Barbra Streisand’s long career has stretched out for over 50 years, so you’d think the pronunciation of her name would be common knowledge. Siri, however, seems to be having a little trouble. That’s not surprising, as she’s also hard of hearing at the best of times.
During his interview with Streisand, Scott Simon asked Siri a simple question. “Siri, who was the only female vocalist who’s had hit records for six straight decades?”
Siri answered with Streisand’s name. Well, actually she said, “Barbra StreiZAND.” Streisand laughed, following up with the observation that it was pronounced incorrectly.
“Streisand with a soft S, like sand on the beach. I’ve been saying this for my whole career,” she said. “And so what did I do? I called the head of Apple, Tim Cook, and he delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name, finally, with the next update on September 30th.”
It speaks to the sheer amount of clout a woman like Streisand has that she can simply ring up the head of freaking Apple and have him change their next update like that. Would have been nice if she could get him to also let the YouTube app play music without having to be open but oh well.
Simon was speaking to Streisand about her upcoming album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway. The album will feature covers of Broadway classics from a variety of shows including A Chorus Line, Annie Get Your Gun and The Sound Of Music. As the album’s title suggests, Streisand has secured a number of famous guests to sing the duets with her, such as Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Melissa McCarthy, Jamie Foxx and more.
Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway will be released on August 26th.