Wednesday, September 02, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Shania Twain

Artist:Shania Twain f/Billy Currington
Song:Party For Two
Album:Greatest Hits

Shania Twain was one of the most popular country music artists of the 90s. And she also crossed over significantly to pop. Party For Two was released in 2004 just before she went on a long hiatus. And the odd thing was there were two versions of Party For Two recorded. There was a country music version with Billy Currington and a pop version with Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath. Shania and husband Robert "Mutt" Lange moved to Switzerland and then she gave birth to their son Eja in 2001. After the success of the 2002 album Up!, I don't think it was her intention to never record another album. But it was decided that Mercury Records would release a 2004 Greatest Hits CD. Record companies like to have some new songs on Greatest Hits comps so the faithful fans will buy it. What was unusual was the decision to record two versions of Party For Two and release them separately. There were even two videos. The country version was recorded with Billy Currington. Currington had just released his debut CD on Mercury and he would go on to have a lot of success. The pop version was recorded with Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath who hasn't had much success as a solo artist. The videos are pretty much the same. Lange gave the McGrath version a harder guitar riff. This was also the first time Shania had recorded a duet with anyone. The country version was more successful. It reached #7 on the Country Singles chart. The Greatest Hits CD was certified 6XPlatinum and it did very well internationally. Like I said, I don't think Shania ever intended to go over a decade without releasing a new CD. Of course she had problems with her marriage. She finally returned to live performing in 2012. She also released the live CD Still The One: Live From Vegas in Mar. 2015. She has been on tour this summer. She has said that after the tour, she will record new music with a planned release in the first half of 2016. I'm sure her fans will be waiting with bated breath. Here's the video for Party For Two by Shania Twain featuring Billy Currington.

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