The Evolution of Shania Twain

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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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