Shania Twain proves yet again that she is still the one.
The Grammy-winning country legend, who broke boundaries for the genre on the pop charts with her albums ‘The Woman in Me’ and ‘Come On Over’ (the best selling album by a female in history), took an unexpected 15-year break after her mega-selling 2002 album,’Up,’ gave her the distinction of being the only female artist in history to release three consecutive diamond-selling albums.
Now, with her new album, conveniently titled ‘Now,’ the songstress (over 20 years since her debut) is continuing to make her presence felt on the pop charts. As forecasted here, the album – despite having no Hot 100-charting singles to lead it to battle against top pop stars Miley Cyrus & Demi Lovato – not only triumphed over their sets on the bid for the top spot, but sold double that of Lovato (who emerged as Twain’s nearest competitor).
With this victory, Twain entered charts at #1 and claims with her the second highest first week sales of any female this year (to date). Details inside:
Shania Twain debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with Now, her first studio album in nearly 15 years. The set starts atop the list with 137,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen Music.
Of that sum, 134,000 were in traditional album sales — the third-largest sales week for a country album in 2017, and the largest for a [country] woman in nearly two years. Now, which was released on Sept. 29 through Mercury Nashville, is Twain’s second No. 1 album and the first chart-topping country set by a female artist in over three years…
Twain’s ‘Now’ is only bested by Katy Perry‘s ‘Witness,’ which entered charts at #1 in July to the tune of 180,000 SPS its first week (162,000 were traditional sales). Look below to see who joins the country legend in the top 25 on this week’s refreshed TGJ Chart Check:
Billboard 200 This Week