October 2007

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October 31st, 2007

Celine thrills UK fans with world tour dates announcement

CELINE AT X FACTOR - October 27th, 2007 - London (UK) (8:00 p.m. GMT) Renowned for the powerful, emotive ballads which have made her a global success and helped her notch up album sales just shy of 200 million, Celine Dion has been delivering her all-star quality in the UK. In London on the promotional trail for her new album Taking Chances, Canada's much-loved musical export also had some good news for her fans, with the announcement she will be taking to the stage for two rare shows in England.

The Quebec-born songbird will perform in Manchester on May 2 and London on May 6. The two dates are part of her forthcoming world tour – her first in nine years - which kicks off in South Africa on Valentine's Day. News of the extra appearances came hot on the heels of the six-time Grammy winner's performance on British reality show The X Factor, where she also shared her wealth of experience with contestants, including tips on improving their stage acts.

A spot of London retail therapy was also on the cards for the 39-year-old songbird - currently coming to the end of a five-year run of sell-out Las Vegas shows. Wrapping up warm against Britain's markedly more chilly climate, Celine caused a stir as she hit the shops in upmarket Sloane Street with her husband and her son Rene-Charles Angelil.

[Source: HelloMagazine]

A TAKING CHANCES Preview For Fans In Italy!

(2:30 p.m. GMT) Attenzione fan Italiani! Il 6 Novembre prossimo presso gli studi della SONYBMG di Roma sarà possibile ascoltare in anteprima il nuovo album in inglese di Celine Dion: TAKING CHANCES!! Vuoi partecipare all'evento?? Scrivici un'email (con oggetto: "Ascolto di Taking Chances in anteprima") con tutti i tuoi dati.

(2:30 p.m. GMT) Attention Celine fans in Italy! On November 6th, 2007 all Celine fans will be able to listen, in Rome, a preview of Celine's forthcoming album in English: TAKING CHANCES!! Would you like to join the event?? Write us an email. The subject line of the e-mail should be "Taking Chances Listening-Preview" and you must include your name, address, phone number.

The Italian Variety Show

(1:00 p.m. GMT) Qualche giorno fa la stampa quebecchese annunciava la venuta di Celine Dion in Italia il 7 Novembre prossimo per registrare un'apparizione nello show di varietà più visto in Italia. Da fonti certe, sappiamo che la trasmissione in questione è "Domenica In" su Raiuno (la parte di trasmissione presentata da Pippo Baudo!).

(1:00 p.m. GMT) Few day ago the Quebec press announced Celine Dion's coming in Italy on November 7th, 2007 to tape an appearance at the Italian most-watched varity show. According to our source, Celine will appear at "Domenica In" on Raiuno.

*Updating*: From "Saturday Night Divas" Gift Lounge

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[Source: Wireimage]



A CELINE DION TV-Special On France 2

(6:00 a.m. GMT) The French TV-Network France 2 will tape a TV-Special dedicated to Celine Dion on November 3rd. During this TV-show, hosted by Olivier Minne, a lot of French artists will duet with Celine: Johnny Hallyday, Christophe Willem, Koxie, Amel Bent, Lorie and many more.

[Source: coulisses-tv]

Star Academy 7 - The Duets With Céline

(6:00 a.m. GMT) Matthieu Gonet, the music director of Star Academy 7, announced that during this Friday's prime-time show on TF1 there will be two duets with Celine Dion. Pierre or Antoine, two of contestants of Star Academy 7, will have the chance to duet with Céline Dion on the notes of « J'irai ou tu iras ». Alexia or Claudia will perform « Immensité » with the Quebec-born diva.

[Source: infosjeunes]

'An Audience With Celine Dion'

(6:00 a.m. GMT) As announced several weeks ago, Celine taped the British TV-Special dedicated to her 'An Audience With Celine Dion' last night. According to the fans that attended the show, Celine sang these songs: 'River Deep Mountain High', 'I Drove All Night', 'Taking Chances', 'Think Twice'. A medley of 'It's All Coming Back To Me Now',' Because You Loved Me' and 'To Love You More'. Then 'Eyes on Me', 'Alone', 'The Prayer' with Andrea Bocelli and a short version of 'My Heart will go on'.

October 30th, 2007

From "Saturday Night Divas" Gift Lounge

October 28th, 2007 - London (UK)

[Source: Wireimage]



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A TV-Special About Celine in Québec

(11:00 a.m. GMT) Quebec host, Jean-Luc Mongrain, will fly to Las Vegas to meet Céline Dion et René Angélil for a one-hour TV-Special of Pourquoi?. The broadcasting will be aired on November 19th at 9:00 p.m. ET on the Quebec TV-Network TQS. This interview will concern the launch of Celine Dion's new album in English: Taking Chances, and couple's projects after Las Vegas.

[Source: Cyberpresse]

Celine & Family in London!!

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(6:30 a.m. GMT) "Celine Dion shops along Sloane Street on Sunday in London with husband/manager Rene Angelil and their son Rene Charles Angelil, 6 1/2. That boy is definitely growing into his looks! The top-selling Canadian chanteuse and her two favorite men had a late lunch at Pizza Express."

[Source: JustJared]

Celine Mentoring 'X Factor' Contestants - The video!

(6:30 a.m. GMT) Cliccando qui potrete vedere un video in cui Celine Dion aiuta i concorrenti del programma televisivo britannico X Factor a preparare la loro esibizione. Il video è andato in onda sabato sera nel Regno Unito sul Network televisivo IT1.

(6:30 a.m. GMT) Clicking here you'll be able to watch a video where Celine Dion helps the contestants of the British TV-Show X Factor to prepare for their performances. The video was aired in the U.K. on last saturday's episode of the show on the TV-Network IT1.

October 29th, 2007

The X Factor: the second live show

(11:30 a.m. GMT) So matinee idol Daniel was the loser on The X Factor on Saturday, getting a deserved boot off the show. But who were the winners? Housewife superstar Niki, bench press record holder for Wales Rhydian, Aussie import judge Dannii and - I have no shame in admitting this - this week's uber mentor, Celine Dion.

For Celine was the real surprise of Saturday night's programme and I say that in the clear knowledge that it will win me few friends. My Guardian colleagues have already chastised me - with feeling - as being "out of the club" and "beyond forgiveable" - and if you know anything about this place it's pretty strong stuff from them.

My previous exposure to Celine had been to her unmissable Titanic song My Heart Will Go On and it was literally unmissable, to anyone who was alive in 1997. Then there was what I like to think of her pole-cats-on-heat duet with Barbra Streisand - Tell Him.

Anyway, on Saturday night in her role as uber-mentor I thought Celine hit the right note. She proved an encouraging if not exactly discriminating tutor. She was upbeat when she needed to be (okay, all the time) but c'mon it's what the kids live off - criticism that is constructive. But Celine did go slightly into orbit on the live show, when Dermot asked her which acts she liked she would have named them all if they hadn't had to go to a commercial break. As the great lady put it: "It's an amazing thrill for me to back in the UK, I'm very glad I'm not a judge because when you meet those kids...they all have something special."

[Source: Guardian Unlimited]

October 28th, 2007

::: The Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses :::

(3:10 p.m. GMT) Secondo Billboard, gli spettacoli di Céline dal 10 al 14 Ottobre si classificano al TERZO posto della Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses (la classifica degli incassi dei concerti nel MONDO) di questa settimana. Guadagni delle vendite: 2.876.278 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 515 su 710. Dall'inizio dell'anno, Celine si è esibita in 109 spettacoli i quali hanno incassato un totale di 61.536.443 dollari con 446.054 presenze.

(3:10 p.m. GMT) According to Billboard, Céline's shows from October 10th to Oct. 14th are at the THIRD position of this week's Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses (the chart of concert grosses in the WORLD). Gross Sales: US$ 2,876,278 ; Shows/ Sellouts: 5 out of 5, Attend/Capacity: 20,740 out of 20,740. With these shows, Céline's sold-out shows are 515 out of 710 performed shows. The 109 shows (since the beginning of 2007) grossed US$ 61,536,443 with 446,054 attendances.

Leona to meet hero Celine

(8:00 a.m. GMT) Leona Lewis will celebrate her No1 chart success today by meeting her idol Celine Dion. Leona - winner of the last X Factor series - will bag her second No1 single tonight when Bleeding Love is confirmed as this week's chart-topper. She is due to meet Celine at the recording of ITV's singing special, Saturday Night Divas. She said it would be one of the highlights of her career. "Celine is someone I aspire to be like in every way," she said. "Gosh - I can't wait. I'm in the middle of picking out dresses at the moment. Celine is definitely one of my heroes. She is amazing."

