Artist: Céline Dion Bio

11 Feb 2006, 22:56  26,161,748  1,366,144

Céline Dion

Céline Marie Claudette Dion (born March 30, 1968 in Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian singer. Regarded as one of pop music's most influential voices, Céline Dion remains the best-selling Canadian artist and one of the best-selling artists of all time with record sales of over 200 million copies worldwide. To date, Céline Dion has won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. She is the second best-selling female artist in the US during the Nielsen SoundScan era. In 2003, Dion was honoured by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for selling over 50 million albums in Europe. In 2004, Dion received the Diamond award at the World Music Awards recognizing her status as one of the best-selling female artist of all time. In 2007 she was honoured with the Legend Award at World Music Awards in recognition of her global success and outstanding contribution to the music industry. Her signature song, "My Heart Will Go On," served as the love theme for the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic and topped the charts worldwide, as well as winning the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

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.

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 "Céline" premièred 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. Dion is regarded as one of pop music's most influential voices. Linda Lister describes Dion as a reigning Queen of Pop for her influence over the record industry during the 1990s. On a cultural level, Dion is credited for introducing francophone music to many non-francophone countries around the globe. Dion is also credited for both revitalizing and revolutionizing the entertainment scene in Las Vegas with the gargantuan successes of her residencies there. She managed to re-popularize the Las Vegas "residency" as a desirable way for top artists to essentially tour in place, letting their fans come to them. Over the years, fellow established icons such as Britney Spears, Elton John, Bette Midler, Rod Stewart, Cher and Shania Twain followed suit.


Top Track "Céline Dion"

My Heart Will Go On - Céline Dion

My Heart Will Go On

319,811
1,723,636
Because You Loved Me - Céline Dion

Because You Loved Me

205,571
932,006
All by Myself - Céline Dion

All by Myself

147,730
644,459
The Power Of Love - Céline Dion

The Power Of Love

134,812
609,322
I'm Alive - Céline Dion

I'm Alive

126,921
617,403
That's the Way It Is - Céline Dion

That's the Way It Is

119,302
586,285
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Céline Dion

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

104,673
273,973
Think Twice - Céline Dion

Think Twice

93,927
381,265
Taking Chances - Céline Dion

Taking Chances

85,887
484,281
A New Day Has Come - Céline Dion

A New Day Has Come

84,075
437,040
I Drove All Night - Céline Dion

I Drove All Night

72,083
365,476
O Holy Night - Céline Dion

O Holy Night

71,435
180,841
Alone - Céline Dion

Alone

62,551
359,649
Falling Into You - Céline Dion

Falling Into You

58,551
252,451
Immortality - Céline Dion

Immortality

58,195
257,529
Beauty and the Beast - Céline Dion

Beauty and the Beast

53,231
220,877
To Love You More - Céline Dion

To Love You More

50,321
278,777
Eyes on Me - Céline Dion

Eyes on Me

39,539
210,005
Feliz Navidad - Céline Dion

Feliz Navidad

37,938
87,672
Ave Maria - Céline Dion

Ave Maria

35,883
107,573
Loved Me Back to Life - Céline Dion

Loved Me Back to Life

35,052
361,081
I Surrender - Céline Dion

I Surrender

33,725
219,040
The Reason - Céline Dion

The Reason

32,501
122,315
If You Asked Me To - Céline Dion

If You Asked Me To

31,937
123,816
Seduces Me - Céline Dion

Seduces Me

29,651
118,482
Christmas Eve - Céline Dion

Christmas Eve

27,668
73,993
One Heart - Céline Dion

One Heart

27,145
112,220
I Want You to Need Me - Céline Dion

I Want You to Need Me

26,301
102,822
I Love You - Céline Dion

I Love You

25,852
104,160
My Love - Céline Dion

My Love

25,201
119,570
I'm Your Angel - Céline Dion

I'm Your Angel

25,137
111,147
Call the Man - Céline Dion

Call the Man

24,715
97,208
If That's What It Takes - Céline Dion

If That's What It Takes

24,385
102,402
The Prayer - Céline Dion

The Prayer

24,198
95,375
On ne change pas - Céline Dion

On ne change pas

23,774
160,859
Blue Christmas - Céline Dion

Blue Christmas

22,871
58,830
When I Need You - Céline Dion

When I Need You

22,736
85,258