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Celine Dion

Dion performing «Taking Chances» at «Celine Dion Taking Chances Tour»
Concert at Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada on August 19, 2008.

Background information

Birth name Celine Marie Claudette Dion

Born March 30, 1968 (1968-03-30) (age 40)

Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada

Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre(s) Pop, rock

Occupation(s) Singer

Instrument(s) vocals

Voice type(s) Soprano

Years active 1980–2000, 2002-present

Label(s) 550/Epic/Sony (1986–2004)

Epic (2004–2007)

Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia (2007-present)

Website www.celinedion.com

Contents

Introduction

1 Life and music career

1.1 Childhood and early beginnings

1.2 1990–1992: Career breakthrough

1.3 1993–1995: Popularity established

1.4 1996–1999: Worldwide commercial success

1.5 2000–2002: Career break

1.6 2002–2003: Return to music

1.7 2003–2007: A New Day… Live in Las Vegas

1.8 2007–present: Back to studio

2 Artistry and image

3 Other activities

4 Selected discography

4.1 English-language studio albums

4.2 French-language studio albums

4.3 Singles

5 Tours

6 Filmography

8 Notes

Introduction

Celine Marie Claudette Dion (born March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec)
is a Canadian pop singer, occasional songwriter and actress. Born to a
large, impoverished family, Dion emerged as a teen star in the
French-speaking world after her manager and future husband Rene Angelil
mortgaged his home to finance her first record. In 1990, she released
the anglophone album Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist
in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world.

Dion had first gained international recognition in the 1980s by winning
both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision
Song Contest. Following a series of French albums in the early 1980s,
she signed on to Sony Records in 1986. During the 1990s, with the help
of Angelil, she achieved worldwide success with several English and
French albums, becoming one of the most successful artists in pop music
history. However, in 1999 at the height of her success, Dion announced a
temporary retirement from entertainment in order to start a family and
spend time with her husband, who had been diagnosed with cancer. She
returned to the music scene in 2002 and signed a three-year (later
extended to almost five years) contract to perform nightly in a
five-star theatrical show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

Dion’s music has been influenced by genres ranging from rock and R&B to
gospel and classical. While her releases have often received mixed
critical reception, she is renowned for her technically skilled and
powerful vocals. In 2004, after surpassing 175 million in album sales
worldwide, she was presented with the Chopard Diamond Award at the World
Music Awards for becoming the best selling female artist of all time. In
April 2007 Sony BMG announced that Celine Dion had sold over 200 million
albums worldwide.

Life and music career

Childhood and early beginnings

The youngest of fourteen children born to Adhemar Dion and Therese
Tanguay both of French Canadian descent, Celine Dion was raised a Roman
Catholic in a poverty-stricken, but, by her own account, happy home in
Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. Music had always been a part of the family
(Dion was named after the song «Celine», recorded by French singer
Hugues Aufray two years before her birth), as she grew up singing with
her siblings in her parents’ small piano bar called ‘Le Vieux Baril.’
From an early age Dion had dreamed of being a performer. In a 1994
interview with People magazine, she recalled, «I missed my family and my
home, but I don’t regret having lost my adolescence. I had one dream: I
wanted to be a singer.»

At age twelve, Dion collaborated with her mother and her brother Jacques
to compose her first song, «Ce n’etait qu’un reve» («It Was Only a
Dream»). Her brother Michel Dondalinger Dion sent the recording to music
manager Rene Angelil, whose name he discovered on the back of a Ginette
Reno album. Angelil was moved to tears by Dion’s voice, and decided to
make her a star. He mortgaged his home to fund her first record, La voix
du bon Dieu (a play on words «The Voice of God/The Way of God», 1981),
which became a local number-one record and made Dion an instant star in
Quebec. Her popularity spread to other parts of the world when she
competed in the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan,
and won the musician’s award for «Top Performer» as well as the gold
medal for «Best Song» with «Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi» («I Have So
Much Love for You»).

By 1983, in addition to becoming the first Canadian artist to receive a
gold record in France for the single «D’amour ou d’amitie» («Of Love or
of Friendship»), Dion had also won several Felix Awards, including «Best
Female performer» and «Discovery of the Year». Further success in
Europe, Asia, and Australia came when Dion represented Switzerland in
the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest with the song «Ne partez pas sans moi»
(«Don’t Go Without Me») and won the contest by a close margin in Dublin,
Ireland. However, American success was yet to come, partly because she
was exclusively a Francophone artist. At eighteen, after seeing a
Michael Jackson performance, Dion told Angelil that she wanted to be a
star like Jackson. Though confident in her talent, Angelil realized that
her image needed to be changed in order for her to be marketed
worldwide. Dion receded from the spotlight for a number of months,
during which she underwent dental surgery to improve her appearance, and
was sent to the Ecole Berlitz in 1989 to polish her English. This marked
the start of her English-language music career.

