Bless Shania Twain for just casually doing what women everywhere wish they could: turn a big, messy breakup into profit.
Twain is set to release a new album for the first time in 15 years, and fans have her divorce to thank — it inspired her new music. Twain opened up to Rolling Stone about the new album, and all the fighting she had to do to even be able to record it, like overcoming a painful vocal cord disorder that prevented her from singing or even talking. Twain says the disorder could well have been caused by the stress of her divorce, and it has permanently deepened her voice, so fans are sure to notice.
“I’m a different singer now,” she said. “There was a lot of coming to terms with that. It’s been one of the obstacles in my life I’ve just had to learn to live with.”
Twain plans to drop her first single from the new album next month, though she didn’t reveal which song it will be. The full album will drop in May and include “Who’s Gonna Be Your Girl,” what Twain describes as “a mournful ballad” about the end of her marriage.
“It’s about feeling unappreciated and knowing that you are secondary,” she explained. “Having to live with someone that has different priorities and accepting that you’re not the most important thing in a person’s life.”
Like so many singers before her who have also used their heartbreak to spur emotional songwriting, Twain likened making the album to therapy.
“It helped me come to terms with a lot of things emotionally,” she said.
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