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Reba McEntire returns to CMA Music Festival - Country Standard Time
Monday, May 18, 2009 – Reba McEntire will return to the CMA Music Festival to sign autographs for the first time in 13 years. "The heart of CMA Music Festival has always been the interaction between the artists and the fans, and the best place to...
Reba mcentire, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood to Sign Autographs ... -
Reba mcentire will sign autographs at the CMA Music Festival this year, marking her first appearance in the signing booths in 13 years. Julianne Hough, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood will also meet fans at Fan Fair Hall in the Nashville Convention...
Move Over, Reba: Michael Strahan's New Sitcom Also Set In Houston - Houston Press
By John Nova Lomax in Spaced City Fox Network just announced its fall schedule, and in just under the wire is Brothers, a low-key comedy set in Houston starring former Westbury and TSU star and future NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan....
Country Singles Jubilee 5.18.09: The Reba McEntire Edition -
"America's Sweetheart" Reba McEntire has sold an astonishing fifty-five million records over the course of her thirty plus years in the music industry. This not only makes her the number two best selling female artist in country music,...
Reba Hall and David Milodragovich - Great Falls Tribune
Reba Hall and David Milodragovich were married Nov. 22 at Central Christian Church in San Antonio, Texas, with the Rev. Donald Ofsdahl officiating. Parents of the couple are Glenn and Donna Burgess of Pleasanton, Texas; Barbara Milodragovich of Great...
CMT revives 'The Singing Bee' - Knoxville News Sentinel
Former "Reba" co-star Melissa Peterman will host a country music version of the former NBC reality competition "The Singing Bee." The show debuts on June 20 on CMT. NASHVILLE - May 18, 2009 - CMT has teamed up with The Gurin Company and JUMA...
A Q&A With Reba McEntire -
And it sounds like that is just what happened this past weekend at Reba McEntire's taping of CMT's Invitation Only. McEntire reportedly revealed things like she's scared of snakes, she hates liver, and if she wasn'ta country star she might've ended up...
Hostfest Tickets On Sale - KFYR-TV
The Norsk Hostfest has lined up many top performers including Frankie Valli, Clint Black, and Reba McEntire. "I don`t think back in those early days, that we realize what it could be," says organizer Pamela Davy. "It certainly has out grown all of our...
Hair, McEntire, Latifah and More Set for GMA Free Summer Concerts -
By Adam Hetrick The cast of the Broadway revival of Hair, Reba McEntire and the punk band Green Day will be part of Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series. Beginning May 22, the weekly Friday morning concerts will take place at Rumsey Playfied in...
Reba McEntire offers revelations at CMT taping - The Tennessean
The studio audience learned a few things about Reba McEntire on Saturday at the taping for her installment of CMT's Invitation Only series. For starters, the svelte redhead isn't afraid of spiders but she's petrified of snakes, and she's not too fond...

Reba (TV series)

Reba is a Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated American sitcom starring Reba McEntire. It premiered on The WB Television Network (The WB) network in 2001, where it ran for five seasons before The WB merged with UPN to form The CW Television Network (The CW), and it ran on The CW for its final season. When it premiered on The CW, the show became the top rated sitcom on the network, as it was on The WB.

Despite being one of The CW Network's leading shows, the long-running series ended, rather abruptly, with its finale airing on, February 18, 2007.

The show is set in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, and stars Reba McEntire as a wisecracking single mother Reba (Nell) Hart, whose dentist ex-husband Brock (Christopher Rich) has left her to marry young, ditzy Barbra Jean (Melissa Peterman) after an affair with her. Ironically, though Reba sees "B.J." as her nemesis, Barbra Jean considers Reba her best (and perhaps only) friend. As the show progresses Reba slowly and painfully comes to the conclusion that despite all her efforts to hate her, she likes Barbra Jean and considers her a friend. During the show's first season, Reba's oldest daughter, then high school senior Cheyenne (Joanna García) became pregnant. In the pilot episode, Cheyenne married her baby's father, fellow high-schooler Van Montgomery (Steve Howey), a dim-witted but well-meaning football player. Van moves in with them, as his own parents kicked him out for standing by Cheyenne, and comes to view Reba as a surrogate parent (something Reba is very comfortable with). Reba's other two children are Kyra (Scarlett Pomers), an intelligent and rebellious teenager who shares Reba's sarcastic streak, and Jake (Mitch Holleman), a young boy just trying to sort through the mess of his family. Since the fifth season, Van and Reba have been real estate partners. The show strives to comically but realistically portray the trials and tribulations of family life in modern society.

