Shania Twain (album)

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Shania Twain
Shania Twain album.png
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 20, 1993
Recorded1992–1993
GenreCountry
Length30:41
Label
Producer
Shania Twain chronology
Shania Twain
(1993)
The Woman in Me
(1995)
Singles from Shania Twain
  1. "What Made You Say That"
    Released: March 9, 1993
  2. "Dance with the One That Brought You"
    Released: July 13, 1993
  3. "You Lay a Whole Lot of Love on Me"
    Released: September 7, 1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1/5 stars[4]

Shania Twain is the self-titled debut studio album by Shania Twain, released on April 20, 1993 by Polygram and Mercury Records. The album achieved little to moderate commercial success worldwide when first released, but following the significant success of Twain's subsequent studio albums, an increased interest in Shania Twain developed, leading it to be certified platinum in the United States for shipments of one million copies. None of the album's songs were included in Twain's Greatest Hits album, released in 2004.

Three songs were originally recorded by other artists. "There Goes the Neighborhood" was recorded by Joe Diffie on his 1990 album A Thousand Winding Roads, "When He Leaves You" was previously a single for Donna Meade in 1989, and "You Lay a Whole Lot of Love on Me" was recorded by Con Hunley in 1980 and Tom Jones in 1983. In her 2011 autobiography, From This Moment On, Twain expressed displeasure with her debut studio album, revealing that she had very little creative control and expressed frustration over being unable to showcase her songwriting ability.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."What Made You Say That"
2:58
2."You Lay a Whole Lot of Love on Me"
  • Hank Beach
  • Forest Borders II
2:48
3."Dance with the One That Brought You"2:23
4."Still Under the Weather"3:06
5."God Ain't Gonna Getcha for That"
2:44
6."Got a Hold on Me"
  • Rachel Newman
2:14
7."There Goes the Neighborhood"
  • Tommy Dodson
  • Bill C. Graham
  • Alan Laney
3:17
8."Forget Me"Stephony Smith3:21
9."When He Leaves You"
4:21
10."Crime of the Century"
3:29

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1993–2000) Peak
position
Canadian Country Albums (RPM)[6] 28
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[7] 40
Scottish Albums (OCC)[8] 64
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 113
UK Country Albums (OCC)[10] 3
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[11] 67
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[12] 35

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Silver 85,692[15]
United States (RIAA)[16] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
US, Canada April 20, 1993 CD, cassette Mercury Nashville
UK, Europe May, 2000 CD Mercury Nashville
US October 14, 2016 LP vinyl[17] Mercury Nashville

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shania Twain at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Shania Twain". robertchristgau.com. Robert Christgau.
  3. ^ McGee, David (1993-11-25). "Shania Twain: Shania Twain : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2013-01-24.
  4. ^ Cross, Charles R. (2004). "Shania Twain". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 828–29. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ Twain, Shania (May 3, 2011). From This Moment On. New York: Atria Publishing Group. ISBN 9781451620740.
  6. ^ "RPM Country Albums for June 15, 1998". RPM. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  7. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Shania Twain – Shania Twain". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  9. ^ "Chart Log UK 1994–2010". Dipl.-Bibl.(FH). Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "Official Country Artists Albums Chart Top 20". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  11. ^ "Shania Twain Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  12. ^ "Shania Twain Chart History (Top Catalog Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Shania Twain – Shania Twain". Music Canada. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  14. ^ "British album certifications – Shania Twain – Shania Twain". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 13, 2017. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Shania Twain in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  15. ^ James Hanley (July 31, 2017). "World Exclusive: Shania Twain". Music Week. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Shania Twain – Shania Twain". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 13, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  17. ^ Shania Twain Releasing Album Catalog on Vinyl