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Why Club DJs Love 'Barbra Streisand'

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Why Club DJs Love 'Barbra Streisand'

Why Club DJs Love 'Barbra Streisand'

Why Club DJs Love 'Barbra Streisand'

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In every major dance club across Europe, DJs are spinning the new track from the producing duo Duck Sauce. It's near the top of the charts across the continent — at No. 1 in Belgium. The radio version has just one simple lyric that doubles as the song's title, and it's spoken, not sung: "Barbra Streisand."

The video for "Barbra Streisand" became a huge viral hit, and it features cameo appearances from Kanye West, Ezra Koenig, ?uestlove, Pharrell, DJ Premier and others.

Canadian DJ Alain Macklovitch, also known as A-Trak, is one half of Duck Sauce. He says the song has nothing to do with the singer.

"There really is no relation nor rational reason behind the lyric and the title 'Barbra Streisand,'" he tells Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. "We just thought it would make people laugh."

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