The show was canceled when The WB Television Network and UPN merged into The CW Television Network. However, in an 11th hour move on May 17, 2006, The CW renewed Reba with a 13-episode order, reportedly to fulfill a syndication contract worth $20 million. In November 2006, The CW announced that the show would be paired with 7th Heaven, Sundays at 7 p.m., beginning later that month. Reba encores were scheduled for Sundays at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT, with a new episode at 7:30 p.m. Reba became the top-rated sitcom on the CW, also surpassing the dramas Supernatural, One Tree Hill, and Veronica Mars. The final episode aired on February 18, 2007.

Reba McEntire, Joanna García, Steve Howey, and Christopher Rich are the only cast members to appear in every episode.

Reviews for Reba were somewhat mixed. Entertainment Weekly gave the show a grade of "C-", saying that "only McEntire... avoids looking furtively desperate in this seamy enterprise". Michael Abernethy of PopMatters was more forgiving in his review, calling the show "generally humorous, although far from perfect", and praising how the series "caters to its star's abilities and image" and "spreads the jokes and storylines equally among all its cast members".

In Season 1, the opening credits were black-and-white photos of cast members interspersed with clips of each cast member from the show (mostly if not all from the pilot episode), along with color video shots of Reba on a soundstage. The theme song, "I'm a Survivor", was slower and softer, very similar to the original album version. The first eleven episodes of season two featured a truncated opening sequence: Cast and crew names were shown during the first and second segments of the show. The song was re-recorded at a faster, more energetic pace, but only two lines of the chorus ("Who I am is who I want to be / I'm a survivor") were sung. New video inserts of McEntire were shot and played with a color photo of the entire cast at the end.

From the second half of Season 2 onwards, a full opening sequence was returned to the show. The fast-paced song played among the new shots of McEntire plus clips of cast members from previous episodes as their names scroll past the screen horizontally. In Seasons 5 and 6, the song was re-mixed again, with more accompanying instruments.

The series finale of Reba ended with a family photo, similar to the pilot episode and the season five finale "Reba's Heart". This marks the only time that Reba ended back to back seasons using the family photo of season one.

The final season of Reba was originally scheduled to debut in the spring of 2007, but returned in November 2006 following the cancellation of the CW drama Runaway.

20th Century Fox has released seasons 1-5 of Reba on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time. The sixth season is to be released on June 23rd.

Midway through Season 6, word began circulating that the CW had ordered "the back nine," or the remaining episodes that would have given Reba a full-season order. But on January 19, 2007 during the network's TCA Press Tour, it was revealed that the series had been canceled, with no "back nine" on order.

The series finale garnered 4.44 million viewers in its final half hour. Rumors continued to float on the CW's message boards (but Reba fans said they want the show back) and Reba fan sites that the series might still have a chance at renewal, citing the possible removal of programming chief Dawn Ostroff, or that Lifetime may option to a Van/Cheyenne spinoff series. It was soon announced that Garcia and Howey had each been signed to new shows for CBS and FOX respectively.

An interview Reba McEntire gave as part of the press coverage of her upcoming duets album revealed that the show was not being shopped around and that the series was indeed finished. In an interview with Variety on May 29, 2007, 20th Century Fox TV president Gary Newman said that he regretted The WB's handling of the show in later years, saying that he was sure the series would have been a hit for CBS or ABC.