1990–1992: Career breakthrough

Two years after she had learned English, Dion made her debut into the
Anglophone market with Unison (1990). She incorporated the help of many
established musicians, including Vito Luprano and Canadian producer
David Foster. The album was largely influenced by 1980s soft rock music
that quickly found a niche within the adult contemporary radio format.
Unison also hit the right notes with critics: Jim Faber of Entertainment
Weekly wrote that Dion’s vocals were «tastefully unadorned», and that
she never attempted to «bring off styles that are beyond her». Stephen
Erlewine of Allmusic declared it as, «a fine, sophisticated American
debut.» Singles from the album included «(If There Was) Any Other Way»,
«The Last to Know», «Unison», and «Where Does My Heart Beat Now», a
mid-tempo soft-rock ballad which made prominent use of the electric
guitar. The latter became her first single to reach the top 10 on the
U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number four. The album established
Dion as a rising singer in the United States, and across Continental
Europe and Asia.

In 1991, Dion was also a soloist in «Voices That Care», a tribute to
American troops fighting in Operation Desert Storm. Dion’s real
international breakthrough came when she duetted with Peabo Bryson on
the title track to Disney’s animated film Beauty and the Beast (1991).
The song captured a musical style that Dion would utilize in the future:
sweeping, classically influenced ballads with soft instrumentation. Both
a critical and commercial hit, the song became her second U.S. top ten
single, and won the Academy Award for Best Song, and the Grammy Award
for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. «Beauty and the
Beast» was featured on Dion’s 1992 self-titled album, which, like her
debut, had a strong rock influence combined with elements of soul and
classical music. Owing to the success of the lead-off single and her
collaboration with Foster and Diane Warren, the album was as well
received as Unison. Other singles that achieved moderate success
included «If You Asked Me To» (a cover of Patti LaBelle’s song from the
1989 movie Licence to Kill) which peaked at number four on the U.S.
Billboard Hot 100, the gospel-tinged «Love Can Move Mountains», and
«Nothing Broken But My Heart».

As with Dion’s earlier releases, the album had an overtone of love. Also
during this time, Dion released the Francophone album Dion chante
Plamondon (1991). The album consisted mostly of covers, but included 4
new songs, which included «Des mots qui sonnent,» «Je danse dans ma
tete,» «Quelqu’un que j’aime, quelqu’un qui m’aime» and «L’amour existe
encore». It was originally released in Canada and France during the
1991–1992 period, but then got an international release in 1994, the
first French Celine Dion album to do so. «Un garcon pas comme les autres
(Ziggy)» became a smash hit in France, reaching number 2 and being
certified gold. In Quebec, the album was certified Gold the day it was
released. To date, Dion chante Plamondon has sold 1.5 million records
worldwide.

By 1992 Unison, Celine Dion, and media appearances had propelled Dion to
superstardom in North America. She had achieved one of her main
objectives: wedging her way into the Anglophone market and achieving
fame. However, while she was experiencing rising success in the U.S.,
her French fans in Canada criticized her for neglecting them. She would
later regain her fan base at the Felix Award show, where, after winning
«English Artist of the Year», she openly refused to accept the award.
She asserted that she was—and would always be—a French, not an English,
artist. Apart from her commercial success, there were also changes in
Dion’s personal life, as Angelil, who was twenty-six years her senior,
transitioned from manager to lover. However, the relationship was kept a
secret as they both feared that the public would find their relations
inappropriate.

1993–1995: Popularity established

In 1993, Dion announced her feelings for her manager by declaring him
«the colour of [her] love» in the dedication section of her third
Anglophone album The Colour of My Love. However, instead of criticizing
their relationship as Dion had feared, fans embraced the couple.
Eventually, Angelil and Dion married in an extravagant wedding ceremony
in December 1994, which was broadcast live on Canadian television.

As it was dedicated to her manager, the album’s motif focused on love
and romance. It became her most successful record up to that point,
selling more than six million copies in the U.S., two million in Canada,
and peaking at number-one in many countries. The album also spawned
Dion’s first U.S., Canadian, and Australian number-one single «The Power
of Love» (a remake of Jennifer Rush’s 1985 hit), which would become her
signature hit until she reached new career heights in the late 1990s.
The single «When I Fall in Love», a duet with Clive Griffin, achieved
moderate success on the U.S. and Canadian charts, and was nominated for
two Grammy Awards, winning one. The Colour of My Love also became Dion’s
first major hit in Europe, and in particular the United Kingdom. Both
the album and the single «Think Twice» simultaneously occupied the top
of the British charts for five consecutive weeks. «Think Twice», which
remained at number one for seven weeks, eventually became the fourth
single by a female artist to sell in excess of one million copies in the
UK, while the album was eventually certified five-times platinum for
two-million copies sold.