[Source: Sunday Mirror]

Celine Featured In Sunday Express "S Magazine"

Celine fans in the UK: Be sure to pick up a copy of today's edition of Sunday Express as Celine will be featured on the cover of 'S Magazine,' a weekly supplement found inside the Sunday edition of the Daily Express. Fans will also be able to read a full length Celine interview inside. Don't delay; this edition featuring Celine will only be available in this week's Sunday Express.

[Source: celinedion.com]
October 27th, 2007

" X Factor "

(10:00 p.m. GMT) "While the final votes are counted, masterclass tutor (and all-round world-class diva) Celine Dion stepped onto the stage to deliver a premiere performance of her new world-wide single, Taking Chances. It’s the first time she’s been on a UK stage for five years. After her performance, Celine told Dermot, “It was an amazing thrill for me to be back in the UK. It was an honour to meet all of the contestants. I’m glad I’m not a judge because I wouldn’t like to choose between them. “Leon was great, I like his style, you just want to hug him. Rhydian, it’s an extraordinay talent, Beverely, Niki – she’s a gutsy girl”. Dermot looked like he thought Celine was going to name every competitor in the competition…”boy she can sing and boy can she talk”, he giggled!"

[Source: The X Factor]

NEW Pictures Taken On October 22nd in Burbank (California)

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New Tour Dates Announced

Attention Celine fans across Europe! Celine will be heading to the United Kingdom to perform in Manchester (May 2nd, 2008) and London (May 6th, 2008) and will also be performing in Amsterdam (June 2nd, 2008), Netherlands next year. Manchester and London: Tickets for these concerts will be going on sale beginning on November 16th, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. GMT. Click here for details. Amsterdam: Tickets will be available starting on November 17th. Click here for more information. Copenhagen and Stockholm: Tickets for these concerts will be going on sale starting on November 5, 2007. Click here for more information about Celine's concert in Copenhagen and here for Stockholm.

[Source: celinedion.com]
October 26th, 2007

Taking Chances - The CD single hits the Italian stores!

(8:00 p.m. GMT) Oggi, 26 Ottobre, esce nei negozi di musica italiani il CD singolo di Taking Chances, il primo singolo tratto dall'album omonimo in uscita il 9 Novembre prossimo. Eccovi la tracklist del singolo: 1. Taking Chances (Album Version) 4:07, 2. Map To My Heart 4:15, 3. Taking Chances (i-Soul Extended Remix) 7:33, 4. Taking Chances 4:11 (in-studio video). Compramiolo in massa e aiutiamo Celine a scalare la classifica dei singoli più venduti in Italia!!!

(8:00 p.m. GMT) Today, October 26th, Celine's latest CD single Taking Chances hits the Italian music stores. Here's its tracklisting: 1. Taking Chances (Album Version) 4:07, 2. Map To My Heart 4:15, 3. Taking Chances (i-Soul Extended Remix) 7:33, 4. Taking Chances 4:11 (in-studio video).

Celine to guest on X Factor

(2:20 p.m. GMT) Celine Dion is set to put in an appearance on the British The X Factor this Saturday as a special guest star. The Canadian warbler will be shown in the second programme helping the 11 remaining acts to prepare their performances of movie-themed songs in a special masterclass.

[Source: virginmedia]

New Footages From the Recording sessions

(11:20 a.m. GMT) By clicking here you'll be able to watch new footages from the recording sessions of the songs from Taking Chances album: That's just the woman in me, Can't fight the feelin' and footages from 2 songs not included on the album: The reason I go on and Map to my heart.

Dion confirms British tour dates

(11:00 p.m. GMT) Singer Celine Dion is to play two UK concerts following the end of her five-year residency in Las Vegas. The Canadian star will perform at the Manchester Evening News Arena on 2 May, and London's O2 arena on 6 May. Dion's shows form part of a world tour which will begin in Johannesburg on 14 February, with a benefit concert for the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. Her Caesars Palace residency, which has seen her play to three million people, ends on 15 December.

The shows also follow next month's release of her first English-language album in more than three years, Taking Chances. "These past five years of performing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas has been an incredibly rewarding experience for myself and my family, but I'm ready to hit the road again, with my husband and son by my side," the 39-year-old said. "We released a new French album several months ago, and a new English one on the way, so it's going to be exciting to perform these new songs with a brand new show, especially in front of the big audiences in stadiums and arenas."

Dion went on: "We always enjoyed touring Europe - the fans are so passionate. I'm looking forward to visiting cities that we've toured in before, as well as performing in places that we've never been to." Tickets for the London and Manchester shows go on sale on 16 November.

[Source: BBC]

The Top 25 Women Celebrity Golfers

(6:45 a.m. GMT) Women stars of all ages have landed on a list of the world's top 25 female celebrity golfers. Singer Anne Murray (who plays off a handicap of 11) has been named the top female golfer in the entertainment industry in an upcoming issue of ‘‘Golf For Women’’ magazine. In the No. 2 slot is 41-year-old American actress Tea Leoni who plays off 12, followed by Celine Dion, 39, with a handicap of 17. "Celine Dion is an avid golfer and plays all the time. She lives on a golf course in Vegas, belongs to one in Florida and even owns a golf course in Canada," said the magazine's Editor-in-Chief Susan Reed.

[Source: Reuters]

Celine Featured In Tomorrow's Daily Mail "Weekend"

Celine fans in the UK will want to pick up a copy of tomorrow's Daily Mail as this week's edition of "Weekend" magazine will feature Celine on the cover as well as a full interview "Weekend" is a weekly supplement found inside the Daily Mail. Don't delay, as "Weekend" featuring Celine will only be available in this Saturday's Daily Mail.

[Source: celinedion.com]

Steve Wonder Talks About Celine

(6:45 a.m. GMT) In a recent interview with The Canadian Press, the legendary Steve Wonder said he has talked to Celine Dion about performing together and described her as having "a wonderful voice, a wonderful spirit."

Access Hollywood - The Video

(6:45 a.m. GMT) By clicking HERE, you'll be able to watch the segment dedicated to Celine Dion taken from October 24th's "Access Hollywood". Co-Anchor Nancy O'Dell interviewed Celine Dion in the studios of Access Hollywood. They showed few footages from the behind-the-scenes of Taking Chances videoclip and Celine also talked about Britney Spears.

" ALONE "

(6:45 a.m. GMT) By clicking HERE, you'll be able to visit the brand new MYspace profile of Celine Dion. On the right you'll find a link to listen the full version of ALONE, the HEART's cover-song sang by Celine.

October 25th, 2007

Celine's Promotional Tour Debuts

(8:00 p.m. GMT) Céline Dion started her promotional tour of her forthcoming album in English Taking Chances last Sunday. The diva will visit SIX countries until November 19th. She taped The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday and she will also be appearing at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", "Today Show", "The View", "Early Morning Show", "Dancing With the Stars" and "All My Children" where she will act herself in one of the episodes.

Celine left U.S.A. last night. She flew to London where she will take part in four big shows: "The X Factor", "BAFTA", "Saturday Night Diva" and "An Audience with Celine Dion". Later on, she will flew to Paris where she will join Star Academy and Vivement dimanche hosted by Michel Drucker. CELINE WILL ALSO VISIT ROME (ITALY!!) on Wednesday, November 7th to tape an appearance at the most important Italian TV-show. On November 10th she will take part in the German "Wetten Dass...?". Then she will be back in the U.S.A. to keep on promoting her new album.

[Source: La Presse]

" Celine & Oprah "

(8:00 p.m. GMT) Celine and Oprah Winfrey taped a special episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show dedicated to Celine Dion yesterday, October 24th at the Harpo Studios of Chicago (U.S.A.). This special episode, entitled " Celine & Oprah ", will be broadcasted on November 12th, 2007 in North America. 300 people, above all Celine fans, were there to welcome the Quebec-born diva. Celine and Oprah talked about many things: the end of A New Day..., about her being mom and about the death of her beloved dad, a very touching moment where they also showed few footages from that night's A New Day... Besides, Celine stunned all the in-studio audience performing SIX songs, among which Taking Chances and Alone.

