Shania Twain

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Shania Twain is a Timmins, Ontario singer and songwriter who has enjoyed great success in the country and pop music genres, giving herself a unique reputation and setting the worlds of country and pop on fire. Her third album Come on Over is the biggest-selling album of all time by a female artist, and the sixth biggest selling album in music history, and she is the only female artist to have three albums certified Diamond by the RIAA. She is also the recipient of five Grammy awards, and numerous other prestigious music awards.

Songs from the album won four Grammy Awards over the next two years, including Best Country Song for Twain and Lange for "You're Still the One" and "Come On Over" and Best Female Country Performance for "You're Still the One" and "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!". The album has sold 39 million copies worldwide, the largest ever by a female solo artist, but despite this it wasn't able to top the Billboard 200, reaching a peak of #2. It did however top the charts for 11 weeks in the UK. Additionally, the album set the record for the longest ever stay in the Top 20 of The Billboard 200, remaining in the Top 20 for 99 weeks (about 1 year and 10 months).

Born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario to Sharon and Clarence Edwards, she grew up as Eilleen Twain in Timmins, Ontario, after her parents separated when she was two, and her mother remarried to Jerry Twain, a full-blooded member of the Ojibwa First Nation.

Eilleen Twain had a hard childhood; with her parents not earning much, Twain was sent out to sing in numerous clubs and bars to help bring the money in, encouraged and mentored by her mother, Sharon, who often fell into bouts of depression over the lack of food in the household.

Since Shania's "Greatest Hits" album was released in November 2004, it was suspected that she would return with a new album late 2006 and it looks as though that is what is going to happen. Shania has been writing new songs for some time, and as of this spring has started recording her next studio album, which is still on schedule for an expected album release by late 2006 (November). Several recent reports have mentioned or implied a lead single with video, presumably several months in advance of her album, though the label has not commented yet. Further confirmation is expected by July with Shania's new album listed on the label's fourth quarter schedule. Shania announced earlier she plans to tour again after her next album release, presumably starting several months after her initial promotion period ends (typically about 6-9 months after release, based on past history).