Dion kept to her French roots and continued to release many Francophone
recordings between each English record. Generally, they achieved more
credibility than her Anglophone works. She released A l’Olympia, a live
album that was recorded during one of Dion’s concerts at the Olympia
Theatre in Paris, in 1994. It had one promotional single, a live version
of «Calling You», which peaked at seventy-five on the French Singles
Chart. D’eux (also known as The French Album in the United States), was
released in 1995, and it would go on to become the best-selling French
album of all time. The album was mostly written and produced by
Jean-Jacques Goldman, and amassed huge success with the singles «Pour
que tu m’aimes encore» and «Je sais pas». «Pour que tu m’aimes encore»
reached the Top ten in the UK, a rare accomplishment for a French song,
and «Je sais pas» reached number one on the French Singles Chart. These
songs would later become «If That’s What It Takes» and «I Don’t Know» on
Dion’s next English album, Falling into You.

The mid-1990s was a transitional period for Dion’s musical style, as she
slowly diverged from strong rock influences and transitioned into a more
pop and soul style (though the electric guitar remained a central part
of her music). Her songs began with more delicate melodies that used
softer instrumentations, and built up to strong climaxes, over which her
vocals could be displayed. This new sound received mixed reviews from
critics, with Arion Berger of Entertainment Weekly accusing her of
preferring vocal acrobatics over dynamics and embarking on a trend of
uninspiring, «crowd-pleasing ballads». Resultantly, she earned frequent
comparisons to artists such as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
According to some critics, The Colour of My Love was not consistent with
the themes of her earlier works. However, while critical reviews
fluctuated, Dion’s releases performed increasingly well on the
international charts, and in 1996 she won the World Music Award for
«World’s Best-selling Canadian Female Recording Artist of the Year» for
the third time. By the mid-1990s, she had established herself as one of
the best-selling artists in the world, among female performers such as
Carey and Houston.

1996–1999: Worldwide commercial success

Falling into You (1996), Dion’s fourth Anglophone album, presented the
singer at the height of her popularity, and showed a further progression
of her music. In an attempt to reach a wider audience, the album
combined many elements, such as ornate orchestral frills, African
chanting and outlandish musical effects. Additionally, instruments like
the violin, Spanish guitar, trombone, the cavaquinho and saxophone
created a new sound. The singles encompassed a variety of musical
styles. The title track «Falling into You» and «River Deep, Mountain
High» (a Tina Turner cover) made prominent use of percussion
instruments; «It’s All Coming Back to Me Now» (a remake of Jim
Steinman’s song) and a remake of Eric Carmen’s «All by Myself» kept
their soft-rock atmosphere, but were combined with the classical sound
of the piano; and the number-one single «Because You Loved Me», which
was written by Diane Warren, was a ballad that served as the theme to
the 1996 film Up Close & Personal.

Falling into You garnered career-best reviews for Dion. While Dan Leroy
wrote that it was not very different from her previous work,] and
Stephen Holden of The New York Times and Natalie Nichols of the Los
Angeles Times wrote that the album was formulaic, other critics, such as
Chuck Eddy of Entertainment Weekly, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AMG and
Daniel Durchholz, lavished the album as «compelling», «passionate»,
«stylish», «elegant» and «remarkably well-crafted». Falling Into You
became Dion’s most critically and commercially successful album: it
topped the charts in many countries and became one of the best-selling
albums of all time. It also won Grammy Awards for Best Pop Album, and
the academy’s highest honor Album of the Year. Dion’s status on the
world stage was further solidified when she was asked to perform «The
Power of the Dream» at the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Atlanta
Olympic Games. In March 1996, Dion launched the Falling into You Tour in
support of her new album, giving concerts around the world for over a
year.

Dion followed Falling into You with Let’s Talk About Love (1997), which
was publicized as its sequel. The recording process took place in
London, New York City, and Los Angeles, and featured a host of special
guests, such as Barbra Streisand on «Tell Him»; the Bee Gees on
«Immortality»; and world-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti on «I Hate You
Then I Love You». Other musicians included Carole King, Sir George
Martin and Jamaican singer Diana King, who added a reggae tinge to
«Treat Her Like a Lady». As the name suggests, the album had the same
theme as Dion’s preceding albums—»love». However, emphasis was also
placed on «brotherly love» with «Where Is the Love» and «Let’s Talk
About Love». The most successful single from the album became the
classically influenced ballad «My Heart Will Go On», which was composed
by James Horner, and produced by Horner and Walter Afanasieff. Serving
as the love theme for the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic, the song topped
the charts across the world, and became Dion’s signature song. The
singles «My Heart Will Go On» and «Think Twice» made her the only female
artist in the UK to have two singles to sell more than a million copies.
In support of her album, Dion embarked on the Let’s Talk About Love Tour
between 1998 and 1999.

