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From forgotten diva, nothing: Why Shania Twain is the biggest phoenix of music in 2017

After years suffering in silence the ravages of a love break and a problem in the vocal cords, the country-pop star is reborn from his ashes with 'Now' ', his new album in fifteen years.

Shania Twain
Shania Twain

Being the second Canadian artist with more albums sold in history does not mean that you are going to have an idyllic life. Shania Twain in the early nineties twinned something as American as country music with something as universal as pop, dazzling lovers of both genres with a series of singles and albums that, even today, are still a benchmark for names like Taylor Swift and other vassals of the musical crossover. What happened between 1997 and 1999 with Come On Over, the album that brought him the long-awaited international fame, was a surprise for everyone. After releasing 40 million copies worldwide, win four Grammys and edit a whopping twelve singles from the album (from a record that, both in its original country version of 1997 and that one more danceable, published two years later in all the world, contained sixteen subjects in total), nor the best of the pythoness could have predicted what would come next.

It’s the 20th anniversary of my album ‘Come On Over’ on November 4th! 😱

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What came was an album released in 2002 titled Up!that was published in three versions (a country, another pop-rock and a third influenced by the Bollywood that was so fashionable at the time) and, above all, a love drama that would mark the life of Shania Twain forever. In May 2008, after 14 years of marriage, she announced her separation from Robert “Mutt” Lange, who was not only her husband, but also her producer and songwriter. Although the worst of the matter came when it was officially confirmed that Lange had changed to Twain for an intimate friend of this one, which was an unparalleled humiliation that happened a lot of invoice to our protagonist. Such were the consequences that Twain, apart from a severe depression, suffered a dysphonia in his vocal cords for which he had to be operated on urgently. In short, he had not only lost his half in bed,

With his world shattered, both professionally and personally, it is understood that Twain decided to disappear from the map. At that time the internet gossip commented that the artist suffered from stage fright and that there was no road map marked for her future. However, at the door of increasing the list of dolls broken by fame, love again bite at the gates of the Canadian. And not just any love. Against all odds, Shania began a relationship with the Swiss Frédéric Thiébaud, the ex-husband of that friend who snatched Lange from her. Not even in the best romantic comedies can you see an exchange of couples as surprising as this one.

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Year 2012. Thus he presented his return to the stages in Las Vegas.

He healed the wounds of his heart in 2011, when he gave the “yes, I want” to Thiébaud in an intimate ceremony in Puerto Rico, what was missing was to re-channel his musical career. The documentary series Why Not? With Shania Twain, which premiered that same year, she made us participate in how she went to the doctors to treat her vocal chords, the fears that flew over her head at the possibility of not being able to sing as she would ever want to and the role her new husband had in his life to make her keep going forward. Happy, finally, after a few tragic years, he announced with great fanfare that he was returning to the stage to embark on a residence in Las Vegas between 2012 and 2014 that ended up raising 43 million dollars.

Also, in 2015 he toured the United States and Canada on a tour that he sold as the last. But knowing the times that we have previously heard countless artists announce farewell tours that have not been such, what evidenced the stratagem is that Shania was finally recovered from her vocal ailments and that the gear was already prepared to return to the recording studio. In this way, fifteen years after he saw the light Up! , the artist at the end of last September edited Now , an album that in its first week climbed to the first position of the Billboard. There was desire of Shania.

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Shania Twain in the promotion of ‘Now’.

Now for her it has been like starting over from scratch, since she has had to work with a new series of composers and producers outside her universe and Robert “Mutt” Lange. The album, which obviates any danceable hint to focus on country-pop, should not be interpreted as a successorto Beyoncé’s Lemonade (Shania Twain does not air the infidelity that she suffered, as did Jay Z’s wife). ) or a new sample of sentimental harakiri such asBjörk’s Vulnicura (one of the best and most intense albums of rupture we have heard in the last five years). Parking the narrative of the vicissitudes she has experienced recently, Shania takes the opportunity to tell her fans about pieces like I’m Alrighto Light of My Life that has come back to stay. There is no rancor or bad words dedicated to his ex, but songs full of hope and optimism.

Now tour will go through Europe in September 2018, but as expected there is no scheduled date in our country because, we will not cheat, here it would be very difficult to exhaust the tickets in a venue of more than 10,000 spectators . Anyway, if something has shown Shania Twain recently is that it is the greatest personification of the Phoenix (which corroborates the devotion of the Haim sisters to version it). When everything was lost, he succeeded in being reborn from his ashes and returning to be that star that we missed so much

Waiting for the #ShaniaNOW Tour like…⠀ 📸 Giampaolo Sgura

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