[Source: Journal de Montreal]

World Tour Ticket Sale

(6:50 a.m. GMT) As part of Celine's 2008-2009 world tour, she will perform in Denmark (June 5th, 2008 at Parken in Copenhagen), Sweden (June 7th, 2008 at The Globe in Stockholm), Germany (June 10, 2008 at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, June 12, 2008 at the Waldbuhne in Berlin, June 14th, 2008 at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, June 16th, 2008 at the Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart, June 18th, 2008 at the Kolnarena in Cologne and June 22nd, 2008 at the Olympiastadium in Munich) and Austria (July 1st, 2008 at the Stadthalle in Wien).

The general-public tickets for the concerts in Copenhagen and Stockholm will be going on sale starting on November 5, 2007. Tickets for Celine's concert in Wien will be going on sale on this website beginning at 9:00 a.m. (local time) on November 6, 2007. Tickets for all Celine's shows in Germany will be available on this website beginning at 9:00 a.m. local time on November 9 (even though eventim.de says that the pre-sales will start on November 3rd).

[Source: also celinedion.com]

October 24th, 2007

Celine @ The View

(11:30 a.m. GMT) In November, ABC's Emmy(r) Award-winning talk and entertainment program, "The View" (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET), will debut a variety of new series and segments. Some of the scheduled guest also includes CELINE DION! This segment will be aired sometime in the next month.

[Source: allamericanpatriots]

'The X Factor'

Attention UK Celine fans! Celine will be featured on this week's edition of 'The X Factor', where she will be giving advice to the contestants about how to improve their performances as well as performing a song. The episodes will air on the British television network ITV beginning at 6:25 p.m. GMT on Friday, October 26TH. Check your local listings for more details.

[Source: celinedion.com]

Celine @ Access Hollywood - TODAY!!

(7:00 a.m. GMT) Celine fans in North-America, do not miss TODAY's Access Hollywood. Co-Anchor Nancy O'Dell interviewed Celine Dion in the studios of Access Hollywood. Please check your local TV-listings for mor details.

October 23st, 2007

Celine @ « Hit Machine »

(8:50 p.m. GMT) Charly et Lulu, the hosts of the French TV-broadcasting « Hit Machine », will welcome Céline Dion on Saturday, November 10th at 9:10 a.m. GMT on M6. Celine will make this TV-appearance to promote her forthcoming album « Taking chances » that will hit stores world wide on November 12th-13th. The segment will be taped on November 2nd.

[Source: coulisses-tv]

Céline @ "La méthode Cauet"

(2:00 p.m. GMT) Céline Dion and French singer Roch Voisine will be the guest stars of the French TV-broadcasting « La méthode Cauet » on Thursday, November 8th at 9:40 p.m. GMT. The show will be broadcasted on the French TV Network TF1.

[Source: coulisses-tv]

Celine @ "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

(6:00 a.m. GMT) According to Access Hollywood, Celine Dion taped yesterday a segment at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" which will be aired sometime in the next month. Celine also performed TWO songs: Taking Chances and Because You Loved me.

October 22nd, 2007

Celine Dion Exclusive

(11:00 a.m. GMT) Celine Dion is back and over the next six weeks, Mirror.co.uk will bring you exclusive video blogs from the lady herself. Filmed during the recording of her new album, the footage provides a unique insight into the creative process and Celine herself.

With approaching 200 million career sales worldwide, 968 Platinum Awards, 5 Grammys and 2 Academy Awards, the Canadian diva returns in full force this November. Her new album ‘Taking Chances’ confirms Celine’s vocal supremacy is as breathtaking and effortless as ever.

For the last four and a half years Celine has been performing with a cast of 50 musicians and dancers in a spectacular sold-out live show, A New Day... in Las Vegas. Throughout her residency at Caesar’s Palace she has performed an incredible 700 shows with over 3 million tickets sold and singing to 4,000 fans every night. Celine’s final Vegas show takes place this December 15th.

The album ‘Taking Chances’ shows a change of mood, revealing a diverse mix of guitar-laden rock arrangements, classic pop ballads and uptempo showstoppers. The contemporary musical direction will surprise many and doubtless thrill her UK fans. The title track and first single (released October 29 in the U.K.) was written by Dave Stewart and Kara DioGuardi (Natasha Bedingfield/Kelly Clarkson/Pink/Gwen Stefani). Other songwriting contributors include Ben Moody (Evanescence), Ne-Yo, John Shanks and Tricky. Celine embarks on a world tour next year which kicks off in South Africa on February 14th.

October 21st, 2007

Celine And René featured in a Radio-Canada Special

Celine Dion and Rene Angelil will take part in a special radio-documentary about the life and times of French singer/songwriter Luc Plamondon on Radio-Canada's 'Première Chaîne.' They will be featured in part 5th and 6th of the 'La constellation Plamondon' series, which will air across Canada next Monday and Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. ET. Celine fans worldwide can also listen online through the Première Chaîne website (in French only). Check your local listings for frequency and schedule details.

[Source: celinedion.com]
October 20th, 2007

October 18th, 2007

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Céline Dion Presented the 2007 MusiCan Teacher of the Year Award

(8:00 p.m. GMT) On behalf of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), Executive Director of MusiCan, Srinka Wallia announced that Bernard Hébert is the recipient of this year's MusiCan Teacher of the Year Award. Hébert is the music teacher at Polyvalente Nicolas-Gatineau High School in Gatineau, Quebec.

As a special surprise Hébert and his wife were flown to Las Vegas earlier in the week too meet with international recording star, Qubec native and Artist sponsor of this year's Award, Celine Dion who betowed the Teacher of the Year honours on Monsieur Hébert. "I am delighted to present this prestigeous award to Mr Hébert," commented Celine Dion. "His dedication and contribution to enrich his students' lives with music, is making our world a much better place."

[Source: newswire.ca]

"Map To My Heart" - Taking Chances CD Single

(11:00 a.m. GMT) Cliccando QUI, potrete ascoltare alcuni secondi di Map To My Heart un'altra nuova traccia musicale di Celine Dion che farà parte esclusivamente del CD singolo di Taking Chances in uscita, secondo la SONYBMG tedesca, il 2 Novembre prossimo. Ecco la tracklist del singolo: 1. Taking Chances (Album Version) 4:07, 2. Map To My Heart 4:15, 3. Taking Chances (i-Soul Extended Remix) 7:33, 4. Taking Chances 4:11. Cliccate qui, per ascoltare un pezzo dell'i-Soul Extended Remix di Taking Chances.

(11:00 a.m. GMT) By clicking HERE, you'll be able to listen to few seconds of Map To My Heart another brand new track by Celine Dion that will be exclusively featured on the the CD single of Taking Chances due, according to the German SONYBMG, on November 2nd, 2007. Here's the tracklist of single: 1. Taking Chances (Album Version) 4:07, 2. Map To My Heart 4:15, 3. Taking Chances (i-Soul Extended Remix) 7:33, 4. Taking Chances 4:11. Click here, to listen to few seconds taken from the i-Soul Extended Remix of Taking Chances.

October 17th, 2007

"Taking Chances" - THE VIDEOCLIP!!

(11:00 a.m. GMT) Cliccando QUI, potrete vedere il NUOVISSIMO videoclip di Celine Dion: TAKING CHANCES!!

(11:00 a.m. GMT) By clicking HERE, you'll be able to watch the LATEST videoclip of Celine Dion: TAKING CHANCES!!

October 16th, 2007

Celine will receive THE LEGEND AWARD!!

(12:20 p.m. GMT) According to CorusNouvelles, Celine Dion will receive the LEGEND AWARD at this year's World Music Awards. Prince Albert of Monaco will give her this prestigeous award during the ceremony that will take place in the Pricipality of Monaco on November 4th, 2007.

*DEAL DONE!* : Celine Will Sing At The Plains of Abraham !

(11:30 a.m. GMT) According to the Quebec newspaper Le Soleil, Celine Dion will perform her own spectacle on The Plains of Abraham in Quebec City (Canada) on August 22nd, 2008 as part of Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations. It will be a totally different show from the concerts that Celine will do around the world next year.

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October 15th, 2007

The German WORLD-TOUR dates!

Ticket presale for German dates starts on November 3rd, 2007 on eventim.de.
Here's the press release in German.
June 10th, 2008 - Hamburg, Color Line Arena
June 12th, 2008 - Berlin, Waldbühne
June 14th, 2008 - Frankfort (Frankfurt), Commerzbank-Arena
June 16th, 2008 - Stuttgart, Schleyerhalle
June 18th, 2008 - Cologne (Köln), Kölnarena
June 22th, 2008 - Munich (München), Olympiastadion

[Source: Yahoo.de]


Bye Bye Las Vegas, See you soon!