All 125 episodes of Reba can currently be seen on Lifetime Television from 9-10am, 7-8pm, and 1-2am every Monday-Friday. Starting Monday, April 27 Reba will begin airing Monday-Friday on Ion Television. Reba also airs back to back episodes Monday-Thursday on CMT (Canada) at 9:00pm.

Reba set a new all-time viewership record for any program on the WB's Friday night (best-ever Friday in women 18-49).

Reba's premiere on The CW Sunday averaged 4.02 million viewers, including 1.64 million viewers and 40 percent among adults 18-49 more than when Everybody Hates Chris and All of Us premiered in the same time slot, thus making Reba the highest rated sitcom on the network. With Reba as a lead in, 7th Heaven saw a season high of 4.51 million viewers.

Reba was averaging 3,630,000 viewers since the beginning of its sixth season, making it the seventh most-watched show and the most-watched sitcom on The CW throughout the 2006-07 television season. The new Reba episodes vary as being either sixth or seventh most-watched program on the network, sometimes ranking as high as #3 for the week.

Throughout The CW's inaugural season (2006-07), no other program had higher viewer turnout for repeat airings than Reba. As a result of the lackluster ratings for encores of the summer drama Hidden Palms, repeats of Reba returned to the CW's schedule in June 2007 after being absent for three months, and they immediately became the most-watched program of the night. Later in the summer, repeats of Reba were the most-viewed program on the CW network.

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Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire in 2008.

Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is an American country music singer, performer and actress. Sometimes referred to as "The Queen of Country", she is known for her lively stage-shows and pop-tinged ballads. She has issued 31 albums, with over 55 million records sold worldwide in her 33-year career. She ranks as the #7 best-selling female artist in all genres, and is the second best selling female country artist of all time.

McEntire is an enormously successful female recording artist in country music, scoring 22 Billboard #1 hits, during her three-decade career. McEntire recently became the female artist with the most top 10 hits when her collaboration with Brooks & Dunn on "Cowgirls Don't Cry" became her 57th top 10 hit.) and released five gold albums, six platinum albums, two double-platinum albums, four triple-platinum albums, a quadruple-platinum album, and a quintuple-platinum album, for certified album sales of 40.5 million over the 20-year period.

Though she previously appeared in several films - most notably 1989's cult-classic Tremors, in 2001, Reba expanded her activities as an actress in film, on stage (starring in a Broadway revival of "Annie Get Your Gun" to critical acclaim), and particularly on television, where she starred in a situation comedy, Reba, which lasted from 2001 to 2007.

McEntire was born in Chockie, Oklahoma, the daughter of Jacqueline (née Smith), a teacher whose father was a sharecropper, and Clark Vincent McEntire, a rodeo performer and cattle rancher. She grew up in Chockie, Oklahoma, learning to ride in rodeos, sing, and play music with Oklahoma native Cadillac Jack. McEntire was raised on the 7,000-acre family ranch, traveling with her parents and siblings to the rodeos at which her father competed. Clark McEntire was named World Champion Steer Roper three times, in 1957, 1958, and 1961. (McEntire's grandfather, John McEntire, had won the same title in 1934.) McEntire's mother had aspired to a career in music but never pursued it.

She soon formed a singing group with her brother and sister, known as The Singing McEntires. Her sister, Susie Luchsinger, has a successful career in Christian music and co-hosts Cowboy Church, a Christian show on RFD-TV, while her brother, Pake, had success as a country music artist in the 1980s. The trio had a local hit with "The Ballad of John McEntire," a tribute to their grandfather, that was aired by local disc jockey Glen Steele in 1971. Older sister Alice was not involved in the group. McEntire also followed in the family rodeo tradition, becoming a barrel racer, the only event open to women.

In 1974, while majoring in teaching at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, McEntire sang "The Star Spangled Banner" at the National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City. Rodeo attendee and country singer Red Steagall suggested that she go to Nashville to pursue a solo career. She scored a contract with Mercury Records and began her professional career with a hard honky tonk sound, which didn't go over well at a time when country music was dominated by outlaw country artists like Willie Nelson and David Allan Coe, and country-pop artists like Kenny Rogers and Crystal Gayle. Around the time of the release of her first album, she married Charlie Battles, a professional steer wrestler and bulldogger.

