Party for Two
"Party for Two" is a song recorded by the Canadian singer Shania Twain for her Greatest Hits album (2004) and released as the album's lead single. The song was written by Mutt Lange and Twain. "Party for Two" was recorded as both a pop mix with Mark McGrath and as a country version with Billy Currington. The song was released to the country, adult contemporary, and mainstream pop radio formats, as well as European and other international markets. Its first release date was September 7, 2004.
|"Party for Two"|
CD single cover. The maxi single uses the same artwork, but with a red background.
|Single by Shania Twain featuring Billy Currington or Mark McGrath|
|from the album Greatest Hits|
|Released||September 7, 2004|
|Length||3:32 (country mix)|
3:31 (pop mix)
|Shania Twain singles chronology|
|Billy Currington singles chronology|
"Party for Two" was a commercial success for Twain: it was her third highest debut and sixteenth career top 10 on the Billboard country charts, and charted well in Europe. In addition to the original pop and country mixes, the song would be remixed for club play, becoming one of her most remixed singles. Commercial singles were released on October 25, 2004 in Germany, on November 2, 2004 in Canada, and on November 22, 2004 in the UK. In 2005, "Party for Two" was certified Gold by the RIAA for selling over 100,000 digital downloads, making it Twain's first single to be downloaded that many times. For the first time in her touring career she performed the song on her Rock This Country Tour (with opener Gavin DeGraw) and later on the Now Tour (with opener Bastian Baker).
"Party for Two" features two versions: a pop version featuring Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath and a country version featuring Billy Currington. Twain and her then-husband, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, wrote the song, with Lange handling production. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com, "Party for Two" is written in the key of B major with a tempo of 122 beats per minute. The chord progression contains open fifths: E5–B5–F♯5, and the vocals span from E3 to G♯4.
An accompanying music video for "Party for Two" was shot in London, UK, in the South Kensington area on August 28 and 29, 2004, and features the Royal Albert Hall. It was directed by Marcus Raboy and was premiered on September 27, 2004. The video shows Twain walking around town handing out invitations to movers, a waiter (played by Sebastian J. Brook), and an artist, to help her get ready for her "party for two" later that night. At the party, Twain and her guest end up swinging on a chandelier and smashing plates. Two separate versions of the video exist - one with Mark McGrath and the other with Billy Currington.
The video proved to be successful, with the pop version winning the MuchMusic Video Award for the MuchMoreMusic Video of the Year while the country version was nominated for Collaborative Video of the Year at the 2005 CMT Music Awards. Neither video is available on DVD, but are available on some releases of the CD single.
"Party for Two" debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in the week of September 18, 2004, at number 39, Twain's third highest debut of all time, and highest of the week. The single spent 20 weeks on the chart and climbed to a peak position of number seven on December 25, 2004, where it remained for one week. "Party for Two" became Twain's 16th top ten single and 22nd (seventh consecutive) top 20 single. It also peaked at number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 57 on the Hot 100 Airplay charts.
On adult contemporary radio, "Party for Two" debuted at number 36, the highest debut of the week, on November 20, 2004. The single spent 19 weeks on the chart and climbed to a peak position of number 16 on January 22, 2005, where it remained for two non-consecutive weeks. "Party for Two" became Twain's ninth consecutive top 20 single.
"Party for Two" proved to be successful internationally. In the UK it debuted at its peak position at number 10, making it her ninth top ten single. It first appeared on December 4, 2004, and remained on the charts for nine weeks. In Canada, "Party for Two" held the top position on the BDS airplay chart for six weeks, and reached number two on the sales chart, held off only by Kalan Porter's "Awake in a Dream". In all, "Party for Two" was in the top ten in six countries: Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Portugal and the UK.
These are the formats of major releases.
UK CD Maxi
Germany & Canada CD Single
UK CD Single
Europe CD Single
Germany & Europe 3" CD Single
- Country Album Version (3:32)
- Pop Album Version (3:32)
- Country Version Radio Edit (3:26)
- Pop Version Radio Edit (3:25)
- LMC Remix (6:37)
- LMC Remix Edit (6:19)
- Kenny Hayes Mix (5:46)
- Almighty Downtown Mix (6:46)
- Almighty Downtown Dub (6:46)
- Almighty Downtown Radio Edit (3:37)
- Almighty Uptown Mix (7:49)
- Almighty Uptown Dub (8:02)
- Almighty Uptown Radio Edit (3:30)
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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