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The Evolution of Shania Twain


The Evolution of Shania Twain

MusicVaultz | February 28, 2017

Shania Twain‘s achievements, not only in the country music world, but by all measures, are astounding.

The singer, originally from Timmins, Ontario, Canada, has sold 85 million records worldwide, making her the best-selling female country artist.

Among her impressive feats include:

  • Five Grammy Awards, 27 BMI Songwriter awards, stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
  • The only female artist in history to have three consecutive albums certified Diamond by the RIAA.
  • Bizarrely was found to have a “perfect face” according to a study by the University of Toronto

We’re diving into Shania’s musical catalogue and taking a look at her four studio albums:

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Shania Twain (1993)

Shania Twain’s debut album was not a hit right out the gate, but her later success would bring attention to earlier work. Eventually, her self-titled project (a collection of covers) would go on to hit Platinum certification in the United States and 2x Platinum in Canada.

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The Woman In Me (1995)

Fast forward two years, and Shania Twain was propelled into international success. Second single “Any Man of Mine” hit #1 on the country charts, followed by “I’m Outta Here!” and “You Win My Love.” The Woman In Me went on to be certified 12× Platinum by the RIAA for 12 million shipments in the US and 20 million copies worldwide.

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Come On Over (1997)

While The Woman In Me proved Shania had the chops to be on the big stage, Come On Over solidified it. The album became the best-selling country music album, the best-selling studio album by a female act, and the best selling album by a Canadian. It is also the sixth best-selling album in the United States, staying in the top ten of the country charts for 151 weeks.

Come On Over has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, shipped over 20 million copies in the United States alone (with an estimated 15.6 million copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan) with another 2 million copies being distributed through BMG Music Clubs.

While it sold consistently well, Come On Over never made it to the top spot on the albums chart (in its debut frame, Ma$e’s Harlem World album beat it by 3,000 units.) It sold more than 100,000 units in each of 62 weeks.

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Up! (2002)

Up! diversified Shania Twain’s pop and country influences even further: three different editions were released (a pop version, a country edition, and an international release with Bollywood influences.)

Twain finally secured a #1 album, selling over 874,000 copies in its first week, remaining at the top for five weeks. The album was certified Diamond in Canada (one million units) within five weeks. Eventually, the RIAA certified Up! 11x Platinum, and over 15 million units have been sold worldwide.

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To say her first album is a "collection of covers" is not entirely accurate...

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Yeah, I don't think that's entirely accurate at all in regards to her first album being an album of covers. I believe Shania has mentioned how the songwriters would all get together by appointment and write the songs for her first album. She talked about being kind of disturbed at the thought of making appointments to write! But also, not to mention that Shania wrote one of the songs herself "God Ain't Gonna Getcha For That".



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Some of the songs she recorded had been sung by other artists before her. I guess that's what they mean here. But of couse it's not a collection of covers only.

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Do you know which artists before her sang the songs off of her first album? I would love to hear their versions vs. Shania's versions of the songs.

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From wiki:

Three songs were originally recorded by other artists. "There Goes the Neighborhood" was recorded by Joe Diffie on his 1990 album A Thousand Winding Roads, "When He Leaves You" was previously a single for Donna Meade in 1989, and "You Lay a Whole Lot of Love on Me" was recorded by Con Hunley in 1980 and Tom Jones in 1983.

Maybe not by definition but I think "cover" has a connotation that the original was popular (or at least a single). Perhaps not, but it's not uncommon for more than one artist to record a song written by someone else. But if it wasn't a "hit" (or a single), is it still a cover? Is it a cover if the artist never heard the "original" version of the song (only the demos)? Faith Hill had never heard the popular Janis Joplin version of Piece of My Heart before she recorded it in the 90s--only the demo from her producers. Sorry for the sidetrack lol

Anyway I know Shan did Half Breed by Cher on the Limelight CD.

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As I found in an online dictionary: a cover is a recording or performance of a song previously recorded by another performer. It doesn't matter whether it was a hit or not. I think if it was released by some artist (not as demo but on their albums) and then another artist records it again then it might be considered a cover.



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