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The 20 Best Deep Cuts by 21st Century Country Stars

By Billboard Staff | November 22, 2017

This week on Billboard, we're digging for buried gems in the catalogs of our favorite artists across all genres. We've already revealed our 100 Best Deep Cuts by 21st Century Pop Stars and Rap Stars, and now we're going deep on country, unearthing the greatest non-singles by our favorite country stars from this century -- the best album cuts, bonus tracks and compilation appearances.

In other words, the best songs you might not know from the artists that you definitely do. From Tim and Faith to Brad and Carrie, here are our 20 favorite deep cuts from the biggest country greats of the century.

15. Shania Twain, "I'm Not in the Mood (To Say No)!" (Up, 2002)

Twain had already established herself as one of the sassier ladies on the country scene with Come on Over, but Up! took that attitude into the 2000s -- and songs like "I'm Not In The Mood" is a perfect example of that, with a little extra umph in the sound and production to help evolve Shania into the new millennium. Yet, inclusion of a fiddle post-chorus keeps things country, and Twain sounds confident as ever declaring herself officially ready for the world. -- T.W.


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Harry Styles Reveals His Biggest Music and Fashion Inspiration Is a Country Star -- Find Out Who! (Exclusive)

By Desiree Murphy | Entertainment Tonight | November 27, 2017

Ever wonder who influences the world's biggest pop stars?

Ahead of Tuesday's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai, ET caught up with one of the night's performers, Harry Styles. During our chat, he revealed the unexpected star who's inspired his music and unique fashion sense.

"I think both music and fashion, [my] main influence was probably Shania Twain," the "Sign of the Times" singer admitted. "Yeah, I think she's amazing."

And now that he mentioned it, we can totally see it! Here they are, for example, both sporting cheetah-print with black boots:

Metallic outerwear? A necessity! 

Styles also talked about being in Shanghai for the first time, and what it means to be a part of the most-watched fashion show on TV.

"It's very exciting," he exclaimed. "It's also my first fashion show. I think it will be fun."

"I've never played a fashion show before and this is one of the biggest," he continued. "It's a privilege. It's definitely fun to be here. "In addition to Styles, Miguel, Leslie Odom Jr. and Chinese sensation Jane Zhang will be taking the stage to perform as the VS Angels strut their stuff on the runway in this season's hottest lingerie looks.

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai airs Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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5 epic flops to see at the Museum of Failure exhibit

By Sandra Barrera | Los Angeles Daily News | December 4, 2017 

Samuel West was fed up with success stories.

Knowing there is much to be learned from defeat, West, a Sweden-based clinical psychologist who specializes in innovation in the workplace, set out to collect some of the most epic blunders of all time.

And the Museum of Failure was born.

The pop-up museum, which launched in Sweden to sold-out crowds, kicks off its first U.S. tour at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles through Feb. 4. It includes more than 100 questionable inventions, including several homegrown products.

“These are funny and stupid things,” said West, curator of the traveling exhibition. “Obviously, we can laugh at them, but I want people to leave not being so fearful of (expective) up.”

Included in the exhibit are Donald Trump’s 1989 board game, coffee-flavored Coca-Cola BlāK, and the DeLorean. Other flops include the Shared Girlfriend sex doll from China, glue-on Nike Magneto magnetic glasses, and the marketing of Febreeze Scentstories.

As West explains, “The idea is you take scent discs and put them in a player and press the play button, and it plays your scent.”

“The problem was when it launched, Shania Twain was promoting it,” he says. “People thought it was music.”

There’s even a wall where museumgoers can post their failures.

In addition to the tour, the Museum of Failure plans to unveil plans in January for a permanent location in Hollywood set to open before the Oscars with a focus on entertainment.

According to promoter Martin Biallas, CEO of See Global Entertainment, there’s no end to the possibilities.

“We all mess up,” Biallas said. “But guess what? The big guys do that, too.”

Here are five of the biggest failures of all time:

1. Ford Edsel 

When it comes to cars, the Edsel is an icon of failure. The push-button shift system in the center of the steering wheel wasn’t the only problem. The look of the vertical grill on this over-hyped ride, circa 1958-60, caused some to refer to it as the “toilet seat grille” (among other things).

2. Olestra

Weight loss was a selling point of Proctor & Gamble’s calorie-free fat substitute found in foods, like fat-free Pringles, from 1996-99. But users also reported it also caused cramping, diarrhea and gastrointestinal distress.

3. Little Miss No Name

Hasbro launched this doll in 1965 to teach girls empathy. “Barbie is successful and beautiful,” West said. “This Little Miss No Name is sad and begging, with tears in her eyes.” Those weren’t the only tears shed: children were terrified of the saucer-eyed doll.

4. Itera bicycle

Volvo engineers designed this all-plastic bicycle in 1982, but it didn’t last. The problem? Makers didn’t account for heat, which cracked and melted the bike’s parts.

5. The Juicero

West is currently on the hunt for this tech start-up whose Wifi-enabled juicers sold for $700 – and failed. How come? Squeezing produce by hand was reportedly as effective as the machine.

Museum of Failure

When: 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Feb. 4.

Where: A+D Architecture and Design Museum, 900 E. 4th St., Los Angeles

Admission: $8-$15, includes admission

Information: 213-346-9734.


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These Were the Most Popular Canadians on Twitter in 2017

By Sarah Murphy | Exclaim! | December 5, 2017

This year was pretty much a #dumpsterfire across the board, but it seems like some people managed to find solace on Twitter by cyber-stalking a number of Canadian celebrities from the entertainment world. The social media giant has just unveiled its year-end data, revealing exactly which Canucks were the most talked about in the Twitterverse.
Canadian pop stars had a good year (or at least a conversation-starting one), with Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes and Sebastian Olzanski topping the list of most-mentioned Canadian musicians. The Weeknd, Drake, Alessia Cara, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Celine Dion, Daniel Caesar and Shania Twain rounded out the Top 10.
As for the most buzzed-about duos and groups, Tegan and Sara, Nickelback, and Arcade Fire took the top three spots. The Tragically Hip, Simple Plan, Majid Jordan, Zeds Dead, Arkells, Marianas Trench and Hedley were the next most-mentioned acts who hail from Canada.
There were also plenty of screen stars that stirred up tweetstorms, including No. 1 most-mentioned Canadian actor Seth Rogen. The runners-up include Ryan Reynolds, Shay Mitchell, Stephen Armell, Nina Dobrev, Tara Strong, Grant Gust, Stana Katic, Tatianna Maslany and Nathan Fillion.
The Cancon shows that generated the most Twitter talk via hashtags, meanwhile, were Orphan Black, Schitt's Creek, Letterkenny, Alias Grace and Kim's Convenience.
When it came to gaining actual followers, the Biebs finally surpassed the 100 million follower mark (an accolade previously only achieved by Katy Perry). Shawn Mendes hit the 10 million milestone, Seth Rogen and the Weeknd each hit five million, and Arcade Fire and PARTYNEXTDOOR each reached the one million follower mark.
See full lists of the aforementioned stats down below, and check out Twitter's data report in its entirety over here.
Top 10 Most-mentioned Canadian Musician Accounts (Solo Artists):
1. Justin Bieber (@JustinBieber)
2. Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes)
3. Sebastian Olzanski (@sebtsb)
4. The Weeknd (@TheWeeknd)
5. Drake (@drake)
6. Alessia Cara (@alessiacara)
7. PARTYNEXTDOOR (@partynextdoor)
8. Celine Dion (@celinedion)
9. Daniel Caesar (@DanielCaesar)
10. Shania Twain (@shaniatwain)
Top 10 Most-mentioned Canadian Musician Accounts (Duos or Groups):

1. Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara)
2. Nickelback (@nickelback)
3. The Arcade Fire (@arcadefire)
4. The Tragically Hip (@thehipdotcom)
5. Simple Plan (@simpleplan)
6. Majid Jordan (@majidjordan)
7. Zeds Dead (@zedsdead)
8. Arkells (@arkellsmusic)
9. Marianas Trench (@mtrench)
10. Hedley (@hedleyonline)
Top 5 Most-mentioned Canadian Television Hashtags (Scripted Programs):
1. #OrphanBlack - Orphan Black
2. #SchittsCreek - Schitt's Creek
3. #Letterkenny - Letterkenny
4. #AliasGrace - Alias Grace
5. #KimsConvenience - Kim's Convenience
Top 10 Most-mentioned Canadian Actors:
1. Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen)
2. Ryan Reynolds (@VanCityReynolds)
3. Shay Mitchell (@shaymitch)
4. Stephen Armell (@StephenAmell)
5. Nina Dobrev (@ninadobrev)
6. Tara Strong (@TaraStrong)
7. Grant Gust (@GrantGust)
8. Stana Katic (@Stana_Katic)
9. Tatianna Maslany (@tatianamaslany)
10. Nathan Fillion (@nathanfillion)


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November 30, 2017

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The 5 shania twain looks that made her a fashion icon

The country-pop queen has always understood the power of animal print and PVC.

By Kelsey Lawrence | i-D | December 11, 2017

You know how when you were a kid, you would see a grown woman on television and think, “So, this is what I’ll look like someday.” Then you grew up and were like, “Wait a second, what happened? Who were those women? Where did they go?” Shania Twain was that woman. Shania Twain looking up cheekily with one smoky eyebrow raised from under her hat — “Let’s go girls” — is what you hoped womanhood would be like.

