Album Spotlight; McEntire dials ‘Call’ album

Reba McEntire–the Queen of Country Music?

“I’ve always hated being called that,” says the MCA/Nashville recording artist. “As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one queen, and that’s Kitty Wells.”

However, if sales alone were the criterion for coronation, McEntire might feel less guilty. Her 20th album, “It’s Your Call,” a follow-up to her biggest-selling disc ever, already has shipped 800,000 units, according to the record label.

“It’s Your Call” was premiered on 200 radio stations last Thursday in a 90 -minute special to announce the album’s release tomorrow.

First single, “Take It Back,” is an R&B-meets-country tune, reminiscent of McEntire’s cover of Aretha Franklin’s “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”

McEntire’s live show features clips of her acting performances in “Tremors” and “The Gambler IV” and are clearly something she’s very proud of.

“I would love to act more,” she says. “I’ve got scripts coming my way and I’ve been meeting with directors.”

While McEntire develops a film career, her Starstruck Enterprises is developing into a company that does more than just represent the singer.

In response to the 1991 plane crash that claimed the life of her road manager and seven band members — her feelings about the matter are detailed on her last album, “For My Broken Heart”– McEntire has formed Starstruck Jets, her own aviation firm that supplies her plane and leases out aircraft to other artists.

Like many country artists, McEntire is hoping to tour in the international market in the near future. “It’ll probably happen in 1994,” she says. “Thanks to Country Music Television being available in England, a whole new group of fans are seeing our music.”

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