Shania Twain honored in Canada

OTTAWA, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Country music superstar Shania Twain Friday became an officer of the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor.

More entertainers added to live CMA Awards

NASHVILLE, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Martina McBride, Sugarland and Gretchen Wilson were added Monday to the list of live performers for the upcoming "The 39th Annual CMA Awards."

More stars announced for CMA awards

NASHVILLE, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Donald Trump and Shania Twain were added Monday to the star roster of the Country Music Association's awards ceremony.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Aug. 28, the 240th day of 2005 with 125 to follow.
By United Press International

Fans can still vote for CMT Music Awards

NASHVILLE, April 2 (UPI) -- Fans may vote online at the Web site CMT.com until April 8 to determine the 2005 CMT Music Awards winners to be held in Nashville.

Shania Twain to develop fragrance

NEW YORK, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Canadian singer Shania Twain has announced she will develop and market a fragrance line for the fragrance company Stetson Fragrances.

Madonna, Prince top tour gross list

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Madonna's Re-Invention tour brought in $125 million in 2004, making it the top grossing tour of the year, Billboard.com reported Monday.

Eminen tops Billboard 200

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Eminem's "Encore" tops The Billboard 200, even though it was legitimately available for just three days during the sales week, Billboard said Wednesday.

Hits album lets Twain revel in success

NASHVILLE, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Country and pop superstar Shania Twain says she's as awed by her success as any of her fans.

Feature: Entertaining the GOP troops

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Country star Mark Chesnutt, one of the entertainers lending star power to the Republican National Convention in New York this week, insists he is not political,
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Aug. 28, the 241st day of 2004 with 125 to follow.
By United Press International

Keith, Chesney win two at CMT video awards

NASHVILLE, April 22 (UPI) -- Kenny Chesney's "These Goes My Life" took the male video of the year award at the CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards, one of two he took home.

Wal-Mart: Global retailer

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- For the third year in a row, Wal-Mart Stores, the Arkansas-based retailer, is No. 1 on the Fortune 500 list, the magazine's annual ranking of America's largest
T.K.MALOY, UPI Deputy Business Editor

Wal-Mart opens online music store

BRISBANE, Calif., March 23 (UPI) -- Wal-Mart announced Tuesday that it was officially launching its online music store, which could make it the largest seller of music in the world.

Wal-Mart launches 88-cent music downloads

BRISBANE, Calif., March 23 (UPI) -- Wal-Mart Tuesday officially launched its music file download service offering thousands of digital downloads at 88 cents a song.
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Shania Twain
Shania Twain (R) presents Kenny Chesney the Entertainer of the Year award at the 42nd annual Country Music Association (CMA) awards in Nashville, Tennessee on November 12, 2008. (UPI Photo/John Sommers II)

Shania Twain, OC ( /ʃəˈnaɪ.ə ˈtweɪn/; born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian country pop singer-songwriter. She rose to fame in the mid 1990s with her album The Woman in Me (1995), and achieved worldwide success with her 1997 album Come On Over, which became the best-selling album of all time by a female musician in any genre, and the best-selling country album of all time. It has sold over 40 million copies worldwide and is the 9th best-selling album in the U.S. Her 4th album, titled Up! was released late 2002. To date it has sold 20 million copies worldwide.

A five-time Grammy Award winner, Twain has also achieved major success as a songwriter, winning 27 BMI Songwriter awards. Twain has had three albums certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America and is the second best-selling artist in Canada, behind fellow Canadian Céline Dion, with three of her studio albums being certified double diamond by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. Sometimes referred to as the "The Queen of Country", Twain has sold over 80 million albums worldwide, and is ranked as the 10th best-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era. She was also ranked the 72nd Artist of the 2000–10 decade by Billboard. Most recently, Twain will have her own series, Why Not? with Shania Twain, that premiered on the OWN on May 8, 2011. She received a coveted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 2, 2011 in recognition of her star-studded career.

Shania Twain was born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, daughter of Sharon (née Morrison) and Clarence Edwards. Her parents divorced when she was two and her mother then moved to Timmins, Ontario with Eilleen and her sisters Jill and Carrie Ann. Sharon married Jerry Twain, an Ojibwa, and they had a son together, Mark. Jerry adopted the girls, legally changing their last name to Twain. When Mark was still in diapers, the Twains adopted Jerry's baby nephew, Darryl, after Darryl's mother passed away. Because of her connection to her stepfather, in the past, people had presumed Twain's ancestry was Ojibwa, but she stated in an interview that her biological father was part Cree. Through her maternal grandfather, she is a descendant of Zacharie Cloutier. Her maternal grandmother, Eileen Pearce, emigrated from Newbridge, Kildare, Ireland.

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