Party for Two

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"Party for Two"
Single by Shania Twain featuring Billy Currington or Mark McGrath
from the album Greatest Hits
Released September 7, 2004
Format Digital download, maxi single, CD single
Recorded 2004
Genre Country, pop
Length 3:32 (Country)
3:31 (Pop)
Label Mercury Nashville
Writer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Shania Twain
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Shania Twain singles chronology
"It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing"
(2004)
"Party for Two"
(2004)
"Don't!"
(2005)
Billy Currington singles chronology
"I Got a Feelin'"
(2004)
"Party for Two"
(2004)
"Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right"
(2005)

"Party for Two" is a song by Canadian singer Shania Twain. It was the first single from her 2004 Greatest Hits album. The song was written by Mutt Lange and Twain. Two versions of "Party for Two" were recorded: a pop mix with Mark McGrath and a country version with Billy Currington. The song was released to country, AC, pop, European, and other world markets. The original release date was September 7, 2004. It proved to be quite a success for Shania, as it was her third highest debut on the Billboard country charts, and a huge single in Europe. As well in Europe, DJs quickly remixed it for club play, also making the song one of her most remixed.[1] Commercial singles were released in Germany on October 25, in Canada on November 2, and in the UK on November 22. In 2005, "Party for Two" was certified as a gold single for 100,000 digital downloads, making it Twain's first single to be downloaded that many times.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Party for Two" was shot in London, UK, in the South Kensington area, featuring the Royal Albert Hall, and directed by Marcus Raboy. Filming began on Twain's 39th birthday, August 28, 2004, and wrapped August 29, it was released September 27, 2004. The video shows Twain walking around town handing out invitations to movers, a waiter (played by Sebastian J. Brook), and an artist, to help her get ready for her "party for two" later that night. At the party, Twain and her guest end up swinging on a chandelier and smashing plates. Two separate versions of the video exist, one with Mark McGrath and the other with Billy Currington, each in their respective version of the song, pop and country. The video proved to be successful, the pop version won the MuchMusic Video Award for the MuchMoreMusic Video of the Year,[3] while the country version was nominated for Collaborative Video of the Year at the 2005 CMT Music Awards. Neither video is available on DVD, but they both are available on some of the CD singles.

Chart performance[edit]

"Party for Two" debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart the week of September 18, 2004, at number 39, Twain's third highest debut of all time,[4] and highest of the week. The single spent 20 weeks on the chart and climbed to a peak position of number seven on December 25, 2004, where it remained for one week. "Party for Two" became Twain's 16th top ten single and 22nd (seventh consecutive) top 20 single. It also peaked at number 58 on the Hot 100 and 57 on the Hot 100 Airplay charts.

On adult contemporary radio, "Party for Two" debuted at number 36, the highest debut of the week, on November 20, 2004. The single spent 19 weeks on the chart and climbed to a peak position of number 16 on January 22, 2005, where it remained for two non-consecutive weeks. "Party for Two" became Twain's ninth consecutive top 20 single.

"Party for Two" proved to be successful internationally. In the UK it debuted at its peak position at number 10, making it her ninth top ten single. It first appeared on December 4, 2004, and remained on the charts for nine weeks.[5] The song would have peaked much higher if it had been released before the album was, however it was sent out two weeks later, when most people already had the song. It is also the best selling country single in the United Kingdom so far in the 21st century. In Canada, "Party for Two" held the top spot on the BDS airplay chart for six weeks, and hit number two on the sales chart, held off only by Kalan Porter's "Awake in a Dream". In all, "Party for Two" hit the top ten in six countries: Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Portugal and the UK.

Official versions[edit]

"Party for Two" has become one of Shania's most professionally remixed songs. Almighty Records, who previously remixed "Thank You Baby!", provided six different versions of the song.[6]

  • Country Album Version (3:32)
  • Pop Album Version (3:32)
  • Country Version Radio Edit (3:26)
  • Pop Version Radio Edit (3:25)
  • LMC Remix (6:37)
  • LMC Remix Edit (6:19)
  • Kenny Hayes Mix (5:46)
  • Almighty Downtown Mix (6:46)
  • Almighty Downtown Dub (6:46)
  • Almighty Downtown Radio Edit (3:37)
  • Almighty Uptown Mix (7:49)
  • Almighty Uptown Dub (8:02)
  • Almighty Uptown Radio Edit (3:30)

The song was covered by South African singer Ray Dylan on his album "Goeie Ou Country vol 3". [7]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004-2005) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[8] 6
Belgian Ultratip Chart (Flanders)[9] 5
Belgian Ultratip Chart (Wallonia)[10] 8
Canadian Singles Chart[11] 2
Danish Singles Chart[12] 4
Dutch Singles Chart[13] 44
German Singles Chart 7
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[14] 21
Irish Singles Chart 41
Norwegian Singles Chart[15] 11
Romanian Singles Chart 39
Swedish Singles Chart[16] 20
Swiss Singles Chart[17] 13
UK Singles Chart 10
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[18] 7
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[19] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 58
US Billboard Pop 100 78A
  • AThe Pop 100 chart was created while "Party for Two" was moving down the charts.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Party for Two" remixes
  2. ^ RIAA website[dead link]
  3. ^ Shania Twain awards[dead link]
  4. ^ Billboard.biz[dead link]
  5. ^ "Chart Stats". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  6. ^ "Almighty Remixes". Almightyrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  7. ^ http://www.musica.co.za/cd/id/6005298031754/Ray_Dylan-Goeie_Ou_Country_-_Vol3 Retrieved 10 January 2014
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Austria Singles Chart Peaks". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  9. ^ "Belgium Singles Chart Peaks". Ultratop.be. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  10. ^ "Belgium Singles Chart Peaks". Ultratop.be. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  11. ^ Billboard, November 20, 2004
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "Denmark Singles Chart Peaks". Danishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "Netherlands Singles Chart Peaks". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  14. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  15. ^ Steffen Hung. "Norway Singles Chart Peaks". Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  16. ^ Steffen Hung. "Sweden Singles Chart Peaks". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  17. ^ Steffen Hung. "Switzerland Singles Chart Peaks". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  18. ^ "Shania Twain Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Shania Twain.
  19. ^ "Shania Twain Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Shania Twain.
  20. ^ "Shania Twain Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Shania Twain.

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