.    Love’s Never Wrong
9.    The Rain Will Fall
10. Take Care Of This House
11. Happy Days Are Here Again

You can check out “Don’t Lie to Me” below. The single as well as a pre-order is available at this link.

News Round-Up: February 8, 2018

Some news items you might have missed:

• A little #TBT action: two years ago today we were all kinda in awe of Super Bowl referee Clete Blakeman (above) whose biceps made him one of the most jacked guys on the field.

• The Netflix reboot of Queer Eye launched last night with members of the new and original cast taking part in the premiere. Hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the original Emmy Award-winning series made it’s bow in 2003.

• Gay porn star Topher DiMaggio has been suspended as a “trophy boy” for Andrew Christian fashion label as two more allegations of sexual assault have been made. That brings the total to five different accusers.

• Walgreens has changed its national bathroom policy after a lesbian in Los Angeles was told she couldn’t use the ladies room because she looked like a man. The new policy will allow people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

• Gold star Trump supporter Scott Baio is facing new allegations from another “Charles in Charge” co-star.

• Power producer Ryan Murphy just got a two-season straight-to-series order from Netflix for The Politician which will star Tony Award winner Ben Platt. Barbra Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow are in talks to co-star. Platt will play a wealthy Santa Barbara resident running for public office. And yes, Platt will have musical numbers in the series.

Cosmopolitan invited several hunky U.S. Olympic athletes heading to Pyeongchang for the Winter Games to recite really cheesy pick-up lines as they gave a little peek at their well-toned bodies.

I think out freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy scored the best moment with his line: “I wanted the gold medal in Sochi, but I settled for silver because I want to make sure you come first.” Watch below.

Netflix: “Barbra: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic!”

Obviously, this is a “don’t miss” event with the still luminous Babs.

Via press release:

With a career spanning six decades, Barbra Streisand is a legend of both stage and screen with a loyal, loving fanbase. In the upcoming Netflix film concert event Barbra: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic!, which launches globally on Wednesday, November 22, at 12:01am PST, she is joined by an exciting roster of special guests, including a special duet with Jamie Foxx, as she takes audiences on a journey of her life’s work, like a stroll down mem’ry lane with a good friend.

Directed by Jim Gable and Barbra Streisand, Barbra: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic!, a Netflix film, is produced by Ann Kim and Ned Doyle, with Streisand and Marty Erlichman serving as executive producers. The film is written by Streisand, Jay Landers and Richard Jay-Alexander.

Watch the trailer and a clip with Jamie Foxx below.

Babs stopped by Ellen today to promote the premiere:

News Round-Up: September 5, 2017

(via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

• Fitness model Lony Pizarro on Labor Day (above). Can we go back to then? 🙂

• A leaked excerpt from Hillary Clinton’s upcoming memoir, What Happened, includes a passage about Bernie Sanders supporters (“Bernie Bros”) and the long-lasting effects of their attacks on social media during the 2016 presidential campaign.

• Freddie Mercury, of QUEEN fame, would have been 71 years-old today. Check out the first look at Rami Malek as “Freddie” in the Bryan Singer-directed Bohemian Rhapsody due in theaters December 25, 2018.

• Barbra Streisand, Beyonce, Oprah and Blake Shelton will host a one-hour telethon to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey September 12 at 8 PM ET. The event will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and CMT.

• A new Morning Consult/Politico poll shows 58% of Americans say Dreamers should be allowed to stay in the country and become citizens if they meet certain requirements. Additionally, 68% of respondents said Dreamers should be granted legal work permits.

• Cher announced via Twitter that she intends to help DACA folks after Trump rescinded the program. But when a Twitter troll came calling, she slapped right back.

Barbra Streisand’s Love Letter To The LGBTQ Community For Pride Month

Billboard asked pop culture icons to write ‘love letters’ to the LGBTQ community, and wow, what a turn out they got.

Check out the letter from superstar Barbra Streisand, long-time LGBTQ ally:

The first time I ever sang for a paying audience was at a gay club, The Lion, in Greenwich Village. I was 18 years old and had never been in a nightclub before. The gay community supported me from the start, and I will always be grateful.

Decades later, I remember sitting in a theater and watching Larry Kramer’s play, The Normal Heart, with tears running down my cheeks. It was 1985 and Ronald Reagan was president and it was heartbreaking to know people were dying while he refused to even say the word AIDS. I wanted more people to see this powerful story about everyone’s right to love, so I tried for 25 years to get it made as a movie. No one would touch it, but thank God times have changed.

Marriage equality is the law and that deserves a toast… to all of us, because we’re all unique and beautiful in our own way and entitled to love and be loved by whomever we choose.

And if you want to read even more letters to the LGBTQ community from folks like Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Dionne Warwick, Kelly Clarkson and Liza Minnelli, click here.

Happy 75th Birthday, Barbra Streisand!

Barbra Streisand

Born April 24, 1942, Oscar/Grammy/Emmy Award winner Barbra Streisand celebrates 75 trips around the sun today.

Instead of the usual clips I could share, today I want to highlight La Babs’ vocal on “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide from her Back To Brooklyn album.

Gorgeous vocal throughout, and I think that amazing last note is around 19 very long seconds… 🙂

Happy, happy birthday, Barbra!

Radio Show: The Randy Report – RuPaul, Barbra Streisand & Whoopi Goldberg

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This week in LGBT news:

• Out singer/songwriter Olly Alexander and his band Years & Years release new song for upcoming Bridget Jones film

• Craig Jungwirth indicted for terrorist threats via social media against gay community in Southern Florida

• Bombing in NYC gay neighborhood of Chelsea

• RuPaul makes history with win at the Emmy Awards

• NCAA pulls 7 championship games from North Carolina over anti-LGBT HB2

• Barbra Streisand’s Trump parody of “Send In The Clowns” is a hit at LGBT fund raiser for Hillary Clinton

• Whoopi Goldberg shares, “Transgender people have been with us forever.”

• More trouble behind the scenes of Logo TV’s “Finding Prince Charming”

• Brian Justin Crum killed it this week with Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” on America’s Got Talent