(6:50 a.m. GMT) Da oggi comincia l'ultima pausa autunnale di Celine dal suo show di Las Vegas! Durante queste "vacanze" Celine sarà impegnata a promuovere il suo prossimo album in inglese Taking Chances, il quale uscirà il 9 Novembre in Italia. Verrà in Europa ove parteciperà a varie trasmissioni britanniche, francesi e tedesche e poi si recherà di nuovo negli Stati Uniti per prendere parte a seguitissime trasmissioni televisive come l'Oprah Winfrey Show, gli American Music Awards, il Today Show e Dancing with the Stars. Cliccate qui per leggere il programma, al quale a breve si aggiungeranno altri show televisivi. Celine tornerà ad esibirsi al Colosseum del Caesars Palace giovedì, 29 Novembre.

(6:50 a.m. GMT) Celine's latest autumn-break starts today! During her "holidays" she will be busy on promoting her forthcoming English-language album Taking Chances that will hit stores in November [Japan (November 7th), New Zealand and Australia (November 10th), Europe (November 12th) and North America (November 13)]. Celine will visit Europe where she will take part in several British, French and German TV-broadcastings. Then she will be back in the U.S.A. to appear at very important shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show, The American Music Awards, the Today Show and Dancing with the Stars. Click here to read the provisional promo-tour scheduling. Celine will be performing again at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Thursday, November 29th.

Celine in Wien!

(6:50 a.m. GMT) According to the Austrian website ORF.at, Celine Dion will perform at the Stadthalle in Wien (Austria) on July 1st, 2008. As announced in September, Celine's management will announce the whole World Tour itinerary and the respective date-sales TODAY, October 15th... so stay tuned for more details!

October 15th, 2007

Celine Dion's Taking Chances, a Sneak Peek Review

(6:00 p.m. GMT) Celine Dion is the best selling female artist of all time, selling over 200 million records worldwide. During her Las Vegas run of her very successful theatrical show "A New Day," Celine released a handful of albums in English and in French. She is back with a new record to relaunch her career once the Vegas spectacle is over in December. The record Taking Chances symbolizes where Celine is at in her career. She no longer has to prove herself through high notes and notes that are held for what seems an eternity.

Celine roars more than she soars on this record while sharpening up her songs to a more involved pop rock sound. Taking Chances opens with the title track. Written by Kara DioGuardi and David Stewart, Celine connects with the song almost instantly as she starts it out with "Don't know much about your life/ Don't know much about your world/ Don't wanna be alone tonight on this planet they call earth." Softly singing her way through the verse, the first chorus is light with a story of jumping in and not caring about the consequences until they arrive. Once the second verse comes in, the song becomes uptempo and very edgy compared to Dion's previous works. "I just wanna start again/ Maybe you could show me how to try/ Maybe you could take me in/ Somewhere underneath your skin."

The next track is a cover of Heart's "Alone," in which Celine worked with Ben Moody and David Hodges (ex-Evanescence members). What's incredible about Celine is that she has the ability to take the song and make one feel as if it were the first time to hear the song. "Alone" is a classic song of rock history about to be rediscovered. "This Time" is also written and produced by the latter team. Taken on by the duos slightly haunting lyrics and melodies, they bring Celine to a new level in music. "I've had enough/ You break me/ As I bleed you just say you're sorry/ You call this love/ But this time/ Your lies are not enough/ This time," she continues to sing about empty threats.

"Fade Away" keeps the tempo of the record as Celine deals with bouts of memories and temptation about love that isn't good while "Shadow of Love" taps into a Euro style dance beat. The most remarkable track is "That's Just The Woman In Me." Not only does Celine exhibit powerful vocals, but she gives us for the first time, complete raw vocals. One would think a modern day Janis Joplin were singing the song by the end as Celine emotionally shouts "That's just the woman in me working on you baby."

"Eyes on Me" brings a middle eastern feel to the record. Written by Kristian Lundin and Australian singer-songwriter Delta Goodrem, it showcases Celine's ability to keep rhythm. Celine here can step into another character and take you with her. She's telling her guy to keep his eyes on her because she's hot and he needs to appreciate what he has. Kristian also wrote two of her hit singles "That's The Way It Is" and "I'm Alive," which shows promise if the song is released as a single in the future. Swedish producer/writer Andrews Bagge (who has also worked with Janet Jackson and Madonna) brought "Song For You" to Celine. Recorded in a live take with Celine and the pianist Robert Wells (instrumentation was added in later), Celine painfully and emotionally sings about missing someone. Taken over by her controlled majestic voice and Wells' ability to breathe life into the piano, you can't help but lose yourself in the melody. "I couldn't live/ I couldn't live without your love/ For one kiss/ Well I'd give everything up/ There's no words that can describe/ What I feel deep inside/ So I'll let this song say it all/ Then I hope you'll understand/ Once you've listened to the end," Dion sings passionately. "Song For You" is the gem of the record.

Kara DioGuardi also appears on "Surprise, Surprise." Here Celine sings playfully with attitude about one side people show when you first enter a relationship. Later once the guard is let down, people tend to open up more and sometimes another side is shown. "Just when you think you've got me figured out/ Just when you think you know me well/ Baby you've barely even broke the ice/ My river runs wide/ You're not inside/ But you're closer than you were," she chants along another pop rock track.

Taking Chances is sure to surprise fans and critics alike. The record is nothing the world has seen of Celine... yet. Taking Chances is released November 12-13th WORLD-WIDE.

[Source: associatedcontent]

Jovan Haye, proud to be a Celine Dion fan

(9:20 a.m. GMT) Jovan Haye is an American football defensive end in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here's an excerpt from an interview with him taken from today's St. Petersburg Times :

Okay, what's this about you and Celine Dion?

J.H. : "I love Celine Dion. I have every album she's ever made. I think that goes back to my junior year in high school. My mother used to listen to her, and I just always thought she had one of those unmistakable voices. It's up there with Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, people like that.

Celine Dion? Really?

Yeah. And I have a funny story. I was riding down Dale Mabry Highway to a game one day, and I stopped at a light. I had the windows down with Celine Dion turned up loud. There were about six guys in the truck next to me who just looked at me like I was crazy. I saw one of them tap another guy and point at me like, "What?" And I was driving my big Denali truck. I guess they thought I should be playing some rap or something. I love the looks people give me.

Delta Goodrem teams up with her idol Celine Dion

(9:20 a.m. GMT) Delta Goodrem has scored a song-writing credit on Celine Dion's latest album, Taking Chances. Writing Eyes On Me is more than just another addition to Goodrem's resume -- she's idolised the Grammy-winning Canadian pop diva since she was a child. "Celine is a person that Ive looked up to my entire life,'' the 22-year-old said. "I just love her. She is a beautiful woman. I know every song of hers. When I was a kid, Mariah Carey and Celine were the divas who you looked up to. "This is like a dream come true for me, an absolute dream come true.''

Goodrem's new album, Delta, will be released nationally next weekend, while Dion's Taking Chances will be out on November 10 (In Australia!), so the pair will go head-to-head on the music charts. For a gift last year, Goodrem's boyfriend, Brian McFadden, took her to Las Vegas to see Dion perform live and meet her idol. "Celine would have had millions of songs sent to her for the album,'' Goodrem said. ``I just can't believe it.''

[Source: perthnow]

Reminder: Céline @ LES ETOILES CHERIE FM 2007!!

(6:00 a.m. GMT) Celine Dion sarà la madrina della terza edizione de « Les étoiles CHERIE FM » (i premi musicali della musica francese) che avranno luogo il lunedì 5 Novembre alle 21 presso Les salons de l’Equinoxe di Parigi. La cerimonia sarà trasmessa in diretta sulle onde di Cheriefm. Gli ascoltatori potranno votare per i loro artisti preferiti fino alla mezzanotte di OGGI su www.cheriefm.fr. VOTIAMO PER CELINE QUANTO PIU' POSSIBILE!! Ha ricevuto 3 nominations : Artista Femminile dell'anno, Album dell'anno, Canzone dell'anno.

(6:00 a.m. GMT) Celine Dion will be the godmother of the third edition of « Les étoiles CHERIE FM » (the French music awards) that will take place at Les salons de l’Equinoxe in Paris on Monday, November 5th 2007 at 9:00 p.m. CET. The ceremony will be broadcasted LIVE on Cheriefm. Listeners will be able to vote their favourite artists until October 14th's midnight on www.cheriefm.fr. LET'S VOTE FOR CELINE AS MUCH AS WE CAN!! She got 3 nominations : Female Artist Of The Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year.

