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Celine Dion (born 30.3.1968)
Celine Dion is a Canadian pop vocalist, as well as an actress and songwriter.
Childhood: Celine Dion was born in Quebec, Canada, to French-Canadian parents. Her father is Adhémar Dion and her mother is Therese Tanguay.
Celine often sang with her family, at her parents' piano bar and at the age of 12, she wrote a song called 'Ce n'etait qu'un reve' ('It Was Only A Dream'), with her brother and mother. Her brother sent a recording of the song to the music manager Rene Agelil, who was reportedly moved to tears by Dion's voice. He self-funded her first release, 'La Voix du bon Dieu' which quickly propelled Celine to stardom in her native Canada.
In 1983, Dion became the first Canadian artist to be awarded with a gold record in France. Five years later, she represented Switzerland in the Eurovision song contest with 'Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi' ('Don't Go Without Me'), winning the contest.
At the age of 18, Dion professed a desire to be as popular as Michael Jackson and to crack the American market. She underwent dental procedures to improve her appearance, as well as taking English lessons to broaden her appeal to the American market.
Pop Music Breakthrough & Career: Celine Dion's English language debut came in 1990, with the release of Unison, which was largely comprised of soft rock music that became popular on mainstream radio. Her first single to reach the Billboard Hot 100 was 'Where Does My Heart Beat Now?' The following year, Celine Dion performed a duet with Peabo Bryson for the Disney animation Beauty and the Beast. The song was a huge commercial hit and won an Oscar for Best Song, as well as a Grammy Award. 'Beauty and the Beast' then became one of the tracks featured on Dion's second, eponymous album. She worked with the songwriter Diane warren for this release, which, again, proved to be a massive global success.
Dion also released a French-language album in 1991, entitled Dion Chante Plamadon, which consisted largely of cover versions. It became her first French album to receive an international release and has sold over 1.5 million copies globally.
Celine Dion's third English-language album, The Colour of My Love, was released in 1993, on which she publicly declared her feelings for her long-time manager, Angélil. The album became a phenomenal success, selling over 8 million units worldwide. The biggest hit from the album was 'The Power of Love', a re-recording of a 1985 Jennifer Rush hit. The album also contained a duet with Clive Griffin, entitled 'When I Fall In Love'. Dion's popularity in the UK was cemented with the success of 'Think Twice', which was number one for seven weeks in Britain.
Dion continued to alternate between French and English language albums, with the next French release being A L'Olympia. She took some of the songs from this album and translated them, to become 'If That's What It Takes' and 'I Don't Know' for the English album Falling Into You, which featured covers of Tina Turner's 'River Deep, Mountain High' and Eric Carmen's 'All By Myself'. The Diane Warren-penned 'Because You Loved Me' was a number one hit and was used in the soundtrack to Up Close and Personal.
In case Dion's celebrity status was in any doubt, she was then chosen to perform at the opening ceremony for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, where she sang 'The Power of the Dream'.
1997 saw Dion release Let's Talk About Love, which featured a number of vocal guests, including Luciano Pavarotti, the Bee Gees and Barbra Streisand as well as appearances from Carole King, Sir George Martin and Diana King. The biggest-selling single from the album was 'My Heart Will Go On', composed by James Horner. The song was famously featured on the soundtrack to Titanic, starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.
In the late 1990s, Dion released a Christmas album, 1998's These Are Special Times (featuring a duet with R. Kelly) and the 1999 album All the Way.. A Decade of Song. The latter album featured a number of cover versions, including Roberta Flack's 'The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face' as well as a duet with Frank Sinatra, entitled 'All the Way'. She also appeared on a VH1 special, entitled Divas Live, which also featured Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Aretha Franklin and Gloria Estefan.
In 2002, Dion returned to music after a break. The album A New Day Has Come debuted at number one, though many critics gave it a lukewarm response. The following year, she released One Heart, which was a move into dance music - a first for Celine Dion. She also recorded a cover of Cyndi Lauper's 'I Drove All Night' for a Chrysler commercial.
Miracle, another English language album, was released in 2004. It focused on the theme of motherhood and contained a number of lullabies and expressions of maternal love, as well as covering Louis Armstrong's 'What A Wonderful World' and John Lennon's 'Beautiful Boy'.
In 2003, Celine Dion performed a string of 4000-seater shows at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, earning a reported $76 million.
Four years later, Celine Dion released the Taking Chances album, which featured songwriting from Linda Perry, Ne-Yo and ex-Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody.
Selena Gomez had an unforgettable night out in Las Vegas on Saturday (12Mar16) after attending her "queen" Celine Dion's concert.
