The first ever Billboard Magazine “Woman of the Year”, Reba McEntire has spent a generation conquering music, stage and screen. Now, with the release of her critically-acclaimed new album, REBA DUETS, she can claim bragging rights over reigning chart titans Kanye West and 50 Cent as the number one album in the country. REBA DUETS sold nearly 301,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers.
Of course, the McEntire/Clarkson collaboration was only the beginning: there was Justin Timberlake, who stepped up with a song he and Matt Morris co-wrote expressly for McEntire. But the winner of 12 Academy of Country Music Awards and 7 Country Music Association Awards confesses she wasn’t sure how Timberlake’s pop leanings would suit her style. “I told Justin I was very nervous about hearinf the song”, she says. “I didn’t know if it was going to be ‘Sexy Back II’ or what!”
No worries, Reba: Timberlake offered up his vocal harmonies on “The Only Promise That Remains”, a simple, beautiful Celtic love song. And along the way, became the newest name on McEntire’s list of incredibly talented pals and the recipient of the down home hospitality this true Southern lady dished up at every recording session. “After recording with Justin”, she says, “we all went out to dinner and had a great time”.
Justin Timberlake has written and produced a song for country music star Reba McEntire, making a return to his Southern roots. The Tennessee native has dedicated the track, The Only Promise That Remains, to his country-fan grandfather.
Timberlake tells MTV, “I just wrote and produced a song for Reba McEntire for her new record. I’m from Tennessee, so I’m making my grandfather very proud by working with someone like Reba McEntire”.
Falling Down, with Justin Timberlake
Music: Duran Duran and Justin Timberlake
Lyrics: Simon LeBon
Produced by Justin Timberlake
Nick Rhodes: “It’s a really beautiful, fragile song. It was so easy.
Sometimes that’s the mystery of making music and writing songs. It can be
just natural and happens there and then, and other times you can struggle
for weeks and not get what you want”.
Simon Le Bon “It’s about a crash I had when I was racing a motorbike, the
thoughts that ran through my mind before I hit the ground. As soon as I got
the chorus, Justin was like, ‘That’s it!!’ ”
John Taylor “It’s easy to be esoteric. It’s so much harder to write from the
heart. This is an important song for Duran”.
Roger Taylor “I’d just got back from my honeymoon in St Lucia and the phone
rang. Justin was talking about us recording the new Ordinary World. An hour
later we were all in a van driving to Manchester”.