Celine Dion

Céline Marie Claudette Dion, CC, OQ [ selinsgrove maʀi klodɛt djɔ ] ( born March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec ) is a Canadian singer. With over 230 million records sold it is one of the most successful pop singers in the world. Céline Dion is known for its use of vocal technique Belting.

  • 4.1 Studio albums
  • 5.1 Grammy Awards
  • 5.2 Other Awards
  • 5.3 Achievements


Beginnings and first successes

Céline was born as the youngest of 14 children of Adhemar Dion and Thérèse Tanguay, and grew up in poor circumstances. Her father was a former forest worker who later set up his practice with a small hotel.

In 1980, her mother and her brother Jacques composed the song Ce qu'un rêve n'était that they sent the manager René Angélil. He discovered her talent and took a mortgage on his house, so he was able to finance her first album. In 1981 Céline Dion her first LP in their native language French, La voix du bon Dieu ( The Voice of God ) that made her a star in Quebec.

In October 1982, Céline Dion took on France at the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, in part, for her home country of Canada who later very successful singer Bryan Adams was at the start. With the title Tellement j'ai d' amour pour toi she won in the category Best Song Award and was so well known to a wider audience outside of Canada. In 1983 she was in France for the title D' amour ou d' amitié as the first Canadian artist a gold record. In 1987 she produced the album Incognito, which was awarded double platinum in Canada and 1.5 million copies sold worldwide.

Supported by the Swiss composer and song writers Atilla Sereftug and Nella Martinetti Celine Dion took part in Switzerland on Euro Vision Song Contest 1988 in Dublin. With the title Ne pas sans moi partez, whose music of Sereftug and text came from Martinetti, she took first place with only one point ahead of the second placed British Scott Fitzgerald. This victory made ​​them known in Europe.

International breakthrough

The late 1980s was already a well-known and successful singer Céline Dion in Canada and France. At age 20 she had published 14 albums ( eleven albums in Canada and three in France ) and received a total of 15 Félix Awards, and three platinum and four gold records. In the U.S., however, she knew hardly anyone. This was primarily because the Canadian had been published only French-language albums and they usually did not find any more attention in the U.S..

For this reason, Céline Dion took the title Unison on her first English album, which was released worldwide in Canada and the USA and 1991 in 1990. This earned her the desired success in the USA. The first single, Where Does My Heart Beat Now was her first English-language hit, and came to # 4 on the U.S. charts. For Unison she went platinum in the U.S. and seven times platinum in Canada.

That she did not feel as an English singer, was evident in the presentation of the Félix Awards in 1990: Céline Dion should get the prize for the best English-speaking artist, but rejected on the grounds that she was a French-speaking singer and this will also always remain.

Published in 1991 Céline Dion chante Plamondon Dion under the title (in Canada) or Des mots qui sonnent ( in France) an album where all the tracks were written by Canadian composer Luc Plamondon. On the two language markets, France and Québec, this album reached double platinum status.

The actual worldwide breakthrough Céline Dion in 1992: In the duet with Peabo Bryson, she sang the title song of Beauty and the Beast to the eponymous Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast. The single was a bestseller not only in the U.S. but also Céline's first Top 10 single in the UK. The producer Alan Menken and Howard Ashman received for the title next few Grammys and the 1992 Golden Globe and an Academy Award as " Best Song "; Céline Dion Peabo Bryson won the 1993 together with her ​​first Grammy in the category " Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal - Pop ".

Published in 1992 under the title Celine Dion Celine Dion her second English album, which also Beauty and the Beast is heard. With If You Asked Me To the album contained another U.S. Top Five single. Five of the 14 tracks come from Diane Warren; With this Tear was written by Prince especially for Céline Dion. The album was sold about six million copies worldwide; including nearly three million copies in the U.S. (double platinum) and over one million copies in Canada ( diamond).

Ascent to world star

Your first number-one hit in the U.S. succeeded Céline Dion in 1994 with the ballad The Power of Love, a cover version of the successful in the 80 years of the same title by Jennifer Rush. The single was also number one in Australia and also landed in the British Top Five. They sold more than two million times, Céline Dion was nominated for a Grammy and American Music Awards. The Power of Love was a single from the also published in 1994 album The Colour of My Love, which was a worldwide success with over 18 million records sold. The shortly thereafter released single Think Twice was out in the U.S. around the world a great success and became a number 1 hit in the UK, among others, place 2 in Australia and their first Top 20 single in Germany. You got the best-selling single by a solo artist in the history of the British music industry. At the same time also finished their album The Colour of My Love the top spot in the UK album charts. In the romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle from 1993 Céline Dion 's duet with Clive Griffin and titled When I Fall in Love to hear a cover version of the classic Nat King Cole. This single was released only in the U.S., while Céline in the UK with another extraction, Only One Road could celebrate another Top 10 hit. Also in 1994 she married her 26 years older manager René Angélil.

