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Reba McEntire Extends Country Songs Record

With each top 10, including her latest, "Turn On the Radio," the country cornerstone pads her mark for most top 10s among women.

‘RADIO’ ROYALTY: While Taylor Swift dominates headlines on the Billboard 200, as her “Speak Now” blasts in at No. 1, logging the largest sales week since 2005, according to Nielsen SoundScan, another country queen continues rewriting history on Country Songs.

Reba McEntire extends her mark for most top 10s among women in the survey’s almost-67-year archives, as “Turn On the Radio” rises 12-10, granting the superstar her 59th top 10. She notched her first, the No. 8-peaking “(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven,” in 1980.

“Turn On the Radio” introduces McEntire’s 26th studio album, “All the Women I Am,” due Tuesday (Nov. 9). The set includes a cover of Beyonce‘s 2008 No. 3 Billboard Hot 100 hit, “If I Were a Boy.”

After McEntire spent the bulk of her career on MCA Nashville, the new album is the icon’s second on the Valory label, following “Keep On Loving You,” which topped the Billboard 200 in September 2009.

Here is a look at the women with the most top 10s since Country Songs launched the week of Jan. 8, 1944. Eddy Arnold leads all artists with 92 top 10s, followed by George Strait, with 82. (McEntire nets her latest top 10 by leap-frogging Strait’s “The Breath You Take,” which holds, bulleted, at No. 11).

59, Reba McEntire
55, Dolly Parton
51, Loretta Lynn
40, Tanya Tucker
39, Tammy Wynette
35, Kitty Wells
34, Crystal Gayle
28, Barbara Mandrell
27, Emmylou Harris
25, Anne Murray

Since Country Songs adopted Nielsen BDS-monitored data the week of Jan. 20, 1990, McEntire leads all women with 36 top 10s. In that span, Faith Hill ranks second among female artists with 22 top 10s, followed by Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood (19 each) and Shania Twain (16).

TRAIN KEEPS ROLLING: Train‘s “Hey, Soul Sister” logs an 18th week atop Adult Contemporary, becoming one of just 10 songs in the chart’s history to reign for that long. The track additionally becomes the longest-leading No. 1 on Columbia Records, passing the 17-week command of Savage Garden’s “I Knew I Loved You” in 1999-2000.

Here is a ranking of the songs to spend the most weeks at No. 1 in the Adult Contemporary chart’s 49-year ledger:

Weeks At No. 1, Title, Artist, Peak Year
28, “Drift Away,” Uncle Kracker featuring Dobie Gray, 2003
21, “Breakaway,” Kelly Clarkson, 2005
21, “A New Day Has Come,” Celine Dion, 2002
19, “Bubbly,” Colbie Caillat, 2008
19, “Bad Day,” Daniel Powter, 2006
19, “You’ll Be in My Heart,” Phil Collins, 1999
19, “Because You Loved Me,” Celine Dion, 1996
18, “Hey, Soul Sister,” Train, 2010
18, “Lonely No More,” Rob Thomas, 2005
18, “Heaven,” Los Lonely Boys, 2005

THAT TUNE, ‘NAME’: Sheryl Crow returns Terence Trent D’Arby‘s soulful “Sign Your Name” to a Billboard chart, as her version enters the Triple A adult alternative airplay tally at No. 27.

D’Arby’s original reached No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 4 on the Hot 100 in 1988.

“Sign Your Name” is the second single from Crow’s covers album, “100 Miles from Memphis,” following “Summer Day,” which rose to No. 3 on Triple A in August.

Providing backing vocals on “Sign Your Name”? Justin Timberlake.

Crow recorded much of “100 Miles from “Memphis,” which debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 3 in August, at Henson Studios in Hollywood, Calif., where Timberlake was collaborating with Jamie Foxx.

“There’s something really wonderful about working in a commercial studio,” Crow told Billboard upon the set’s release.

“The last five records I made (were) in my own studio, so I don’t run into a lot of people unless I invite them over. So, I dragged (Timberlake) in and said, ‘You have to check out my Al Green-ish version of ‘Sign Your Name’.’

“He loved it (and) volunteered to sing background on it.”