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Celine Marie Claudette Dion, CC, OQ (born March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Québec) is a Canadian singer. With over 230 million records sold, she is one of the most successful pop singers worldwide.


Beginnings and first successes

Céline was born as the youngest of 14 children of Adhémar Dion and Thérèse Tanguay and grew up in poor circumstances. Her father was initially a forest worker before he later went into business for himself with a small hotel.

In 1980 her mother and brother Jacques composed the song Ce n’était qu’un rêve, which they sent to the manager René Angélil. He relied on her talent and took out a mortgage on his house to finance her first album. In 1981 Dion released her first full-length record in her native French, La voix du bon dieu (The Voice of God), which made her a star in Québec.

In October 1982 she took part in the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo for France, and for her home country Canada the later very successful singer Bryan Adams was at the start. With the title Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi, she won the Best Song Award and became known outside of Canada. In 1983 she was the first Canadian artist to receive a gold record in France for the title D’amour ou d’amitié. In 1987 she produced the album Incognito, which went double platinum in Canada and sold 0.5 million copies worldwide.

With the support of the Swiss composers and songwriters Atilla Şereftuğ and Nella Martinetti, she took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin in 1988 for Switzerland. With the title Ne partez pas sans moi, whose music came from Şereftuğ and whose text from Martinetti, she won by only one point ahead of the British Scott Fitzgerald.

International breakthrough

By the late 1980s, Dion was already a well-known and successful singer in Canada and France. By the age of 20 she had already released 14 albums (eleven in Canada and three in France) and received a total of 15 Félix Awards as well as three platinum and four gold records. In the USA, however, hardly anyone knew her. This was mainly due to the fact that the Canadian had only released French-language albums up until then and these were hardly noticed in the USA.

Because of this, she recorded her first English-language album, Unison, which was released in Canada and the United States in 1990 and worldwide in 1991. The first single, Where Does My Heart Beat Now, was her first English-language hit, which reached number 4 on the US charts. She received platinum for Unison in the US and seven platinum in Canada.

At the Félix Awards ceremony in 1990, when she was to receive the prize for the best English-speaking artist, she made it clear that she still did not feel like an English-speaking singer: she refused on the grounds that she was a French-speaking singer and would do so always stay.

In 1991 she released an album under the title Dion chante Plamondon in Canada and Des mots qui sonnent in France, all of which were written by the Canadian composer Luc Plamondon. The album went double platinum in both francophone markets, France and Québec.

Dion's real global breakthrough came in 1992. In a duet with Peabo Bryson, she sang the title song Beauty and the Beast for the Disney cartoon of the same name, Beauty and the Beast. Not only was the single a bestseller in the US, it was also Dion's first top 10 single in the UK. The producers Alan Menken and Howard Ashman received for the title, in addition to several Grammys and the Golden Globe in 1992, the Oscar for "Best Song"; In 1993, Dion and Peabo Bryson won their first Grammy in the category "Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Singing - Pop".

In 1992 she released her second English-language album, Celine Dion, which also features Beauty and the Beast. With If You Asked Me To the album contained another US top five single. Five of the 14 titles are by Diane Warren; With this Tear was written especially for Dion by Prince. The album was sold around 5 million times worldwide; including almost three million times in the USA (double platinum) and over a million times in Canada (diamond).

Rise to world star

Dion had her first number one hit in the United States in 1994 with the ballad The Power of Love, a cover version of Jennifer Rush's 1980s hit of the same name. The single also became number 1 in Australia and landed in the UK's top five. It sold over two million copies worldwide, and Dion was nominated for a Grammy and the American Music Awards. The Power of Love was a single from the album The Color of My Love, also released in 1994, which was a worldwide success with over 16 million records sold. The single Think Twice, released shortly thereafter, was a huge hit in the US and around the world; a number one hit in the UK, number 2 in Australia and her first top 20 single in Germany. At the same time, her album The Color of My Love also topped the British album charts. In the 1993 romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, Dion can be heard in a duet with Clive Griffin and the title When I Fall in Love, a cover version of the classic by Nat King Cole. This single was only released in the US, while Dion was able to celebrate another top 10 hit in the UK with the release Only One Road. In 1994 she married her manager, René Angélil, who was 26 years her senior.