Despite this success with an English album Celine Dion later took a year off their next album D' eux again in French on. Produced and written were the stocks covered it by the French composer Jean -Jacques Goldman. D' eux was the best-selling French-language album of all time. In France, the album for 44 weeks at the top of the album charts and sold over four million copies. But in other countries it was a success and received in the UK as the first French-language album received a gold disc. The Pour que tu singles m'aimes encore and Je sais pas also occupied No. 1 in France and were also in various non- French-speaking countries, are very respectable success.

The success of both albums was exceeded with the 1996 release album Falling into You with more than 30 million copies sold again. Céline Dion was with Falling into You 59 weeks in the top 10 of the U.S. album charts, this was achieved previously only by Michael Jackson Thriller and Alanis Morissette with Jagged Little Pill. In the UK the album at 184 weeks was almost four years on the charts. Falling into You not only reached # 1 in the U.S., UK, France, Australia and many other countries, but also double platinum in Germany.

Last but not least the singles made ​​the album to great success: firstly Because you loved me from the movie Up Close, another U.S. number one single, and a perennial favorite in Germany (9 months in the charts and Gold status ), then from the pen derived from Meat-Loaf/Bonnie-Tyler-Produzent Jim Steinman bombastic rock ballad it's All Coming Back to Me Now, 2nd in the U.S. and number 3 in Great Britain, and finally the sparingly arranged, almost only by the piano accompanied All By Myself, another U.S. Top Five and UK Top 10 hit. In the UK it was also successful with the extractions Call the Man and the title song of the album in the singles charts. The music video for It's All Coming Back to Me Now is the way with production costs of $ 2.3 million in sixth place of the most expensive video of all time.

The successful releases followed great performances: At the opening ceremony of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta (USA) Céline Dion sang the specially composed for this title The Power of the Dream.

Following the success of Falling into You could tie seamlessly with its 1997 album Let 's Talk About Love. The album was recorded in London, New York and Los Angeles; in the production of a number of famous singer and composer was involved. Céline 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 ). The Beatles producer Sir George Martin produced the written by Carole King entitled The Reason, Bryan Adams wrote the theme song Let's Talk About Love. The album became a worldwide number-one success in almost all countries and also sold more than 30 million times. The first single was Tell Him duet with Barbra Streisand, another top 10 success in the UK, France and Australia.

Céline Dion's biggest single success should be calculated a title she did not really want to sing originally. My Heart Will Go On was by James Horner and Will Jennings for James Cameron's film Titanic ( 1997), written and composed. Horner played before the title of Céline Dion and her manager René Angélil. Céline Dion was the title of first unenthusiastic, her manager decided, however, that she should sing it. It is also noteworthy that just the demo recording was used for the radio version of My Heart Will Go On and the album Let's Talk About Love, on which the title is also included. The title was a number -one hit, among others, in Canada, the U.S., UK, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland. The greatest Records broke the single in France and Germany, where she stood each with 13 weeks at No. 1. In Germany was My Heart Will Go On 21 weeks in the top 10 of the charts, with interruptions of the title a total of 39 weeks was placed and received quadruple platinum for over 2 million copies sold. Céline was awarded in this country another Bambi for one of the most successful singles in the history of the German record industry. Furthermore, it gave this title the second Oscar (1997 - at the 70th Academy Awards). The third single from the album Immortality with the Bee Gees came to another best-seller, reaching number two and went platinum in Germany.

Published in 1998, Céline Dion under the title S'il suffisait d' aimer another French album, which was written as D' eux already by Jean -Jacques Goldman. Although it was sold about four million copies worldwide, the success was limited largely to French-speaking countries.

Many of hit singles by Céline Dion from the 90s were written by Diane Warren the known especially for their ballads. However, Céline Dion operated also as a songwriter and co-writer, for example, in their song Do not Save It All for Christmas Day from the 1998's Christmas album These Are Special Times. In the animated film Quest for Camelot is the Oscar-nominated title The Prayer to hear a duet with Andrea Bocelli. The most successful single from the album was the title I'm Your Angel, a duet with R. Kelly, which was six weeks at the top of the American charts.

Published in 1999, Céline Dion, entitled All the Way ... A Decade of Song her first English-language best-of album, which consists of nine of their greatest hits as well as seven new titles. The title of If Walls Could Talk was written by Robert John Lange, the background vocals to sing Shania Twain. All the Way ... A Decade of Song was in almost all countries at # 1 on the album charts and sold about 20 million copies worldwide. The most successful single from the album was written by Max Martin called That 's the Way It Is, another top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

With the release of the album Céline Dion announced his intention to take a longer break to have more time for her friends and her husband.

Successful comeback

After their break Céline Dion announced back in 2002 with her album A New Day Has Come, which showed with number 1 in 17 countries, that it was able to continue right where they left off. The single from the album of the same name had become another top 10 hit in the UK and Germany. A further decoupling, I'm Alive, the theme song for the movie Stuart Little 2 and especially in Germany and Scandinavia for a month-long Top Five Chart Renner.