Dion ended the 1990s with two more extremely successful albums—the
Christmas album These Are Special Times (1998), and the compilation
album All the Way… A Decade of Song (1999). On These Are Special Times,
Dion became more involved in the writing process. She co-wrote the song,
Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day along with Ric Wake and Peter Zizzo.
The album was her most classically influenced yet, with orchestral
arrangements found on virtually every track. «I’m Your Angel», a duet
with R. Kelly, became Dion’s fourth U.S. number one single, and another
hit single across the world. All the Way… A Decade of Song drew
together her most successful hits coupled with seven new songs,
including the lead off single «That’s the Way It Is», a cover of Roberta
Flack’s «The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face», and «All the Way», a duet
with Frank Sinatra. By the end of the 1990s, Celine Dion had sold more
than 100 million albums worldwide, and had won a slew of industry
awards. Her status as one of the biggest divas of contemporary music was
further solidified when she was asked to perform on VH1’s Divas Live
special in 1998, with superstars Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan, Shania
Twain and Mariah Carey. Dion also performed in Modena, Italy for the PBS
special Pavarotti and Friends along with artists like The Corrs, Jon Bon
Jovi, The Spice Girls, and Vanessa Williams. That year she also received
two of the highest honors from her home country: «Officer of the Order
of Canada for Outstanding Contribution to the World of Contemporary
Music» and «Officer of the National Order of Quebec». A year later she
was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame, and was honoured
with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. She also won the Grammy Awards for
«Best Female Pop Vocal Performance» and the most coveted «Record of the
Year» for «My Heart Will Go On» (the song won four awards, but two were
presented to the songwriters).

2000–2002: Career break

After releasing and promoting thirteen albums during the 1990s, Dion
stated that she needed to settle down, and announced on her latest album
All the Way… A Decade of Song, that she needed to take a step back from
the spotlight and enjoy life. Angelil’s diagnosis with throat cancer
also prompted her to hiatus. While on break, Dion was unable to escape
the spotlight. In 2000, the National Enquirer published a false story
about the singer. Brandishing a picture of Dion and her husband, the
magazine misquoted Dion, printing the headline, «Celine — ‘I’m Pregnant
With Twins!'» Dion later sued the magazine for more than twenty million
dollars. The editors of the Enquirer printed an apology and a full
retraction to Dion in the next issue, and donated money to the American
Cancer Society in honor of Dion and her husband. A year after the
incident, after undergoing fertility treatments, Dion gave birth to a
son, Rene-Charles Dion Angelil, on January 25, 2001 in Florida.
Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Dion returned to the music
scene, and in a televised performance sang «God Bless America» at the
benefit concert America: A Tribute to Heroes. Chuck Taylor of Billboard
wrote, «the performance… brings to mind what has made her one of the
celebrated vocalists of our time: the ability to render emotion that
shakes the soul. Affecting, meaningful, and filled with grace, this is a
musical reflection to share with all of us still searching for ways to
cope.»

2002–2003: Return to music

Dion’s aptly titled A New Day Has Come, released in March 2002, ended
her three-year break from the music industry. The album was Dion’s most
personal yet, and established a more mature side of Dion with the songs
«A New Day Has Come», «I’m Alive», and «Goodbye’s (The Saddest Word)», a
change that resulted from her new-found maternal responsibilities,
because, in her own words, «becoming a mother makes you a grown-up.» She
stated, «A New Day Has Come, for Rene, for me, is the baby. It has
everything to do with the baby…That song [«A New Day Has Come»]
represents very well the mood I’m feeling right now. It represents the
whole album.» While the album achieved commercial success, critical
comments suggested that it was «forgettable» and the lyrics were
«lifeless». Both Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone magazine, and Ken Tucker
of Entertainment Weekly, stated that Dion’s music had not matured during
her break, and classed her music as trite and mediocre. Sal Cinquemani
of Slant magazine called the album «a lengthy collection of drippy,
gooey pop fluffer-nutter.»

During 2002, she performed for many benefit concerts, including for a
second time (the first one was in 1998 at the Beacon Theater, New York,
with Shania Twain, Gloria Estefan, Carol King, Mariah Carey, and Aretha
Franklin) the famous VH1 Divas Live, a concert to benefit the VH1 Save
The Music Foundation, but in this time in Las Vegas, joining with Cher,
Anastacia, Dixie Chicks, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Cyndi Lauper,
and Stevie Nicks.

