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“Duets” Album Marks Ronstadt’s Highest-Charting Release In 24 Years

PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 17: Musician Linda Ronstadt accepts the Trailblazer award onstage during the 2008 ALMA Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on August 17, 2008 in Pasadena, California.
Linda Ronstadt
may not be able to sing anymore due to her battle with Parkinson's disease, but she can still sell records.

"Duets," Ronstadt's new compilation of collaborations from throughout her career, debuted at No. 32, her highest-charting release in 24 years. It's the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee's best showing since 1990's "Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind" collaboration in Ivan Neville -- and, in fact, "Duets" features the hit "Don't Know Much" form that album.

Ronstadt tells us that she loved putting the 15-track collection together because duets are her favorite form of singing:

"When you sing with somebody else, automatically your voice, if you're listening and paying attention, your voice will take on colors and tones and textures that you might not be inclined to exercise yourself when you're just singing by yourself because everybody comes from such an incredibly complex background that's so different. There's so many variables in each person's emotional and musical background. They're bringing in all kinds of little colors and textures that may not be in your story. So you get to ride on all that and try to chameleon-color to it. I love it."

"Duets" also includes Ronstadt teamings with James Taylor, the Eagles' Don Henley, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Frank Sinatra and others. Ronstadt says she may consider another duets compilation in the future.