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News: New Reba single to premier at ACM Awards

The official single cover for 'Strange' by Reba.

The official single cover for 'Strange' by Reba.

Superstar Reba McEntire will debut her highly-anticipated new single, “Strange,” on the Academy of Country Music Awards live on CBS, Sunday, April 5th at 8 pm ET/ 7 pm CT from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Leading up to the performance, Reba fans can hear a sneak peak of “Strange” via a special widget available at Reba’s Valory Records webpage. The widget also includes a countdown to the ACM Awards, a video message from Reba and a link to pre-order “Strange.” (It works with Facebook, Myspace, Blogger, and lots of other social networking sites, but not WordPress, so I can’t embed it and share it with you here.) “Strange” will be available for purchase through Bandbox on The Valory Music Co. website immediately following Reba’s performance on Sunday evening. “Strange” will also be available on iTunes beginning Monday, April 6.

“Strange,” which arrives at country radio on April 6th, is the lead single from Reba’s first solo studio album in six years, as well as her first album on her new label The Valory Music Co.

Reba signed with The Valory Music Co. in November 2008. The move reunited the multimedia entertainer with industry leader Scott Borchetta, now President & CEO of Big Machine Records and sister label The Valory Music Co.

Reba’s new studio album will follow in late summer. One of the most successful female recording artists in history, Reba has sold over 55 million albums worldwide and her last 13 studio albums have all achieved platinum-plus status.

Click here to listen to a 30 second sample of the new single, ‘Strange’.

10 responses to “News: New Reba single to premier at ACM Awards

  1. Chris March 27, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I like the preview- should be a good album, I just hope it compares in quality to Trisha Yearwood’s debut on Big Machine.

  2. Razor X March 27, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I like it.

  3. Erik March 28, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I don’t like the production of the song.

    • Razor X March 28, 2009 at 2:26 pm

      What don’t you like about it? It’s kind of difficult to form an opinion based on the short clip that’s available. But I like the prominent fiddles. It reminds me a bit of “I’m Gonna Take That Mountain.” And more importantly, it’s not the kind of bland middle-of-the-road stuff that plagued Reba Duets. I’m pretty hopeful that this album will be a good one.

  4. Leeann Ward March 28, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I hope this is good. I can’t play the clip, but I’m hopeful if you say it’s not as bland as the production of her duets project. I can’t believe how uninspired that album was, with the exception of one or maybe two songs.

    • J.R. Journey March 28, 2009 at 4:45 pm

      I really liked about half of Duets. ‘Because of You’, ‘Does The Wind Still Blow in Oklahoma’, ‘Every Other Weekend’, ‘She Can’t Save Him’, and ‘Break Each Other’s Hearts Again’ were awesome songs – classic Reba. The other half wasn’t even halfway good though – it flat out stunk. And I think the fault with those songs lies in Reba catering to her duet partners, i.e. Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Justin Timberlake, etc.

      But just from the sound of the clip we can hear from ‘Strange’, I think this album may take a more country approach and be really special. Reba’s no fool, but she does desperately want acclaim – whether it’s from radio or the critics, and it’s almost impossible to have both these days. So we’ll just have to wait and see which one she is really aiming for the most. Radio or quality. Cause like I said, these days you can’t have both.

      • Razor X March 28, 2009 at 4:52 pm

        And I think the fault with those songs lies in Reba catering to her duet partners, i.e. Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Justin Timberlake, etc.

        That was part of the problem — a large part but the other part of the problem was that they weren’t very good songs to begin with. I really could not warm up to “Every Other Weekend”, even though a lot of people really liked it. It came up on my iPod the other day. I hadn’t heard it in a while, and I found that it wasn’t really a bad song after all. I think Kenny Chesney’s singing just ruined it for me. The Skip Ewing version was better, but I didn’t hear a lot of it since I really don’t listen to country radio anymore. At any rate, it’s still not on my list of favorite Reba songs.

        But just from the sound of the clip we can hear from ‘Strange’, I think this album may take a more country approach and be really special.

        I think so, too. Generally the first release for a new label is pretty good — there seems to be a greater effort to find good material and really promote it properly. At least she seems to be going for a more country sound. I hope that holds true for the rest of the album as well. I’m looking forward to hearing the entire song once it becomes available on iTunes.

  5. Cindi April 6, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I heard Reba sing a song that is a remake from another artist at the ACM awards lastnight. Does anyone know the name of it, Not “Strange.” Thanks

  6. Erik April 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    OK, I admit that “Strange” is better than what the clip suggested.

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