Partners (Barbra Streisand album)

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Partners
Barbra Streisand Partners Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Barbra Streisand
Released September 16, 2014
Genre Traditional pop, vocal music
Label Columbia
Producer Walter Afanasieff, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Bernie Herms, Jay Landers (exec.), Barbra Streisand (also exec.)
Barbra Streisand chronology
Back to Brooklyn
(2013)Back to Brooklyn2013
Partners
(2014)
Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway
(2016)Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway2016
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 55/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
New York Daily News 3/5 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[4]
The New York Times Negative[5]
The Telegraph (UK) 2/5 stars[6]

Partners is the thirty-fourth studio album by American singer and songwriter Barbra Streisand, released on September 16, 2014 by Columbia Records. The album features Streisand singing duets with an all-male lineup including Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Lionel Richie, and Elvis Presley from an earlier recording. The collection also features Streisand's first studio-recorded duet with her now 47-year-old son, Jason Gould.[7] The album release was promoted on The Tonight Show, where Streisand was the evening's sole guest and sang a medley with host Jimmy Fallon.[8]

While the recordings are new, most of the songs have a previous history as Streisand releases. Two classic Streisand duets are updated with new partners: "What Kind of Fool", newly performed with John Legend (originally with Barry Gibb) and "Lost Inside of You", newly performed with Babyface (originally with Kris Kristofferson). The deluxe edition features an additional duet with Babyface along with previously released material featuring Frank Sinatra (who died in 1998), Bryan Adams, Barry Manilow, and Barry Gibb (from The Bee Gees).

Partners is one of 2014's best-selling albums in the US, having sold 856,000 copies.[9] Partners topped the Billboard 200 with sales of 196,000 copies in the first week, making Streisand the only recording artist to have a number-one album in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.[10] It was also certified gold in November 2014 and platinum in January 2015, thus becoming Streisand's 52nd gold and 31st Platinum album (she also has 7 Gold-certified singles to her credit), more than any other female artist in history.[11] The album was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal album at the 57th Grammy Awards.

Commercial performance[edit]

In its debut week, the album topped US Billboard 200 sales charts, selling over 196,000 copies.[12] It fell to number three the following week, selling 127,000 copies, the lowest second-week decline for a number one-debuting non-compilation album in nearly four years.[13] After just six weeks on sale, the album crossed half a million in US sales, having sold 526,000 copies total in the country.[14] Partners was 2014's seventh best-selling album in the US, having sold 856,000 copies.[9] As of September 2015, the album has sold 955,000 copies in the US.[15] It tops 1 million in traditional album sales in the week of August 14, 2017.[16]

In Canada and Australia the album also reached number one, selling 13,000 copies in each country.[17][18] In the Netherlands, New Zealand, and UK the album reached the number two spot on national sales charts, becoming Streisand's highest charting album in the Netherlands since One Voice peaked at the same position in 1987.[19] In Ireland the album reached the number six position, becoming Streisand's highest charting album since Guilty Pleasures in 2005.[20] The album debuted in the Top 10 in Austria, Germany, Spain and Poland, and reached Top 40 positions in Belgium (both regions), Denmark, Italy and Switzerland.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[22]
No. Title Writer(s) Duet partner Length
1. "It Had to Be You" Gus Kahn, Isham Jones Michael Bublé 4:23
2. "People" Bob Merrill, Jule Styne Stevie Wonder 4:14
3. "Come Rain or Come Shine" Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen John Mayer 4:11
4. "Evergreen" Paul Williams, Barbra Streisand Babyface 3:14
5. "New York State of Mind" Billy Joel Billy Joel 4:47
6. "I'd Want It to Be You" Steve Dorff, Jay Landers, Bobby Tomberlin Blake Shelton 4:05
7. "The Way We Were" Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch Lionel Richie 4:29
8. "I Still Can See Your Face" Bernie Herms, Charlie Midnight, Jay Landers Andrea Bocelli 4:13
9. "How Deep Is the Ocean" Irving Berlin Jason Gould 4:18
10. "What Kind of Fool" Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten John Legend 4:43
11. "Somewhere" Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein Josh Groban 4:05
12. "Love Me Tender" Ken Darby, W. W. Fosdick, George R. Poulton Elvis Presley Elvis Presley (vocal sample of original 1956 recording) 3:31

Chart positions[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[54] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[55] Gold 40,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[56] Gold 3,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[57] Gold 7,500^
Poland (ZPAV)[58] Platinum 20,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[59] Platinum 371,252[60]
United States (RIAA)[61] Platinum 1,000,000[16]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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