McEntire's first charting single, "I Don't Want to Be a One-Night Stand," peaked at #88 in 1976. The song was from McEntire's debut album, Reba McEntire. Her first Top-20 entry came in 1978 with "Three Sheets in the Wind/I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" (duets with Jacky Ward). This was a one-off single, however, not appearing on any album. Her second album, Out of a Dream, gave her 5 Top-40 hits, the biggest being a rendition of Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams," which made it to #19 in 1979. McEntire considers Cline one of the biggest influences on her career.

McEntire continued to make strides on the singles chart, reaching the Top 10 for the first time with "(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven," which peaked at #8 in August 1980. "Feel the Fire," her third album, released in October 1980, was another chart failure, but after a couple more Top-20 singles she reached the Top Five with "Today All Over Again" in October 1981. The song was featured on her fourth album, Heart to Heart, released in September, which helped it become her first to chart, reaching #42 in the country LP list. She achieved a new high on the singles chart in August 1982 when "I'm Not That Lonely Yet" reached number three. It was included on her fifth album, Unlimited, released in June 1982, which hit #22. But that was only the beginning. The LP also spawned "Can't Even Get the Blues" and "You're the First Time I've Thought about Leaving," which became back-to-back number-one hits in January and April 1983. By then, she had moved up from playing nightclubs and honky tonks to being the regular opening act for the Statler Brothers. She went on to work in the same capacity with Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, Mickey Gilley, and others.

Reba McEntire began to expand her audience during the early 1980s. In 1984, she signed to MCA Nashville and quickly became one of the best-selling country artists of all time. She released her first album with the label, Just a Little Love, the same year. After McEntire signed with MCA, Mercury released The Best of Reba McEntire in 1985. Two years later she released her first collection of greatest hits for MCA, simply titled Greatest Hits. No new material was recorded for the album. The album was later re-released as Reba McEntire's Greatest Hits in 1992, which featured an alternate album cover.

McEntire had bigger plans for her second album under MCA. Set to have Harold Shedd produce her next album, she rejected his suggestions for songs and the sweetened arrangements he imposed on them and appealed to Jimmy Bowen, the newly-installed president of MCA's country division. Bowen allowed her to pick her own material and to eliminate the strings and other pop touches used on Just a Little Love and her Mercury releases. The result was My Kind of Country, released in November 1984, which was dominated by covers of old country songs previously performed by Ray Price, Carl Smith, Connie Smith, and Faron Young. Even before the album's release, however, its advance single, "How Blue," hit number one.

My Kind of Country was McEntire's first album to go gold by the RIAA, while it also peaked at #13 on the Top Country Albums chart. The second (and last) single from the album, "Somebody Should Leave" which became a hit #1, and set the stage for a string of McEntire hits that would eventually reach #1 on the Country charts.

McEntire won the "Female Vocalist of the Year" award from the Country Music Association four times in a row (1984, 1985, 1986, and 1987). She is the only woman in the Association's history to win the award four years in a row, but not the only woman to win the award four times. Martina McBride shares that honor with McEntire (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004). McEntire is one of only six solo female artists (others include Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn) to win the Country Music Association's highest honor, "Entertainer of the Year".

In 1986, McEntire released the album Whoever's in New England. The album, along with the title track, put McEntire on the map, and from then on Reba McEntire was a household name. While "Whoever's in New England" was not her first number-one single (it was actually her fifth), the song was considered her first career record and the album was her first number-one album. The song also earned McEntire her first Grammy Award. It is seen by many as an "answer song" to Barry Manilow's 1976 "Weekend in New England" hit, as sung by the wife of a philandering husband who has an ongoing affair with someone in New England. It was accompanied by McEntire's first music video. Later that year, Southeastern Oklahoma State University honored her as a distinguished alumna. By this time, McEntire started co-producing her own records, starting with Whoever's In New England. She would continue this tradition the rest of her career.