The Hands to Myself star and her best friends had a girls' night out in Sin City, and their main event was the Canadian diva's residency gig at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace.
Selena posted various photos and videos from their experience on Snapchat, including clips of her and her pals buying and wearing matching black T-shirts with Celine's face emblazoned on the front.
The 23-year-old also shared video footage of Celine during the concert, with one short clip even featuring Selena singing along to her hit Because You Loved Me. Another snap featured Celine in the middle of her stage, and Selena added the caption, "Queen", followed by numerous emoji hearts.
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Celine Dion has slashed $30 million (£21 million) off the asking price of her luxury Florida estate.
The superstar has been trying to offload the Jupiter Island property since 2013, when her husband and manager, Rene Angelil, was initially diagnosed with cancer.
The five-bedroom estate, which boasts its own waterpark, tennis court, and golf range, struggled to attract a buyer and now, following Rene's passing in January (16), Celine is looking to expedite the sale process by cutting the price to $45.5 million (£32 million), reports TMZ.com.
The mother-of-three also sold off her house in Quebec, Canada last month (Feb16) for $25.5 million (£18 million) and is allegedly planning to settle full-time in Las Vegas, where she has had a residency show at the Caesars Palace resort since 2011.
Continue reading: Celine Dion Knocks $30 Million Off Florida Estate
The singer returned to her Las Vegas residency following her husband's death in January
Heartbroken superstar singer Celine Dion paid tribute to her late husband Rene Angelil, who tragically died of cancer in January, in her first performance since his passing. The singer took to the stage and resumed her Las Vegas residency but recognised her manager and partner of 21 years with a written message to the crowd before she began.
Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil before he passed away from cancer
The message read: "I understood that my career was in a way his masterpiece, his song, his symphony.
It was her first performance since his death.
It's been almost six weeks since Celine Dion said her final farewell to husband and manager Rene Angelil, and while she's been a picture of grief throughout this trying time, yesterday she was finally ready to take to the stage once again for her first performance since his death.
Celine Dion grieves for the loss of her husband and manager
On Tuesday (February 23rd 2016), the 'My Heart Will Go On' singer returned to The Colosseum stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to pay a musical tribute to her husband who died of cancer on January 14th. The first 20 minutes of the performance was live streamed for all fans to see, and it was no doubt one of the most emotional concerts Dion has ever had to host.
Celine Dion vowed to "always be one" with late husband Rene Angelil as she returned to the Las Vegas stage for the first time since his passing.
Her show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Tuesday (23Feb16) began with a montage of family pictures and television appearances of Rene, along with a quote from Celine: "I understood that my career was in a way his masterpiece, his song, his symphony. The idea of leaving it unfinished would have hurt him terribly. I realised that if he ever left us, I would have to continue without him, for him."
Celine was then greeted with a standing ovation as she took to the stage to perform With One More Look At You/Watch Closely Now.
Struggling to control her tears, Celine told the audience afterwards: "Thank you, I did rehearse this song in my closet and it went way better than that.
Continue reading: Celine Dion Pays Tribute To Late Husband As She Makes Las Vegas Return
Celine Dion will live-stream her first concert as a widow to fans around the world as a thank you for helping to support her as she mourned her husband's death in January (16)
The singer will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and resume her residency there on Tuesday night (23Feb16), and just like her husband Rene Angelil's funeral in Montreal, Canada and his tribute event earlier this month (Feb16), devotees will be able to watch online.
The start of the show will include a special tribute to her late husband - and that part of the concert be be available to fans around the globe.
A message on Celine's website, where the stream will be available, reads: "On Tuesday, February 23 at 10:30 PM (Eastern time), join the public and fans who came to salute her return and witness with us live Celine’s love tribute to Rene as we all take a trip down memory lane."
Continue reading: Celine Dion To Live-stream First Concert Since Husband's Death
The singer held a memorial in Las Vegas for Rene Angelil.
Celine Dion demonstrates bravery and dignity as she speaks out for the very first time since the tragic death of her husband and manager Rene Angelil in January. Her speech took place at Caesars Palace and was heard by a large crowd of friends, family and fans.
Celine Dion honoured Rene Angelil in moving speech
Yesterday (February 3rd 2016), the life of Rene Angelil was honoured in a memorial at The Colosseum, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. While she didn't sing, wife Celine Dion still gave a breathtakingly loving and heart-breaking tribute speech where she praised the attendees for their arrival and reflected on the love and support that Angelil had given her over the course of her career.
