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Duck Sauce
Duck Sauce @ Wellington Square (25 9 2011) (6202052411).jpg
A-Trak (left) and Armand Van Helden (right) performing live as Duck Sauce at Wellington Square in 2011.
Background information
OriginNew York, New York, United States
Years active2009–present

Duck Sauce is a Canadian-American DJ duo, formed in 2009 in New York City. The duo consists of American DJ Armand Van Helden and Canadian DJ A-Trak. They are best known for their 2010 single "Barbra Streisand".


Duck Sauce's first tracks are "aNYway" and "You're Nasty". The track "aNYway" capitalizes "NY" to signify the duo's New York origins. The song was originally called "A New York Way" but was later shortened. The song samples "I Can Do It" by Final Edition. Duck Sauce's debut EP Greatest Hits was released on July 15, 2010.[citation needed]

In the summer of 2010, Duck Sauce released a track, "Barbra Streisand", named after the singer of the same name. The track heavily samples the 1979 song "Gotta Go Home" by Boney M., which itself is based upon "Hallo Bimmelbahn" by the German band Nighttrain. The famous hookline is written by Heinz Huth. "Barbra Streisand" was first played at Miami Winter Music Conference in 2010 and gained heavy DJ and radio support in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Austria, Poland, France, Finland, Romania, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. The song peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart and reached #1 on the Australian ARIA Club Chart as of 12 September 2010. For the Billboard week ending December 18, 2010, the song reached the #1 position on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart.[1][2] On April 26, 2011, the song was featured in the musical television series Glee's 18th episode of their second season.[3] The song was also featured in the Vitamin Water Revive commercial.[4] The "Barbra Streisand" music video has over 79 million views.[5]

"Big Bad Wolf" was released by Duck Sauce in 2011 on BBC Radio and samples wolves howling. The music video features genitalia replaced by human heads. A-Trak notes "When Keith came up with this idea of 'crotchfaces,' we just thought it was hilarious."[6]

On June 6, 2013, announced via Facebook, a preview of the song "It's You" was shown, with the full song released on June 25, 2013. "It's You" samples the track of the same name from FirstCom's OneMusic library.[7] The music video features a barber shop transformed into a surreal dance party which comes to life with the beat of the song. The music video earned Duck Sauce a nomination at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.[citation needed]

In October of the same year they released "Radio Stereo". The song is a rework of "Radio", a 1982 hit by UK punk act The Members. The original chorus, "We listen to the radio! It's better than the stereo", is looped over a driving, funky bass and playful sampling.[citation needed] Songwriter Nigel Bennett of The Members was quoted saying that he was happy that Duck Sauce discovered his song and loved what they've done with "Radio Stereo".[citation needed]

On October 12, 2013, they appeared on BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix.[8] The first hour of that mix, which contained many unreleased demos, was later released as a mixtape titled Duck Tape.[9] Four of these demos were released in January 2014 on the Duck Droppings EP.[10]

On the Essential Mix broadcast Duck Sauce announced a full album, Quack, to be released through Fool's Gold Records in early 2014. The album features twelve songs by the duo, including "Barbra Streisand", "aNYway", "It's You", and "Radio Stereo". The album's lead single "NRG" samples Melissa Manchester's 1985 track "Energy" and was named Zane Lowe's "Hottest Record in the World" on April 3, 2014.[citation needed] The album was released on April 14, 2014.

As of February 2019, Duck Sauce has been radio silent and has not released any new music.



Title Details

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Greatest Hits
Duck Droppings


Title Details
Duck Tape


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album

2009 "Anyway" 26 38 49 22 Quack
2010 "Barbra Streisand" 35 89 9 1 1 3 3 2 1 1 3
2011 "Big Bad Wolf" 16 79
2013 "It's You" 46 47 Quack
"Radio Stereo" 103
2014 "NRG" 73 121
"Ring Me"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"aNYway" 2009 Eran Creevy
"Barbra Streisand" 2010 SoMe[28][29]
"Big Bad Wolf" 2011 Keith Schofield
"It's You" 2013 Philip Andelman
"NRG" 2014 Dugan O’Neal

Awards and nominations[edit]

International Dance Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2011 "Barbra Streisand" Best Break-Through Artist Nominated
Best Best House/Garage Track Nominated
Best Underground Dance Track Won
2012 "Big Bad Wolf" Won
Best Music Video Nominated
Best Artist - Group Nominated

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 "Barbra Streisand" Best Dance Recording Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 "Big Bad Wolf" Best Electronic Dance Music Video Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
2013 "It's You" Best Visual Effects Nominated

UK Music Video Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2011 "Barbra Streisand" Best Dance Video - International Won
2012 "Big Bad Wolf" Won
Best Art Direction Nominated
Best VFX Nominated


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2012-02-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) ARIA Club Chart
  3. ^ Futterman, Erica (27 April 2011). "'Glee' Recap: Everyone's Proud to be 'Born This Way'". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  4. ^ Vitamin Water Revive Commercial. YouTube. April 18, 2011.
  5. ^ "Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand (Official Music Video)". YouTube.
  6. ^ "Big Bad Wolf". Rolling Stone. October 24, 2011.
  7. ^ "OneMusic Track Sampled in Duck Sauce's New Single". FirstCom Music. June 25, 2013.
  8. ^ "Duck Sauce, Radio 1's Essential Mix - BBC Radio 1". BBC. Retrieved 2018-03-23.
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  24. ^ "Australian accreditations". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
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  26. ^ "Finnish accreditations". IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
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  28. ^ "Duck Sauce "Barbra Streisand" (SoMe, dir.)". VideoStatic. October 1, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  29. ^ Battan, Carrie (June 13, 2012). "Video: AlunaGeorge: "Just a Touch"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 1, 2016.

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