Shania Twain's 'Triumphant' 2017 Comeback Album: What We Know
It has been 14 years since country-pop megastar Shania Twain released an album.
One of the best-selling female artists in history, Twain is finally gearing up to release her fifth studio LP in late spring of 2017.
"I'm so overdue!" Twain told Entertainment Weekly. "I feel like I just need to keep making albums now."
The 51-year-old completed the successful two-year Las Vegas residency Shania: Still the One in 2014 and the Rock This Country Tour in 2015.
While making her follow-up to 2002's diamond-certified Up!, the legendary singer/songwriter told Billboard she enjoys listening to everyone from Twenty One Pilots and Rufus Wainwright to DJs including Cashmere Cat and Hardwell. She also said she dreams of duets with Sia and Stevie Wonder.
Twain said she has plenty of content to choose from for her upcoming album: She's constantly recording her ideas onto devices and she's laid down home demos with GarageBand and Pro Tools. "By the time I got into the studio, I was already quite familiar with what I wanted to do," she told EW.
"I'm a very focused person in the studio," she said. "It's not like it's not fun, but the joy comes in watching the whole thing grow and getting locked into that creative mode -- that's so indulgent for me."
Twain, who split with her husband and producer in 2008, said her new album will include "painful and melancholy ballads that evolved into completely upbeat songs" and "triumphant" girl-power rockers.
By the end of the recording process, she said, "I felt like I had climbed a huge mountain and was standing on top of it, looking God in the eye, and saying, 'I'm here! What do I gotta do next?'"
Twain received an Icon award at Billboard's Women in Music 2016 honors earlier this month. She has sold 35 million albums in the U.S. and been honored with five Grammy Awards, which she attributes to "dreaming, working really, really hard, and being courageous."
See Shania Twain's Billboard Women in Music 2016 red-carpet interview here: