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A country music queen has been dethroned, but there is no animosity between Shania Twain and her successor. On January 6, Billboard announced that Taylor Swift, 32, had surpassed Twain as a female artist with the most weeks at No. 1 in history on Billboard’s Best Country Albums chart.
Swift’s albums spent 99 weeks at No.1 on the charts, overtaking Twain, the previous record holder at 97 weeks at number one.
But Twain, 56, whose hit hits include “Any Man of Mine”, “You’re Still The One” and “No One Needs to Know”, isn’t bitter. The country pop queen, whose Las Vegas residency returns to the Zappos Theater this year, took to Twitter to congratulate Swift.
“Let’s Go Girls,” the singer wrote on a retweet of a fan account The Swift Society post. “Proud of you @ taylorswift13. Historical records are meant to be created and then broken. The relay is intended to be passed on to new generations. Unstoppable young female country artists are [fire emoji] despite the obstacles.
Let’s go girls !!!! Proud of you @ taylorswift13. Historical records are meant to be created and then broken. The relay is intended to be passed on to new generations. Unstoppable young female country artists are despite the obstacles #Trail Blazers https://t.co/SZORYzSay6
– Shania Twain (@Shania Twain) January 6, 2022
The admiration seems to be mutual. Swift and Twain are friends, the former often referring to the latter as an influence on his music. The duo performed at the American Music Awards in 2019 with Ciara wearing matching pink dresses. Swift, whose top songs include “Shake It Off,” “You Belong With Me,” and “Blank Space,” also gushed about Twain on social media.
Hopping on a trend, Swift created this TikTok video with a music video for the song “Mama Said” by Lukas Graham. Swift added the caption “Country Girls Can’t Go Pop” and several photos of Twain and captioned the video, “learned from the best”.
Learned from the best #mamasaid #swifttok @shaniatwain : Getty Images by Jeff Kravitz and Denise Truscello
at?? Mama Said – Lukas Graham
“You inspired me,” Twain commented on TikTok before creating his own version featuring Dolly Parton – to which Swift responded with more love.
“I ceased to be a person,” Swift wrote. “I exploded into a cloud of confetti hearts.”
She then called Twain and Parton “the queens of my heart”.
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