Drawing inspiration from personal experiences, Dion released One Heart
(2003), an album that represented her appreciation for life. The album
largely consisted of dance music—a deviation from the soaring,
melodramatic ballads, for which she had once been given mixed reception.
Although it achieved moderate success, One Heart hinted at Dions’
inability to overcome the creative wall that she had hit, and words such
as «predictable» and «banal» appeared even in the most lenient reviews.
A cover of the 1989 Cyndi Lauper hit «I Drove All Night», released to
launch her new advertising campaign with Chrysler, incorporated
dance-pop and rock and roll and was called reminiscent of Cher’s 1980s
work. However, it was dismissed as Dion trying to please her sponsors.
By the mid 2000s Dion’s music had changed to the point where her
releases possessed maternal overtones. Miracle (2004), a multimedia
project conceived by Dion and photographer Anne Geddes, had a theme
centering on babies and motherhood. The album was saturated with
lullabies and other songs of maternal love and inspiration, the two most
popular being covers of Louis Armstrong’s «What a Wonderful World» and
John Lennon’s «Beautiful Boy». The reviews for Miracle were generally
weak: while Charles Taylor of Billboard magazine wrote that the single
«Beautiful Boy» was «an unexpected gem» and called Dion «a timeless,
enormously versatile artist», Chuck Arnold of People Magazine labeled
the album as excessively sentimental, while Nancy Miller of
Entertainment Weekly opined that «the whole earth-mama act is just
opportunism».

The Francophone album 1 fille & 4 types (1 Girl & 4 Guys, 2003), fared
better than her first two comebacks, and showed Dion trying to distance
herself from the «diva» image. She recruited Jean-Jacques Goldman,
Gildas Arzel, Eric Benzi, and Jacques Veneruso, with whom she had
previously worked on two of her best selling French albums S’il
suffisait d’aimer and D’eux. Labeled «the album of pleasure» by Dion
herself, the cover showed Dion in a simple and relaxed manner, contrary
to the choreographed poses usually found on her album covers. The album
achieved relative critical success: reviewer Stephen Erlwine of Allmusic
wrote that Dion was «getting back to pop basics and performing at a
level unheard in a while.»

Though her albums were commercially successful, they did not achieve the
sales or the reception of her previous works. Albums like The
Collector’s Series, Volume One (2000), and One Heart (2003) did not
perform as well critically. Her songs received less airplay as radio
became less embracing of balladeers like Dion, Carey, and Houston, and
was focused on more up-tempo, Urban/Hip-hop songs. However, by 2004,
Dion had accumulated sales of more than 175 million albums worldwide,
and received the Chopard Diamond Award from the World Music Awards for
her achievements. According to the official World Music Awards website,
the award is rare; it’s not even «presented every year» and an artist
can only be presented with the award for selling «over 100 million
albums during their career.»

2003–2007: A New Day… Live in Las Vegas

In early 2002 Dion had announced a three-year, 600-show contract to
appear five nights a week in an entertainment extravaganza, A New
Day…, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. This move was
seen as «one of the smartest business decisions in years by any major
recording artist» given the relatively poor performance of her current
releases. She conceived the idea for the show after seeing O by Franco
Dragone early in her break from recording, and began on March 25, 2003,
in a 4000-seat arena designed for her show. The show, put together by
Dragone, was a combination of dance, music, and visual effects. It
included Dion performing her biggest hits against an array of dancers
and special effects. Reviewer Mike Weatherford felt that, at first, Dion
was not as relaxed as she should be, and at times, it was hard to find
the singer among the excessive stage ornamentations and dancers.
However, he noted that the show had become more enjoyable, due to Dion’s
improved stage-presence and simpler costumes.

The show was also well-received by audiences, despite the complaints of
expensive tickets; the show sold out almost every night since its 2003
opening. Ticket prices were as high as $320. The show was choreographed
by Mia Michaels, who is a world renowned choreographer. According to
Pollstar, Dion sold 322,000 tickets and grossed US$43.9 million in the
first half of 2005, and by July 2005, she had sold out 315 out of 384
shows. By the end of 2005, Dion grossed more than US$76 million, placing
sixth on Billboard’s Money Makers list for 2005. A New Day… was the
6th biggest selling tour in America in 2006. Because of the show’s
success, Dion’s contract was extended into 2007 for an undisclosed sum.
On January 5, 2007 it was announced that the show would end on December
15, 2007, with tickets for the period after October 2007 having gone on
sale from March 1. The Live in Las Vegas — A New Day… DVD was released
on December 10, 2007 in Europe and the following day in North America.

2007–present: Back to studio

Her latest French language album, D’elles (About Them), released on May
21, 2007, debuted at the top of the Canadian album charts, selling
72,200 copies in its first week. It marked her tenth number-one album in
the SoundScan era, and her eighth to debut at the top position. In
Canada, the album has been certified 2x platinum, and within the first
week had already shipped half a million units worldwide. D’Elles also
reached No. 1 in France and Belgium. The first single «Et s’il n’en
restait qu’une (je serais celle-la)» («And If Only One Woman Stayed (I
Would be That One)») debuted at the top of the French singles chart a
month earlier. On October 27, 2007 Dion appeared on the fourth series of
the British talent contest, The X Factor, as a mentor to the show’s
contestants. She also performed «Taking Chances» on the live show which
was her first UK performance for five years.

