After being with Mercury Nashville since the beginning of her recording career in the early 1990s, Shania Twain has a new record label, Republic Nashville, and a new song and video to accompany the change: “Waking Up Dreaming,” her first official single. in five years.
It’s not just a new label for her, it’s a new label for everyone, as Twain’s statement about the signing established that she is the debut artist of Republic Nashville, a division of Republic Records.
“I couldn’t think of a better partner than Republic Nashville,” Twain said. “I am honored and excited to be the label’s first artist and lead the charge for this exciting new chapter. In this sense, it feels like a new beginning and I am accepting it wholeheartedly.”
Monte Lipman, Co-Founder and CEO of Republic, said, “Shania is one of the most influential and impactful artists of this generation. She is a rare talent whose legacy continues to resonate around the world. We feel tremendous gratitude for supporting her new body of work, which is spectacular.”
Although the single’s cover and other images feature Twain posing in a cowboy hat, “Waking Up Dreaming” embraces his pop side, most notably with an Isaac Rentz-directed music video that borrows past glam-rock iconography. and hair-metal. The lighthearted clip puts Twain in a flamboyant series of blonde, pink and red wigs, and even more flamboyant eyelashes several inches long, as she poses like an early Motley Crue or Poison-era rocker.
Just two months ago, Twain released what turned out to be his swan song for Mercury Nashville, the soundtrack to his recent Netflix documentary “Not Just a Girl (The Highlights),” a compilation that included a new track, the title track. .
Her previous studio album was “Now,” released in 2017. That marked her return after a lengthy recording drought that hadn’t seen her release a new studio effort since “Up!” 2002, though she remained active as a touring artist in the interim. and guardian of a residence in Las Vegas. Twain’s first five albums have sold more than 100 million units worldwide. Her most successful album, 1997’s “Come on Over,” is the rare album to be certified double diamond by the RIAA, with sales of 20 million copies in the US alone.
His second Las Vegas residency, this one at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, is ongoing and is scheduled to last the remainder of 2022.
In other Twain news, the country-pop superstar was revealed Thursday by Variety be in “final talks” to co-star in a new live television version of “Beauty and the Beast” in the role of Mrs. Potts. Other cast members include HER as Belle and Josh Groban as Beast, airing live on ABC on December 2. 15 and will be available to stream on Disney+ the following day.