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.
With sales revenue of $685,000 per show it's not only Adele's fans that are devastated that they're no longer going ahead
Adele was an emotional wreck when she recently announced the cancellation of her Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace just hours before it was due to begin. The three month long stint at the world famous Caesars Palace would have been one of the biggest shows to take place there in recent years. Adele, still dominating the charts with her fourth album - 30, was clearly distraught when she told fans that the shows would not go ahead as planned because her 'Weekends With...' event simply, "just wasn't ready".
Taking the Rolling In The Deep singers's place at very short notice will be Country star Keith Urban. Following Urban on stage will be former Police frontman Sting and then aging rocker Rod Stewart leaving some to speculate that Adele has missed her opportunity. The stage set for Weekends With... has already been taken down and dismantled and although there is speculation that the event is merely postponed there is also just as much speculation that Adele will never return.
We remember the iconic songs that came before Fight for You.
The 93rd Academy Awards night saw some well-deserved movies winning gongs including Nomadland for Best Picture and Best Director, and The Father for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Fight for You from Judas and the Black Messiah winning Best Original Song.
Performed by H.E.R., Fight for You is a poweful song reflecting the importance of the themes within the Fred Hampton biopic; those of systemic racism, and an injustice at the hands of cops that survives more than 50 years on from when the movie is set.
Continue reading: A Look Back At Some Of The Greatest Best Original Song Oscar Winners
Jim Steinman's legacy is a work of symphonic rock genius.
The music industry lost a huge part of its history with the death of composer, lyricist and producer Jim Steinman earlier this week. Best known for some iconic work with the likes of Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, Boyzone, The Sisters Of Mercy, Celine Dion and others, Steinman is seen as one of the greatest symphonic rock composers who ever lived.
(L-R) Stephen Gately, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy and Jim Steinman (2001) / Photo Credit: Ben Curtis/PA Archive/PA Images
He passed away on Monday (April 19th 2021) from kidney failure, leaving behind a legacy of iconic bangers that will continue to be played for many more decades.
Continue reading: Remembering Jim Steinman's Seven Greatest Hits
Celine Dion barely cracks a smile and yet she's the greatest guest yet.
'I love Vegas', choked fans in the starstruck crowd of this glittering Nevada city as they watched Celine Dion and James Corden recreate the most iconic scene from 'Titanic' for 'Carpool Karaoke', while singing a duet of the legendary diva's timeless classic 'My Heart Will Go On'.
Celine Dion at the Met Gala 2019 / Photo Credit: Doug Petes/EMPICS Entertainment/PA Images
If you didn't adore Celine Dion before, you certainly will after watching this latest installment of the popular 'Late Late Show' segment. For someone so incredibly rich and famous, this 51-year-old superstar comes across as refreshingly down-to-earth as she makes this episode of 'Carpool Karaoke' the funniest ever.
Continue reading: The Funniest Ever Carpool Karaoke Brought To You By Celine Dion
The 50-year-old Canadian singer to due to headline BST summertime Hyde Park show
Canadian pop star, Celine Dion, has hit out at critics of her slimmer frame and told them to 'leave her alone'. The 50-year-old superstar - whose 15-year Las Vegas residency has recently come to an end - has hit back at comments on her sense of style and weight.
Celine Dion wants people who critise her to 'leave her alone'
Speaking to the Sun, the mother-of-three said: "If I like it, I don't want to talk about it. Don't bother. Don't take a picture. If you like it, I'll be there. If you don't, leave me alone.
Continue reading: Celine Dion Wants Critics Of Her Slender Frame To 'Leave Her Alone'
Celine Dion knows her late husband René Angélil is always beside her and she takes comfort in knowing he is ''at peace'' now.
Celine Dion knows her late husband is always beside her.
The 'My Heart Will Go On' hitmaker was devastated when her beloved spouse René Angélil passed away three years ago and she admits she takes comfort in knowing he is ''at peace'' now.
She said: ''Knowing that now he's in peace and is resting and is always within me. I see him every day through the eyes of my children.
Continue reading: Celine Dion Always Has Late Husband Beside Her
Celine Dion insists Pepe Munoz is just her ''best friend'' and she is currently single.
Celine Dion insists Pepe Munoz is just her ''best friend''.
The 'Think Twice' hitmaker - whose beloved husband Rene Angelil passed away in 2016 - has been accompanied everywhere by the dancer for the last two years and though their instant bond has ''evolved'' and he treats her like a gentleman, the 50-year-old singer is adamant she is ''single''.
She said: ''We bonded right away as friends, we had a good time. It evolved.
Continue reading: Celine Dion Is Single
The Canadian superstar broke the news to her fans that she is cancelling three weeks' of Vegas shows in order to undergo surgery for a middle-ear problem.
Celine Dion has been forced to cancel a large number of shows in Las Vegas in order to undergo what has been described as a “minimally invasive surgical procedure” to correct a middle-ear problem.
The 49 year old Canadian star took to her official Facebook page to inform fans that all her shows in her Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace from March 27th through to April 18th have been cancelled.
“Céline has been dealing with a condition in her middle ear known as Patulous Eustachian tube, which causes hearing irregularities, and makes it extremely difficult to sing,” the post read on Wednesday (March 21st) read.
Continue reading: Celine Dion Cancels Las Vegas Shows For Middle-Ear Surgery
The singer donated the proceeds of Tuesday's concert in Caesar's Palace Colosseum to those affected by Sunday night's mass shooting.
Celine Dion has paid tribute to the victims of last weekend’s appalling mass shooting in Las Vegas, dedicating her show in the city last night to those affected, also pledging to donating all the proceeds of the concert to charitable efforts.
On Tuesday evening (October 3rd), the Canadian star played a sold-out performance at The Colosseum inside Caesar’s Palace in Vegas. The city was stunned at the weekend, after a gunman opened fire on the packed crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500 festival-goers.
The 49 year old singer told the audience: “On Sunday we lost too many beautiful, innocent souls, and so many are still suffering, but tonight we're going to let these families know that we are supporting them and that we will help them through their tragic loss.”
Continue reading: Celine Dion Donates Concert Proceeds To Las Vegas Shooting Victims
The singer was picture perfect in the stunning social media post.
It's safe to say Celine Dion is still one of the most beautiful divas in the world of music. She proved as much with a tastefully nude shot on the world's biggest fashion magazine franchise's social media page this week as a celebration of her love of haute couture.
Celine Dion at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards
She may be 49-years-old but she looked a picture of youth in a nude shot taken for Vogue in between changing her outfits for her live shows. Ths photo, taken by photographer Sophia Li, sees the singer seated cross-legged on a chair with her arms crossed over her body, a small piece of white material covering her chest, and one hand partially covering her face.
Continue reading: Celine Dion Celebrated For Fashion Mastery With Sensational Nude Photo
Celine Dion Wednesday 29th February 2012 The wax figure of Celine Dion is unveiled at Madame Tussaud's
Celine Dion Tuesday 15th March 2011 Celine Dion's Momentous Return To The Colosseum Press Conference at Caesars Palace Resort and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada
Celine Dion Monday 9th June 2008 leaving the Regent hotel Berlin, Germany
Celine Dion Friday 2nd May 2008 Celine Dion leaving her hotel before her concert tonight Manchester, England
Date of birth
30th March, 1968
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