Dion released her latest English album Taking Chances on November 12 in
Europe, and on the 13th in North America. Her first English studio album
since 2003s One Heart, the album features pop, R&B, and rock inspired
music. Dion has collaborated with John Shanks, ex-Evanescence guitarist
Ben Moody, as well as Kristian Lundin, Peer Astrom, Linda Perry,
Japanese singer Yuna Ito, and R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo. Dion stated,
«I think this album represents a positive evolution in my career … I’m
feeling strong, maybe a little gutsier than in the past, and just as
passionate about music and life as I ever was.» Dion launched her
year-long worldwide Taking Chances Tour on February 14, 2008 in South
Africa, performing 123 dates in stadiums and arenas across five
continents. Celine’s Taking Chances tour has been a great success in the
United States, reaching the #1 spot on the tour charts and has been 100%
sold out. In addition, she will be appearing on Idol Gives Back for a
second year in a row. Celine Dion was nominated for 6 Juno Awards in
2008, leading the group of Canadians to receive this honour. Dion has
added to her 53 previous nominations. Her nominations included Artist of
the Year, Pop Album of the Year (for Taking Chances), Francophone Album
of the Year (for D’elles) and Album of the Year (for both Taking Chances
and D’elles).

On August 22, 2008, Celine Dion presented a free show, exclusively
francophone, outside on the Plains of Abraham, in Quebec City, Canada,
for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. The celebration gathered
approximatively 490,000 people (total with TV broadcast). The concert,
called Celine sur les Plaines was released on DVD on November 11, 2008.

The end of October saw the worldwide release of her first ever
comprehensive English greatest hits album called My Love: Essential
Collection.. The album includes 15-16 previously released hit singles,
one new song and a live re-working and single release of «My Love» taken
from Taking Chances. Other versions of the album included a second CD
with rarities and fan favorites, or more singles. As of November 2008
the album reach number 1 in 4 countries and top 10 in most others.

Artistry and image

Celine Dion star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Dion grew up listening to the music of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson,
Carole King, Anne Murray, Barbra Streisand and the Bee Gees, all of whom
she would eventually collaborate with. During her younger years, which
she spent performing in her parents’ piano bar along with her other
siblings, she also performed many songs by Ginette Reno and other
popular Quebecois artists. She has also expressed appreciation for Edith
Piaf, Sir Elton John, Cher and opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, as well
as many soul singers of the 1960s, 70’s and 80’s, including Roberta
Flack, Etta James and Patti Labelle, whose songs she would later
rerecord. Her English-language material has been influenced by numerous
genres, including pop, rock, gospel, R&B and soul, and her lyrics focus
on themes of poverty, world hunger, and spirituality, with an
overemphasis on love and romance. After the birth of her child, her work
also began to emphasize maternal bond and brotherly love.

Dion has faced considerable criticism from many critics, who state that
her music often retreats behind pop and soul conventions, and is marked
by excessive sentimentality. According to Keith Harris of Rolling Stone
magazine, «[Dion’s] sentimentality is bombastic and defiant rather than
demure and retiring….[she] stands at the end of the chain of drastic
devolution that goes Aretha-Whitney-Mariah. Far from being an
aberration, Dion actually stands as a symbol of a certain kind of pop
sensibility—bigger is better, too much is never enough, and the riper
the emotion the more true.» Dion’s francophone releases, by contrast,
tend to be deeper and more varied than her English releases, and
consequently have achieved more credibility.

Dion is often regarded as one of pop music’s most influential voices and
according to some sources, she possesses a five-octave vocal range. In a
countdown of the «22 Greatest Voices in Music» by Blender Magazine and
MTV, she placed ninth (sixth for a female), and she was also placed
fourth in Cove magazine’s list of «The 100 Outstanding Pop Vocalists».
Describing her voice, The New York Times writes: Ms. Dion…is a belter
with a high, thin, slightly nasal, nearly vibratoless soprano and a
good-sized arsenal of technical skills. She can deliver tricky melismas,
produce expressive vocal catches and sustain long notes without the
tiniest wavering of pitch. And as her hit duets…have shown, she is a
reliable harmony voice.»

Upon her debut, many critics had welcomed her restrained vocal
inflections, and she was praised for her technical virtuosity and
intensity. As Charles Alexander of Time writes, «Her voice glides
effortlessly from deep whispers to dead-on high notes, a sweet siren
that combines force with grace.» As her music progressed, however,
Dion’s vocal performances came to resemble more closely those of her
contemporaries, especially Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and she was
heavily criticized for oversinging and for lacking the emotional
intensity that once was a part of her earlier work. One critic noted
that the emotion «seems to have been trained right out of her lovely
voice», leaving her with «more voice than heart».