[Source: radio-music.org]

October 14th, 2007

Celine @ The World Music Awards

(5:00 p.m. GMT) The official website of 2007 World Music Awards lists Celine Dion as one of the performers of the night. This year's ceremony will take place in Pricipality of Monaco on November 4th, 2007. If you're in America, you can tune in to see this exciting original program on November 22nd at 8 p.m. on My Network TV.

October 13th, 2007

New Celine Dion album offers some suprises

Celine with David Hodges and Ben Moody - Taking chances  RECORDING session (6:40 a.m. GMT) Songstress Celine Dion seems to be adopting an edgier image now that her Las Vegas show, "A New Day," is set to end its 4 1/2 year run in December. Dion's new album, "Taking Chances," due out Nov. 13, features a sexy image of her on the cover and includes compositions by Linda Perry and Ne-Yo, The Los Angeles Times reported. Former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody, who has written tracks for Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson, also contributed to Dion's new CD.

"She's one of the most amazing vocalists alive, her recordings and live performances are flawless," Moody said, describing Dion as "unbelievably classy." "To me it's all just music," he said. "I don't care what the format is." Moody, along with frequent writing collaborator David Hodges, wrote and produced two tracks on "Chances" -- a cover of Heart's "Alone" and an anti-domestic violence song, "This Time." Moody acknowledged to The Times that the new song is unusual for Dion, who sings mostly lovely songs. "She doesn't usually do political songs," Moody said. "But it's just the direction it took. I had the idea for the phrase 'this time,' and the story just got laid out in front of me."

[Source: UPI]

October 12th, 2007

**** *Updating* : 16 Song-clips From "Taking Chances" + A NEW PICTURE! ****

Taking chances photosession (6:10 a.m. GMT) Cliccando qui potrete ascoltare 16 clip delle canzoni tratte dal prossimo album di Celine Dion: Taking Chances (che uscirà in Italia il 9 Novembre). In basso potrete leggere la lista delle tracce musicali dell'album con i relativi compositori e durate dei brani.

(6:10 a.m. GMT) By clicking here you'll be able to listen to 16 song-clips taken from Celine Dion's forthcoming album Taking Chances (due on November 13). Here's the tracklisting with tracks' composers and lenght:
October 11th, 2007

"Saturday Night Divas", "An Audience With Celine Dion" - THE DATES!

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(8:00 p.m. GMT) Celine Dion will perform on the British "Saturday Night Divas" to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness on Sunday, October 28th. Click here to book your seats for this event! And she will join "An Audience With Celine Dion" on Tuesday, October 30th: "This amazing night will see Celine Dion performing a selection of her greatest hits plus tracks from her long-awaited new album. Celine will also be taking questions from her specially invited celebrity audience." Click here to book your seats.

[Source: Applause.com]

October 10th, 2007

*Updating*:Saturday night music Divas + An Audience With Celine Dion

(8:00 p.m. GMT) Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Alicia Keys are among big names lined up to sing on a major new ITV show (United Kingdom). They will perform on Saturday Night Divas to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness this autumn. An insider said: “It’s a completely fresh look to Saturday night TV.” Dion will also star in "An Audience With Celine Dion" on ITV1 performing her hits and debuting new material.

[Source: The Sun; Mirror]

"Tous Pour Un" - The date!

(6:00 a.m. GMT) Due trasmissioni interamente dedicate a Celine Dion del quiz televisivo quebecchese 'Tous pour un' saranno trasmesse sull'emittente Radio-Canada il 18 e 25 Ottobre prossimi alle 8:00 p.m. ET. Fra i partecipanti ci sarà anche Marc-André Vigneault, un grande fan di Celine Dion.

(6:00 a.m. GMT) Two full episodes dedicated to Celine Dion of the Quebec game show 'Tous pour un' will be broadcasted on the Canadian TV Network Radio-Canada on October 18th and Oct. 25th at 8:00 p.m. ET. Among the contestants there will be Marc-André Vigneault, a big fan of Celine Dion.

[Source: L'avantage]

October 9th, 2007

Celine @ The 2007 American Music Awards!!

(8:00 p.m. GMT) Il produttore della 35esima edizione degli American Music Awards: Larry Klein, ha confermato oggi, durante una conferenza stampa al Beverly Hill Hotel di Loas Angeles, che Celine Dion sarà una degli artisti che si esibiranno alla cerimonia di quest'anno!! Jimmy Kimmel presenterà i 2007 American Music Awards i quali saranno trasmessi sull'americana ABC il 18 Novembre prossimo. La cerimonia avrà luogo dal nuovo Los Angeles Live Entertainment Complex situato vicino allo Staples Center.

(8:00 p.m. GMT) Producer of the 35th annual American Music Awards, Larry Klein, confirmed today at a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel that Celine Dion will be one of performers of this year's ceremony!! Jimmy Kimmel will host the 2007 American Music Awards, to be broadcast on November 18 by ABC-TV from the new Los Angeles Live entertainment complex next to Staples Center downtown.

[Source: Forbes]

Saturday night music Divas

(8:00 p.m. GMT) Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Alicia Keys are among big names lined up to sing on a major new ITV show (UK). They will perform on Saturday Night Divas to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness this autumn. An insider said: “It’s a completely fresh look to Saturday night TV.” Dion will also star in "An Audience With Celine Dion" on ITV1

[Source: The Sun; The Mirror]

Nevada Commission on Tourism to Honor Celine Dion

(1:30 p.m. GMT) La Commissione del Turismo dello stato americano del Nevada onorerà la superstar internazionale nonchè vincitrice di numerosi Grammy awards: Celine Dion, come Artista del Nuovo Millennio durante la Conferenza annuale sul Turismo che avrà luogo dal 12 al 14 Dicembre 2007 al Caesars Palace hotel and casino di Las Vegas. Celine farà un'apparizione speciale per accettare il premio durante il ricevimento del 13 Dicembre alle 6:00 p.m.

(1:30 p.m. GMT) The Nevada Commission on Tourism will honor Grammy award-winning, international superstar Celine Dion as Entertainer of the New Millennium at the annual Governor's Conference on Tourism in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace hotel and casino, December 12-14, Lt. Gov. Brian K. Krolicki announced today. Dion will make a special appearance to accept the award at an evening reception on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

"On behalf of the state of Nevada, we are delighted to have the opportunity to publicly honor and thank Celine Dion, an extraordinary entertainer who has not only performed in Nevada but also chosen to call Nevada home and invested in the health and prosperity of the state and its residents," Krolicki, tourism commission chair, said. This year's Governor's Conference on Tourism is offering early registrants the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets to one of Dion's final performances in Las Vegas. The offer is for the Wednesday, Dec. 12, performance at 8:30 p.m. and tickets start at $112.50. Tickets are limited. This will be one of Dion's last performances in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which was built specifically for her show. Dion has been performing in Las Vegas to sold-out crowds since the opening of the show in March 2003, with almost 3 million people having seen the show. Caesars Entertainment built the $95 million Colosseum to stage her show, "Celine Dion A New Day...," and enhance its reputation as a superstar show venue.

Since becoming a resident of Las Vegas, Dion has dedicated more than a half dozen performances and donated millions of dollars to various Las Vegas-based charities from Opportunity Village and Aid for AIDS of Nevada, to The Rape Crisis Center, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, and Project REACH. Nationally and internationally, she has donated proceeds from her performances in Las Vegas to UNICEF for the Asian tsunami, the Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina, and more than $2 million for Harrah's Entertainment employees affected by the hurricane in New Orleans.

"Nevada is known for its elaborate stage shows featuring famous entertainers, most of whom visit the state on tour performing for only a few nights and then get back on the road," Tim Maland, Commission director, said. "Since the new millennium, Ms. Dion has stood out as a very productive member of our community -- aspiring to make a positive difference in the lives of all Nevadans." The 2007 Nevada Governor's Conference on Tourism will be the most comprehensive forum for tourism, hospitality and travel industry leaders including CEOs and directors of marketing and sales from major hotel/casinos in Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe. The conference provides delegates with sneak previews of upcoming trends, insight into what is new in the industry and the opportunity to rekindle contacts and share ideas and information.

[Source: marketwire]

Céline @ LES ETOILES CHERIE FM 2007!!