Despite the success with an English-language album, Dion recorded her next album D’eux again in French a year later. The titles were produced and written by the French composer Jean-Jacques Goldman. D’eux became the best-selling French-language album of all time. In France it was at the top of the album charts for 44 weeks; it sold over four million copies and was the first French-language album in the UK to receive a gold record. The single releases Pour que tu m’aimes encore and Je sais pas also took first place in France and were also very well placed in various non-French-speaking countries.

The success of both albums was exceeded again with the 1996 album Falling into You, which sold more than 30 million copies. Dion was in the top 10 of the US album charts for 59 weeks with Falling into You, something that had only previously been achieved by Michael Jackson with Thriller and Alanis Morissette with Jagged Little Pill. In the UK, the album was in the charts for almost four years at 184 weeks. Falling into You not only reached number 1 in the USA, Great Britain, France, Australia and many other countries, but also double platinum in Germany.

Not least the single releases made the album a great success: on the one hand Because you loved me from the film Up Close, another US number 1 single and a long-running hit in Germany (9 months in the charts and gold status), then the The bombast rock ballad It's All Coming Back to Me Now, penned by Meat Loaf / Bonnie Tyler producer Jim Steinman, ranked 2nd in the US and 3rd in Great Britain and finally the sparingly arranged All By Myself, almost exclusively accompanied by the piano Another US top five and UK top 10 hit. In Great Britain she was also successful in the single charts with the extracts Call the Man and the title song of the album. The music video for It's All Coming Back to Me Now ranks sixth among the most expensive videos of all time, with production costs of US $ 2.3 million.

The successful publications were followed by major appearances. At the opening ceremony of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta (USA), Celine Dion sang the specially composed title The Power of the Dream.

She was able to seamlessly build on the success of Falling into You with the album Let's Talk About Love, released in 1997. The album was recorded in London, New York and Los Angeles; A number of famous singers and composers were involved in the production. Dion sang duets with Barbra Streisand (Tell Him), the Bee Gees (Immortality) and the opera singer Luciano Pavarotti (I Hate You Then I Love You). Beatles producer George Martin produced The Reason, written by Carole King, and Bryan Adams wrote the theme song Let's Talk About Love. The album became a number one hit in almost every country and sold more than 30 million copies. The pre-release single Tell Him in a duet with Barbra Streisand was another top 10 success in Great Britain, France and Australia.

Dion's biggest single success was supposed to be a track that she originally didn't want to sing. My Heart Will Go On was composed and written by James Horner and Will Jennings for James Cameron's 1997 film Titanic. Dion was initially less than enthusiastic about the title that Horner played for her and her manager René Angélil. However, her manager decided that she should sing him. It is noteworthy that only the demo recording was used for the radio version of My Heart Will Go On and the album Let's Talk About Love, which also includes the title. The title became a number one hit in Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland, among others. The single broke its biggest records in France and Germany, where it was number 1 for 13 weeks each. In Germany, My Heart Will Go On was in the top 10 for 21 weeks, with interruptions the title was placed for a total of 39 weeks and received quadruple platinum for over 2 million copies sold. Dion received another Bambi for one of the most successful singles in the history of the German record industry. The title also earned her a second Oscar (1997, at the 70th Academy Awards). The third single, Immortality, with the Bee Gees became another bestseller, reached number 2 and platinum status in Germany.

In 1998 Dion released another French album called S’il suffisait d’aimer, which, like D’eux, was written by Jean-Jacques Goldman. Although it was sold around four million times worldwide, its success was largely limited to French-speaking countries.

Many of Dion's hit singles from the 1990s were written by Diane Warren, best known for her ballads. Dion also worked as a songwriter and co-writer, for example with her song Don’t Save It All for Christmas Day from the 1998 Christmas album These Are Special Times. In the animated film Quest for Camelot, the Oscar-nominated title The Prayer, a duet with Andrea Bocelli, can be heard. The album's most successful single was the title I'm Your Angel, a duet with R. Kelly, which topped the American charts for six weeks.

