Reba McEntire readily admits she took the title song to her upcoming album from her buddies Brooks & Dunn. But there's no finger-pointing going on. She laughs as she makes that statement to us about 'Keep on Loving You,' so it doesn't seem to be a source of contention!
"Brooks & Dunn recorded it, but they were trying to put more uptempo songs on their album," she explains to The Boot. "When Ronnie told me that I said, 'Man you missed it, that's a killer song.' He said he liked it too."
Then Reba dropped the bomb on her friend Ronnie Dunn: "I said, 'Let me have it.' He looked at me and said 'What?' I said, 'Why don't you let me have it? I'll record it!"
Once Ronnie realized Reba was serious, he agreed, but she told him to sleep on it to make sure that was what he wanted for the tune. "The next morning I called him," Reba remembers. "And he told me again that I could have it. So I went in and recorded it quick!"
Reba explains that she named her album 'Keep on Loving You' as a tribute to her fans. "I always will love them, they are so good to me. They stayed with me whether it was radio, television, Broadway; they stayed with me and I just keep on loving them."
The first single from the upcoming project is 'Strange' -- Reba's fastest rising single to date. She has just wrapped up filming a video for the song in Nashville.
"I've seen two or three versions of it so far, and I love it," she says of the video. "I hope everyone else likes it, too."
Future singles form 'Keep On Loving You' just may have somewhat of a different sound than Reba's fans are used to. She admits that touring with Kelly Clarkson last year taught her a lot about music and influenced her judgment in some of the songs she recorded for the new project. "When she [Kelly] was doing songs like 'Miss Independent' and her other hits, it was like wow! I had more of an open mind when I listened to songs this time. I seemed to gravitate to sassy women's songs with an attitude."
Reba say she and Kelly wrote together but none of the songs made it onto this album. "I'm gonna hold on to some of them, and we're still working on some of them," she explains. "I think she's gonna put one of them on her album."
Choosing different kinds of songs was a challenge to Reba when it came to her vocal performance in the studio. "When I am attempting to hit what Kelly Clarkson hits, that does take you to a different place!" she says.
'Keep On Loving You' will be in stores on August 18. Reba says she probably will not start touring to support the album until early 2010.