Shania Twain released her most popular music years ago, but she still influences current chart-toppers.
For example, Halsey copied one of her most famous looks – the leopard print outfit from “That Don’t Impress Me Much” – in one of her music videos. Here’s a look at how Twain responded to it – and whether Halsey’s song was more popular than Twain’s.
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First, a little background.
In recent years, a number of pop stars have begun to draw influence from country music.
For example, Lady Gaga released the album Joanne and Miley Cyrus released the album Younger Now, both of which contain country elements. In addition, Beyoncé collaborated with The Chicks on the song “Daddy Issues.”
Halsey also released a country single around the same time – “You Should Be Sad.” While the song itself is rather low-key, it has an over-the-top music video in which Halsey plays with the traditional iconography of country music.
For example, she and her dancers perform a line dance that becomes very sexual. In another scene, she rides a horse naked.
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In one scene of the video, Halsey wears a leopard print hoodie.
Twain wrote a similar hoodie in the video for “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” According to Billboard, Halsey was trying to emulate Twain’s look.
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And how did Twain react to Halsey’s tribute? “I was very flattered and thrilled to know that I’m in the minds of young, aspiring female artists who appreciate what I was doing with fashion at the time and being beautiful and sexy without compromising the integrity of what I really stood for,” she said. “So I’m glad she embraced it, it was just flattering.”
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Interestingly, Twain’s look is so famous that she has occasionally referenced it.
Twain released a duet with Orville Peck called “Legends Never Die.” In the video, she wears a similar outfit.
The hoodie is simple, but it apparently still had some resonance in pop culture more than 20 years after Twain’s release of “That Don’t Impress Me Much.”
Was “You Should Be Sad” more popular than “That Don’t Impress Me Much?”
That raises an interesting question: Which was a blogger hit: “You Should Be Sad” or “That Don’t Impress Me Much”? “You Should Be Sad” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it’s one of Halsey’s most popular solo singles – though a handful charted higher, including “Nightmare,” “Without You,” “Now or Never” and “Bad at Love.”
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On the other hand, “That Don’t Impress Me Much” reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, being her only Top 10 hit alongside “From This Moment On” and “You’re Still the One.” Twain was flattered by the tribute, but the public preferred her song to Halsey’s.