Reba McEntire may be one of the most popular country artists to ever live, but she's branched out into a new genre for her latest album Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. The inspirational album has been a record she's been longing to make since the mid 80s and it's now landed her a No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums while debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.
Sing It Now opens at No. 4 moving a total of 54,000 units combined with 52,000 being in actual sales. Units are made up of track downloads and streaming equivalents (10 downloads and 1,500 streams from an album equates to one unit). Aside becoming a top 5 on the Top 200, it debuts at No. 1 on both the Christian Albums and Top Country Albums charts, the former being a first McEntire. Additionally, the album had the second most in sales reflected on the Feb. 14 update.
McEntire's latest becomes her 10th top 10 on the main albums chart while becoming her 13th on Top Country. The country legend extends her record on the chart for the most No. 1 albums for a woman with Loretta Lynn following with ten. Of all country acts, George Strait has the most with 26 total.
The two-disc set is the first to lead both the Top Christian Albums and Top Country Albums charts since Joey + Rory's Hymns which led for four weeks in 2016. There are only three additional acts to have seen the peak on both charts simultaneously over the past several decades. Alabama landed a No. 1 on both charts in 2006 with Songs of Inspiration, Alan Jackson with Precious Memories in 2006 and LeAnn Rimes with You Light Up My Life in 1997-1998.
Sing It Now: Songs of Inspiration of Faith & Hope was an album McEntire has wanted to make since her career took off. She was encouraged by her manager and producer while her divorce from longtime husband Narvel Blackstock cemented that idea. One disc is made up of traditional hymns and the second a disc made up of new material including "I Got the Lord on My Side" written with her mother and "Softly and Tenderly" featuring good friends Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood (both who have sang with McEntire, Clarkson with Yearwood, and all three sang "Silent Night" on Clarkson's 2013 Wrapped in Red).
To promote the newest album, McEntire performed a one-night only show at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 15.