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.
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
Celine Dion will be resuming her Las Vegas residency after a year-long hiatus, during which time she's been helping her husband battle throat cancer.
Celine Dion has opened up about her husband’s health battle, describing the moment she learned that his throat cancer had returned in 2013 for a third time, fifteen years after he had last finished fighting the condition.
In an emotional interview with Deborah Roberts on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ on Wednesday, she spoke of when her husband and long-time manager Rene Angelil told her the bad news just before she was due to perform onstage.
Celine Dion has opened up about her husband's cancer and the care she provides
Céline Dion will resume her residency at Caesars Palace Colosseum in August 2015.
Céline Dion will be returning to Las Vegas to resume her residency. The 46-year-old singer will be back on stage at Caesars Palace Colosseum in August, a year after she announced she was taking time off, with a new show. Dion has expressed her excitement at returning to the stage and explained how she draws great comfort from her fans and from performing.
Celine Dion will return to Las Vegas to take up her residency once again.
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Erika Jackson has filed for divorce from her husband of 18 years Randy Jackson.
Randy Jackson's wife has reportedly filed for divorce. Erika Jackson has filed the paperwork to end their 18 year relationship citing irreconcilable differences.
Randy Jackson and his wife Erika are reportedly divorcing.
The Canadian singer and her family are reportedly "trying to stay positive" about Angélil's prognosis, after he underwent surgery this past December (2013) to remove a cancerous tumour from his throat.
Many of Celine Dion's fans were shocked to hear that she is taking a hiatus from show business for an indefinite amount of time. Last week the Canadian star vowed to leave her singing career behind so she can care for her Cancer-stricken husband, René Angélil.
Dion has taken a break from showbiz to care for her cancer-stricken husband
The 46 year-old singer has cancelled her upcoming Las Vegas show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and her extensive tour of Asia which was originally scheduled to begin in the fall of this year, but the people who expected this decision were Dion's close friends.
Dion is postponing all her professional commitments to focus on her personal life.
Celine Dion is temprorarily postponing her return to ger hugely successful Las Vegas residency to be with her husband, René Angélil and focus on her own health as well. Angelil had a tumor removed from his throat back in December, while the singer herself is still battling an illness, which causes an inflammation in her throat and prevents her from performing.
Dion has not been performing since June.
While the residency has suffered, but will likely be rescheduled as soon as Dion recovers, her Asia tour has been axed entirely. Dion was set to perform four dates in Japan – in Nagoya, Osaka and two in Tokyo, as well as two dates in Taipei (Taiwan). Several other dates had been reported – two in China (Shanghai and Macau), one in the Philippines (Manila) and one in Singapore, but only the Manila date had been confirmed officially.
The 46 year-old singer has already cancelled her forthcoming Las Vegas show, and a tour of Asia that was scheduled for this fall.
Many of Celine Dion's fans may not see her for quite a long time, on Wednesday (Aug 13th) the Canadian star vowed to take a hiatus from her singing career in indefinitely to care for her Cancer-stricken husband, René Angélil.
Dion will take a hiatus from showbiz to care form her Cancer-stricken husband, René Angélil
In the announcement, the 46 year-old songstress confirmed that her upcoming Las Vegas show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been postponed, as has her extensive tour of Asia which was originally scheduled to begin in the fall of this year.
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Celine Dion was among many of the celebrities who had roles specifically written for her before she agreed to do the film.
Celine Dion's role in the 'Muppets Most Wanted' was scripted with her in mind.
The film which stars children's favourites Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and Fozzy Bear among others, has a number of A-List cameo appearances, including Salma Hayek, Tom Hiddleston and Usher, and director James Bobin insists the roles were written specifically for these celebrities, before they officially agreed to appear in the film.
He said: ''Largely we write those roles in the script. Often we even write the name of the particular person. What we find, is that because there's a great love for the Muppets the people we ask tend to say yes. Which is really rare.
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Where the 2011 reboot felt effortless in the way it recaptured that warmly anarchic Muppets humour, this sequel feels like it's working every step of the way. Yes, it's riotously silly and occasionally hilarious, but there are large chunks of the movie that just aren't funny at all, mainly because there's so much emphasis on the tangled web of a plot that the characters get lost in the shuffle.
It starts just as the last movie ended: the Muppets decide to do a sequel based on an idea from interloper Dominic (Ricky Gervais) to take their show on a world tour. But Dominic is actually in league with super-villain frog Constantine (Matt Vogel), who has just escaped from a gulag. So when the Muppet Show lands in Berlin, he orchestrates a swap: Constantine takes Kermit's place in the show, while Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is sent to Siberia under the watchful eye of guard Nadya (Tina Fey). Meanwhile, Interpol agent Jean-Pierre (Burrell) and CIA operative Sam Eagle (Eric Jacobson) are investigating a series of robberies mysteriously linked to Muppet performances in Berlin, Madrid and Dublin.
