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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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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: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels – Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
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