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Reba McEntire

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Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955), also known mononymously as Reba, is an American country music singer, actress and businesswoman. She is often referred to as "the Queen of Country", having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. Since the 1970s, McEntire has placed over 100 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 25 of which reached the number one spot. She is also credited as an actress, having appeared in both films and television. She starred in the television series Reba, which aired for six seasons. She also owns several businesses, including a clothing line.One of four children, McEntire was born and raised in the state of Oklahoma. In childhood and adolescence, her interests included barrel racing and sports. She also had a natural singing ability, which was encouraged by her mother. With her mother's help, she and her siblings formed the Singing McEntires, which played at local events and recorded for a small label. McEntire later enrolled at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and studied to become a public school teacher. She also continued to occasionally perform and was heard singing at a rodeo event by country performer Red Steagall. Drawn to her singing voice, Steagall helped McEntire secure a country music recording contract with PolyGram/Mercury Records in 1975.

Over the next several years, PolyGram/Mercury released a series of McEntire's albums and singles, which amounted to little success. In the early 1980s, McEntire's music gained more momentum through several top ten country songs, including "(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven", "I'm Not That Lonely Yet" and her first number one "Can't Even Get the Blues". Yet McEntire became increasingly unhappy with her career trajectory and signed with MCA Records in 1984. Her second MCA album titled My Kind of Country (1984) became her breakout release, spawning two number one Billboard country singles and pointed towards a more traditional musical style. Through the 1980s, McEntire released seven more studio albums and had ten more number one country hits. Her number one singles included "One Promise Too Late", "The Last One to Know" and the Grammy Award-winning "Whoever's in New England".

In 1991, McEntire lost eight of her band members in a plane crash in San Diego, California. The experience led to McEntire's critically acclaimed album For My Broken Heart, which is her highest-selling disc to date. She followed it with several commercially successful albums during the 1990s, including Read My Mind (1994), What If It's You (1996) and If You See Him (1998). These albums featured the number one country singles "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", "How Was I to Know" and a duet with Brooks and Dunn called "If You See Him/If You See Her". McEntire also began acting on film and television, beginning with 1990's Tremors. In 2001, she played the role of Annie Oakley in the Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun. The same year, the WB channel launched the TV series Reba, which starred McEntire as a fictionalized version of herself.

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July 18, 2022

Reba McEntire Has Been ‘Trying Hard to Do a Reboot’ of the ‘Reba’ Show

"We wanted to get back together like a reunion and have fun," the star said of her show.

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July 11, 2022

Reba McEntire Announces Fall Arena Tour With Terri Clark

"Reba: Live in Concert," featuring two of Nineties country's biggest hitmakers, gets underway in October

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July 11, 2022

Reba McEntire Announces Fall Arena Tour With Terri Clark

“I can’t wait to see everyone out on the road again this fall,” she said in a statement.

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May 16, 2022

Reba McEntire to Join the Cast of ABC Drama ‘Big Sky’

"So excited to join @bigskyabc next season!" McEntire said via Instagram Stories.

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April 22, 2022

Grammy Museum to Host ‘The Power of Women in Country Music’ Exhibit

The exhibit will highlight the careers of Dolly Parton, LeAnn Rimes, Reba McEntire, Mickey Guyton and more.

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April 20, 2022

Reba McEntire to Release a Book Featuring Her ‘Life Lessons,’ Recipes & More

McEntire has teamed with Harper Celebrate, a gift book imprint of HarperCollins Focus, for the full-color book set to release in fall 2023.

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April 9, 2022

Halle Berry Reacts to Reba McEntire Hairstyle Comparison

The actress, who at one time rocked short, auburn hair in the style of Reba's signature look, had no problem being compared to the country icon.

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April 5, 2022

Maren Morris, Reba McEntire Notch New Top 10s on Top Country Albums Chart

Maren Morris' 'Humble Quest' starts at No. 2, and McEntire's 'My Chains Are Gone' opens at No. 9.

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March 28, 2022

Reba McEntire Performs ‘Somehow You Do’ at the Oscars…With Travis Barker on Drums

The country-music queen delivered Diane Warren's Best Original Song nominee with help from an all-star band

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March 23, 2022

Beyoncé, Billie Eilish and Finneas to Perform Best Original Songs Nominations During Oscars

Sunday's ceremony will also feature performances by Reba McEntire and Sebastián Yatra

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March 23, 2022

Beyoncé and Billie Eilish to Perform at 2022 Oscars

Reba McEntire and Sebastián Yatra (but not Van Morrison) will also perform the nominees for Best Original Song

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January 17, 2022

Chart Rewind: In 1987, Reba McEntire Was All ‘About’ No. 1

"What Am I Gonna Do About You" became the icon's seventh of 24 Hot Country Songs leaders.

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December 6, 2021

Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen & Cole Swindell Set Tours for 2022

These tours join previously announced treks from artists including Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire and more.

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November 29, 2021

Reba McEntire to Open Oklahoma Restaurant & Music Venue

McEntire partnered with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma for the upcoming music venue and restaurant.

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November 23, 2021

Here’s What to Watch Over Thanksgiving Weekend 2021

From the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to specials from Reba McEntire, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett & more.

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November 23, 2021

Hallmark and Lifetime Deck the Halls With Musical Acts for the Holidays

Train's Pat Monahan, Reba McEntire, Smokey Robinson and Jana Kramer are among the artists appearing in Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies this holiday season.