All of this builds to a head in London, where Constantine is staging an elaborate wedding to Miss Piggy (Jacobson) to distract from his real plan to steal the Crown Jewels. But this plot-strand feels predictable and limp compared to much more interesting character interaction. For example, scenes between Kermit and Fey are a lot more fun as they plan a musical revue with the inmates (and get Trejo and Liotta sing and dance!). And the escalating banter between Sam Eagle and Burrell is hilarious even as it indulges in cheap Euro-jokes.
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Her first English-language album in six years peaked at No. 2 at the chart before plummeting, but a song with NeYo and an appearance on the NBC singing contest will hopefully rejuvenate sales
Celine Dion came back with a bang with her powerful single 'Loved Me Back to Life' and album of the same name, but whilst the album and single drew considerable buzz when it was released in October, people seem to have forgotten about Dion without much hassle. In a bid to rejuvenate interest in her singing and her first English-language record for six year, the Canadian singer is planning a double whammy just before Christmas.
Celine Dion released her third single, 'Incredible,' earlier this week
Having already heard the lead single form the album, Dion will give people another chance to hear what her album has to offer when she performs her collaborative effort with Ne-Yo, called 'Incredible,' on the season finale of The Voice. The pair will perform the mid-tempo album track on the Tuesday (17 December) finale, which airs on NBC 9 p.m. (ET/PT). As well as releasing the track as her third single from the album, Dion won't be done with the festive giving just there, as she also has another TV performance lined up after her appearance on The Voice.
There are some artists who genuinely need no introduction and, regardless of your opinion of her, Celine Dion is one of them. Responsible for one of the biggest selling songs of all time, her catalogue includes 25 studio albums which contribute toward a reported sales figure numbering over 220 million. She has recently resumed her residency at Las Vegas' Caesar's Palace, which began in 2011 and remarkably runs through to the second half of 2014.
Opening with the title track, 'Loved Me Back To Life' is not immediately recognisable as Dion, partially because she doesn't immediately throw in her powerful vocals. The major difference lays in the musical style - whilst orchestral strings are present, this is a brooding number driven with a patient rhythm section. It fails to develop though, instead feeling like more of an intro number into 'Somebody Love Somebody', a track full of false attitude and clumsy chorus lines, topped off by an annoying vocal hook. An unlikely collaboration with Ne-Yo follows and takes the shape of a soft R'n'B ballad on which the latter more than holds his own for a likeable if unspectacular number. 'Breakaway' sees her in familiar territory, an emotive song driven by piano and on which she doesn't hold back, culminating in a window-shattering crescendo.
Turning to rock influences, 'Save Your Soul' sees formulaic chords churned out ineffectively, but 'Didn't Know Love' provides a tender and likeable moment on which Dion strikes the right balance between passion and warbling. It is the first of a trio of songs on which consistent quality is found, with 'Thank You' following a similar mood and built on some enjoyable piano melodies. Star billing is shared with Stevie Wonder on 'Overjoyed', a lifting soul piece on which the duo trade lines seamlessly. It is the last time on which 'Loved Me Back To Life' impresses, a shame given that at this point some momentum was building, but the closing quartet find Dion fulfilling preconceptions of her music. In particular, 'Always Be Your Girl' is the type of schmooze she is famed for, complete with overblown final chorus featuring obligatory key change. It is when she utilises her talents in this overbearing manner that her output is off-putting, thankfully though it is kept in check on a decent amount of this album.
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It's here! Britney's new album is out in full, but there will be no tour to follow.
It’s Britney, b***h. Sorry, that was a bit aggressive, but rather appropriate for the occasion. Spears returns with her eighth studio album, Britney Jean, finally released in full (five days ahead of schedule). Despite the club-appropriate dance tunes on this album, it isn’t getting the kind of promotion of her previous records, nor the same love. Spears has also opted out of a full tour schedule to promote Britney Jean, choosing instead to incorporate the songs into the shows from her Las Vegas residency.
Britney Jean is on top of the world, with a new album and a two-year residency ahead of her.
Her two-year residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas is quite a financially secure gig for the once troubled pop star. With 48 90-minute shows per year, created to span her entire career Spears joins the likes of Celine Dion, Olivia Newton-John, Carlos Santana and Rod Stewart, among others. According to Jason Gastwirth, senior vice president for marketing and entertainment at Caesars Entertainment, which owns Planet Hollywood, speaking for Businessweek, Britney is rather unique within that crowd.
Date of birth
30th March, 1968