Shania Twain's back at No. 1 with 'Now'

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David Friend, The Canadian Press

TORONTO -- Shania Twain is back on top of the charts with her first studio album in 15 years.
   
The five-time Grammy Award winner's latest release Now rose to the peak position on both the U.S. and Canadian Billboard album charts in its debut week.

Sales in Canada were the strongest one-week performance for an album since Drake's Views debuted in May 2016. Twain's album moved 73,000 equivalent units, which include a calculation of the album's digital streams.
   
In the United States, Now sold 137,000 equivalent units with a large majority of those sales -- about 134,000 copies -- from traditional album purchases, rather than streaming on services like Apple Music and Spotify.

  
It marked the third-largest sales week for a country album this year and the largest for a woman in nearly two years, according to Billboard.

The Timmins, Ont., native's return eclipsed a number of other strong performers on the U.S. charts.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers rose to No. 2 with a greatest hits compilation that was buoyed by the singer's death last week. Other new albums from Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus also reached the top 10.

Now was solely written and co-produced by Twain and marks her first album release since 2002's Up!
   
In the years between her projects she battled Lyme disease, which she said led to dysphonia, a vocal cord disorder that forced her to stop singing. She dedicated her time to writing a 2011 autobiography and divorced her husband and longtime producing partner Robert (Mutt) Lange.
   
Twain's album also grabbed the top spot on the U.K. charts by edging out British band Wolf Alice by a mere 764 copies, according to the Official Charts Company.