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Barbra Streisand has re-signed with her longtime recording label Columbia Records and will release "a 12-set DVD that consists of never before seen footage directly from Barbra's archives," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The multi-award winning Streisand, who released her first album, The Barbra Streisand Album, in 1963, has sold over 70 millions records for the label. Her longtime manager Marty Erlichman has reportedly been in heated talks with execs about keeping Streisand on the Sony-owned record label.
Perhaps as exciting for fans of the legendary entertainer is news that to commemorate her 50th anniversary, "Columbia will also release a 12-set DVD featuring unprecedented access into Streisand's professional and personal life. The DVD set will consist of never before seen footage directly from Barbra's archives."
Streisand released a statement, saying, "From the day Goddard Lieberson signed me almost 50 years ago, Columbia Records has been my recording home, and I am thrilled to continue that partnership for many years to come."
Columbia Records Chairman and COO Steve Barnett adds, "There are stars and there are superstars, and there's Barbra Streisand... Columbia Records is proud to play a vital role in her extraordinary career. We're looking forward to the next chapter in our long and fruitful relationship."
Besides her fabled work as a recording artist and Academy Award-winning work as a film actress, Streisand is also a noted philanthropist. According to the press release, "The Streisand Foundation has given millions of dollars in more than 2100 grants to over 700 non-profit organizations including her substantial underwriting of The Cedars-Sinai Barbra Streisand Women's Cardiovascular Research and Education Program which addresses the leading cause of death among women in the United States, as well as men." Streisand was also honored last year by the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors for her generous support and dedication to the Cedars-Sinai Women's Heart Center.
Last summer, as Streisand released her most recent album What Matter Most, biographer William Mann offered his perspective on why Streisand remains relevant and continues to fascinate her legions of fans.