The little cowgirl from Oklahoma, Reba McEntire, hits #1 on Billboard charts with her 3lst album, zooming to that position on release.The sweet-voiced, sassy singer and actress again proves not only the value of talent and hard work, but that you can, as the Beatles said, "get by with a little help from my friends."
Adding noted Oklahoma singer-songwriter Vince Gill to the list of artists performing on "Reba's Duets," Reba blends a robust mix of contemporary and classic country. Carole King brings in the moody songwriter touich, with the twangy fun of Rascal Flatts for contrast.
With the success of her sitcom "Reba", her work for Habitat for Humanity, her clothing line and home decor line, Reba is as much executive and philanthropist as she is entertainer. It's been a long ride for the small-town Oklahoma girl, who got her big break at a rodeo.
Reba sang the national anthem at the National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City while still a college student. Her voice wowed the audience, which included singer Red Steagall. He pointed Reba to Nashville, where the famed Mercury Rercords lassoed her.
Equally at home on a horse as much as in the glitzy gear of onstage performance, Reba projects a warm, earthy, funny personality that is as authentic as the Oklahoma red dirt. Fans love her, as do critics and those bestowing her numerous awards.
The winner of more than seven dozen major awards, Billboard Magazine named Reba "Woman of the Year" in 2007.
Reba McEntire's "Reba Duets" has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's 200 Top Albums, her best first-week showing on the chart.
"I am beyond thrilled to have my biggest sales week ever with my 31st album," the 52-year-old country singer said in a statement Wednesday. "To get to share it with all my friends on this duets project is icing on the cake."
The album's guests include Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Ronnie Dunn (of Brooks & Dunn), Vince Gill, Don Henley, Faith Hill, Carole King, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Justin Timberlake and Trisha Yearwood.
Released Sept. 18, "Reba Duets" sold more t
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