Celine Dion (biography)
Céline Marie Claudette Dion (born March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada) is a
Canadian singer. Born to a large impoverished family, Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-
speaking world after her manager and future husband René Angélil 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 CBS Records Canada in 1986. During the 1990s, with
the help of Angélil, she achieved worldwide fame after signing with Epic Records and releasing
several English albums along with additional 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 top of pop music 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.
Celine took the stage for her final performance of A New Day… on December 15, 2007. The
spectacular Las Vegas show that had been seen by nearly 3 million fans at 717 performances
since its premier in March 2003 had come to an end. But Celine was about to embark on a new
adventure: her brand new Taking Chances World Tour!
After performing in 25 countries during the Taking Chances World Tour which ended in February
2009 (one year after it began) she took another 2 year hiatus, focusing on expanding her family.
After 6 in-vitro tries she gave birth to twin boys Nelson and Eddy in October 2010. In the
meantime she announced her return to Vegas, her new show simply named “Celine” premiered on
March 15th 2011 to spectacular reviews by media and audience.
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. Dion is the best selling Canadian artist of all time; and her album
D’eux is the best selling francophone album of all time. 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. According to Sony Music, Dion has
sold over 200 million albums, worldwide.
1 My Heart Will Go On 2,054
2 Loved Me Back to Life 1,586
3 Because You Loved Me 755
4 Somebody Loves Somebody 675
5 I’m Alive 593
6 It’s All Coming Back to Me Now 574
7 That’s the Way It Is 557
8 The Power of Love 529
9 All By Myself 528
10 Breakaway 520
11 Water and a Flame 421
12 Think Twice 396
13 Save Your Soul 368
14 I Drove All Night 364
15 Pour que tu m’aimes encore 344