No one wins the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year trophy by staying at home watching the clothes drier spin, especially when the competition is Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks and other overachievers.
Shania Twain nabbed the
CMA's top honor in September by selling 14 million copies of her third album, Come On Over, and touring the world practically
non-stop since May of the previous year.
However, the more complicated her life becomes the more simple she wants
to keep it.
"The more famous I get, the more I want to do my own laundry," says Twain, who fielded questions from
a handful of reporters next door to country.com's offices just a few hours before she was named Entertainer of the Year. "I
just want to do something simple for a day."
Twain will get her wish when she celebrates this holiday season in
her new home in Switzerland.
"Part of the reason I'm moving my Japan [tour], all of my Far East trip [to early next
year], is so I can have more time at home at Christmas time," the Canadian-born superstar explains. "These are the things
I'm starting to do a little bit more of now. I don't have to have everything all at once all the time. It can wait. If it
means I miss something, I'm going to do that, because I don't want to miss my Christmas.
"I want to prepare my house,
because my family is coming. I can't get my house ready in a week. I gotta bake. I gotta do stuff. I gotta shop. I want my
home to be nice for them. I haven't had them at my house in many years at Christmas time. My sister's got a new baby, and
I want everything to be just right for them. I want them to come a week early so we can all bake together. I don't want it
to be rushed. We'll have a family Christmas if all goes well."
The last leg of Twain's North American tour is officially
slated to conclude with a December 5 show in West Palm Beach, Fla, though there is a rumor of one final January 16 concert
Her amended mini-tour kicked off November 14 at Texas Stadium two hours after the Dallas Cowboys beat the
Green Bay Packers there. The concert was taped for the CBS prime time special Shania Twain: Come On Over, which airs
at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Thanksgiving, November 25. The special is part of a three-night blowout on CBS; Twain's show will be sandwiched
between performances by Celine Dion and Ricky Martin.
After Twain wraps up this tour, the singer has no plans to tour
the U.S. again until the summer of 2001 to coincide with the release of her next full-fledged studio album.
record stores will carry plenty of new Shania Twain product between now and then.
An alternative version of Twain's
1997 album was released this week. Come On Over: The International Version 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.
Also, the controversial Beginnings album
is due in stores on November 30. The CD is being released by the small, independent Jomato Records, rather than Twain's current
label Mercury. Beginnings features demos recorded in 1989 and '90, before Twain secured a major record deal in Nashville
and became famous. Twain was never consulted in regard to the album, and she is in no way associated with its release. Recorded
in Canada, the dozen songs feature Twain experimenting with arena rock, pop music, mainstream dance and upbeat country rhythms.
Something else to hold over Twain fans -- the singer plans to have a Christmas album out by this time next year.
been writing the Christmas album for a little while now," she says. "I'm of the feeling that if I [have the time to] write
them all, I will. If I don't, I'm fine with putting standards on there. Everyone wants to hear standards."
also in the process of coming up with songwriting material for the (non-Christmas) follow up to Come On Over.
any songwriter, I suppose, I'm looking for a new angle on subjects that people can relate to on an everyday basis," she says.
"I like to stay close to home on that sort of thing. I like to give it from my perspective, which often means that it's going
to be fairly conversational and clear. I think that is just my style of writing. I'm not so sure I'll veer too far away from
Often criticized for being too pop by country music purists, Twain's music is co-written and produced by her
husband "Mutt" Lange, the guy behind hard-rock classics by Def Leppard and AC/DC. While she can predict her songwriting style,
Twain says she doesn't know what sonic direction her next studio release will take.
"I don't know how it's going to
come out musically yet," she maintains. "That is all a huge experiment. It's kind of like pottery -- I mean, lyrics and the
subject matter that you're gonna write about is like deciding that you're gonna do pottery. OK, well fine, you're gonna do
pottery. But then once you're doing it, it could take any shape, any form, within seconds. Things can just change so dramatically.
That's the part that's harder to predetermine. It's like we don't even know ourselves until we're closer to the end, as far
as the sound goes."
It will be at least another year before we see if Twain can turn pottery clay into multi-platinum
Meanwhile, let's wish Shania Twain happy holidays with her family and the best with her much deserved
break ... and let's wish her the best with those dirty socks, too.