Many critics have stated that Dion’s involvement in the production
aspect of her music is fundamentally lacking, which results in her work
being overproduced and impersonal. Additionally, while she came from a
family in which all of her siblings were musicians, she never learned to
play any instruments professionally. However, she did help to compose
many of her earlier French songs, and had always tried to involve
herself with the production and recording of her albums. On her first
English album, which she recorded before she had a firm command of the
English language, she expressed disapproval of the record, which could
have been avoided if she had assumed more creative input. By the time
she released her second English album Celine Dion, she had assumed more
control of the production and recording process, hoping to dispel
earlier criticisms. She stated, «On the second album I said, ‘Well, I
have the choice to be afraid one more time and not be 100% happy, or not
be afraid and be part of this album.’ This is my album.» She would
continue to involve herself in the production of subsequent releases,
helping to write a few of her songs on Let’s Talk About Love (1997) and
These Are Special Times (1998).

Dion is often the subject of media ridicule and parody, and is
frequently impersonated on shows like MADtv, Saturday Night Live, South
Park Royal Canadian Air Farce and This Hour Has 22 Minutes for her
strong accent and on-stage movements. However, Dion has stated that she
is unaffected by the comments, and is is flattered that people take the
time to impersonate her. She even invited Ana Gasteyer, who parodied her
on SNL, to appear on stage during one of her performances. While she is
rarely politically outspoken, in 2005 following the Hurricane Katrina
disaster, Dion appeared on Larry King Live and tearfully criticized the
U.S. government’s slow response in aiding the victims of the hurricane:
«There’s people still there waiting to be rescued. To me that is not
acceptable…How can it be so easy to send planes in another country to
kill everybody in a second and destroy lives. We need to serve our
country.» After she interview, she stated, «When I do interviews with
Larry King or the big TV shows like that, they put you on the spot,
which is very difficult. I do have an opinion, but I’m a singer. I’m not
a politician.»

Other activities

Dion became an entrepreneur with the establishment of her franchise
restaurant «Nickels» in 1990. She has since divested her interests in
the chain and is no longer affiliated with Nickels as of 1997. She also
has a range of eyewear and a line of perfume, manufactured by Coty, Inc.
In October 2004, Canada’s national air carrier Air Canada hired Dion as
part of the new promotional campaign as the airline unveiled new
in-flight service products and new aircraft livery. «You and I», the
theme song sung by Dion, was written by advertising executives working
for Air Canada. Celine Dion signed a deal with Coty to release Celine
Dion Parfums. Dion is preparing to release her fifth fragrance,
«Sensational», in the spring. Recently Coty and Celinedion.com released
a statement for the premier of the new fragrance which stated «As one of
the industry’s very first celebrity-endorsed fragrances, Celine Dion has
played a major role in establishing the now popular celebrity segment of
the fragrance industry» stated by Bernd Beetz, CEO Coty, Inc.» Since its
creation in 2002, Celine Dion Fragrances have made over $500 million in
retail sales.

Dion has actively supported many charity organizations worldwide. She
has promoted the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF) since 1982
and became the foundation’s National Celebrity Patron in 1993. She has
an emotional attachment to the foundation; her niece Karine succumbed to
the disease at the age of sixteen. In 2003, Dion joined a number of
other celebrities, athletes and politicians, including Josh Groban and
Yolanda Adams, to support «World Children’s Day», a global fundraising
effort sponsored by McDonald’s. The effort raised money from more than
100 countries and benefited many orphanages and children’s health
organizations. Dion has also been a major supporter of the T.J. Martell
Foundation, the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, and many health
and education campaigns. She also donated $1 million to the victims of
Hurricane Katrina, and held a fund-raising event for the victims of the
2004 Asian Tsunami, raising more than $1 million. After the earthquake
in Sichuan Province, China in May 2008, Celine Dion donated $100,000 to
China Children & Teenagers’ Fund and sent a letter to show her
consolation and support.

In 2007, Celine was ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 5th richest woman
in entertainment with an estimated net worth of US$250 million. She also
received France’s highest award, the Legion d’honneur, in May 2008. In
August 2008, she received an honorary doctorate in music from the
Universite Laval in Quebec City.

