Well-positioned sources in Shania Twain’s camp have given us the inside track on the mysterious announcement due Friday, August 28. Word of the announcement began circulating last week, and some suspected that it might concern a video diary of Twain’s life since her split from husband and producer Mutt Lange in 2008.
Not so, say our sources. In fact, the truth is much stranger:
In an apparent attempt to recapture the magic of her last big hit, Twain will repeat the formula of pairing up with a hot young country act for a duet on the perky “Party for Two.” Five years after her collaboration with then-newcomer Billy Currington resulted in her last top ten single, Twain recently headed into the studio with up-and-comers Love & Theft, whose fresh-faced three-part harmony is sweeping the nation on the heels of their Tuesday album release, to remake the song as “Party for Four.” The move has Nashville insiders buzzing.
“To my knowledge, this is the first country song ever about a ménage à quatre,” said respected country music scholar and coauthor of Finding Her Voice: Women in Country Music, 1800-2000, Robert K. Oermann. “Beyond that, the fact that it details a tryst between Twain, a fortysomething divorcee, and a trio of metrosexual men young enough to be her children only adds intrigue. This is just delicious news.”
Meanwhile, CMT.com columnist and author of How to Score High-Profile Writing Gigs in Industries You Know Almost Nothing About, Alison Bonaguro, pointed to the intermingling of musical styles represented by the collaboration. “Shania comes from more of a pop/bluegrass background, whereas Love & Theft is more traditional country with outlaw accents, so this is certainly an unexpected pairing,” she posited by email.
“Party for Four” goes for adds starting Monday, August 31. GAC has taken the unusual step of preemptively banning the as-yet-nonexistent music video, calling it “obscene” and “not suitable for families.”