Up! (album)

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Studio album by Shania Twain
Released November 18, 2002
Recorded Fall 2001–Summer 2002
Length 73:05 (Red Version)
72:55 (Green Version)
73:25 (Blue Version)
Label Mercury Nashville
Shania Twain chronology
The Complete Limelight Sessions
Greatest Hits
Alternate cover (Red CD only)
Singles from Up!
  1. "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!"
    Released: September 23, 2002
  2. "Up!"
    Released: January 6, 2003
  3. "Ka-Ching!"
    Released: February 17, 2003
  4. "Forever and for Always"
    Released: April 7, 2003
  5. "Thank You Baby! (for Makin' Someday Come So Soon)"
    Released: August 11, 2003
  6. "She's Not Just a Pretty Face"
    Released: October 6, 2003
  7. "When You Kiss Me"
    Released: November 10, 2003
  8. "It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing"
    Released: February 9, 2004

Up! is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer Shania Twain. It was released on November 18, 2002, by Mercury Nashville. Three versions of the album were released: a pop version (red disc), a country version (green disc), and an international version (blue disc) in the style of Indian film music; all three discs contain exactly the same track listing and feature distinctly identifiable picture labels (for example, Twain sports a cowboy hat on the green country disc.) In the U.S., Up! debuted at #1 with sales of 874,000 copies. On September 23, 2004, the RIAA certified Up! at 11× Platinum,[1] giving her the distinction of being the only female artist to have three consecutive Diamond albums released in the United States.


Writing and recording for the album took place across the world. According to the album booklet, Twain and Lange wrote and recorded in Berlin, Rome, Vienna, Paris, Avignon, Provence, Milan, Dublin, the Bahamas (at the famous Compass Point Studios), The Grenadine Islands, and Mumbai.[2] For the blue international disc, the pair enlisted British-Asian music producers Simon and Diamond Duggal for production collaboration. Canadian folk music group Leahy provided group fiddles throughout the album.


Twain launched an extensive promotional tour for the album, starting in October 2002. Major events included the Super Bowl XXXVII halftime show, the 2002 and 2003 Country Music Awards, the 2003 American Music Awards, the 2003 Juno Awards, the 2003 ECHO Awards, the 2003 Billboard Music Awards, and the 2003 CMT Flameworthy Awards.

On October 2, 2002, Twain performed on the Dutch program TROS TV Show. On October 5 she appeared on Wetten, dass..?. On October 19 she appeared on the BBC show Parkinson and on France's Star Academy. On October 26 she filmed a mini-concert for CD:UK. On November 6, she launched the U.S. leg of the promotional tour by opening the 2002 Country Music Awards. On November 24, Twain performed in Edmonton at the 2002 Grey Cup halftime show.

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, after selling 874,000 copies in its first full week of release.[3] On its second week, it remained at the top spot on both charts, selling 623,000 copies. During its third week, sales were still strong to top both charts again, selling more than 317,000 copies, beating Tim McGraw's Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors which held the number two spot in a second consecutive week after selling over 250,000 copies, and Mariah Carey's Charmbracelet.[4] Its fourth week sales were enough to keep her on #1 on its fourth week, this time selling more than 373,000 copies. Its last reign on the All Genre chart was during its fifth week, as it sold more than 459,000 units. The albums five-week total alone stands at an estimated 2,646,000 units. The RIAA certified the album at 11× platinum, denoting shipments of 5.8 million in the United States; the RIAA counts each disc separately for certification purposes. As of 2007, Up! has sold 20 million copies worldwide.[5][6] It stayed in the Top 200 of the Billboard top 200 albums sales chart for more than 60 weeks.

The album was also certified diamond in Canada 17 days after its release date.[7]

In 2007, the album's cover was listed on Maxim's Sexiest Album Covers.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (72/100)[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[10]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[11]
Amazon.com (positive)[12]
Blender 4/5 stars[13]
Billboard (favorable)[14]
Entertainment.ie 3/5 stars[15]
Entertainment Weekly A[16]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[13][17]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[18]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[19]
Yahoo! Music UK 6/10 stars[20]

Upon its release, the album received positive reviews from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 72/100 from Metacritic.[9] Stephen Thomas Erlewine editor from Allmusic rated it four-and-a-half-stars out of five, praising Twain for: "been writing well crafted songs as universal anthems, so listeners can hear themselves within these tales."[11] Erlewine further commented that: "The album had big, polished, multipurpose hooks and big, sweeping emotions. This is Super-Size pop, as outsized and grandiose as good pop should be", he concluded.[11] Matthew Bjorke from About.com rated it four-stars out of five and said that: "This 19 track opus is sure to please most fans of both pop and modern country."[10] The Blender review was also positive, saying that: "Twain's songs are never deep, but they have hooks tattooed on their skin and harmonies that glow like bar lights."[13] Also with a positive review, Billboard said that: "[It's] quintessential Shania, light as vapor, sweet as sugar, rendered with personality and undeniable charisma. Expect precious metal."[14] Andrew Lynch from Entertainment.ie rated it three-stars out of five and said that: "The songs, themselves, meanwhile, are as bland and one-dimensional as they were on the smash hit Come On Over, sassily upbeat stuff with a dash of girl power thrown in for good measure. A high proportion of them, however, are also infuriatingly catchy - suggesting that Twain may well have another global success on her hands."[15]

