CSPC: Shania Twain Popularity Analysis

Shania Twain

I won’t lie, I won’t tell you she’ll return soon. With no album release in 14 years, a comeback for Shania Twain was more than rumoured this year with the Country legend tweeting pictures of recording sessions. However, it didn’t happen. Nevertheless, that is no reason to ignore her past discography which features some true stand-out moments.

It all started rather late for the artist who managed to get her first album out at 28, the age Rihanna is today. This late start was also pretty slow as her eponymous debut was unnoticed by everyone. Everyone except Robert John “Mutt” Lange, the legendary producer of AC/DC, Def Leppard, Foreigner and Bryan Adams’ biggest records. After hearing her, Lange decided to produce her upcoming albums – and also to marry her, something we can’t really blame him for.

Both talents added together took North America and then the world by storm during the second half of the 90s. Among country stars, some have been able to sell a few records elsewhere like Garth Brooks in Ireland and the UK or Willie Nelson in Australasia. None of them got the strength of crossing over most of the world, none that is until Shania Twain.

Often when something unusual happens like such a crossover, the Media overreact and their coverage makes it look much bigger than it really was. What’s the truth? Where has the singer been successful and how just how successful was she? Let apply the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept to provide answers.

As a reminder for users who are not yet familiar with the CSPC you do not need to worry, it is quite simple as it only consists in merging every format sales an artist has been getting and attributing them to respective studio albums. We will start by focusing on raw data, setting how much each Shania Twain album sold. Then, we will check sales of each track from those albums on each format – physical, digital and streaming – and weight them to value those figures on a par with album sales. To complete the study, we will study sales of all the compilations, live albums and music videos she dropped. Once all the raw data is set, we will only need to apply appropriate weighting to get the overall picture of the most missed country artist’s career results.

Let’s go!

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I think we have to trust Shania Twain herself about her album sales. Shania said in the spotlight she sold 40 million copies of her Come on over album a few years ago.


You really should proof read your articles before posting. All of the spelling and grammatical errors tend to make you look unprofessional and possibly unreliable.


I’ll help you Guillaume. I’ll proof read your posts/topics and adjust them, so they read correctly in English.


Prior to you or Hernan publishing them, I meant to say.


By the way, MJD, can you provide a sales breakdown for Greatest Hits? Please and Thank You!

Anthony Blanchard

Hi everyone! Here are the 10 Shania Twain’s tracks that have generated the most sales: 1 1997 Man! I Feel Like a Woman! [Come On Over] – 13,230,000 2 1997 You’re Still the One [Come On Over] – 10,260,000 3 1997 That Don’t Impress Me Much [Come On Over] – 9,650,000 4 1995 Any Man of Mine [The Woman In Me] – 8,070,000 5 1997 From This Moment On [Come On Over] – 4,430,000 6 1995 Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? [The Woman In Me] – 3,390,000 7 2002 I’m Gonna Getcha Good! [Up!] – 3,080,000 8 2002… Read more »


Awesome to see a Shania article. 🙂

MJD, is Come On Over the best selling female album of all time?



Pretty surprised to see LTAL being more successful than COO! But come to think of it, it could be explained by a lot of factors. First, is the fact that Shania didn’t release an album for over a decade, making lots of people and the new generation forget about her, while Celine remained on the radar since the new millennium. Hence, the lower streaming figures for COO. Another thing is how massive MHWGO was, one the most iconic and remembered songs in history. While COO had a bunch of successful singles, all of them combined can’t match the juggernaut that… Read more »

Innocent Eyes

Nice that you did Shania and The Weeknd.

Do you plan to analyse P!nk at one point? Even though there’s no plan for a new album, she’s been in the music industry for 16 years and has gone through CD singles, downloads and streaming. Therefore she would be an interesting case to study IMO.


now that is a shocker! always thought her come on over album would end up being the best selling or second best selling female album ever after whitney’s the bodyguard. wonder if alanis morisette’s jagged little pill would end up with a higher cspc total. btw you mentioned celine dion in the article but did not have her name tagged with the other names :p
fantastic work once again!


Come On Over don’t sold close 40 million copies (pure album sales)?

Im surprise!


Thanks for answer!

I’m shock! Haha

The question is! What is the best selling female album of all time?

Thank you!

Please! Mariah, Whitney and Janet!

Hugs from Brazil!


Im really surprised that “Come on Over” didnt do that well in Asia. Because I remember hearing “You’re still the one” over and over and over again on the radio, Im from Malaysia btw. I guess maybe she did pretty well in Malaysia, its a small market after all and she probably didnt do that well in other major Asian market. Anyway, to me its such a shame that she had to retire so early in her career. She was probably the only country artist that has managed to break the world market successfully. I always wonder how much she… Read more »

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