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And debuting at number one, Reba McEntire

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 – Reba McEntire's "Reba Duets" is the best selling album in the U.S., racking up sales of about 300,000 in its first week out. This means that McEntire will be numero uno on the Billboard Top 200 chart when it is released Thursday for all genres. McEntire will take over the top spot from Kanye West.

This marks the first time McEntire has ever reached the top of the Billboard 200 (closest was number 2 with "Read My Mind" in 1994) and is her biggest first week album sales to date.

McEntire's prior top first week sales number was 124,000 with "It's Your Call" in 1992.

"I am beyond thrilled to have my biggest sales week ever with my 31st album," said McEntire. "To get to share it with all my friends on this duets project is icing on the cake!"

"When the consummate superstar gets her creative juices flowing we all look like geniuses," said Luke Lewis, Chairman UMG Nashville. "Great singer plus great songs plus great guest artists plus great producer equals great record."

McEntire has achieved 33 number 1 hits, won 15 American Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, 7 Country Music Association Awards and 2 Grammys.

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My Kind of Christmas (expanded version) CD review - My Kind of Christmas (expanded version)
Reba McEntire's "My Kind of Christmas," is essentially the same album, with the same title, she released a while back through Cracker Barrel. The project is mostly comprised of the country Wonder Woman's strong singing voice, backed by acoustic piano. The new wrinkle in this expanded edition, though, is a bevy of guest vocalists. These guest spots are so good, it's worth the extra bucks to get the full package. Reba is joined by the dynamic husband and wife team, Vince »»»
Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope CD review - Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope
So, you say you don't have enough Reba McEntire spiritual music in your collection, eh? With "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope," you can fill that catalogue hole right quick. At two discs full, this ambitious set will scratch that itch, assuming you have such an itch in need of scratching. This double album is broken down into two distinct sets. The first 10 songs are traditional ones. You almost cannot have a country gospel CD without "I'll Fly Away, " therefore, »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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