Strong, sensual, knows a good OTT silhouette when she sees one — that is Shania Twain. And even the kids who weren’t sentient during her 90s heyday recognize it. At the recent Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shangai, Entertainment Tonight asked Harry Styles which other artist has most inspired his work. “I think both my music and fashion main influence was probably Shania Twain. Yeah, I think she’s amazing,” he said. The night before, Miley Cyrus had belted out a rendition of “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” on The Voice with her fellow team members all clad in Shania-esque leopard-print ensembles.

Like many true icons from the 90s and 2000s right now, Shania is finally getting her due for pioneering pop culture in those halcyon days of cowboy boots, crop tops, and flared jeans. Shania was the queen of country meets pop; she kicked her heels, she tossed her hair, she told us that any man of ours should know how the story goes. Here are five of her greatest looks.

“Man, I Feel Like a Woman,” 1999
My god. Is there a better female call-to-arms than the horns section — “BAH BAH BUH DUH DUH BAH BAH” — on “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”? That and Shania’s hand-waving invitation will make you, even at your very lowest, remember that the best thing about being a woman is “the prerogative to have a little fun.” The deconstructed men’s suit was so perfectly on-the-nose: white button-up, top hat with a fishnet veil, thigh-high boots, corset, tuxedo coat with a train.

The vacant-eyed male models wearing black PVC against apocalyptic clouds is a play on Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” video. But Robert Palmer has a bit of a haunted look in his eyes throughout his video; Shania looks like she’s having the time of her life.

Canadian Music Awards, 1999
Shania cleaned up, of course, at the 1999 Canadian Music Awards for Come on Over, and she wore an ensemble — a bubble-gum pink short suit complete with Dubble Bubble hat, boots, and gloves — that said, “You know it.” After Styles’s Twain fan moment, many outlets compared Twain’s 1999 look to the baby pink Edward Sexton suit Styles had worn in May when he performed on the Today show. Which, I mean, sure. But also, next time, Styles might want to consider accompanying gloves and a hat if he’s a real Shania aspirant. 

(A runner-up to this look is the pink vinyl jacket Shania wore at the 1995 Billboard Awards when she performed “(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!” in front of a smiling, nodding Michael Jackson.)

“Ka-Ching!,” 2003
Shania has never been one to shy away from the country version of extra — in fact, she patented her own brand: PVC-accented 90s country diva. “Ka-Ching!” is not a particularly memorable Shania Twain jam, but it was Shania getting a little experimental, introing the song with some Timbaland-style Indian beats. The song was on Up!, an album interestingly (and somewhat inexplicably) released in three versions: a pop version, a country version, and an international version with a Bollywood flavor.

“Ka-Ching!” was about consumerism and includes ominous descriptions of home foreclosures, but honestly you don’t really hear any of that when you’re watching Shania in an insane red strapless gown with her hair piled up and sparkly jewelry dripping off her like syrup. We learn that the look is an homage (maybe?) to a Renaissance painting of a woman wearing the same dress at 1:51. Googling various combinations of “red dress Shania Twain Renaissance painting” didn’t turn up any results, but the symbolism is there — heavily! — nonetheless.

“Any Man of Mine,” 1995
“Any Man of Mine” was Shania’s first crossover pop-country hit, breaking the Top 40 pop chart in the spring of 1995. The music video plays out like a Harlequin romance novel of the Western persuasion, but with no man present and no man necessary. Shania, wearing a Canadian tuxedo of a denim vest with high-waisted denim jeans, is a walking Wrangler fantasy. Her fringed chaps shimmy as she does a little two-step on top of her truck while washing her horse. This same horse later nuzzles her in a bathtub and brings her a towel, and there’s no less weird way to phrase that.

“That Don’t Impress Me Much,” 1997
This is Eilleen Regina Edwards’s masterwork. Sheena wore leopard print to rule the jungle, Christian Dior warned women not to wear it if they were “fair and sweet,” and Peggy Bundy wore it as armor against the daily mundanities of being a shoe salesman’s wife. Shania Twain wore it — complete with a matching leopard-print hat box and glossy red lips — to drive home the fact that even Brad Pitt did not impress her much.

I’m not sure where the decision for Shania to wear leopard print originated, but I will tell you this: wearing leopard print makes you feel a little bit untouchable and, as a result, less impressable. The only other diva to approach this level of leopard print alchemy was Dolly Parton on the Backwoods Barbie album cover.

This video and, more importantly, this outfit is the defining moment of the Shania Twain persona: she is a woman who may not be impressed by much — but is certainly open to the possibility.


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