July 2007

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July 23rd, 2007

General Public Tickets For South Africa TODAY!

Attention South African Celine Fans: The general public onsale for tickets and packages to Celine's 2008 South African shows begins TODAY at 9:00 a.m. (local time). Click here for details including the complete show schedule.

[Source: Celinedion.com]
July 21st, 2007

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July 18th, 2007

Dion Kicking Off 2008 Tour In South Africa

(8:00 p.m. GMT) Celine Dion is to play her first-ever shows in South Africa to start her 2008 world tour. The vocalist will make her live debut in the country Feb. 14 with a corporate gala banquet at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg. This will be followed by two shows in the country's capital city, Pretoria, set for Feb. 16-17 at the Loftus Versveld Sports Stadium. Dion will then move to the ABSA Stadium in the coastal city of Durban on Feb. 20 and will also play the EPRU Rugby Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Feb. 27. Shows are also scheduled for Feb. 23-24 at the Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West. Dates in Belgium, France and Switzerland follow as part of a world tour that will see Dion perform more than 100 shows. She also has made tentative bookings for Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai in April. The artist's five-year residency in Las Vegas ends on Dec. 15.

In other Dion news, Columbia/Legacy will on Oct. 16 reissue the 1998 holiday album "These Are Special Times" with a bonus DVD of the artist's CBS television special from Thanksgiving of that year. The show featured duets with Rosie O'Donnell and Andrea Bocelli as well as performances of hits like "Power of Love" and "My Heart Will Go On."

[Source: Billboard]

" Sing "

(8:00 p.m. GMT) Annie Lennox upcoming new album Songs Of Mass Destruction (due on October 2nd 2007) will feature the soaring and powerful feminist anthem 'Sing', born out of Annie's involvement with Nelson Mandela's 46664 and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) -- organizations fighting for human rights, education and health care for those affected by the HIV AIDS virus. The track 'Sing' features 23 of the most recognized and successful female solo artists in the world, invited by Annie, to raise awareness and finances for TAC initiatives. Included among the group are superstars such as Madonna, Sarah McLachlan, Celine Dion, Fergie, Faith Hill, Pink, Dido, Gladys Knight, kd Lang, Angelique Kidjo, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Melissa Etheridge, Anastacia, Joss Stone, KT Tunstall and many others, as well as TAC activist members own vocal group known as 'The Genetics', whose CD of music inspired Annie to make 'Sing' a reality.

[Source: Billboard]
July 16th, 2007

Pollstar's Top Tours Of The Mid-Year

(11:50 a.m. GMT) Pollstar magazine has just published the mid-year-chart of Tours which earned the most in North-America in the first six months of 2007. CÚline Dion's Las Vegas spectacle came in FOURTH with US $41.8 million. Rod Stewart came in first with US $48.1 million, #2 - Justin Timberlake with US $42.3 million, #3 - The Police with US $41.9 million, #5 - Kenny Chesney with US $32.2, #6 - Roger Waters with $30.9 million, #7 - Christina Aguilera with $ 30.6 million, #8 - Cirque du Soleil's "Delirium", #9 - Eric Clapton, #10 - Josh Groban. Click here to check out the full list. Celine came in sixth last year.

::: The Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses :::

(7:00 a.m. GMT) Secondo Billboard, gli spettacoli di CÚline dal 27 Giugno all'1 Luglio si classificano al TERZO posto della Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses (la classifica degli incassi dei concerti nel MONDO) delle scorsa settimana. Guadagni delle vendite: 2.866.956 dollari; Show tutti esauriti: 5 su 5; biglietti venduti nei 5 giorni: 20.740 su 20.740. Con questi show, gli spettacoli tutti esauriti sono 482 su 677. Dall'inizio dell'anno, Celine si Ŕ esibita in 76 spettacoli i quali hanno incassato un totale di 42.604.144 dollari con 309.199 presenze.

(7:00 a.m. GMT) According to Billboard, CÚline's shows from June 27th to July 1st are at the THIRD position of last week's Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses (the chart of concert grosses in the WORLD). Gross Sales: US$ 2,866,956 ; Shows/ Sellouts: 5 out of 5, Attend/Capacity: 20,740 out of 20,740. With these shows, CÚline's sold-out shows are 482 out of 677 performed shows. The 76 shows (since the beginning of 2007) grossed US$ 42,604,144 with 309,199 attendances.

July 13th, 2007

Celine Dion In Studio

(7:00 a.m. GMT) "Six-time Grammy winner Celine Dion, whose next English album is due out in the fall, has been working on the project in the Palms recording studios (4321 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas)."

[Source: Review-Journal]
July 6th, 2007

::: The Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses :::

(7:00 a.m. GMT) Secondo Billboard, gli spettacoli di CÚline dal 13 al 17 Giugno si classificano al SESTO posto della Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses (la classifica degli incassi dei concerti nel MONDO) di QUESTA settimana. Guadagni delle vendite: 2.852.913 dollari; Show tutti esauriti: 4 su 5; biglietti venduti nei 5 giorni: 20.647 su 20.740. Invece, gli spettacoli dal 21 al 24 Giugno si classificano al SETTIMO posto. Guadagni delle vendite: 2.294.297 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 478 su 672. Dall'inizio dell'anno, Celine si Ŕ esibita in 71 spettacoli i quali hanno incassato un totale di 39.737.188 dollari con 288.459 presenze.

(7:00 a.m. GMT) According to Billboard, CÚline's shows from June 13th to June 17th are at the SIXTH position of THIS week's Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses (the chart of concert grosses in the WORLD). Gross Sales: US$ 2,852,913 ; Shows/ Sellouts: 4 out of 5, Attend/Capacity: 20,647 out of 20,740. The shows from June 21st to June 24th are at the SEVENTH position. Gross Sales: US$ 2,294,297; Shows/ Sellouts: 4 out of 4, Attend/Capacity: 16,592 out of 16,592. With these shows, CÚline's sold-out shows are 478 out of 672 performed shows. The 71 shows (since the beginning of 2007) grossed US$ 39,737,188 with 288,459 attendances.

