August 2007

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August 31st, 2007

TAKING CHANCES - ALBUM COVER ART!!!
::: A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! :::

Taking Chances - Album cover art

[Source: Amazon]
August 30th, 2007

Diamonds Are Girls' Best Friends!

(7:00 p.m. GMT) Feelings Productions Inc., and Her Village Inc., owned respectively by international, pop-music, superstar Celine Dion and famed, Chinese journalist and multi-media host Yang Lan have announced that they have joined forces to create a new line of diamond engagement rings, personal jewelry and exclusive women's accessories to be sold under the corporate name HV Love.

Speaking from the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, where she is in the final days of her record breaking, 5 year, sell-out show, 'A New Day', Celine Dion remarked that HV Love would be offering an exclusive collection of jewelry and related accessories, designed to reflect "the most wonderful, human emotion of all - love. Jewelry has the unique ability to convey the power of love in a way that no other item can come close to duplicating. It is at once beautiful to behold, and precious to possess. There is a sense of joy and intimacy about fine jewelry, and we intend to capture those feelings in the creativity and elegance of our collections. Each item is, essentially, a precious work of art, that never loses its meaning. It captures the heart and only grows in personal value as time passes. Our goal is to create a collection of diamond and other fine jewelry and accessories that place elegance of design ahead of price. HV Love has unique advantages to achieve that goal in China."

The company intends to develop its brand equity through establishing a sizable network of company-owned and select, retail storefront partners in key, urban markets, with a projected total number of stores reaching over 200 outlets by 2010 and in order to immediately capture the potential sales benefits afforded by the upcoming, Beijing Olympics, the new company will begin marketing its jewelry products via an exclusive Internet site at http://www.hvlove.com/.

[Source: PR Newswire]

Celine Will Sing At The Plains of Abraham !

(2:00 p.m. GMT) According to MédiaMatinQuébec, Celine Dion will perform her own spectacle at The Plains of Abraham in Quebec City (Canada) around August 24th 2008. René Angelil (Celine's husband and manager) should announce the official confirmation on next days, after the Labor Day.

August 28th, 2007

"Le Banquier" - The Date!

Celine and Nikos (2:20 p.m. GMT) To help celebrate her long time friend Julie Snyder's 40th birthday, Celine will guest host an episode of Snyder's TV game show inspired by "Deal or No Deal" called '' Le Banquier .'' In this episode, not only is Celine hosting, but also Rene Angelil is the banker and Julie Snyder is the contestant. At the end of the show, they will donate all of their prize money to the Ste. Justine Hospital Foundation as well as the ' Fondation pour la Recherche de la Moelle Épinière '. This episode, hosted by Celine, is scheduled to air on TVA on September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. ET.

[Source: Cyberpresse]

Jerry Lewis Telethon

According to Celinedion.com Celine is scheduled to appear live via video feed on September 2 at approximately 11:00 p.m. (ET) and will present an exclusive "sneak peek" of the soon-to-be-released A New Day... DVD. Instead according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Celine's performance should have closed the telethon about at 2 p.m. PT on Monday, September 3rd.

August 27th, 2007

Celine @ "X Factor" ?

(2:00 p.m. GMT) According to the British The Sun, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Sir Elton John have been approached to appear on hit ITV talent show The X Factor. Music mogul Simon Cowell wants the trio to offer advice and tips to singers and bands competing to win the ITV1 show in December (07).

Yang Lan + Celine Dion = HV Love

(7:00 a.m. GMT) Chinese talk-show host Yang Lan made her fortune through television, newspapers and magazines, but she has spent the last few years building a free Web site boasting an almost 50-million-strong readership. Now, Ms. Yang, who is frequently likened to Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart, is trying to convert all those readers of her collection of female-oriented electronic magazines and blogs into paying customers. First step: a site selling diamonds in a partnership with Canadian diva Celine Dion. Their venture, called HV Love, made its debut this month.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]
August 26th, 2007

Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon

(3:00 p.m. GMT) According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Celine Dion's performance will close about at 2 p.m. PT on Monday, September 3rd the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 42nd annual 'Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon'.

Celine To Appear In Andrea Bocelli Documentary

Celine will be interviewed about her experience working with Andrea Bocelli for an upcoming TV documentary special. This intimate portrayal of Bocelli's life will feature his family, friends and those people who have worked with him throughout his career. BBC is planning to broadcast the documentary later this year and release it on DVD thereafter.