Selected discography

English-language studio albums

1990: Unison

1992: Celine Dion

1993: The Colour of My Love

1996: Falling into You

1997: Let’s Talk About Love

1998: These Are Special Times

2002: A New Day Has Come

2003: One Heart

2004: Miracle

2007: Taking Chances

French-language studio albums

1981: La voix du bon Dieu

1981: Celine Dion chante Noel

1982: Tellement j’ai d’amour…

1983: Les chemins de ma maison

1983: Chants et contes de Noel

1984: Melanie

1985: C’est pour toi

1987: Incognito

1991: Dion chante Plamondon

1995: D’eux

1998: S’il suffisait d’aimer

2003: 1 fille & 4 types

2007: D’elles

Singles

Year Single Peak positions

CAN U.S. UK FRA

1990 «Where Does My Heart Beat Now» 6 4 72 20

1992 «If You Asked Me To» 3 4 57 —

«Beauty and the Beast» (duet with Peabo Bryson) 2 9 9 —

1993 «The Power of Love» 1 1 4 3

«Un garcon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)» — — — 2

1994 «Think Twice» 14 95 1 —

1995 «Pour que tu m’aimes encore» — — 7 1

«Je sais pas» — — — 1

«Because You Loved Me» 1 1 5 19

1996 «It’s All Coming Back to Me Now» 2 2 3 13

«All by Myself» — 4 6 5

1997 «Tell Him» (duet with Barbra Streisand) 12 — 3 4

1998 «The Reason» — — 11 1

«My Heart Will Go On» 14 1 1 1

«Immortality»(duet with the Bee Gees) — — 5 15

«I’m Your Angel» (duet with R. Kelly) 37 1 3 97

«S’il suffisait d’aimer» — — — 4

2000 «I Want You to Need Me» 1 — — —

2001 «Sous le vent» (duet with Garou) 14 — — 1

2002 «A New Day Has Come» 2 22 7 23

2003 «I Drove All Night» 1 45 27 22

«Tout l’or des hommes» 2 — — 3

2005 «Je ne vous oublie pas» — — — 2

2007 «Et s’il n’en restait qu’une (je serais celle-la)» — — — 1

Number of number-one singles 4 4 2 6

Tours

Year Title Format

1983–1984 Les chemins de ma maison tournee N/A

1985 C’est pour toi tournee Vinyl Celine Dion en concert

1988 Incognito tournee N/A

1990–1991 Unison Tour VHS Unison

1992–1993 Celine Dion Tour N/A

1994–1995 The Colour of My Love Tour DVD, VHS The Colour of My Love
Concert; CD A l’Olympia

1995 D’eux Tour DVD, VHS Live a Paris; CD Live a Paris

1996–1997 Falling into You Tour DVD, VHS Live in Memphis

1998–1999 Let’s Talk About Love Tour DVD, VHS Au c?ur du stade; CD Au
c?ur du stade

2003–2007 A New Day… DVD Live in Las Vegas — A New Day…; CD A New
Day… Live in Las Vegas

2008–2009 Taking Chances Tour N/A

Filmography

Touched by an Angel

The Nanny

La fureur de Celine

Des fleurs sur la neige

Notes

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Review/Pop; The International Sound of Celine Dion. The New York Times.
March 2, 1994. Retrieved November 17, 2008

Celine Dion. Grammy.com. Retrieved July 23, 2008.

Britannica.com. Celine Dion. Retrieved January 13, 2006.

Celine Dion Biography. «Canoe Jam!.» Retrieved September 13, 2007.

«The Canadian Encyclopedia». Celine Dion Biography.
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0
000970. 

Bliss, Karen. «25 Years of Canadian Artists.» Canadian Musician. March
1, 2004, p. 34. ISSN: 07089635

«Past Eurovision Winners.» Baltics Worldwide. September 13th, 2007.

Taylor, Chuck. «Epic/550’s Dion offers Hits.» Billboard. November 6,
1999, p.1.

«The Ultimate Diva». CNN. October 22, 2002. Retrieved September 13,
2007.

Celine Dion. «Interview with Celine Dion.» Peter Nansbridge. The
National. With Alison Smith. CBC-TV. March 28, 2002. Transcript.

«Celine Dion Biography.» The Biography Channel. September 13, 2007.

Helligar, Jeremy. «Celine Dion livin’ la vida Vegas!.» Us. March 31,
2003, p. 56.

Alexander, Charles P. The Power of Celine Dion». Time. March 7, 1994

Gardner, Elysa. Review: Falling Into You. Los Angeles Times Los Angeles,
Calif.: November 16, 1997, p. 68)

«Cove Magazine». The 100 Outstanding Pop Vocalists.
http://covemagazine.com/100vocalists.html. 

Dion, Lavigne score trophies at World Music Awards. CBC News.ca November
5, 2007. Retrieved July 21, 2008.

Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle to be honored at World Music Awards in
Monaco. International Herald Tribune. November 2007. Retrieved July 20,
2008.

D’elles. Sony BMG. Retrieved May 7, 2007.

«Profiles of Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesias, Moby.» Paula Zahn, Charles
Molineaux, Gail O’Neill. People in the News. May 18, 2002. Transcript.

Germain, Georges-Herbert (1998). Celine: The Authorized Biography.
translated by David Homel and Fred Reed. Dundurn Press. pp. p. 16. ISBN
1-55002-318-7. )

«Rock on the Net». Celine Dion.
http://www.rockonthenet.com/artists-d/celinedion_main.htm. 

Celine Dion Biography. «Canoe Jam!.» Retrieved September 13, 2007

Dion, Celine (2001). Celine Dion: My Story, My Dream. Avon. ISBN
0-380-81905-8. 

Germain, George-Hebert (1998). Celine: The Authorized Biography. Dundurn
Press. ISBN 1-55002-318-7. 

Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Celine Dion: For Keeps. Becker & Mayer Ltd. ISBN
0-7407-5559-5. 

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