17 Years Ago: Shania Twain Makes History With 'The Woman in Me'

The Boot
By Gayle Thompson

Nov. 17, 1997 was a historic day for Shania Twain, and for country music. It was on this day, 17 years ago, that the singer’s sophomore album, ‘The Woman in Me,’ was certified diamond, signifying sales of more than 10 million units.

‘The Woman in Me’ became the first record by a female artist to sell in excess of 10 million units. The album spawned six No. 1 hits and sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Twain wrote or co-wrote every song but one on the album with her then-husband, producer Mutt Lange, who wrote the chart-topping hit ‘You Win My Love’ by himself.

The success of ‘The Woman in Me’ was surprising to everyone, including the songstress. Her self-titled debut project didn’t even break the Top 40 and did not include any songs written by Twain. But with ‘The Woman in Me,’ the Canadian found her musical footing and went on to release two more studio albums, including ‘Come on Over,’ which sold more than 40 million copies and became the best-selling album by a female artist in any genre.

Twain has sold more than 85 million albums and is one of the top-selling artists of all time.