[Source: Celinedion.com]
August 24th, 2007

::: The Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses :::

(3:00 p.m. GMT) Secondo Billboard, gli spettacoli di Céline dal 16 al 19 Agosto si classificano al QUINTO posto della Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses (la classifica degli incassi dei concerti nel MONDO) di questa settimana. Guadagni delle vendite: 2.294.524 dollari; Show tutti esauriti: 4 su 4; biglietti venduti nei 4 giorni: 16.592 su 16.592. Con questi show, gli spettacoli tutti esauriti sono 486 su 681. Dall'inizio dell'anno, Celine si è esibita in 80 spettacoli i quali hanno incassato un totale di 44.898.668 dollari con 325.791 presenze.

(3:00 p.m. GMT) According to Billboard, Céline's shows from August 16th to Aug. 19th are at the FIFTH position of this week's Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses (the chart of concert grosses in the WORLD). Gross Sales: US$ 2,294,524 ; Shows/ Sellouts: 4 out of 4, Attend/Capacity: 16,592 out of 16,592. With these shows, Céline's sold-out shows are 486 out of 681 performed shows. The 80 shows (since the beginning of 2007) grossed US$ 44,898,668 with 325,791 attendances.

August 22nd, 2007

Mr. Angelil Confirms!

(5:00 p.m. GMT) In an interview with the Quebec newspaper, Journal de Montreal, Rene Angelil (Celine Dion's husband and manager) confirms that Celine Dion's upcoming album in English (due on November 13th) will be entitled "Taking Chances". "We have a lot of very good songs and it's difficult to choose the first singles. Celine says that this album is her BEST album in english of her career" - reveals Angelil.

Celine Dion To Appear On Jerry Lewis Telethon

Celine will be appearing at the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 42nd annual 'Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.' The 21½-hour live event will include performances and guest appearances by many well known celebrities including Celine Dion, Vanessa Williams, Tony Danza, Ivanka Trump and more! The telethon will take place at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas starting at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on September 2 and will be simultaneously broadcasted on 190 television stations throughout Canada and the US. Fans worldwide will be available to watch live online at www.mda.org. Please check your local listing for details.

[Source: Celinedion.com]

Dion finds new name for CD

(6:45 a.m. GMT) Celine Dion’s new album won’t take its name from Shania Twain’s 1995 smash hit The Woman in Me after all. The Quebec singer’s first English CD in three years, due out Nov. 13, will be titled Taking Chances, according to a select group of fans who got a preview in Las Vegas on Monday night.

And she does just that on the album, getting a bit bluesy and rocking out when she’s not belting out her usual chest-pounding ballads. Last week, Dion told USA Today the album would be called The Woman in Me, sparking a Celine vs. Shania debate online. "I think this album represents a positive evolution in my career," Dion said of her album. "I’m feeling strong, maybe a little gutsier than in the past, and just as passionate about music and life as I ever was." On the new CD, Dion ventures into rock territory with a cover version of Heart’s "Alone" and guitar-driven tracks titled "This Time," "Shadow of Love" and "Can’t Fight the Feeling."

She sings the blues on "That’s Just the Woman in Me," showing off the rawness of her normally perfect voice. And while the vocals are pure Dion, some of the arrangements are decidedly different. "Let Me Be Your Soldier" features military-style drums; "Right Next to the Right One" has the sound of folk instruments; and "Eyes On Me" is a beat-heavy track with a touch of Bollywood. The singer has included several ballads, including "A Song for You" and "World to Believe In." In addition to the title track, there’s also "Just Fade Away," "My Love," and "Surprise, Surprise."

[Source: Canada.com]

August 10th, 2007

Celine Coming Soon on "W" Magazine

(2:15 p.m. GMT) Multimedia producer Michelle d'Eze had mandate from New York magazine "W" for the production of a photographic session with Celine Dion. The photos will be taken by Serge Beauchemin and the session-set will be held in the Montreal's housing complex Habitat 67.

[Source: Infopresse]

" THE WOMAN IN ME "

(5:50 a.m. GMT) With A New Day …, Celine Dion's blockbuster Vegas show, closing on Dec. 15, the Canadian crooner is set to unveil a new CD and, she suggests, a newly feisty approach. Due November 13, The Woman in Me will be Dion's first studio album since 2004's Miracle. Her collaborators on Woman include producers and songwriters noted for their work with more rock-oriented artists, among them Linda Perry (Pink, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera), ex-Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody and Dave Stewart, as well as John Shanks, Kara DioGuardi, Kristian Lundin, Anders Bagge and Peer Astrom. "I think this album represents a positive evolution in my career," Dion says. "I'm feeling strong, maybe a little gutsier than in the past, and just as passionate about music and life as I ever was."

