Today (June 15), the best-selling female artist in the history of country music—Shania Twain—announced the upcoming release of her fifth studio album, Now, on Sept. 29.
Now, which is Shania’s first album since 2002’s Up!, will be offered as both a 12-track standard album and 16-track deluxe album.
Her new single, “Life’s About to Get Good,” premieres on country radio today (listen below).
“The new music is more celebratory, more inspirational, more about coming from somewhere bad and going somewhere good, dark to light, and that whole transition emotionally,” says Shania to NCD. “So, it’s a little deeper emotionally, for sure, this new album. There’s a lot of optimism, like ‘Life’s About to Get Good.’ The words are quite melancholy, but it’s just a happy song. It makes me feel happy when it comes on.”
Shania not only served as the album’s co-producer but she also wrote every song . . . by herself.
“I wrote it alone,” says Shania. “I wanted to exercise independence, and I think that’s really where the power of this album is. Everyone talks about the female power with my music in the past . . . and the whole attitude there, but this one is even more about just personal power and exercising independence and putting myself forward and scaring the hell out of myself by taking on that challenge of saying, ‘Ok, I take full responsibility for the songwriting and if it sucks, then I take responsibility for that.’ But I needed to try to do this, not try, ‘I’m going to do this by myself.’ I was determined to do it alone. Because I had been in a co-writing scenario for all those years, and this was going to be the first time after all that time that I’ve written solely alone, so it’s all about independence, and I needed to learn that about myself, I needed to rediscover that about myself.”
Shania will perform “Life’s About to Get Good” as part of Today’s Summer Concert Series on June 16. In addition, Shania’s Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit will open on June 27 and run through mid-2018.
Shania remains the first and only female artist in history to have three consecutive albums certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of more than 10 million units each. “The Queen of Country Pop,” a title she definitely deserved to call her own, earned five Grammys, four ACMs and two CMAs, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Listen to “Life’s About to Get Good” on Spotify below.