Barbra Streisand (song)

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"Barbra Streisand"
Single by Duck Sauce
from the album Quack
Released 10 September 2010 (2010-09-10)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Nu-disco
Length 5:00 (Original Mix)
4:25 (Album Version)
2:21 (UK Radio Edit)
3:14 (International Radio Edit)
Label All Around the World
Writer(s) Armand Van Helden, A-Trak, Frank Farian, Fred Jay, Heinz Huth, Jürgen Huth
Producer(s) Duck Sauce
Duck Sauce singles chronology
"aNYway"
(2009)
"Barbra Streisand"
(2010)
"Big Bad Wolf"
(2011)

"Barbra Streisand" is a nu-disco song by American-Canadian DJ duo Duck Sauce. It was released on September 10, 2010. The song peaked at number one in Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland, Austria and Norway. It became a top ten hit in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the UK. On November 30, 2011, the song received a nomination at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording. It was also featured on Just Dance 3 for the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox Kinect.

Background[edit]

The song, named after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, extensively uses a copied sample from German disco group Boney M.'s 1979 international hit single "Gotta Go Home", which in turn borrows content from 1973 German song "Hallo Bimmelbahn" by the band Nighttrain (de) (the brothers Heinz and Jürgen Huth and Michael Holm; the hookline written only by Heinz Huth). The sample of "Gotta Go Home" was replayed by Mark Summers at SCORCCiO Sample Replays.

The single’s album artwork is modelled directly after Streisand's own 1980 album, Guilty, which features a picture of her and Barry Gibb on the sleeve. For the "Barbra Streisand" cover, Streisand and Gibb's faces are digitally removed and replaced with duck beaks.

Music video[edit]

The music video is set in New York City and it features many prominent and affiliated artists making cameo appearances, such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, André 3000, Ryan Leslie, Buckshot, Smif-n-Wessun, DJ Premier, Todd Terry, Chromeo, DJ Mehdi, So Me (who also directed the video),[1] Diplo, Questlove, Ezra Koenig, Santigold, Yelawolf, The Roots & Fafi and the Fat Jew of Team Facelift.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Nick Levine of Digital Spy gave the song five out of five stars stating, "... 'Barbra Streisand' actually kinda suits the track, a sassy, no-messin' disco-house dazzler which tips its trilby in the direction of Studio 54 circa 1979 – happily enough, just when Babs was enjoying her own dancefloor dalliance with 'The Main Event' / 'Fight' and 'No More Tears'. Lack of lyrics notwithstanding, it's deliriously catchy, endlessly danceable and ultimately so uplifting that it could even cheer you up after watching the denouement of 'The Way We Were'."[3] Jason Lipshutz from Billboard gave the song a positive review describing it as "one of the weirdest, most intoxicating dance anthems in recent memory," and wrote: "The most surprising thing about this collaboration ... is its richness in sound in between the beat-stopping utterances of Streisand's name. Guitar licks collide with heavy doses of synthesizers as a fist-pumping beat refuses to let up. The busy instrumentation is brilliantly paired with overly simple vocals: An upbeat chorus of 'oohs' instantly lodges inside the listener's brain, and 'Barbra Streisand' morphs into an inexplicable command to start dancing."[4] Michael Cragg of The Guardian called the song "an insanely catchy slice of disco house."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

The song peaked at number eighty nine on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart on the week ending on December 18, 2010.

In the United Kingdom, the song debuted and peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart on October 17, 2010 ― for the week ending date October 23, 2010 ― selling 67,000 copies in its first week. It also topped the UK Dance Chart.[6]

In the Netherlands, the song debuted at number twenty five on the Dutch Singles Chart. It rose up to number 2, staying there for several weeks. It broke the record for the most time spend on the second position, without ever reaching the first place.

Cultural references[edit]

  • The song was featured in the Glee second season episode entitled "Born This Way".[7]
  • This song was used as the goal song for the Calgary Flames for their 2011-2012 season.
  • This song was used heavily for the Philippines' Department of Tourism ad campaigns in 2012-13.
  • This song was featured in a commercial for Vitaminwater in 2011.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart succession[edit]

Preceded by
"I Need a Dollar" by Aloe Blacc
Belgian Ultratop 50 number-one single
17 October 2010 – 13 November 2010
Succeeded by
"The Time (Dirty Bit)" by The Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
"Miami 2 Ibiza" by Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie Tempah
UK Dance Chart number-one single
16 October 2010 – 27 November 2010
Preceded by
"Only Girl (In The World)" by Rihanna
Polish Airplay Chart number-one single
1 January 2010 – 7 January 2011
Succeeded by
"Śniadanie do łóżka" by Andrzej Piaseczny
Preceded by
"Only Girl (In the World)" by Rihanna
"Loca" by Shakira featuring Dizzee Rascal
Belgian Ultratop 50 number-one single
23 October 2010 – 30 October 2010
20 November 2010 – 27 November 2010
Succeeded by
"Only Girl (In the World)" by Rihanna
"The Time (Dirty Bit)" by The Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
"Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars
Austrian Ö3 Austria Top 40 number-one single
3 December 2010 – 10 December 2010
Succeeded by
"The Time (Dirty Bit)" by The Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
"Loca" by Shakira featuring Dizzee Rascal
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single
5 December 2010 – 12 December 2010
Preceded by
"I Like That" by Richard Vission and Static Revenger starring Luciana
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs number-one single
18 December 2010
Succeeded by
"Loca" by Shakira featuring Dizzee Rascal

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Belgium 10 September 2010[67] Digital download ARS Entertainment
Luxembourg
Australia[13] 24 September 2010 etcetc
United Kingdom 10 October 2010[10] 3 Beat, All Around the World
17 October 2010[9] CD single
United States[12] 12 October 2010 Digital download Downtown Records
Denmark[68] 22 October 2010 disco:wax
Germany[11] 29 October 2010 CD single, digital download Embassy of Music

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