McEntire released her next album, What Am I Gonna Do About You, in September 1986, prefaced by the single of the same name that hit #1, as did the gold-selling LP, which also featured the chart-topping single "One Promise Too Late." She released Greatest Hits in April; it became her first platinum album and eventually sold over three million copies. (It also became her first album ever to cross over to the pop charts.) McEntire's string of hits continued with the release of The Last One to Know in September 1987, prefaced by the single of the same name that reached #1 in December. The album, also featuring the number-one hit "Love Will Find Its Way to You," reached #3 and eventually went platinum.

In 1988, Reba, which featured "New Fool at an Old Game," reached #1, as did the single "I Know How He Feels." The album's lead-off single was "Sunday Kind of Love," a cover of the 1947 Jo Stafford pop hit. It peaked at #5 in July.

The same year, McEntire founded Starstruck Entertainment, a company that handled management, booking, publishing, and other aspects of her career and, eventually, represented other artists as well.

McEntire released two albums in 1989. Sweet Sixteen was released in May, while a live LP, Reba Live, was released in August. The album Sweet Sixteen featured the number-one hit "Cathy's Clown," a song recorded originally by The Everly Brothers.

McEntire's string of number-one hits continued throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s. In 1990, McEntire released the album Rumor Has It. The album featured the number-one hit "You Lie" and also included "Fancy." The latter became McEntire's signature song and CMT ranked it at #26 on its list of the 100 Greatest Country Songs. The video ranked #35 on the list of the 100 Greatest Country Videos. "Fancy" was considered one of the greatest songs of all time. Most recently on the 2008 version of the 100 Greatest Country Videos "Fancy" ranked at #13.

McEntire made her acting debut in the science-fiction thriller Tremors, establishing her crossover into acting.

Reba McEntire was riding at the top of success. Personally, however, her world would come crashing down in the spring of 1991. On March 16, a plane carrying seven of McEntire's band members and her road manager crashed, killing all on board. McEntire was devastated. There was a minor controversy over her decision to perform on the Academy Awards a week after the crash, but she appeared on the show to dedicate the nominated song "I'm Checking Out" from the film Postcards from the Edge to her fallen band members. During the performance, McEntire was visibly emotional, holding back tears. She had been known to refer to them as her "Crazy Eight." Ultimately, she earned the respect and affection of her peers for her decision and her stoic toughness and perseverance.

She dedicated her next album, For My Broken Heart, to them when it was released in October. The disc was another hit, going gold and platinum simultaneously shortly after its release and eventually selling four million copies, its singles including the chart-topping title song and another #1, "Is There Life Out There?" During the 1992 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, her live performance had 61,977 attendees, filling the Houston Astrodome to full capacity.

Her 17th album, It's Your Call, released in December 1992, was an immediate million seller, eventually going triple platinum. (It was also her first Top Ten pop album.) Its biggest single was "The Heart Won't Lie," a duet with Vince Gill that hit #1 in April 1993. McEntire's next #1 was also a duet, "Does He Love You", sung with Linda Davis; it hit #1 in November 1993 and was included on her September release Greatest Hits Vol. 2, an album that sold two million copies practically out of the box and another three million over the next five years. "Does He Love You?" won McEntire her second Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, and a CMA award for Vocal Event of the Year.

Her 18th regular studio album, Read My Mind, appeared in April. Another million-seller that went triple platinum, it produced five country chart singles, among them, "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" and "She Thinks His Name Was John," a song about a woman who contracts AIDS from a one-night stand. Even McEntire's star power could only propel such an atypical country subject as high as #15. Meanwhile, she had parts in two feature films released during the summer, a speaking role in the drama North and a cameo in the children's comedy The Little Rascals. (She also made an uncredited appearance in the Western film Maverick and its soundtrack album.) She executive produced and starred in a TV movie based on her song, Is There Life Out There? Her autobiography, Reba: My Story, became a best-seller.