(6:00 a.m. GMT) Celine Dion sarà la madrina della terza edizione de « Les étoiles CHERIE FM » (i premi musicali della musica francese) che avranno luogo il lunedì 5 Novembre alle 21 presso Les salons de l’Equinoxe di Parigi. La cerimonia sarà trasmessa in diretta sulle onde di Cheriefm. Gli ascoltatori potranno votare per i loro artisti preferiti fino al 14 Ottobre su www.cheriefm.fr. VOTIAMO PER CELINE QUANTO PIU' POSSIBILE!! Ha ricevuto 3 nominations : Artista Femminile dell'anno, Album dell'anno, Canzone dell'anno.

(6:00 a.m. GMT) Celine Dion will be the godmother of the third edition of « Les étoiles CHERIE FM » (the French music awards) that will take place at Les salons de l’Equinoxe in Paris on Monday, November 5th 2007 at 9:00 p.m. CET. The ceremony will be broadcasted LIVE on Cheriefm. Listeners will be able to vote their favourite artists till October 14th on www.cheriefm.fr. LET'S VOTE FOR CELINE AS MUCH AS WE CAN!! She got 3 nominations : Female Artist Of The Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year.

[Source: radio-music.org]

October 8th, 2007

Celine on The German ZDF - TODAY!

(2:00 p.m. GMT) The German TV-show Leute Heute will broadcast a brand new interview with Celine Dion TODAY at 5:45 p.m. Central Europe Time (at 4:45 p.m. GMT) on the German TV-Network ZDF. The interview had to be shown on last October 4th but was postponed. Be sure to not miss it!

[Source: ZDF; Thanks also Saskia]

Celine Records Duet With Anne Murray

Celine has recently recorded a duet with Canadian singer Anne Murray which will be featured on the upcoming album 'Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends' The album is a collection of Murray's most classic songs re-recorded as duets with a various female singers including Celine, Nelly Furtado, Jann Arden and Olivia Newton-John. Celine recorded the track "When I Fall In Love" as a duet with Anne Murray, which will be part of the compilation due out later this fall in Canada and early 2008 in the United States.

[Source: celinedion.com]

October 7th, 2007

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[Source: Celinedionforum]


October 6th, 2007

Celine Says Goodbye To Vegas And hello To An edgy New Album Ready for Takeoff
(Celine is featured on the cover of this week's Billboard Magazine)

Celine is featured on the cover of this week s BILLBOARD MAGAZINE!!! (7:00 a.m. GMT) It’s the fourth standing ovation of the evening, as Celine Dion soars through another of her signature hits. The reverent audience inside Las Vegas’ Colosseum at Caesars Palace — many of whom have planned their entire vacations around these 90 minutes — appears to be in awe. And even though she has lived this moment for some 700 nights since launching her “A New Day” residency at the resort in March 2003, Dion still appears stunned by the reception. She looks studiously upon the 4,000 fans, bows gracefully, then raises her arm to share the moment with the troupe of 70 dancers and musicians who fill the stage with her. “A New Day” is credited with helping catapult the town’s reputation as a destination for A-level talent. She has sold 3 million tickets there, according to Billboard Boxscore — and grossed $370.4 million through mid-September 2007. But come Dec. 15, Dion will have left the building.

“People were still questioning us after one week, two months, the first year,” Dion says. “Now we can say we’ve changed something. It’s hard to leave behind, because we started a family with everyone involved in the show. But it’s time for something else.” Enter “Taking Chances,” Dion’s first English-language album in three years. Due November 13 via Columbia, the set signals a sonic left turn for Dion. In a career often trademarked by hits that soar, the Adult Contemporary immortal here more often roars, accompanied by an abundance of guitars and an overall tempo that is brisker, with a deliberate rock tint. Dion collaborated with a number of producers new to her stable, including Ne-Yo, Ben Moody, Linda Perry, Emanuel Kiriakou and Tricky, along with stalwarts John Shanks, Kara DioGuardi, Kristian Lundin, Anders Bagge, Peer Astrom, Aldo Nova and Chris Neil. Now, Dion is ready to show the world how she has grown — as a singer, an entertainer and a woman. “It’s not a new Celine,” she says. “There was no deliberate plan after five years to do something else. But I’m like everyone. I’m 39 now. I don’t look like I did 10 years ago, I dress differently — and I don’t sing the same. I have more edge and felt like doing something different.” Still, Dion has been away for a while, and there’s no doubt it took some adjusting on the part of her label when it came to her change in musical direction. But so far, radio looks to be along for the ride.

While no one would question if Dion decided to fan herself leisurely in the Caribbean for a year or two after “A New Day,” the singer is primed for her next chapter amid a 25-year career marked by relentless ambition. Since her first project in 1982, the French Canadian has sold more than 185 million albums to become the best-selling female artist in history, according to her label. She has won five Grammy Awards, including the 1997 album of the year for “Falling Into You,” which sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.

Dion’s personal life has also played a role in her livelihood: In 1994, she married manager René Angelil, and in 2001, their son René Charles was born—a primary factor in the decision to put down roots in Vegas. So with “A New Day” winding down, the wheels began turning for “Taking Chances” last December, when her well-tread A&R team of Sony BMG Canada senior VP of A&R Vito Luprano and Columbia senior VP of A&R operations John Doelp started fielding more than 300 songs for the project.

“We met with Celine and René, and she made it clear that she’s at a point where she has nothing to proveshe wants to evolve and to push the envelope — but in the process, have fun,” Doelp says. Luprano notes that Dion is involved in every step of the process and readily knows what she likes. “She has to feel a connection. When a song feels right, she starts acting it out, as if stepping into a role,” he says. “She talks about how she envisions it being produced . . . ‘More guitars here,’ ‘Funky bass there,’ ‘Change the tempo.’ ” Throughout July and the first half of August, Dion took time off from her show to record at the Studio in the Palms in Las Vegas. And while there is a greater edge to many of the tracks, which might surprise those who believe they have the singer pegged, nowhere does she compromise her essence in an effort to be hip, shocking, overtly contemporary — anything that she’s not. Dion offers a candid view of her perceived reputation, suggesting that as she was building her career, perhaps she was steered in a direction that kept her stylistically staid.“When people sent me all those romantic songs to make people feel better or to cry, I went there because I had to prove myself,” she says. “Those songs are great and made me who I am today. It wasn’t a mistake, but I didn’t have a lot of choices. Do you think I wanted to hold those long notes forever and kill myself onstage every night? But everybody always sent the hardest songs to sing to me: ‘If somebody can hit those notes, it’s Celine Dion.’ And I can do it; I can hit them, baby. “Now maybe we’re all tired of those 10-second notes—the writers, the people—and they’ve evolved, too,” she continues. “Maybe no one thought I was capable of doing anything else, but I’ve got Heart and Doobie Brothers and Janis Joplin and Creedence Clearwater Revival inside of me, too.”

The album’s 16 tracks offer a full menu of tempos, emotions and lyrical themes, from the wash-away-my-man midtempo ballad “I Got Nothin’ Left,” co-written and co-produced by Ne-Yo, to Perry’s soul-baring pop-along rocker “My Love” and the hands-to-the-heavens “New Dawn.” Shanks produced the album’s electrifying standout performance, “That’s Just the Woman in Me,” which Dion has considered recording for 20 years, but never felt was the right fit for previous albums. Written by Kimberly Rew, it implores, “I need a man to love/Respect me, protect me, rule over, drool over/That’s the woman in me, baby.”

Shanks says, “Her vocal is smokingCeline does a scream, like Janis Joplin, which gave us all chills. I brought back a mix to her and she insisted it wasn’t raw enough. She wanted it to sound live, like it was coming from a club.” Dion says, “I was amazed that song waited for me, that no one had recorded it. But now I was scared — I’m used to such control, and this needs to be sung like Joplin. I got myself into a character and put myself into abuse mode and started to sing through my soul and not my vocal chords. I sang it through twice; I didn’t want to work on it, because its honesty needed to be felt. When we played it back, I began to tremble, because I could not believe it was me.” The overall recording process, Dion adds, was the best she has ever had in the studio. “The songwriters and producers that came with me helped me give it my all. I had the most fun. I have everything in life I could hope for—my husband, my son, who is coming on tour with me—and I wasn’t thinking that I have to deliver something. My voice sounds as strong as my happiness.

