Shania Twain Dethrones Alanis Morissette, Garth Brooks

Breaking sales records, Shania Twain has dethroned Alanis Morrissette and Garth Brooks. With the Recording Industry Association of America’s recent certification of Come On Over at sales of 17 million, Twain now has the best-selling album by a female solo artist in history, the title previously held by Morissette and her Jagged Little Pill. Twain can now also lay claim to having the best-selling country album of all time, edging out Garth Brooks’ 16 million-seller No Fences. With worldwide sales at 26 million, Come On Over is now tied as the seventh best-selling album by anyone, following The Eagles’ Greatest Hits, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin IV, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2. The Bodyguard soundtrack and the Beatles’ “White Album” share the seventh slot with Come On Over. However, it needs to be noted that certification numbers for Come On Over include the combined sales of two separate releases that have the same selection number and a similar title. An alternative version of Twain’s 1997 Come On Over album was released last November. Come On Over: The International Version (which was released in the U.S. and elsewhere) features remixes of 15 of the album’s 16 songs — four pop remixes previously released in the U.K. (“From This Moment On,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “You’re Still the One” and “You’ve Got a Way”) and new mixes of 11 other songs.