Renowned for her flashy stage performances, McEntire was the first woman to have the highest grossing concert tour in country music. In 1994 and 1995, her stage show outgrossed all other country artists. For her contribution to the recording industry, McEntire has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. In 1995, she was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

McEntire's 19th album, Starting Over, was released in October 1995. Intended to mark the 20th anniversary of her recording career, it was a collection of covers of well-known songs. It not only topped the country charts but hit #5 in the pop charts, selling a million copies. But, boasting only one Top-Ten hit, a revival of Lee Greenwood's "Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands" among three chart singles and not achieving a multi-platinum certification, it suggested that McEntire finally had peaked commercially in country music. In 1996, she scored a #2 hit on the Dance/Club play charts with a remix of "You Keep Me Hangin' On." The CD single, which contained four different mixes of the song, peaked at #4 on the sales charts.

She returned to the country charts with her 20th album, What If It's You, released in November 1996. The album spawned four Top-20 hits, with "How Was I to Know" reaching #1 and "The Fear of Being Alone" and "I'd Rather Ride Around with You" each reaching #2. Simultaneously certified gold and platinum, the album eventually topped two million copies.

While the number-ones slowed down, and album sales did not match the success of Greatest Hits Volume Two, McEntire remained one of the most successful music artists. A string of hits continued through the mid to late 1990s with songs such as "Why Haven't I Heard From You?", "And Still," "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," "Till You Love Me," and "If You See Him," a duet with Brooks & Dunn. She teamed up with Brooks & Dunn in the spring of 1998 for a single called "If You See Him/If You See Her." It hit #1 in June, helping to set up the release of her 21st album, If You See Him, which also brought her three additional Top-Ten hits on its way to selling a million copies. She appeared in the TV movie Forever Love (the title of one of those Top-Ten hits) during the year and made several guest-star appearances on TV series. Her 1997 package tour with Brooks & Dunn was the largest grossing tour in country music history until it was surpassed the next year by Canadian country singer, Shania Twain's Come on Over Tour.

In May 1999, McEntire had two new albums ready for the fall. The Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection, a September release, was her second holiday CD, which she accompanied with a TV movie, The Secret of Giving. The disc eventually went gold. So Good Together, which was produced by Tony Brown, Guto Graco Mello, David Malloy, Reba McEntire and Keith Steagall and issued in November, was her 22nd regular studio album, prefaced by the Top-Five single "What Do You Say?" Although none of the songs from the album topped the country charts, it did feature a second Top-Five hit, "I'll Be," and a Top-20 hit, "We're So Good Together," and went platinum before the end of 2000.

In the summer of 2004, McEntire returned to the concert stage with her first tour in three years with the Reba McEntire 2004 Tour.

McEntire found time in the spring of 2005 to return to the musical theater, if only for one night. In a piece of inspired casting, she portrayed the "cock-eyed optimist" from Arkansas, Ensign Nellie Forbush, in a special concert version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific performed at Carnegie Hall. The all-star production - also featuring Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell and actor Alec Baldwin - was filmed for a PBS special on the network's Great Performances series and recorded for an album, both of which were released in 2006.

In November 2005, McEntire released Reba #1's. Along with two new songs, the two-disc collection featured every one of McEntire's singles that had ever reached #1 on any U.S. country music chart. The total figure of 33 includes 22 that reached #1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, with the remainder having topped the country charts of Radio & Records, or of the now-defunct Cash Box or Gavin Report charts.

In 2006, McEntire began a multi-week concert stint at the Las Vegas Hilton with REBA: Key to the Heart. In November 2006, McEntire was the first recipient of a star on the Music City Walk of Fame in downtown Nashville. She was honored alongside Roy Orbison, Ronnie Milsap and others. The same month, McEntire was honored by CMT as the first recipient of the CMT Giant honor.