Continue reading: Celine Dion Fights Back Tears In Heartbreaking Tribute To Late Husband
Celine Dion could feel the love of her late husband Rene Angelil at a tribute event held in his honour on Wednesday night (03Feb16).
The 47-year-old singer struggled to control her emotions as she took to the stage at , Las Vegas, where she had been performing a residency up until Rene's death in January (16).
Celine didn't perform for the occasion, but used the opportunity to address the crowd and thank everyone for the tributes that had been paid to Rene throughout the evening.
"This is my home away from home," Celine said. "At the same time I'm supposed to feel extremely comfortable being home and right now I'm not sure how comfortable I feel.
Continue reading: Celine Dion Pays Tribute To Late Husband On Las Vegas Stage
Celine Dion will speak but not sing at the Las Vegas memorial for her late husband.
Less than two weeks after Rene Angelil was laid to rest at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada on 22 January (16), the musician and manager will be remembered by family and friends in Sin City on Wednesday night (03Feb16).
And, contrary to reports suggesting his widow will perform some of his favourite songs at the event, it has been confirmed grieving Celine will pay tribute to her late partner, but she won't sing at the memorial.
Fans will be able to watch the tribute from The Colosseum at Caesars Palace via a livestream available online.
Continue reading: Celine Dion Won't Sing At Husband's Memorial
Celine Dion has posted a tribute to her late husband online hours before his Las Vegas memorial.
Rene Angelil will be remembered during a 'celebration of life' event at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Wednesday night (03Feb16), which will be streamed online.
And his widow took to Facebook on Wednesday afternoon to remind fans to tune in, alongside a favourite photo of herself with her late partner.
An aide wrote in French: "During the event, the guests who have all met Rene will speak and will remember the man he was through stories and memories. If you want to send a message of condolence to Celine and her family, know that it is very appreciated."
Continue reading: Celine Dion Prepares For Late Husband's Celebration Of Life
Celine Dion, Rene-Charles Angelil, Nelson Angelil , Eddy Angelil - Funeral ceremony of Celine Dion's husband, Rene Angelil, at Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica - Montreal, Canada - Friday 22nd January 2016
Celine Dion - Shots of the winners from the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in the press room after the ceremony which was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, California, United States - Sunday 17th May 2015
Date of birth
30th March, 1968
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“Céline pour les enfants” le 30 août à l’@AmpCogeco ! /Benefit concert on August 30 in Trois-Rivières, Qc!- ÉC/TC https://t.co/F0nTvYjqGy
Celine invites Andre-Philippe Gagnon to join her on tour this summer in Paris, Montreal and Québec City! - TC https://t.co/11HIT6osZ5
André-Philippe Gagnon sera l’invité spécial lors des spectacles de Céline cet été à Paris, Montréal et Québec! - ÉC https://t.co/A903gsO5qE
Bonne fête Céline! Joignez-vous à nous pour lui envoyer vos voeux à l'occasion de son anniversaire! - ÉquipeCéline https://t.co/VdZlCMjqiP
Happy Birthday Celine! Celebrate with us and send Celine your best wishes on her birthday! - TeamCeline https://t.co/U2xNd8qbfu
Très attristée d'apprendre le décès de Jean Bissonnette avec qui j'ai eu le privilège de travailler. Toutes mes sympathies à sa famille.
20 years ago this week, “Because You Loved Me” was #1 on the @billboard 100 #TBT - TC https://t.co/RYpKovn83Z
Il y a 20 ans cette semaine, la chanson « Because You Loved Me » devenait la chanson #1 au @billboard 100 #TBT - ÉC https://t.co/RYpKovn83Z
RT @SonyLegacyRecs: #LegacyFact @celinedion’s “Because You Loved Me” was No. 1 on this day in 1996! https://t.co/d32SlLhrOy https://t.co/Qd…
L’amour en héritage… Quoi de plus beau; quoi de plus grand; quoi de plus important. Merci, maman… https://t.co/hXkT3qmJcL
RIP Frank Sinatra Jr. Sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. Mes sincères condoléances à sa famille et ses proches.
"Falling Into You" a 20 ans! #TBT -ÉC https://t.co/XhYVGxcrfb
Celebrating 20 years of "Falling Into You"! #TBT -TC https://t.co/SZ88CAeunk
New tickets available for Celine’s concerts at Bell Centre in Montreal! https://t.co/PbVwUvX3Rv - TC
Nouveaux billets disponibles pour les spectacles de Céline au Centre Bell de Montréal! https://t.co/PbVwUvX3Rv - ÉC
5 unforgettable years of memories from the Colosseum stage! 5 années de bonheur sur les planches du Colosseum! https://t.co/nu9gv0VfdV
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