Here’s Everything We Know About Shania Twain’s New Music
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Finally, it’s really happening! Shania Twain‘s new single and album are press release official, meaning there will be no more delays, teases or rumors to lead fans down a hopeless path of disappointment. Is that too dramatic?
Maybe a little, but to say “Life’s About to Get Good” is a long time coming is an understatement. Even Chicago Cubs fans started to feel bad for her most faithful. The End of Time was like, “Hurry up, boo!”
The last time Twain dropped a new album on us, no one had any idea who Carrie Underwood or Luke Bryan were. Jason Aldean was still driving the Pepsi truck. Kelsea Ballerini was just 9 years old. Up! (2002) was an international sensation that solidified her as the biggest star in country music, but then she went dark. Twain’s last Top 10 hit was “Party for Two,” a 2004 collaboration with Billy Currington.
The new music is sure to sound much, much different than her last. Not only have times changed, but Twain’s personal life has too. Husband and producer Mutt Lange is now ex-husband and ex-producer Mutt Lange. Her 1-year-old son Eja is now 15. The singer herself turns 52 in August, and it’s clear she’s not quite as comfortable in the outfits she wore during her late ’90s, early ’00s prime.
Twain’s new album (still untitled, expected in September) will feature plenty of dark songs that follow her as she relives and heals from the many personal obstacles that slowed her train down. The divorce and dysphonia (a vocal condition that required years of therapy) are just two of them, with the latter a result of Lyme disease. During an interview with Rolling Stone she said a song called “Swinging With My Eyes Closed” is very moody early on. It’s about fighting back.
“The fighter in me wrote that song,” she tells the mag. “I was thinking of a boxer taking a swing, or a baby first coming out with his eyes and fists closed. They can’t even see yet and they’re swinging with their eyes closed.”
A song called “Swingin'” (likely the same song) was one of two she was choosing between to be her first single. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times Twain explains why writing “Life’s About to Get Good” was so powerful. Again, she started in a serious, dark place, but the song works her out of it.
“Life’s about joy, life’s about pain, life’s about this, life’s about that,” she says, describing her new single, coming in June. “Then all of a sudden: ‘Life’s about to get good.’ And I thought, ‘What a great play on words! How fun is that?”
“Who’s Gonna Be Your Girl?” is probably less fun. This is the divorce song, with Twain telling Rolling Stone it’s about feeling unappreciated.
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Another title Twian has confirmed for her 2017 album is “We Got Something They Don’t,” but the superstar says the whole thing will be less poppy than her four previous records. Producers like Jake Gosling and Ron Aniello were told to forget the Shania Twain they thought they knew. Mentally she’s in a different place, and sonically she doesn’t sound quite the same.
Fans won’t have to wait long to hear “Life’s About to Get Good.” Look for Twain to debut it at Stagecoach in Indio, Calif. on April 29.
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