In February 2007, McEntire saw the end of her hit television sitcom, Reba, after six successful seasons. The same month McEntire and Kelly Clarkson taped a performance for an installment of CMT Crossroads that aired June 24 on CMT.

On August 30, 2007, McEntire received two CMA nominations: Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year. With those two nominations plus another in 2008, Reba became the female artist with the most nominations (forty-six) in the forty-two year history of the CMA Awards, surpassing Dolly Parton, who has forty-three.

Reba: Duets, featuring duets with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, and Carole King, was released on September 18. The first single was a duet with Kelly Clarkson, a remake of Clarkson's song "Because of You." The song rose quickly up the country chart and became McEntire's 30th Top-20 country single, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and is also her 50th Top-5 single. This ties her with Dolly Parton for the record among female country artists. For the first time in her career, the album debuted at #1 on both pop and country album charts selling more than 300,000 copies in its first week. It has been recently certified platinum. In the summer of 2007, McEntire hit the road with the Key to the Heart Tour.

On January 17, 2008, she embarked on the 2 Worlds 2 Voices Tour, a co-headlining tour with Kelly Clarkson. The second 24-date leg of this tour began on September 25, 2008.

MCA Nashville released a three disc greatest hits boxed set, 50 Greatest Hits, on October 28. The album features all of Reba's singles from 1984's "How Blue" to "Because Of You" with Kelly Clarkson in 2007.

In 2008, ten years after "If You See Him/If You See Her," McEntire partnered again with Brooks & Dunn for the re-recorded single, "Cowgirls Don't Cry." McEntire is featured in the video, but not on the version found on the album Cowboy Town. It became McEntire's fifty-sixth Top Ten country hit, breaking Dolly Parton's record for the most Top Ten country hits for a solo female.

In November 2008, Reba McEntire announced she departed her long time label MCA and signed with Valory Music Group, a sister label owned by Big Machine Records. Her first album on the label, which has yet to be named, will be released in August 2009. It will be her first all-new solo album in six years.

McEntire debuted the first single from the album, a song called "Strange," at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5, 2009. The song has received positive reviews with Billboard calling the song "a delicious performance from one of country music's most gifted divas." The song debuted at #39 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart giving McEntire the highest single debut of her career, and the first in the Top 40. A video for the song will be out in late spring 2009.

In February 2001, Reba McEntire stepped in as a replacement star in the Broadway revival of Irving Berlin's musical Annie Get Your Gun that had begun performances in 1999 with Bernadette Peters in the title role of Annie Oakley. Reba has also been a broadway showing South Pacific the musical with Alec Baldwin. McEntire had been preceded as a replacement in the show by soap opera star Susan Lucci and TV actress Cheryl Ladd. Although she lacked professional theater experience, McEntire had by now done plenty of acting on television and even a little in film. McEntire also appeared in the 1990 Hollywood monster film, Tremors as Heather Gummer starring along side Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward. Her concerts were famous for their unusually high production values, choreography and costume changes -- good preparation for similar demands in the theater. With her rodeo background and Oklahoma accent, she was an ideal look and voice for Annie Oakley, just as she had been in her previous TV portrayal. The result was a triumph for McEntire. Reviews were ecstatic, and tickets sold out. The Tony Awards did not have a category for replacements, but she was given special awards for her performance by the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World. She stayed in the show until June 22. Even though there was no new cast album recorded to immortalize her appearance, a promotional CD containing only McEntire's performances of "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun" and "I Got Lost in His Arms" was made for discount members. It receives frequent airplay on Sirius XM Radio.

Her most extensive acting role began on October 5, 2001, when the half-hour sitcom Reba premiered on the WB TV network. The show became the primary focus of McEntire's activities, and she moved to Los Angeles to accommodate it.

The show became an instant hit on the WB network, becoming the most-watched comedy series on the network ever and earned McEntire a People's Choice Award and a Golden Globe nomination.In an episode of her sitcom "Reba" she had Kelly Clarkson on as a guest start to her show. When the WB Network closed, the show transferred to its successor, the CW network, for its final season in 2006-07.

