Speaking with Entertainment Weekly recently, Shania Twain shared new details of her upcoming album. The new album is the latest chapter of the country-pop icon’s comeback.
In 2015, the Canadian-born singer went on her “Rock This Country Tour,” which was her first in over a decade, as Us Weekly described. Although Twain said it would be her final tour, she isn’t done making music. According to Entertainment Weekly, the new album should be available in “late Spring of 2017.”
Known for hits such as “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?,” “No One Needs to Know,” “Still the One,” “Forever and For Always,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” “From This Moment On,” and many others, Twain has made an enormous impact on country and pop radio. Known for achieving a tremendous amount of success in the 1990s, Entertainment Weekly describes Twain as “one of the best-selling female artists in history.”
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Earlier this year, the Inquisitr reported on the fact that Twain was celebrating the 19th anniversary of her Come on Over album. As the Inquistir also reported, it was the best country album of all time as well as the best-selling album by a female artist. According to Broadway World, the album sold 15.7 million copies across the United States and stayed at the top of “Billboard’s Top Country Album’s chart” for a record 50 weeks.
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However, it has been quite a while since Twain has released fresh new music. Twain’s last studio album, Up!, was released all the way back in 2002. The album’s title track was one of the songs she performed at the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVII, as Billy Dukes of Taste of Country describes. The upcoming studio album will be her fifth overall, and Twain admits that it has been a long time coming.
“I’m so overdue!” Twain told Entertainment Weekly. “I feel like I just need to keep making albums now.”
Naturally, Shania Twain fans will be wondering what to expect from the new album. Twain told Entertainment Weekly that she has been working with Garage Band and ProTools for quite a while, which she used to make demos. According to the article, she had “years” worth of material saved “on various recording devices,” which she was able to “draw from” for the new album. She also described what some of the new music will entail.
“Twain says the finished album includes “painful and melancholy ballads that evolved into completely upbeat songs” to “triumphant” girl-power rockers.”
Some will also wonder exactly what genre the new music will fall into. By the sound of it, Twain’s new album may be more in line with the pop category as opposed to country, as WIN 98.5 in Battle Creek, Michigan, describes.
“[B]ut from the list of her collaborators, its seems her first new project since 2002 may lean decidedly toward the pop side.”
As can also be read in the Entertainment Weekly article, the “collaborators” that WIN 98.5 refers to include producers who have previously partnered with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, One Direction, and Kings of Leon. WIN 98.5 also discusses how when Up! was released, Twain made sure to appeal to both her country and pop fanbases. It remains to be seen whether or not this will be the case with the upcoming album, but the most important thing is that the immensely talented musician is recording music once again.
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Lastly, Entertainment Weekly touches on how Robert “Mutt” Lange, Twain’s ex-husband and producer, is not part of the project. Twain and Lange went through a divorce in 2008, which was during Twain’s hiatus from music. Twain later opened up to Oprah Winfrey about how devastated she was when the marriage first ended.
After getting marrying Frederic Thiebaud in 2011, Twain appears to be in a happy place once again and has been able to focus on her comeback. Entertainment Weekly describes how even without Lange, who produced the hugely successful Come on Over Album, Twain feels “as confident as ever” about the upcoming album. Twain also described how she felt once she had finished recording.
“… I felt like I had climbed a huge mountain and was standing on top of it, looking God in the eye, and saying, ‘I’m here! What do I gotta do next?”
Shania Twain’s upcoming album should be a major source of excitement for her fans, and it is certainly good to hear her enthusiasm as well. It should be interesting to see if Twain might offer more details regarding her new album before it is released next Spring.
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