In 1999 Dion released her first English-language best-of album All the Way ... A Decade of Song, which presented nine of her greatest hits and seven new titles. The track If Walls Could Talk was written by Robert John Lange, the background vocals were sung by Shania Twain. All the Way… A Decade of Song was number 1 on the album charts in almost every country and sold around 20 million times worldwide. The most successful single on the album was the title That’s the Way It Is, written by Max Martin, another top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

With the release of the album, Dion announced that he would take a longer break to have more time for her friends and her husband.

Successful comeback

After her break, she returned in 2002 with the album A New Day Has Come, which picked up at number 1 in 17 countries exactly where it left off. The single of the same name had become another top 10 hit in Great Britain and Germany. Another release, I'm Alive, became the title track for the movie Stuart Little 2 and, especially in Germany and Scandinavia, it became a top five chart hit for months.

In 2003, Dion was featured on the soundtrack to Mona Lisa's smile. She also released another studio album: One Heart was number 2 in the US charts and reached the top 10 in Great Britain, Germany and Australia, but it could not stay in the international charts as long as its predecessors. The sales figures were still terrific, but a setback for Celine Dion. One of the causes was poor marketing; because from March 2003 to December 2007 she had a contract with the Hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and performed there five times a week. The show was so successful that the contract was extended prematurely and a villa was built for them on site on Lake Las Vegas. On December 15, 2007, their last show for the time being was performed at Caesars Colosseum. From February 2008 Cher was her successor there.

During their time in Las Vegas, Dion released the CD Miracle in collaboration with Anne Geddes in 2004. This CD mainly contains soft, partly multilingual music for children. The cover shows Celine Dion with a baby in her arms.

On April 25, 2007, she sang a duet with Elvis Presley in a special benefit episode of American Idol Gives Back. For this purpose, Dion had practiced the duet with a double, while Elvis was virtually created as Dion's duet partner during the broadcast.

Her French-language album D’elles was released in May 2007, and its first single, Et s’il n’en restait qu’une (je serais celle-là), was released in February and reached number 1 in France.

After five years, another English-language album was released on November 9, 2007 under the title Taking Chances, which caused quite a sensation internationally. It reached the top 10 in numerous countries including the US, France, UK and Germany. The comeback single, the title song of the same name, did not make it into the top 10, but is considered to be trend-setting for Dion's fresher, rockier style of music. Their live DVD, A New Day… Live in Las Vegas, was released on December 7th, 2007 and sold rapidly all over the world.

After a break of almost ten years, Dion went on a major world tour again in 2008, which she opened in Johannesburg on February 14 at the request of Nelson Mandela. Her Taking Chances Tour was the second most commercially successful tour by a solo artist after Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour, at nearly US $ 280 million. In the US alone, 98% of their concerts were sold out.

On August 21, 2008 Dion was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from Laval University. The award in the course of the 400th anniversary of Québec honored her services as an internationally successful and well-known artist and her social commitment. After the French accolade in the same year, this was the second high honor for her in 2008.

From March 15, 2011 Dion appeared again for three years in the "Caesars Palace" in Las Vegas.

2012–2013: Sans attendre and Loved Me Back to Life

On November 5, 2012, her French-language album Sans attendre was released; the first single Parler à mon père was released on July 2, 2012. The first single with the title song was released on September 3, 2013. From November 21, Dion gave a series of concerts in Belgium and France.

On May 16, 2014 the box set "Celine une seule fois / Live 2013" was released as a combination of 2CD + DVD and 2CD + Blu-ray. The album contains a video recording of the unique concert "Celine ... une seule fois" on July 27, 2013 in Québec. On the CDs you can find the complete live concert as audio with four other songs that were performed by her as part of the Sans Attendre tour in Paris-Bercy.

A tour in Asia planned for autumn 2014 was canceled by the singer on August 14, 2014 for personal reasons.

