Everything We Know About Reba McEntire’s New Album, ‘Love Somebody’
The disc follows her latest release, 2010's The Woman I Am, which featured hit singles "Turn on the Radio" and a cover of Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy." This time, however, McEntire's record will be released on a new label, Nash Icon.
“We’ve been working on [this album] a long time,” McEntire says on her website, “and we can’t wait to hear what you think about it.”
The Boot has rounded up everything we know thus far about the project.
The album's title, Love Somebody, comes from one of its tracks -- a song penned by, among others, Sam Hunt.
The Release Date
Love Somebody is set for release on April 14.
In mid-December, McEntire announced the new album's first single, "Going Out Like That." She released the song on Jan. 6.
“When you listen to thousands of songs trying to find just the right one to record, a really great song jumps out at you. That’s exactly what ‘Going Out Like That’ did to me!” she shares. “It jumped out because it’s a great song with up-tempo sassyness (sic)!!!
“The first time I heard it, a man was singing the demo,” McEntire adds. “When I sang it coming from a female perspective, it became a woman’s power anthem! Sure hope you like it!”
McEntire released a music video for the single in March.
Love Somebody will include 12 tracks, and a Target-exclusive edition will contain two additional songs.
According to the track listing, Love Somebody will feature a song with Jennifer Nettles, “Enough,” as well as tunes written by Brandy Clark (“She Got Drunk Last Night,” plus the two Target-exclusive songs) and Hunt's title track. It also includes the McEntire-penned “Pray for Peace,” as well as "Going Out Like That."
Whatever the songs' subject matter, fans can always expect an emotional delivery from McEntire -- and she says that definitely won't change.
“One thing we are sticklers about is keeping the emotion -- not to make it perfect. I want it to feel heartfelt -- lots of soul with it,” she explains. “With the technology nowadays and our engineers being so incredible, you can say, ‘I want to sing that,’ and they’re ready, or then, ‘I want to sing it again,’ and they’re ready. There are overdubs, you can comp it, and you can make it just right.”
Reba McEntire, Love Somebody Track Listing:
1. “Going Out Like That”
2. “Enough” featuring Jennifer Nettles
3. “She Got Drunk Last Night”
4. “Livin’ Ain’t Killed Me Yet”
5. “That’s When I Knew”
6. “I’ll Go On”
7. “Until They Don’t Love You”
8. “Promise Me Love”
9. “Just Like Them Horses”
10. “Love Somebody”
11. “Love Land”
12. “Pray for Peace”
Target Exclusive Tracks
13. “Whatever Way It Hurts the Least”
14. “More Than Just Her Last Name”
The 59-year-old is working with veteran producer James Stroud, who's working alongside Tony Brown -- a longtime producer for McEntire who has also produced records for Vince Gill, George Strait and Trisha Yearwood, among many others.
The Record Label
McEntire was the first artist to sign with new label Nash Icon, a joint venture between Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media, for the new record. Scott Borchetta, head of Big Machine Label Group, worked on talking the songstress into heading back to the studio for three years, and he finally won her over, as she ultimately signed with the label.
"As Reba and I get to enter into another phase of our business relationship that dates back to 1991, I am again reminded of the power of all things Reba," Borchetta says. "Her presence, her vocal prowess, her song selection, her passion ... it's unequaled in her multi-decade career, and we will again blaze new trails together."
Amount of Time Since Last Record
The album will be McEntire's first new studio release in five years. In her career, she's released 26 studio albums, two holiday albums, two live albums and 13 compilation albums, and sold over 56 million records worldwide.
Fans are certainly more than eager to hear her new music -- and she's excited to share it with her massive fan base.
"I'm having a wonderful time in the studio again," McEntire says. "It's just a blast. When they came to me with this idea, I was for it 100 percent. I'm sure hoping fans like it. If they don't, we'll go back in and cut something else."
McEntire has been vocal about the perfect timing of her upcoming record; she actually believed her time in the studio was done.
"I figured it was over,” she tells USA Today of her recording career. But her husband Narvel Blackstock was not convinced. "[He] kept saying, 'No, it’s not; you’ll record again.' And I was like, 'Wow, where’s your crystal ball?'"
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