Reba guest starred on the game show The Price Is Right on April 3, 2009, on the CBS Television network. The country-themed episode was a cross-promotion for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which she hosted, and aired on CBS two days later.

On June 25, 1987, she filed for divorce from Charlie Battles, her husband of eleven years. After her divorce was settled and Battles was awarded the couple's ranch in Oklahoma, she moved to Nashville. McEntire married Narvel Blackstock, her manager and former steel guitar player, on June 3, 1989, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The couple took control of all aspects of her career. They have one son, Shelby Steven McEntire Blackstock, who was born on February 23, 1990. She also has three stepchildren. As of 2003, she resides in Beverly Park, an exclusive gated community in Beverly Hills. She also has a large estate in Lebanon, Tennessee.

McEntire holds the record for the most Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist Awards (seven), and American Music Awards for Favorite Female Country Artist (twelve), and ties with with Martina McBride for most Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Awards (four).

In total, McEntire has received seventy-six awards to date.

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Reba McEntire discography

Reba McEntire in 2005

The following is detailed discography for American country artist, Reba McEntire. To date, McEntire has released 25 studio albums, 18 compilation albums, 2 live albums and has issued a total of 89 singles.

After being discovered by country artist, Red Steagall, McEntire signed a recording contract with Polygram/Mercury Records in 1976. In 1977, she released her debut self-titled album, which yielded four singles that failed to become major hits on the country chart. It was her next album, released in 1979 titled, Out of a Dream that produced her first Top 40 hits and her first major hit, a remake of Don Gibson's, "Sweet Dreams." Between 1980 and 1984, McEntire had a series of Top 10 and 20 country hits, including "(You Lift Me Up) To Heaven," "Today All Over Again," "Only You (And You Alone)," and her first #1 country hit, "Can't Even Get the Blues." However she was not pleased with the music she was recording under the label (country pop-styled ballads) and signed with MCA Records in 1984, where McEntire had more control over what she wanted to record and how she wanted to record it.

Under MCA, McEntire began to have her biggest success with the release of her 1984 album, My Kind of Country, which celebrated traditional country music. The album spawned two #1 hits, "How Blue" and Somebody Should Leave," setting the trend for a string of #1 hits McEntire would have in the late 1980s and into the early 1990s, including songs like, "Whoever's in New England," "Little Rock, "The Last One to Know," "One Promise too Late," "Love Will Find Its Way to You," "Rumor Has it," and "For My Broken Heart." Her success in the late 80s helped revitalize traditional country music, and McEntire was considered one of the leaders in the traditional country sound of the late 80s and 90s, along with Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, and Randy Travis.

McEntire's success continued into the late 90s, especially after the release of 1996's What If It's You, which yielded her first #1 single in almost two years and three additional major hits. After the release of 1999's So Good Together, McEntire branched out into acting and created her own television sitcom, Reba (2001 - 2007), and didn't record or tour for nearly three years. In 2004, she returned to music with her 24th studio album, Room to Breathe. The album produced her first #1 hit since 1998 and three additional major hits between 2004 and 2005. In 2007 she released her 25th and final album for MCA, Reba: Duets, a collection of duets with other recording artists, including Kelly Clarkson, Kenny Chesney, and Justin Timberlake. In 2008 she signed with the Valory Music Group, which will release her first single, "Strange" to radio in early April 2009.

In her thirty three year career, Reba McEntire has produced 22 #1 singles, only second to Dolly Parton, who still holds the record for the most #1 singles by a female country artist (25 altogether). In addition, McEntire holds the record for the most Top 10 hits by a female country artist, surpassing Parton's record in 2009 with her 51st Top 10 hit, "Cowgirls Don't Cry," a duet with Brooks & Dunn. As of 2008, McEntire has sold 42,000,000 albums in the U.S. alone and is the 7th best selling female artist of all-time in the United States.

These songs were not officially released but entered the charts as an album cut.

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