July 3rd, 2007

Review: The Sun Sets On Dion's 'New Day'

(5:00 p.m. GMT) Las Vegas is a town known for hosting some of the biggest names in show business. Elvis Presley, who made Vegas a Graceland West in the 1970s, was a fixture on the Strip, as was Tom Jones, the Rat Pack, and lest we forget Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton. Throughout the years, entertainers have rolled their tourbuses through the streets lined with glitz and glamor, but very few have dared to call Vegas home.

To some in the music industry, Vegas is God's waiting room for has-been musicians. It is where one goes when he is past his prime and unable to keep up with modern trends. And while such accusations are baseless and out-of-touch, Vegas finally has another artist who has, once again, proven that Vegas is a place one goes to showcase talent, not to let it die. Five years ago, the landscape of the famed Strip changed dramatically when Caesars Palace opened its arms, and its pocket book, to internationally-acclaimed recording artist Celine Dion.

Dion, who has sold over 155 million records worldwide, and is best known for the "Titanic" theme song, "My Heart Will Go On," was approached by the gaming group and offered a permanent show on the Strip.It did not take long for the singer to agree, for such an arrangement would permit her to do what she loves best - sing - and be with the people she loves most - her son and husband. The sun rose on "A New Day," the name of her show.

As part of the deal, Caesars Entertainment Corporation built The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, a $95 million, state-of- the-art, 4,148-seat arena tailored to the needs of Dion and her audience. One of the perks of the theater? Technology that vigilantly monitors humidity levels, to protect Dion's vocals from the dryness of the desert. As one walks into the massive theater, one is greeted with a light misty smog that is the direct product of the artificial humidity levels. And while the mist creates a mildly eerie, yet somewhat mysterious, environment, the concertgoer is immediately taken by the extensive layout of the stage, which is easily 100 feet deep.

While this author was seated center orchestra, there is clearly not a bad seat in the house. The design of the theater, which has two balconies, permits all of Dion's 4,148 fans - she is customarily sold out every night - to enjoy the show. And it is definitely a show to enjoy. At 8:30 p.m. last Friday, the lights dimmed, the audience roared and Celine Dion, without the hassle of an opening act, took to the stage for a 90-minute show of pure vocal power. Dion is not just a talented singer, she sets the bar for perfection and competence.

Throughout her set, which includes hits such as "A New Day," "The Power of Love," "I'm Alive" and "I Drove All Night," the vocalist is flawless. She tackles each note like a lion to a gazelle and captivates the listener with her siren-like melodies. Unlike some singers of today, Dion does not hold back. She belts out song after song without breaking a sweat, clearly giving her audience more than the cost of tickets, which range from $79.55 to 204.55. It is clear she is consumed by the show.

A benefit of the show is when Dion pays homage to Ol' Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. Dion sings "All the Way," intermingling her vocals with a recording of Sinatra, and she also covers "I've Got the World on a String." The only drawback to the show, though, is Dion's lack of interaction with the audience and her use of dancers. "A New Day" was a quintessential Vegas show, for it resembles a well-oiled machine, running smoothly and quickly. While Dion takes a few moments to chat with the audience, the show lacks that intimate interaction one expects in such a venue.

And as for the use of dancers - they are distracting. This is not to say the dancers are not talented, for clearly the show's dancers are among the finest in the industry. The problem, however, lies in the fact that Dion is a vocalist who is powerful, consistent and not in need of distractions. Her voice is all that is needed to carry the show, and the dancing distracted from the one thing the audience should be focused on - the vocal prowess of Dion. Nonetheless, Dion's contract is expiring and the curtain will fall on "A New Day" in 2008, drawing to a close a chance to experience a show that has paid homage to the showmanship best associated with Las Vegas.

[Source: Joe Murray, The Bulletin.us]

July 2nd, 2007

A Brand New Interview With Celine!

(8:00 p.m. GMT) By clicking here you'll be able to watch a brand new interview with Celine Dion. The interview was also broadcasted on the French radio RTL this afternoon (Paris time).

The Summer Break!

(8:05 a.m. GMT) Da oggi comincia il break estivo di Celine dal suo show di Las Vegas! Durante queste vacanze Celine registrerÓ altre canzoni per il suo prossimo album in inglese (in uscita tra Ottobre e Novembre 2007). Inoltre, il 4 Agosto sarÓ a Montreal ove prenderÓ parte a un concerto (privato!) di beneficenza in favore del Sainte Justine Hospital di Montreal di cui Celine e RenÚ sono rispettivamente madrina e padrino. Si prevede che canti 3 canzoni. La pausa estiva durerÓ fino al 15 Agosto. Si esibirÓ di nuovo al Colosseum del Caesars Palace giovedý, 16 Agosto.

(8:05 a.m. GMT) Celine's summer-break starts today! During her holidays she will record more songs for her forthcoming album in english (to be released between October/November 2007). Besides, on August 4th Celine will take part in a charity (and private!) event for the Saint Justine Hospital that will take place in the soccer field at the Jean de Brebeuf College in Montreal (Canada). She is expected to perform three songs. Celine will be performing again at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Thursday, August 16th.

Reminder: Celine on the Radio

Celine fans around the world will be able to tune in to the French radio station RTL today between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Paris time) to listen to an interview with Celine. Laurent Boyer, the host of radio show " La tŕte dans les Útoiles'', met and interviewed Celine Dion in Las Vegas on June 23-24, 2007.

[Source: also Celinedion.com]