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Barry Manilow and Rosie O’Donnell Do Go Breakin’ Our Hearts

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Way back in July we started getting psyched up for Barry Manilow’s upcoming album, The Greatest Songs of the Seventies, and its sure-to-be-amazing lead track, a duet with Rosie O’Donnell on “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” And now, just weeks before the record’s September 18 release, Billboard reports the horrifying news that the song has been cut from the album!

te>”It was just fantastic,” [Manilow] explains, “but when we put it all together the tone of the song just didn’t fit on this album. The whole album turned out to be very romantic, and suddenly this thing came crashing in, and it just didn’t feel right.

“But Rosie … was inspiring,” he continues. “She’s not a singer, really, and she got behind that mic and she turned into a rock ’n’ roll singer. I hope people don’t think we didn’t put it on because she wasn’t great. She was great. It’s a wonderful cut; it just doesn’t fit on the album, but it’ll probably be a bonus cut somewhere.”

Good Lord, Barry, it had damn well better. You think we were excited about this album because of your duet with Melissa Manchester on “You’ve Got a Friend”? Hell, no. Anyone got an MP3 of this mysteriously shitcanned track? Email us at vulture@nymag.com.

Manilow Gets Jazzy For Hallmark Holiday Album [Billboard]
Earlier: The Album of the Fall Drops September 18

Barry Manilow and Rosie O’Donnell Do Go Breakin’ Our Hearts