Private life

In 1994 Céline Dion married René Angélil, 26 years her senior, with whom she has three sons: the first was born in 2001, twins followed in 2010,

Social Commitment

  • since 1982 support of Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF)caused by the illness of her niece Karine
  • Support of T.J. Martell Foundation, of Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and other health and education organizations
  • 2005 Donation of US $ 1 million for the victims of Hurricane Katrina
  • Donation of the daily income on Mother's Day for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami[15]
  • 2008 Donation of US $ 100,000 for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake
  • 2010 as ambassador of FAO Goodwill Ambassador appointed, along with Susan Sarandon


Grammy Awards

  • 1993: Best Pop Performance by Duo or Group with Vocal - Beauty and the Beast
  • 1997: Album of the Year - Falling into you
  • 1997: Best Pop Album - Falling into you
  • 1999: Song of the Year - My Heart Will Go On
  • 1999: Record of the Year - My Heart Will Go On
  • 1999: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - My Heart Will Go On

Further awards

  • Celine Dion received seven Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards and ten World Music Awards
  • 1996: Bambi (Germany) in the “Pop International” category for the album Falling into you
  • 1998: Bambi (Germany) for My Heart Will Go On as one of the most successful singles in German music history
  • 1998: echo (Germany) as the most successful international artist
  • 1999: Star on Canada's Walk of Fame
  • 2004: Diamond Award (World Music Awards)
  • 2004: Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 2007: Legend Award (World Music Awards) for her life's work
  • 2008: Knight of the Legion of Honor for their contributions to the French language
  • 2008: Doctor Honoris Causa from Laval University
  • 2012: Bambi (Germany) for entertainment


  • With over 230 million albums sold, Celine Dion is one of the most successful singers to date. In the list of the best-selling albums by female singers, Celine takes Dion with the albums Falling into you and Let's talk about love places 3 and 4.
  • Dion's album D'eux is the most successful non-English language album in music history. (A Dion album also follows in second place: S’il suffisait d’aimer)
  • Dion won the Eurovision Song Contest 1988 for Switzerland.
  • She was with both the Legend as well as with the Diamond Award of the World Music Awards.
  • These Are Special Times is the second best-selling Christmas album in music history.
  • She was the only artist to sing a total of seven times at an Oscar ceremony, most recently in 2011 to commemorate the deceased artists and filmmakers of the previous year.[24]
  • As the LA Times calculated, Celine Dion was in the past decade with nearly $ 750 million ($ 747.9 million) the highest earning artist in the world; even before the Beatles or U2.[25]

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ http: //www.lemauricien.com/article/jean-alain-roussel-maestro-mauricien-qui-fait-chanter-monde
  2. ↑ http: //www.celinedioncharts.com/byalbum.htm
  3. ↑ http: //www.celinedioncharts.com/byalbum.htm
  4. ↑ The most expensive music videos in: Weltonline, April 27, 2007
  5. ↑ 35 years of gold / platinum - Herbert Grönemeyer in first place in the official ranking, Musikindustrie.de, July 2, 2010
  6. ↑ "Celine Dion sings with Elvis Presley"
  7. ^ "YouTube - Elvis & Celine - If I Can Dream"
  8. ↑ Celine Dion on tour
  9. ↑ "Celine Dion is coming to Germany in 2008"
  10. ↑ The University of Laval awards Celine Dion an honorary doctorate
  11. ↑ The new single Parler à mon père
  12. ^ Journal de Montréal
  13. ↑ Celine Dion gives birth to twins in: Focus Online of October 24, 2010
  14. ↑ Celine Dion names her twins Nelson and Eddy
  15. ↑ Celine Dion donates one million dollars for tsunami victims
  16. ↑ Chart sources: DEATCHUKUS / CAFR
  17. abcDavid Ball: This Week in History: December 12 to 18. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  18. A soundtrack of Quebec history. In: www2.canada.com.November 25, 2010, accessed January 16, 2015.
  19. CELINE DION CHARTS & SALES. In: celinedioncharts.com.January 31, 2014, accessed January 16, 2015.
  20. RFI Musique - Les millions de Celine Dion. In: rfimusique.com.October 17, 2003, accessed January 16, 2015 (French).
  21. ↑ Jason Anderson: Learning to love Celine Dion. In: The Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail Inc., January 19, 2008, accessed October 22, 2014.
  22. abcdCeline Dion The Recordbreaking Diva. In: RFI.October 17, 2003, accessed October 22, 2014.
  23. ↑ 2007 - Top 50 Global Best Selling Albums (physical and digital album formats included) (Memento from April 11, 2008 im Internet Archive)
  24. ↑ Celine Dion's comeback at the Oscar gala
  25. ↑ The Top Ten Highest Earning Artists in the World in: Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2010