Chris Willman from Entertainment Weekly was largely positive with the album, gaving an "A" grade for the album, comparing the album to "ABBA's Gold without all the melancholy." He also complemented "the sheer exuberance and joy of craftsmanship in this double-Up!-manship don't feel like mercenary insincerity. They resemble something like actual generosity... not to put too fine a point on it."[16] The PopMatters review was average, giving it six stars out of ten and saying that the album "got everything from dance numbers to ballads, and it's vintage Shania". The review further said that: "Up! is a sense of Twain trying -- desperately trying at all levels -- to touch everyone, to express universal truths by artificial means: beats, tempos, instruments, etc."[17] The review concluded that: "Up! is too generic and emotionless for that level of diversity, but in a very real sense, Twain has taken country music to its next level of popularity where country and pop are virtually indistinguishable."[17] Robert Christgau on his Consumer Guide Review praised the tracks "I'm Gonna Getcha Good! " and "Ka-Ching!".[18] The Rolling Stone review was positive, rating it four-stars out of five and saying that: "Up! would be a knockout even if it were limited to its one disc of country music.... But the second, relentlessly kinetic pop disc is a revelation."[19] Jennifer Nine from Yahoo! Music rated it six-stars out of ten, saying that: "'Up!' is not without its little oddities and delights." And concluded that: "'Up!' takes on its all-things-to-all-wallets mission with real appetite."[20] Alanna Nash from Amazon was largely positive and concluded that: "There's something oddly hypnotic about much of this project, and it may be simply hearing what Shania can do when she abandons the pretense of being a country singer and concentrates on music. Call this a guilty pleasure--pop, country, or somewhere in between."[12]

Track listing[edit]

The song lengths noted here are for the versions from the Green (Country) album. The Red (Pop) and Blue (World) versions have minor time differences. Note that, "every purchaser gets two of the three CDs."[15]

All tracks written by Shania Twain and Robert John "Mutt" Lange

No. Title Length
1. "Up!"   2:53
2. "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!"   4:29
3. "She's Not Just a Pretty Face"   3:49
4. "Juanita"   3:50
5. "Forever and for Always"   4:43
6. "Ain't No Particular Way"   4:25
7. "It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing"   3:20
8. "Nah!"   4:14
9. "(Wanna Get to Know You) That Good!"   4:31
10. "C'est la Vie"   3:39
11. "I'm Jealous"   3:59
12. "Ka-Ching!"   3:20
13. "Thank You Baby! (For Makin' Someday Come So Soon)"   4:01
14. "Waiter! Bring Me Water!"   3:20
15. "What a Way to Wanna Be!"   3:33
16. "I Ain't Goin' Down"   3:45
17. "I'm Not in the Mood (To Say No)!"   3:26
18. "In My Car (I'll Be the Driver)"   3:15
19. "When You Kiss Me"   4:07


Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
Certification Sales/shipments
Australian Albums Chart[21] 1 2× Platinum 140,000[22]
Austrian Albums Chart[23] 2 Platinum 40,000[24]
Belgian Flanders Albums Chart[25] 4 Gold 25,000[26]
Belgian Wallonia Albums Chart[27] 9
Brazilian Albums Chart Platinum 250,000[28]
Canadian Albums Chart[29] 1 2× Diamond 2,000,000[30]
Danish Albums Chart[31] 5 Platinum 50,000[32]
Dutch Albums Chart[33] 8 Gold 60,000[34]
European Albums Chart[35] 3 3× Platinum 3,000,000[36]
Finnish Albums Chart[37] 20
French Albums Chart[38] 5 Platinum 360,000[39]
German Albums Chart[40] 1 2x Platin 600,000[41]
Hungarian Albums Chart[42] 13
Irish Albums Chart[43] 3 60,000[44]
Italian Albums Chart[45] 45
Japanese Albums Chart[46] 14 Gold 115,000[46]
New Zealand Albums Chart[47] 1 3× Platinum 45,000[48]
Norwegian Albums Chart[49] 2 3× Platinum 150,000[50]
Polish Albums Chart - OLIS 8 Gold 35,000[51]
Portuguese Albums Chart[52] 8 Platinum 40,000[53]
Spanish Albums Chart[54] 25 Gold 50,000[55]
Swedish Albums Chart[56] 8 Platinum 60,000[57]
Swiss Albums Chart[58] 2 3× Platinum 120,000[59]
UK Albums Chart[60] 4 2× Platinum 600,000[61]
U.S. Billboard 200[62] 1 11× Platinum (Diamond)[63] 5,500,000
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[64] 1

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Preceded by
The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse by Jay-Z
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 1, 2002 – January 4, 2003
Succeeded by
8 Mile Soundtrack
Preceded by
Riot Act by Pearl Jam
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
November 25 - December 1, 2002
Succeeded by
The Last Time by John Farnham
Preceded by
Home by Dixie Chicks
Top Country Albums number-one album
December 7, 2002 – January 17, 2003
Succeeded by
Home by Dixie Chicks
Preceded by
O Brother, Where Art Thou? by Various Artists
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
Succeeded by
Shock'n Y'all by Toby Keith