Artist: Céline Dion Bio

11 Feb 2006, 22:56  25,437,072  1,334,668

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

318,380
1,712,776
Because You Loved Me - Céline Dion

Because You Loved Me

204,930
926,776
All by Myself - Céline Dion

All by Myself

144,013
625,832
The Power Of Love - Céline Dion

The Power Of Love

131,335
591,151
I'm Alive - Céline Dion

I'm Alive

125,087
605,003
That's the Way It Is - Céline Dion

That's the Way It Is

116,806
569,826
Think Twice - Céline Dion

Think Twice

92,752
374,209
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Céline Dion

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

90,114
230,774
Taking Chances - Céline Dion

Taking Chances

85,244
479,799
A New Day Has Come - Céline Dion

A New Day Has Come

83,278
430,351
I Drove All Night - Céline Dion

I Drove All Night

71,085
358,468
O Holy Night - Céline Dion

O Holy Night

69,414
172,501
Alone - Céline Dion

Alone

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355,610
Falling Into You - Céline Dion

Falling Into You

57,886
248,060
Immortality - Céline Dion

Immortality

57,680
253,660
Beauty and the Beast - Céline Dion

Beauty and the Beast

53,056
219,837
To Love You More - Céline Dion

To Love You More

50,124
276,423
Eyes on Me - Céline Dion

Eyes on Me

39,338
208,274
Feliz Navidad - Céline Dion

Feliz Navidad

37,147
84,591
Ave Maria - Céline Dion

Ave Maria

34,926
103,785
Loved Me Back to Life - Céline Dion

Loved Me Back to Life

34,268
354,272
I Surrender - Céline Dion

I Surrender

32,987
213,203
The Reason - Céline Dion

The Reason

31,943
119,445
If You Asked Me To - Céline Dion

If You Asked Me To

31,333
119,795
Seduces Me - Céline Dion

Seduces Me

29,356
115,973
One Heart - Céline Dion

One Heart

26,891
110,865
Christmas Eve - Céline Dion

Christmas Eve

26,687
70,279
I Want You to Need Me - Céline Dion

I Want You to Need Me

26,068
101,548
I Love You - Céline Dion

I Love You

25,529
102,238
My Love - Céline Dion

My Love

25,058
118,643
Call the Man - Céline Dion

Call the Man

24,450
95,655
I'm Your Angel - Céline Dion

I'm Your Angel

24,308
107,676
If That's What It Takes - Céline Dion

If That's What It Takes

24,146
100,655
On ne change pas - Céline Dion

On ne change pas

23,012
154,514
When I Need You - Céline Dion

When I Need You

22,406
83,724
Blue Christmas - Céline Dion

Blue Christmas

22,362
56,465
Then You Look at Me - Céline Dion

Then You Look at Me

22,016
98,788