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October 20, 2021

Reba McEntire on Dance Music, Drag Queens, and That ‘Ted Lasso’ Reference

The Country Music Hall of Famer reimagines her past on a new box set — and reveals the two must-haves for any 'Fancy' drag performance

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October 19, 2021

Reba McEntire Hits Country & Dance Charts Thanks to ‘Revived Remixed Revisited’ Album

Reba McEntire's new triple-album, "Revived Remixed Revisited," enters multiple Billboard charts dated Oct. 23.

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October 11, 2021

Reba McEntire Reveals All-Female Openers for Live In Concert Tour

Reyna Roberts, Brittney Spencer, Brandy Clark and Hannah Dasher are among those set to open shows for McEntire on her upcoming tour.

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October 8, 2021

First Country: New Music From Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Alison Krauss & More

This week's column also includes new music from Randy Rogers Band, Willie Jones, Chase Rice and more

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October 8, 2021

Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton’s First Duet Is a Remake of ‘Does He Love You’

Originally featuring Linda Davis, the campy collaboration is revamped with producer Dave Cobb on the new box set Revived Remixed Revisited

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October 7, 2021

Reba McEntire on Revisiting Her Classics, ‘Ted Lasso’ and Remaking ‘Does He Love You’ With Dolly Parton: “It’s Confrontation on Valium’

On her 'Revived, Remixed, Revisited' box set, out Friday (Oct. 8), Reba McEntire reimagines some of her most popular songs in new ways.

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October 6, 2021

Reba McEntire Not Returning as 2021 CMA Awards Host

After co-hosting for two consecutive years, Reba McEntire won't return as CMA Awards host this year.

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September 30, 2021

Randy Travis Named Artist of a Lifetime for CMT Artists of the Year Celebration: Exclusive

Previous CMT artist of a lifetime winners include Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard

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September 16, 2021

Reba McEntire Rescued From Oklahoma Building After Stairwell Collapse

Reba was among several people touring a historic building in Oklahoma on Tuesday (Sept. 14).

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September 8, 2021

Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton & More Set for ‘Kenny Rogers: All In for the Gambler’ Concert Special

Reba McEntire and Lady A are also among those who will honor the life and legacy of the late music star Kenny Rogers in the upcoming special

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August 24, 2021

Reba McEntire Didn’t Have a Breakthrough Case of COVID-19 After All

Reba McEntire has clarified her previous statement, saying she did not have COVID-19 after getting vaccinated.

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August 12, 2021

Reba McEntire to Host Livestream to Announce 2021 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

Reba McEntire will host a livestream on Monday Aug. 16 in which the 2021 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees will be announced.

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Discs

My Chains Are Gone

March 25, 2022

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I Needed Christmas

November 19, 2021

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Revived Remixed Revisited

October 8, 2021

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The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia (Eric Kupper Remix)

September 17, 2021

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Can't Even Get The Blues (Revived)

August 24, 2021

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Is There Life Out There (Revived)

August 13, 2021

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I'm A Survivor (Lafemmebear Remix)

August 13, 2021

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Consider Me Gone (Revisited)

August 13, 2021

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Somehow You Do (From The Motion Picture Four Good Days)

April 23, 2021

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In The Ghetto

November 12, 2020

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Dear Rodeo (with Reba McEntire)

October 2, 2020

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Rumor Has It (30th Anniversary Edition)

September 11, 2020

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Stronger Than The Truth (Big Machine Radio Release Special)

April 5, 2019

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Stronger Than The Truth

April 5, 2019

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My Kind Of Christmas

December 7, 2018

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My Kind Of Christmas (Big Machine Radio Release Special)

October 13, 2017

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Back To God

April 2, 2017

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Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope

February 3, 2017

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Going Out Like That (Bummerman Remix)

January 1, 2015

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Love Somebody

January 1, 2015

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All The Women I Am

January 1, 2010

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Keep On Loving You

January 1, 2009

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Reba Duets

January 1, 2007

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Duets

January 1, 2007

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You're Gonna Be

January 1, 2005

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Room To Breathe

January 1, 2003

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So Good Together

November 23, 1999

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Secret Of Giving: A Christmas Collection

January 1, 1999

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If You See Him

June 2, 1998

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What If

January 1, 1997

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You Keep Me Hangin' On

April 30, 1996

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What If It's You

January 1, 1996

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Starting Over

January 1, 1995

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Read My Mind (25th Anniversary Deluxe)

April 26, 1994

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It's Your Call

January 1, 1992

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For My Broken Heart

January 1, 1991

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Rumor Has It

January 1, 1990

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Live

August 30, 1989

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Sweet Sixteen

May 1, 1989

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Reba

January 1, 1988

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Merry Christmas To You

November 27, 1987

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The Last One To Know

January 1, 1987

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What Am I Gonna Do About You

October 6, 1986

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Reba Nell McEntire

February 10, 1986

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Whoever's In New England

January 1, 1986

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Have I Got A Deal For You

January 1, 1985

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My Kind Of Country

October 15, 1984

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Just A Little Love

April 2, 1984

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Behind The Scene

August 15, 1983

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Unlimited

January 1, 1982

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Heart To Heart

January 1, 1981

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Feel The Fire

January 1, 1980

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Out Of A Dream

August 27, 1979

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Reba McEntire

January 1, 1977

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