16 Years Ago: Shania Twain’s ‘Come on Over’ Earns Diamond Certification
By Gayle Thompson
Sixteen years ago today (April 7, 1999) was an historic day for Shania Twain — and for country music. It was on this day that her 1997 album, Come on Over, was certified diamond, for sales of 10 million copies.
Twain’s achievement made her the first female country artist to earn two diamond-certified albums. Her sophomore record, 1995's The Woman in Me, was also certified diamond, in 1997.
Released in November of 1997, Come on Over was certified double platinum, for sales of two million units, just one month later. The record became the best-selling country album of the 1990s and of all time, as well as the best-selling studio album by a female act in any genre of all time.
Twain released 11 singles from Come on Over, including the title track. She co-wrote all 16 songs on the record with her then-husband, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who also produced the project. Three of the tunes from the album shot straight to No. 1, including “You’re Still the One,” which was certified double platinum, for sales of two million copies.
The Canadian-born country singer wrote much of the record while in the Caribbean.
“The sunny weather gets me into writing mode,” Twain shares. “Many of the songs from The Woman in Me and Come on Over were written in the tropics, so it’s a good place for me to be creative.”
Twain released one more studio album, Up!, after Come on Over. The record, which was released in 2002, sold 11 million copies but failed to produce any No. 1 hits.
Several of the songs from Come on Over, including “Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You),” “Honey, I’m Home,” “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” were included on Twain’s 2015 Shania: Still the One Live From Las Vegas CD/DVD package.