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Remember Shania Twain’s First No. 1 Hit?

By Sterling Whitaker | July 22, 2015

Shania Twain burst from semi-obscurity into superstardom 20 years ago, when she scored her first No. 1 hit.

Twain’s 1993 self-titled debut album achieved minor chart success, but didn’t separate her from the pack of other young country music hopefuls. She took a new direction after meeting famed rock producer Robert “Mutt” Lange, who had helmed record-setting projects for AC/DC and Def Leppard, among others.

The couple married in December of 1993, and as a result of their musical partnership Twain’s sophomore album, 1995′s The Woman in Me, was one of the most groundbreaking country recordings of its time, utilizing a hybrid of country and pop instrumentation to achieve a fresh crossover sound that was unlike anything else in country music.

The album’s first single, “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under,” reached No. 11 and brought Twain to wider attention, but it was the second single, “Any Man of Mine,” that established her as the most exciting female performer in country music. The song fused country instrumentation with a dance beat, with a sassy lyrical message of female empowerment and accompanied by a video and a visual marketing campaign unlike anything country music had ever seen before.

Released on April 25, 1995, “Any Man of Mine” reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart on July 22, 1995, establishing Twain as one of the most up-and-coming performers in music. It also crossed over, reaching No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was nominated for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance in the 1996 Grammy Awards. The Woman in Me went on to sell more than 20 million copies worldwide, setting Twain up for her next album, 1997′s Come on Over, to sell 40 million units, becoming the best-selling country music album of all time.

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On this weekend's "CMT Hot 20 Countdown" they took a look back at Shania recording "Any Man Of Mine" in 1994.



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Flashback: See Shania Twain Amp Up the Sex Appeal for 'Any Man of Mine'

Superstar scored her first Number One single in 1995 with the track off 'The Woman in Me'

By Stephen L. Betts | Rolling Stone | July 22, 2016


Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine" was a highlight of her album 'The Woman in Me,' as well as a staple of her live shows.

Although she eventually became one of the biggest stars on the planet, Shania Twain was no overnight success. When Mercury Nashville signed the Canadian to its roster and sent her on a 15-city promotional tour with two other new acts in 1993, John Brannen and Toby Keith, only the latter connected with radio listeners, earning a Number One hit with "Should've Been a Cowboy." Upon release, Twain's self-titled debut LP languished on the charts, with none of its three singles reaching country's Top 40. As with so many music-business hopefuls the story could have ended there, but fate intervened. Or, rather, Robert John "Mutt" Lange did.

A native of Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), who moved to England in his twenties, Lange would be responsible for producing some of the most successful — and influential — rock & roll albums of the Seventies and Eighties, including AC/DC's Back in Black and Def Leppard's Hysteria. As a songwriter, he co-wrote Bryan Adams' worldwide smash "Everything I Do (I Do It for You)," among many other hits. However, after initiating phone conversations with Twain, where the two talked about music for hours on end, their connection also became a personal one. The couple finally met face-to-face in June 1993 at Nashville's Fan Fair (now CMA Music Festival) and by the end of the year were married. By that time, they had collaborated on several songs together and Twain informed her label that she wanted Lange to produce her second LP.

When The Woman in Me was released in February 1995, the playful "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under" was the first single, peaking just outside the Top 10. But it was the follow-up single, "Any Man of Mine," that proved to be the "breathtakin', earthquakin' kind" of thing country — and pop — music fans were ready for. Written with the working title "This Man of Mine," Twain took a riff Lange played for her and added lyrics from another song she had been working on to come up with the tune that would be her first Number One single, topping the charts for two weeks beginning July 22nd, 1995. The achievement made Twain the first non-American to top the country chart since fellow countrywoman Anne Murray in 1986.

The song's success would also send The Woman in Me to the Number One spot on the country chart for the first of three separate trips. It eventually became the top-selling country LP of 1996, and has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide since its release. The tune had been a staple of Twain's live shows right up through her final tour in 2015. "This next song reads like a book of rules for the men in our lives," Twain told the crowd at the Chicago stop of her 2003 UP! Tour, as seen in the above clip, advising the men in the audience, "It's not too hard on you guys, but it's very good to know."

Featuring backing vocals from Lange, doing a spot-on Dwight Yoakam impersonation, "Any Man of Mine" was aided considerably by an eye-poppin', heart-stoppin' video co-directed by Charley Randazzo and actor John Derek, husband of Bo Derek, who caused her own sensation running on the beach in braids in the 1980 film 10. Shot on the couple's California ranch and highlighted by Twain's sensual gyrations and bare midriff, some of the clip's original footage was reportedly too racy for the record label. But the finished product helped Twain also score her first pop Top 40 hit as well. Country line dancers were also scootin' boots to the song in clubs and, in the 21 years since its release, the tune has been parodied by comedian Cledus T. Judd and performed live by Lady Antebellum.

Twain and Lange would continue to collaborate until the 2005 release of the single "Shoes." The couple separated in 2008 and officially divorced in 2010. 

http://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/flashback-see-shania-twains-sexy-any-man-of-mine-w430523



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