Country Throwback: Shania Twain Becomes First Female Artist to Release Record With Over 10 Million Sold 23 Years Ago Today

by Madison Miller

Shania Twain has broken all kinds of records when it comes to music. Not just country music, but music in general.

On Nov. 17, 1997, exactly 23 years ago, Twain’s album “The Woman in Me” was certified diamond, according to The Boot,. This means that it sold more than 10 million units. The image of Twain finding out the news, probably with one of her eccentric outfits on, most likely made her “want to raise some noise, really raise my voice.”

Twain set a milestone for female artists everywhere. She was the first to sell this record-breaking number of units.

Becoming an Icon

The album was a powerhouse with six No.1 hits. She and her ex-husband, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, wrote every song on the album. Her previous album had nowhere near as much success. However, after beginning to write her own songs to record she began to stick her boot into country-pop history.

Beyond her musical trailblazing, Twain has been an inspiration for young women for years. Her empowering, emotionally-charged songs have all the reasons to reach millions and millions of people.

One of Twain’s top songs, reaching Gold or Platinum in nine countries is “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” It also features one of the most amusing lines in country history, “Okay, so you’re Brad Pitt? That don’t impress me much.”

The country artist suffered through her own trauma to get to then overcome and get to where she ended up.

Twain Overcomes Challenges

Twain had gone through watching her own mother be abused by her step father for years as a child.

“So I’d gone though the shock and experience of really believing my mother had died at that moment … Also, through the humiliation of how I thought she had been killed, by drowning in a toilet seat. … It was very, very obviously very hard to take,” Twain told ABC News.

Also as a child, she was burdened by financial struggles leaving her often hungry without enough food. Then after her ex-husband had an affair, she developed dysphonia, which caused her to not be able to sing properly.

Twain overcame years of trauma, pain and misfortune to become one of the most successful artists of her time. That is something that stands out to women in the industry today.

“Let’s go girls, come on.”

Her most recent appearance in music has been with country-pop artist Kelsea Ballerini. The duo sang Ballerini’s single “Hole In The Bottle” together.