Much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ segments, readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past. So in a quest to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday we introduced a new retrospective segment – ‘TGJ Replay’.
Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase albums (and eras) from a library of pop music hits. Come on down memory lane with us to reflect on the best-selling album of all time by a female act – none other than ‘Come On Over’ from the Queen of Country Pop Shania Twain:
Like so many artists, 1996 saw Shania Twain learn that prosperity is indeed a double-edged sword. For, despite enjoying the success of her 12x platinum sophomore album ‘The Woman In Me’, Twain and team were plagued with trying to craft an equally successful follow-up.
Unbeknownst to her at the time, the assortment of hits she would pen would collectively go on to incarnte 1997’s ‘Come On Over’ – one of the best selling albums of all time. Led by single ‘Love Gets Me Everytime’….
Revolutionary on many fronts (for the country music scene), the Canadian sex kitten garnered much press for the album’s pop fused numbers and upping her sex symbol status in ways no country artist had done before her. This was evidenced by the success of her biggest crossover hit ‘You’re Still the One’…
The success of ‘One’ helped sales of the album skyrocket as, in just three years, the album sold nearly 20 million copies – snatching the title of best selling album by a female from fellow Canadian act Alanis Morisette. Such led to Twain’s inclusion on VH1’s inaugural union of top-selling divas Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, and Gloria Estefan:
On the hems of singles ‘Don’t Be Stupid’, ‘Come On Over’, and ‘Rock This Country’, Twain strategically straddled the lines of pop and country without leaving either side too isolated from her brand of “just enough” sexy and guitar driven footstompers like ‘Honey I’m Home’…
Aside from ‘Come On Over’ being the best-selling album in history by a female artist (40 million to date), it is also the best selling country album of all time. Released in 1997, the album proved itself to be a hitmaking factory well into the next millenium – shipping hit song after hit song like 1999’s ‘You’ve Got A Way’ and fan favorites ‘From This Moment On’ and ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman’…
In the absence of Youtube or digital-driven sales, Twain became the first and only female artist to have three consecutive diamond-selling albums to her name. And, despite a decade passing since her last full-length studio release, Twain is still in continuous mention with today’s top country divas.
While we impatiently await the singer’s next offerings, we look back on the country pop queen’s blueprint of success – and hope one day Taylor Swift will follow (i.e. – do away with bubblegum hits). For, fans of Swift may liken her sales and style to Twain for their crossover appeal, but to that, we at TGJ have this to say: