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Will Barbra Renew Her Record Deal With Columbia? Or Will She Walk???

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barbra streisand in record deal talks with columbia

Should she stay or should she go?

Barbra Streisand's got a new album coming out this August…and it could be her last one with Columbia, if the label isn't able to work out a deal with her.

Right now, it's looking like it will cost Columbia around $20 million to sign Barbra on for a deal, which could "include one new album and three reissues." Seems kinda pricey…but then again she is kind of a legend.

Here's what Barbra's manager Marty Ehrlichman had to say about his client's future at Columbia:

"I’m not peddling Barbra. I will stay with Columbia unless I can’t make a deal, then I’ll go elsewhere."

"It’s a process. [New Sony Music Entertainment CEO] Doug Morris just came in, and we’ve just started negotiating. We’ve been with Columbia since the very beginning. I have no reason to believe we won’t continue to stay there."

Some sources have said that the record deal renewal talks have been "heated" and words like "diva" have been used in reference to the negotiations.

Yeah, it's easy to call Barbra a diva and say that she's asking too much, but Babs is a living legend and she's been pretty consistent with her ability to deliver over the years! We'd say it would be in Columbia's best interest to work something out.

What do U think? Is Barbra Streisand asking too much with her record deal renewal? Or does she deserve it all?

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15 comments to “Will Barbra Renew Her Record Deal With Columbia? Or Will She Walk???”

  1. 1

    Who is she again?

  2. 2

    Barbra USED to be worth it. She is now a caricature of what she once was. Her Grammy performance last year was proof enough. She no longer has the vocal power she used to possess. She is not worth 20 million any more. She isn't even worth 2 million. Legend status or not. If Donna Summer can't get huge numbers and she still can sing then Barbra certainly doesn't deserve it. Welcome to obscurity.

  3. 3

    She needs to retire. For good this time. Not just yet another "this is my final record/concert/film/appearance" blah blah. Or move to Vegas.

  4. 4

    20 Million is a steal for Barbra. Mariah, Beyonce and Celine are asking and receiving much more. Barbra is worth every penny. Sony needs to stop being so cheap and appreciate what they have before they lose Barbra.

  5. 5

    I didn't know she was still alive

  6. 6

    She has always been a STRONG performer and continues to be. Nobody has a voice that has the nuances that her's has. She will still be around as long as there are people who appreciate this fact.

  7. 7

    Pay her whatever she wants. She needs to inject some fundamental talent into today's bloodstream of complete shit. Pay her the RANCH.

  8. 8

    She deserves anything she asks for. She still can't be touched by any other would be singer. To her detractors: You're not worthy or qualified to lick the soles of Barbra's Stuart Weitzman pumps. GFY's you big dopes!

  9. 9

    Re: Robdawg – I wish you weren't, you big goof.

  10. Ammie says – reply to this


    Legend schmegend. Look, the U.S. economy is going to hell in a hand basket and these wealthy prima donnas are asking for $20 million. If we didn't pay the singers, athletes, actors and other schmoes these outrageous figures the money would be trickled down all of us little people who are supporting them to begin with.

  11. 11

    Columbia needs to get a grip instead of making a public spectacle of themselves. Streisand is worth keeping at any price. And people who say she is past her prime are being ridiculous. Her voice is shockingly as good as ever on the advance released tracks from the new CD. She never said she was completely retired folks. There is a reason why she is a legend. If she doesn't appeal to you, keep it to yourself. Everyone isn't going to like the same things.

  12. Ammie says – reply to this


    Re: JKC_TX – Is that you Barbra?

  13. 13

    Re: JKC_TX – I concur!

  14. 14

    Re: Ammie – Then DON'T pay it! Barbra doesn't need a cry baby to appreciate her talents!

  15. Ammie says – reply to this


    Re: albar1 – Never did, never will.