Celine Dion in her "Taking Chances" video.
|Birth name||Céline Marie Claudette Dion|
|Born||March 30, 1968|
|Origin||Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada|
|Genre(s)||Pop, dance, R&B, pop rock, soft rock, adult contemporary|
|Label(s)||Sony Music Canada, Epic, 550, Columbia|
Dion first gained international recognition 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 became one of the most successful artists in pop music history. In 1999, Dion announced a hiatus 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 performed nightly in a five-star theatrical show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas for five years.
Dion's music has been influenced by genres ranging from rock and R&B to gospel and classical. She is the best-selling Canadian artist of all time, is the second best-selling female artist in the US during the Nielsen SoundScan era, and is the only female artist to have two singles sell more than a million copies in the UK. Her 1995 album D'eux, is the best-selling French-language album of all time. In 2004, 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 Entertainment, Dion has sold over 200 million albums worldwide.
Dion's first single was "Ce n'était qu'un rêve", which was released as a single in Quebec in 1981. By 1983, she became the first Canadian artist to receive a Gold record in France for the single "D'amour ou d'amitié".
In 1990, Dion made her debut into the American market with Unison. The album included "Where Does My Heart Beat Now", which became her first single to reach the top ten on the United States Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number four. In 1991, Dion sang with Peabo Bryson in the song "Beauty and the Beast". It became her second top ten Billboard Hot 100 single, and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Her following single, "If You Asked Me To", peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Colour of My Love was released in 1993 and featured her first US, Canadian, and Australian number-one single "The Power of Love". In the United Kingdom, both the album and the single "Think Twice" simultaneously occupied the top of the British charts for five consecutive weeks. The song remained at number one for seven weeks, became the fourth single by a female artist to sell in excess of one million copies in the UK.
Dion continued to release French language recordings between each English album. D'eux was released in 1995 and amassed huge success with the single, "Pour que tu m'aimes encore". The song reached number one in France, stayed at the top position for twelve weeks, and sold over 955,000 copies in France, alone. "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" also reached the top ten in the UK, Ireland and Sweden.
In 1995, Dion released "To Love You More" in Japan, where it reached number one, selling over one million copies. She became the first non-Japanese artist in twelve years to garner a number-one hit on the Oricon Singles Chart.
Falling into You was released in 1996 and featured the single "Because You Loved Me". Other successful singles from the album included "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" and "All by Myself", which both reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. In late-1997 Dion released her most-successful single, "My Heart Will Go On" which served as the love theme to the 1997 blockbuster motion picture, Titanic. The single topped the charts across the world, and became Dion's signature song. "My Heart Will Go On" won the Academy Award, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. She won two additional Grammy Awards for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance", and the most coveted "Record of the Year".
In late-1998, "I'm Your Angel", a duet with R. Kelly was released. It became Dion's fourth Billboard Hot 100 number-one single and her second song, after "My Heart Will Go On" to debut at the chart's top position.
All the Way... A Decade of Song was released in 199 and included the lead single "That's the Way It Is", which reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100. After a two-year hiatus, Dion released the album, A New Day Has Come in March 2002. The first single from the album was the title track, which peaked at number twenty-two on the Billboard Hot 100, and spent twenty-one consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, breaking the record for the longest span at the top. The previous record holder was Dion's own "Because You Loved Me", which lasted nineteen weeks at number one.
In 2007, the single "Taking Chances" gave Dion ownership of the most top ten hits on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, with twenty-one during the last two decades.
In 2013, she released the album Loved Me Back to Life.