Poll: Country Fans 'Up!' For Shania Set
Of the upcoming batch of releases from country music's biggest stars, Shania Twain's "Up!" is the most anticipated by fans, according to a Billboard.com poll. Twain pulled in 49% of 4,998 votes, givinOf the upcoming batch of releases from country music's biggest stars, Shania Twain's "Up!" is the most anticipated by fans, according to a Billboard.com poll. Twain pulled in 49% of 4,998 votes, giving her a huge margin over second place artist Faith Hill, who netted 15% of the tally.
Due Nov. 12 via Mercury, "Up!" is the long-awaited follow-up to Twain's smash album "Come on Over." Released in November 1997, that set debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 2 on The Billboard 200, and has sold 14.3 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Hill, meanwhile, will follow her own successful "Breathe" (Warner Bros.) on Oct. 15 with "Cry." Her last set debuted on top of both the country chart and The Billboard 200, and has sold 5.95 million copies in the U.S.
Elsewhere in the poll, the Dixie Chicks grabbed 14% of the response for their upcoming set "Home" (Aug. 27; Open Wide Records/Sony), while Lee Ann Womack pulled in 6% for her new one, "Something Worth Leaving Behind" (Aug. 20, MCA). Hill's husband Tim McGraw, who will release an as yet untitled album Nov. 26 via Curb, garnered 5% in the poll, followed by Keith Urban with 4%. He'll release "Golden Road" via Capitol.
George Strait, who will issue an as-yet-untitled live set, grabbed 3% of the tally, as did Steve Earle, who will release "Jerusalem" Sept. 24 via Artemis. Tied with just 1% of the response were Montgomery Gentry, which will drop "My Town" Aug. 27 through Columbia, and Vince Gill, who is pulling together a new album for a fall release.
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