2003 Céline Dion was heard in the soundtrack of Mona Lisa's smile. They also released another studio album: While One Heart was number 2 on the U.S. charts and reached the Top 10 in the UK, Germany and Australia, but it was not so long in the international charts as the previous. The sales figures were indeed still terrific for most artists, Céline Dion's standards for measuring the success of its predecessor but a setback. One of the reasons was the poor marketing because from March 2003 to December 2007 Dion had a contract with the hotel Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where he performed five times a week. The show was so successful that the contract extended ahead and organized in a villa was built on the spot, which is located on Lake Las Vegas. 15 December 2007 their last show at Caesars Colosseum was performed. From February 2008, Cher was her successor at the Colosseum.

During her appearance time in Las Vegas Céline Dion published in 2004, the CD Miracle in collaboration with Anne Geddes. This CD contains mainly gentle, partly multilingual music for children. On the cover of Céline Dion is seen with a baby in her arms.

On April 25, 2007 Celine Dion sang in a charity special episode of American Idol Gives Back a duet with Elvis Presley. To this end, Dion had practiced the duet with a double, during the show Elvis was virtually generated as Dion's duet partner.

In May 2007, Dion published French language album D'elles, whose first single Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (depending serais celle -là ) was published in February and went into France at number 1. Especially in the French-speaking D'elles could inspire many music lovers for themselves.

After five years, was released on 9 November 2007 under the title Taking Chances again an English-language album by Céline Dion, which provides internationally quite a furore. It reached the Top 10 in many countries, including the U.S., France, Britain and Germany. The comeback single, the title song of the same name, made ​​it not in the top 10 charts, but applies the trend for Dion's fresher, more rockier music style. On 7 December 2007 their live DVD A New Day ... Live in Las Vegas that sold like wildfire around the world appeared.

After almost ten year break Céline Dion in 2008 went back on major world tour, which she opened at the request of Nelson Mandela on 14 February in Johannesburg. She performed in 2008 in Paris at the Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy on for several shows. In Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2008 she gave concerts in June and July. The song selection differs depending on the country, there are two set lists of this worldwide tour. She had only English in Paris mainly French songs in the program, in Germany except for a French song. Your Taking Chances Tour is just under $ 280 million according to the Sticky & Sweet Tour by Madonna currently commercially second most successful tour by a solo artist. In the U.S. alone, 98% of their concerts sold out.

On 21 August 2008, Céline Dion was presented at Laval University honorary doctorate of music. The award during the 400 - year celebration of Quebec honor their achievements as an internationally successful and well-known artist and her social commitment. According to French knighthood in the same year, this was the second prestigious award for Céline Dion in 2008.

Since March 15, 2011 Celine Dion enters turn on for three years in the " Caesars Palace " in Las Vegas.

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

On 5 November 2012, the French-language album Sans attendre was published; the first single Parler à mon père published July 2, 2012 The second single from the album is Le miracle and was published on 2 November 2012.; Qui peut vivre sans amour? followed on 8 March 2013.

On November 1, 2013, the English-language album Loved Me Back to Life was released. Producers include Ne -Yo and Babyface. The album contains a duet with Stevie Wonder. First single from the album is the eponymous title; she appeared on September 3, 2013. November 21, Dion began with a series of concerts in Belgium and France.

Private life

1994 Dion married the 26 -year-older René Angélil. Dion and Angelil have three sons; the first was born in 2001, in 2010 was followed by twins. She named her twins after the South African former president Nelson Mandela and one of her favorite songwriters, Eddy Marnay.

Social commitment

  • Since 1982, support of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ( CCFF ), to which she moved her disease her niece Karine
  • Supporter of the T. J. Martell Foundation, Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and other health and education organizations
  • 2005 donation of $ 1 million for the victims of Hurricane Katrina
  • Donates the day's takings from the Mother's Day for the victims of the earthquake in the Indian Ocean 2004
  • Donation of $ 100,000 for the victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake
  • Appointed along with Susan Sarandon as Ambassador of FAO Goodwill Ambassador in 2010


Studio albums


Grammy Awards

More Awards

  • Céline Dion received seven Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards, and ten World Music Awards
  • 1996: Bambi ( Germany ) in the category " Pop International " for the album Falling into you
  • 1998: Bambi ( Germany ) My Heart Will Go On as one of the most successful singles of 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 their lifetime
  • 2008: Knight of the Legion of Honour for her services to the French language
  • 2008: Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Laval
  • 2012: Bambi ( Germany ) for Entertainment


  • With over 230 million albums sold, Celine Dion is one of the most successful singers. In the list of best-selling albums of singer Céline Dion occupied with the albums Falling into You and Let's Talk About Love the 3rd and 4th
  • Dion's album D' eux is the most successful non-English album in music history. ( In second place also follows a Dion Album: S'il suffisait d' aimer )
  • Dion won the Euro Vision Song Contest 1988 for Switzerland.
  • She was honored with both the Legend and the Diamond Award from the World Music Awards.
  • These Are Special Times is the second best-selling Christmas album in music history.
  • As the only artist she sang a total of seven times at a Oscars, most recently in 2011 in memory of the late artist and film-makers of the past year.
  • As the LA Times calculated, Céline Dion was in the last decade, with almost $ 750 million ( $ 747.9 million ), the bestverdienende artist in the world; before the Beatles and U2.