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'Now' Is Her Time: Shania Twain No. 1 After 15 Years


Billboard
By Jim Asker
October 10, 2017


Shania Twain’s Now (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville), her fifth full-length studio LP and her first in 15 years, flies in at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and the all-genre Billboard 200. It earns 137,000 equivalent album units, with 134,000 in traditional sales, in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen Music.

Now marks Twain’s second Billboard 200 No. 1. She previously led with her last studio set, when Up! debuted at No. 1 on Dec. 7, 2002, with 874,000 sold in a far more robust sales climate.

Now is the second country album to crown the Billboard 200 in 2017, following Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes (Sept. 30; 123,000 units). Twain is the first female country artist to rule the chart since Miranda Lambert did so with Platinum (June 21, 2014).

Twain first appeared on Top Country Albums in 1993 with her No. 67-peaking self-titled debut album. Now is her fifth No. 1 on the chart among six top 10s. Her previous release, Still the One: Live From Las Vegas, peaked at No. 2 (March 21, 2015). Her previous leaders before Now were The Woman in Me, which spent 29 weeks at No. 1 in 1995-96; Come On Over, which dominated for a record 50 weeks between 1997-2000; Up!, for six weeks, 2002-03; and her Greatest Hits, for 11 weeks, 2004-05. She adds her 97th total week at No. 1, the most among women; Taylor Swift follows with 89. Among all acts, Garth Brooks leads with 171 cumulative weeks atop the chart.

Twain penned all 12 tracks on Now on her own. Its lead single, “Life’s About to Get Good,” hit Nos. 33 and 36 on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, respectively.