|Amazon.com Hosts World Premiere of Debut Single from Barbra Streisand's New Album; Twenty-five Years After the Epic ``Guilty'' album, Streisand Reunites with Barry Gibb to Record "Guilty Pleasures''|
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 16, 2005--Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) today announced it is hosting the world premiere of "Stranger in a Strange Land," the first single from legendary performer Barbra Streisand's forthcoming album "Guilty Pleasures." Starting today and for the next seven days, studio footage of Streisand performing "Stranger in a Strange Land" can be seen exclusively at Amazon.com via the Amazon welcome page (www.amazon.com) or the Amazon Music store.
After 25 years, Streisand has reunited with Barry Gibb to record the follow up to their "Guilty" album, which sold 12 million copies worldwide. "Guilty Pleasures" is written and produced by Gibb, who also duets with Streisand on the songs "Come Tomorrow" and "Above the Law."
"Recording 'Guilty' with Barry Gibb was one of the easiest, most pleasant times I've ever spent in a recording studio," said Barbra Streisand. "Reuniting with him for 'Guilty Pleasures' was wonderful. I love the passion that comes through in his music. Singing with him on the duets was a delight, and singing to his background vocals (or as he calls them 'The BG's Choir') is inspiring."
"We are thrilled to host the exclusive world premiere event for Barbra Streisand's new album, giving her fans and Amazon customers the first opportunity to experience her newest work," said Jeff Belle, Amazon's vice president of worldwide media buying. "Debuting the album on Amazon.com -- where fans can simultaneously pre-order the album at a 42 percent discount -- is not only extremely convenient for customers, but also benefits labels and artists."
"With the exclusive, world premiere of the extraordinary studio footage from Barbra's forthcoming DualDisc, as well as the opportunity to get a sneak preview of three brand new recordings, this special on-demand cybercast is going to be one of the year's biggest and most anticipated entertainment events," commented Tom Donnarumma, executive vice president, sales, Sony Music Label Group. "We look forward to working closely with Amazon as we help this legendary artist connect with her legions of loyal fans from around the globe, as well as to reach an even broader audience than ever before."
In addition to enjoying the "Stranger in a Strange Land" single and video footage, customers who pre-order "Guilty Pleasures" at www.amazon.com will gain immediate access to a free digital stream of three tracks from the album -- "Hideaway," "Night of My Life" and "Without Your Love."
"Guilty Pleasures" will be released in compact and DualDisc on September 20. The DualDisc includes the entire album in PCM stereo, footage from the making of the album, interviews with Streisand and Gibb about the making of the album and complete video performances of "Stranger in a Strange Land," "Above the Law," "Hideaway" and "Letting Go." Both the CD and DualDisc are available for advance order at www.amazon.com for $10.99, a savings of 42 percent.
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