From Sony’s perspective, Dion’s move toward a less polished sound actually made the job easier when returning to the airwaves with “Taking Chances.” “Of course we wanted to get radio on this,” Luprano says. “Celine made it clear that that’s not why she was making this album or changing her sound, but when we heard these songs, we realized what a perfect vehicle we have. People don’t realize that Celine is only one year older than Gwen Stefani—and here she sounds younger and more contemporary than she ever has.” The radio initiative for the title track launched at AC in mid-September. Despite Dion’s history with 38 charting titles at the format—the most by any artist in the past two decades—and 11 Number 1s, nothing was a given. Since her last top 10 there four years ago, AC has retreated from the softer sounds of Elton John, Phil Collins and yes, Dion, instead supporting a more vigorous template from the likes of Nickelback, Daughtry, the Fray and Snow Patrol.

However, the less-silken sound of “Taking Chances” connected with programmers. In its first week, it blazed onto the AC chart at No. 23 with Most Increased Plays and Most Added honors, corralling key stations on both coasts. This week the song rises to No. 18. “This is the best song from Celine in years,” says Jim Ryan, Clear Channel senior VP of AC programming/WLTW New York PD. “She is still a core Adult Contemporary artist — one of few — and reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. If I were in Vegas, I’d bet my paycheck on it being a No. 1 AC song, as well as a multimillion-selling album. This is truly an event record that will be fully embraced by the masses.” KOST Los Angeles PD/music director Stella Schwartz adds, “We put ‘Taking Chances’ on the air at eight in the morning, and the phones lit up. Response has been unbelievable. No. 1 calls. Anything Celine touches will always be great for KOST and, I believe, for AC radio.” But though the song is off to a strong start, observers acknowledge Dion is so associated with her old sound that it may take some listeners longer to warm to her new sonic experiments. “A lot of artists insist that their sound can never change—that they have a formula you shouldn’t mess with. Celine is saying that she’s more mature, her voice is changing and she wants to sing what fits her now,” says Michael McVay, president of radio consultancy McVay Media. “I actually think the song is so good and so contemporary that you could take Celine’s name off the CD and increase the number of first-time listens from programmers.”

Columbia is pulling out all stops for its marquee artist. “Everybody around the world thinks that Celine has made an incredible record, and we are 100% committed,” label chairman Steve Barnett says. “Timing is so important and this album feels right. This is the time for her return. When we look at the opportunities she has on a global platform, it’s amazing.” The campaign launched Sept. 7 via an alliance with Amazon, which for five days posted a “first glance” in-studio videoclip of Dion recording “Taking Chances” with streaming of the song, along with pre-orders of the disc for $9.99. By the promotion’s close, the album was ranked No. 7 among the site’s best-selling 100 — two months before its release.

In October, "People magazine" will feature Dion on the cover, followed by an avalanche of other print coverage. Columbia also indulged fans with the Oct. 2 release of a “collector’s edition” of her 1998 Christmas CD “These Are Special Times”—with 4.8 million copies sold, it is the second-best-selling holiday album in U.S. history, according to Nielsen SoundScan— which includes gatefold packaging and a DVD of her first CBS TV special; while on Dec. 11, a high-definition DVD release of “A New Day” will be issued. Meanwhile, three versions of “Taking Chances” will be offered at retail: the traditional CD, a two-disc CD/DVD set and a CD/DVD with expanded packaging. Surrounding street date, Dion will devote a full hour to “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” in addition to the usual slate of entertainment TV appearances. Columbia is also aligning with various online partners that are still being locked in. CBS is already using “Taking Chances” to preview its fall Friday night lineup, including promos for new drama “Moonlight.” And in February, she will headline a one-hour musical special on the network featuring performances from the new set.

“So much of what we’re trying to do is let the world hear Celine’s music. That’s always been the driver,” Doelp says. “It’s very much about awareness and letting her large fan base know that she has a new record, and understanding the new direction and things she wants to do and say.” Not that Dion doesn’t invite at least a little mystery—for instance, the dramatic cover art for “Taking Chances,” in which her hair is teased with extensions into a near-lioness mane and her facial expression is curiously cryptic. The idea was all hers. “Maybe there’s a look that people expect, but this is show business. Come on, it’s still the same me, but I decided that I don’t have to paint on a smile to show what’s inside,” Dion says. “Don’t look at my lips and my hair; look into my eyes and feel me, baby. I am smiling there and giving more than ever before. Come with me. Listen and imagine me however you want.”

Fans will be able to do just that on the arena/stadium tour in support of “Taking Chances,” which kicks off Feb. 14, 2008, in Johannesburg with eight shows there that month. (Proceeds go to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.) Dion then treks to the Middle East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America. The yearlong outing will cover 5 continents, 25 countries and more than 100 cities. These shows will be far less intimate than “A New Day,” which Caesars Palace president Gary Selesner says “reinvented how entertainment is perceived in Las Vegas. She brought people into our restaurants, our hotel beds and casino seats, and filled each of them night after night. There are few stars in the world with that ability.” Dion was guaranteed a $100 million purse, making the Vegas shows worth her while financially. But the commitment left her reputation vulnerable if the engagement, which launched in March 2003, deflated into a high-profile flop. Instead, at an average price of $150, she persistently filled 4,000 seats five nights per week at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace—a $95 million theater custom-built for the show. Billboard Boxscore ranked the AEG Live residency among the top five-grossing concerts worldwide each year. Though Dion recognizes the risk of wrapping up the engagement, she waves that off as a reason to have made any other choice. “Five years ago, I had done it all. I needed a new challenge,” Dion says. “I wanted to offer my fans something more theatrical and spectacular than anything we’d done before. I never felt I had anything to lose. “This is the best album of my life,” she adds. “If you have a child with all the potential in the world and you don’t give him or her the chance to explore, it’s a loss. My voice and my body are in the best shape ever. I’m more mature and grounded. I need to express myself and show that I feel great and beautiful.”

[Source: Chuck Taylor - Billboard]

Dion’s Producers Weigh In On ‘Taking Chances’

(7:00 a.m. GMT) A common theme that the producers of Celine Dion’s new album share is that while the studio experience was intense and focused, there was also a lot of laughter and joking. “Here I am meeting the biggest-selling female in the world,” Ben Moody says. “She’s got to have at least a little of the diva thing going, right? But here comes this classy, gracious woman—and we had a crazy time. She would make fun of me in four languages. It was a multilingual blood bath in there.

Moody produced a remake of Heart’s “Alone” for the album and co-wrote/co-produced with David Hodges “This Time,” Dion’s most issues-oriented song ever. It’s a driving rock ballad about a battered woman lying in a hospital bed who hears the footsteps of her abuser coming down the hall and must decide if she’s had enough. Moody was surprised by how much trust Dion put in his direction. “You can tell she’s been in a studio all of her life, because she’s so comfortable there. For the most part, if you just let her do her thing, she’ll find her spot and give you magic,” he says. “But she was nervous about the importance of this song and representing these women honestly. She sang herself hoarse that night, giving it 150%. It’s obvious how much she cares.”

Ne-Yo, who co-wrote and co-produced “I Got Nothin’ Left,” concurs. “Celine was willing to try anything to make the song the best it could be,” he says. “She enjoys her craft; it’s not about money or fame. It’s about making art.” On the other hand, he adds, “I wasn’t expecting her to be cracking jokes and doing Elvis impressions. She was so light-hearted and funny.” Linda Perry was impressed by Dion’s candor. “Celine said to me, ‘I’m not cool, and I’m not trying to be cool. My audience responds to something about my voice and I don’t want to change that,’ ” she says. “She is definitely a real artist who knows herself. I found that she was willing to do whatever it took to make me happy.” Kara DioGuardi says Dion deserves credit for her willingness “to change things up and not do the safe thing. Celine has pretty much done everything you can possibly do. Her emotions were definitely heightened on this record. She was afraid of nothing.” But Dion was also willing to share her vulnerability. The first night in the studio with John Shanks—who produced the single “Taking Chances” and four other tracks—was “like the first day of school,” he says. “We talked for an hour about how she perceived the direction of the songs. Putting herself back out there on a record, it’s as if Celine needed nurturing that she was still relevant as an artist. I reassured her that young singers hold her as the pinnacle . . . that she is the bar.”

[Source: Chuck Taylor - Billboard]

More Shows Cancelled

Regrettably, Celine's gastro-enteritis condition has not improved at all over the past 24 hours. She is still running a very high fever and experiencing nausea. She is under doctor's orders to rest until she has fully recovered. Unfortunately, this has resulted in cancellations for this weekend's shows - Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7, 2007. Those who purchased tickets with a credit card for the cancelled performances will be automatically refunded. Those who purchased tickets with cash may present tickets at the original point of sale for a refund. For ticket exchanges for a future performance, please contact the original point of purchase. Ticketholders who purchased through Ticketmaster may call 1-877-4-CELINE.

