Reba McEntire: 'I didn't think radio would play my new music'

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Reba McEntire Chats with AOL About Her New Album, 'Love Somebody'

By JENNY DEPPER

Reba McEntire's new album "Love Somebody" almost didn't happen.

The country superstar took a five-year hiatus from recording new music, and in an exclusive interview with AOL, Reba revealed that she didn't put out new music because she wasn't sure radio stations were interested in her music anymore.

"I didn't think I was going to have to record a new album at all. I didn't feel any need and you know, I've been in the business for quite a long time and I didn't think radio would play my music on the radio anymore, so I thought, what's the point?" she explained.

Reba, who turned 60 on March 28, says she simply figured that radio execs were more interested in younger, newer artists.

Thankfully, the "Fancy" singer's fans and a bit of prodding from Big Machine Record founder Scott Borchetta, changed her mind.

"Scott Borchetta said we're going to play your older music and your newer music too. And I said, well, I think that's a great concept," she shared. "I like to hear the old stuff that I grew up with, but then I like to hear the artist have new music too. I treat people like I want to be treated, so there I am – I am putting out new material."

Reba's new album, "Love Somebody," which features her new single "Going Out Like That" hits stands on April 14 and she said it's really something she put her stamp on.

"When I listen to a demo .... It's got to have that emotion that hits me, that way when I sing it, that same emotion will hit you. That's when I know I've done my job."

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Reba McEntire speaks on stage at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for iHeartRadio/AP Images)
Reba McEntire performs in concert at the Sands Event Center on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Bethlehem, Pa. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
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PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 28: Reba McEntire arrives at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night held at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Honoree Reba McEntire poses with the NASH Icon Award in the press room during the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
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NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Reba McEntire accepts the Nash Icon Award at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for dcp)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, and Kelly Clarkson perform at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for dcp)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: (L-R) Recording artist Miranda Lambert, honoree Reba McEntire and recording artist Kelly Clarkson perform onstage during the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for dcp)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, and Kelly Clarkson perform at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for dcp)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 03: Reba McEntire during a press conference announcing the Reba, Brooks and Dunn 'Together In Vegas' residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on December 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 03: (L-R) Ronnie Dunn, Reba McEntire and Kix Brooks during a press conference announcing their 'Together In Vegas' residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on December 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 07: Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire walk the red carpet during the 27th Annual Kennedy Center Honors at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Reba McEntire (L) and Narvel Blackstock attend a private sunset reception at Minerva Beach celebrating Fight Night In Italy benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation And The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 5, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
FLORENCE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Ronnie Dunn and Reba McEntire perform onstage during the white party dinner hosted by Andrea and Veronica Bocelli celebrating Fight Night In Italy benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation And The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 5, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 13: Country Music Hall of Fame Member Reba McEntire talks and does a Q & A with Middle school students from Nashville, during the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Presents All Access: Reba McEntire at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 13, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 06: Reba McEntire performs on stage during Keith Urban's Fifth Annual 'We're All 4 The Hall' Benefit Concert at the Bridgestone Arena on May 6, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 12: Emcee Reba McEntire speaks onstage during Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XX held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on April 12, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
KELLY CLARKSON'S CAUTIONARY CHRISTMAS MUSIC TALE -- Pictured: (l-r) Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire -- (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA, OK - MAY 29: In this handout photo provided by NBC, Reba McEntire performs during the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert held at the Chesapeake Arena on May 29, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brett Deering/NBC via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - APRIL 19: Reba McEntire performs at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on April 19, 2013 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 23: Singer Reba McEntire attends Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIX at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 23, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Moore/Getty Images)
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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01: Musician Reba McEntire attends the 46th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 1, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
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These days, she gets to choose the music she wants to put on her album and she joked that when she first started out in the business, it wasn't that way. In fact, she said the Nashville scene is just as tricky now as it was when she first kicked off her career.

"It took me six years before I had a number one record. The difference between now and then – you wouldn't have gotten those chances. That was on my sixth album. Nowadays, if it is not the third or fourth single – next. It is harder now, because of the competition."

Regardless of the tricky business, Reba has something that younger artist's don't – staying power.

Next up, she is teaming up with Brooks & Dunn for a slew of performances at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace and is headlining the Outnumber Hunger Campaign to help raise awareness of the 49 million individuals struggling with hunger in America. Hear more about Reba's work with Outnumber Hunger (below!) and why she wanted to get involved with the important cause.

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