[Source: USA Today]
August 9th, 2007

Josh Groban defends Celine Dion

(3:00 p.m. GMT) You’re not likely to find Josh Groban jumping on the anti-Celine Dion bandwagon, even after the much-maligned diva was voted one of Top 10 Worst Canadians in a recent poll. No, Groban — the fresh-faced 26-year-old whose evocative baritone has made him an unlikely adult-contemporary star — has only the kindest of words for our Celine, with whom he performed one of his first high-profile gigs (as a last-minute replacement for Andrea Bocelli, no less).

I don’t get it,” sighs Groban over the phone from Pennsylvania, after being told of Dion’s dubious distinction. “She’s a powerhouse. In this day and age, when more and more studio-produced, tiny-tiny voices are being rewarded ... she has this extraordinary instrument. She’s also one of the nicest people in the world. So over-the-top nice, I guess, that people think it’s an act.”

Before stepping into Bocelli’s shoes, Groban was a simple theatre major at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where his vocal teacher happened to be an acquaintance of frequent Dion collaborator David Foster. As luck would have it, the renowned Canadian producer happened to be shopping around for new voices, and after hearing a tape of Josh singing, Foster enlisted Groban — then 17 — to perform a Phantom of the Opera number for a crowd of 20,000. Two weeks later, he called on Groban again, requesting his presence at the 1999 Grammy Awards, where Bocelli had just backed out of his duet with Dion.

Groban says Dion’s very un-diva-like behaviour was of great comfort to a nervous teen, especially since everyone else he encountered backstage was as demanding as they come. “When she came out, she could see my hand was shaking, so she took my hand in hers and ran the lyrics with me to make sure we got everything right,” he recalls. “It takes a lot of energy to be that nice to everyone around you, but somehow, she makes it work.”

[Source: Jam!]

August 6th, 2007

"The Guardian" Wonders How Come Celine Dion Sells So Many Albums... We know why!

The eternal mystery of who exactly buys Celine Dion records - 175m and counting - may have been solved. And the answer could surprise you. It turns out that some of the most credible names in music are huge fans of the earnest Canadian crooner. Tim "Timbaland" Mosley - producer for Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliot - is working on her new album, along with Ne-Yo, songwriter for Beyoncé and Britney.

Amazingly, it may not just be cold, hard cash that motivates them. Timbaland has been attending Dion's $95m Las Vegas show on a regular basis. Prince has been at least three times. Timberlake took a break from being pop's Mr Cool to come down, and Britney, Ice T and Alice Cooper have been spotted among the 4,100-strong audience (although Cooper, apparently, just said he wanted to see what a $95m concert looked like).

Even Rick Rubin, another of the world's most revered producers, has been to the specially built "Roman Coliseum" at Caesars Palace to see 39-year-old Dion belt out My Heart Will Go On, The Power of Love and Beauty and the Beast. This is the man who founded Def Jam Records, revived Johnny Cash's career and still found time to produce Jay-Z's 99 Problems and the last three albums by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

So what do they see in a woman who, according to those who have seen the show, feigns surprise at seeing the audience every time she comes on stage, and dedicates every performance to "the children"?

"Celine has such a beautiful, mesmerising voice," Timbaland told Elle magazine. "She is so talented. I think we could create something that is a classic like she already is." Dion may have other ideas: "It must not be too edgy," she said in a recent interview. "It must be comforting. So I'm not going to change." If that doesn't mesh with Timbaland's skittish, rhythmic style, perhaps Robson and Jerome would welcome his input on a comeback.

Celine in Quebec

Celine and Nikos To help celebrate her long time friend Julie Snyder's 40th birthday, Celine will guest host an episode of Snyder's TV game show inspired by "Deal or No Deal" called '' Le Banquier .'' In this episode, not only is Celine hosting, but also Rene Angelil is the banker and Julie Snyder is the contestant!! At the end of the show, they will donate all of their prize money to the Ste. Justine Hospital Foundation as well as the ' Fondation pour la Recherche de la Moelle Épinière '. This episode, hosted by Celine, is scheduled to air on TVA this fall.

During her summer vacations in Quebec, Celine has also joined a private concert in Montreal's Bell Center to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Saint Justine Hospital (on August 4th). She sang SIX songs among which: S'il suffisait d'aimer, Sous le vent with Garou and Si Dieu existe with Claude Dubois.

[Source: also Celinedion.com]