[Source: Celinedion.com]

'Taking Chances' International Release Dates

Celine's upcoming English-language album 'Taking Chances' is scheduled to be released in the following territories: Japan (November 7), New Zealand and Australia (November 10), Europe (November 12 - In Italy on November 9th) and North America (November 13).

[Source: Celinedion.com]

October 5th, 2007

Brand New Interactive 'Taking Chances' E-Card

Here's the brand NEW interactive 'Taking Chances' E-Card taken from celinedion.com. Don't forget to spread the word and send it to all of your friends!

Celine cancels shows due to viral infection

(6:30 a.m. GMT) Celine Dion has cancelled two performances (Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5 2007) at Caesars Palace due to a viral infection (gastroenteritis), which causes fever, muscle cramps, dehydration and a number of other discomforts. She is on doctor's orders to rest and take in plenty of fluids in order to recover from the infection. Those who purchased tickets with a credit card for the cancelled performances will be automatically refunded. Those who purchased tickets with cash may present tickets at the original point of sale for a refund. For ticket exchanges for a future performance, please contact the original point of purchase. Ticketholders who purchased through Ticketmaster may call 1-877-4-CELINE.

[Source: Celinedion.com]

October 4th, 2007

Celine @ The TODAY SHOW

(8:00 p.m. GMT) According to the official website of the North-American "TODAY SHOW", Celine Dion will be the (in studio) guest star of Wednesday, November 14th episode. LIVE from New York City she will present her new album "Taking Chances". Check your local TV listings for more info.

::: The Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses :::

(11:00 a.m. GMT) Secondo Billboard, gli spettacoli di Céline dal 26 al 30 Settembre si classificano al DECIMO posto della Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses (la classifica degli incassi dei concerti nel MONDO) di questa settimana. Guadagni delle vendite: 2.867.979 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 510 su 705. Dall'inizio dell'anno, Celine si è esibita in 104 spettacoli i quali hanno incassato un totale di 58.660.165 dollari con 425.314 presenze.

(11:00 a.m. GMT) According to Billboard, Céline's shows from September 26th to Sept. 30th are at the TENTH position of this week's Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses (the chart of concert grosses in the WORLD). Gross Sales: US$ 2,867,617 ; Shows/ Sellouts: 5 out of 5, Attend/Capacity: 20,740 out of 20,740. With these shows, Céline's sold-out shows are 510 out of 705 performed shows. The 104 shows (since the beginning of 2007) grossed US$ 58,660,165 with 425,314 attendances.

October 3rd, 2007

Top-selling albums of all time

(11:00 a.m. GMT) Jam! Showbiz, the Canadian equivalent of Billboard, has made a list of the Top-selling albums of all time: Michael Jackson, Thriller (1982): 50,000,000 units sold; AC/DC, Back in Black (1980): 40,000,000; The Eagles, Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) (1976): 40,000,000; Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon (1973): 40,000,000; Various Artists/Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever (1977): 40,000,000; Whitney Houston/Various Artists, The Bodyguard (soundtrack) (1992): 40,000,000; Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill (1995): 30,000,000; Backstreet Boys, Millennium (1999): 30,000,000; Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV (1971): 30,000,000; Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (1977): 30,000,000; Celine Dion, Let's Talk About Love (1997): 30,000,000; Celine Dion, Falling Into You (1996): 30,000,000; Celine Dion/James Horner/Various Artists, Titanic (soundtrack) (1997): 30,000,000.

The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967): 30,000,000; Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms (1985): 30,000,000; Michael Jackson, Dangerous (1991): 30,000,000; Michael Jackson, Bad (1987): 30,000,000; Meat Loaf, Bat out of Hell (1977): 30,000,000; Mariah Carey, Music Box (1993): 30,000,000; 2Pac, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (1996): 30,000,000; Shania Twain, Come on Over (1997): 30,000,000; Various Artists, Dirty Dancing (1987): 30,000,000; Pink Floyd, The Wall (1979): 30,000,000.

[Source: Jam!]

Celine Dion Live Extravaganza 'A New Day...' Comes to Blu-ray

(7:00 a.m. GMT) Celine is ending her five-year stint in Vegas... and coming to a Blu-ray player near you this December in 'A New Day... Live in Las Vegas.' On December 15th, Celine will take her final bow on the Colosseum stage at Caesars Palace, capping a sell-out five-year run of her Cirque du Soleil-inspired, multi-octave circus of song and dance "A New Day..." Sony BMG will now bring the show home for the first time only a few days later, debuting day-and-date Blu-ray and standard-def DVD versions on December 11.

"These past five years have been a wonderful experience for me," said Dion in a press release. "To perform every night with such an amazing cast of dancers and musicians on this beautiful show created by Franco Dragone, has been a dream come true." Sony has not yet released tech specs nor supplement details for 'A New Day...', but the show was captured entirely with multiple HD cameras, so we certainly expect it to look and sound great. Retail for the Blu-ray is $29.98.

[Source: highdefdigest]

October 2nd, 2007

Celine on The German ZDF

(8:40 p.m. GMT) The German TV-show Leute Heute will broadcast a brand new interview with Celine Dion on Thursday, October 4th at 5:45 p.m. Central Europe Time (at 4:45 p.m. GMT) on the German TV-Network ZDF. Be sure to not miss it!

[Source: ZDF]

Show Evolution: Celine Dion has grown into 'A New Day'

A rousing -River Deep Mountain High- helps make Celine Dion s show stronger. (2:00 p.m. GMT) If you waited this long to see Celine Dion at Caesars Palace, you probably waited too long. At least you'll miss "A New Day." There are 12 more performances through Oct. 14, then another 13 from Nov. 29 to Dec. 15, before the Canadian superstar moves on to a world tour and new challenges. Each of the 25 shows is sure to bring an early Christmas to ticket brokers on the "secondary market." The marketing blitzkrieg that's sure to surround the Nov. 13 arrival of her new album, "Taking Chances," will only rub your face in it.

But take heart, fans. Returning to the Colosseum last week after a mere 10-day break, the singer told the audience, "This is what I'm missing." This late in the game, people might presume she's "been there, done that," Dion volunteered. But the truth, she claimed, was that even a short absence made the heart grow fonder. "I have a solution," Dion added. "You should come with me (to the recording studio)." Here's another solution. The speech can support a theory that's been floated, and now can be fueled by the producers still not owning up to Cher as a future attraction. Is it possible that once she unpacks the suitcase again, Dion might carry on at the Colosseum?

It would be easy to return on a more casual and occasional basis, minus the cast of 50 dancers and the theatrical production numbers. Judging by their response, fans wouldn't feel ripped off if there was less dancing and more "Oprah"-style patter. The mere admission that the star has learned to enjoy the routine is the biggest change since the show opened in March 2003. During the media frenzy surrounding the launch, Dion seemed to be a passive force in this giant endeavor; more fulfilled by being a new mom than the applause that provides the life force of many a Vegas trouper. But she grew into "A New Day" over the years, and for better or worse the show evolved into more of the diva showcase people expected at the outset: an upscale pop show with some artsy flourishes, not the swing-for-the fences collaboration with Cirque du Soleil director Franco Dragone that often tried too hard.

Some early mistakes disappeared quickly. It's been a long time since Dion flew on a harness rigging, or dressed up like the "Pat" character on "Saturday Night Live," with slicked-back hair and hitched-up, man-boy suspenders. The singer now sports long hair, a soft look and several displays of evening attire. Musicians join her onstage instead of hiding under the giant space station of a stage. Other changes replaced the audacious with safe and sure-footed, but more ordinary choices. The show now opens with -- wouldya believe it? -- the title song "A New Day" instead of the solitary, a capella take on "Nature Boy." The standards "Fever" and "At Last" were replaced in May 2006 with a now-common tech trick, splicing in Frank Sinatra to help croon "All the Way."

And the homestretch now celebrates the cast as a bonded unit with the Ike & Tina Turner classic "River Deep, Mountain High." Dragone would have found it cheesy back in '03. Now, he probably realizes the show needed an energy that had been stifled in its overproduced infancy. The world's largest hi-def screen no longer steals the show as it did before Best Buy shoppers knew the difference between a 720p and 1080p TV. But Dragone's elegant spectacle still makes the jaw drop now and then: The Magritte paintings coming to life while Dion croons "If I Could" on the stage steps, or the "floating bride" in front of a rolling moon for "My Heart Will Go On."

That's the last song now, and I kind of miss the old encore, "What A Wonderful World." "A New Day" opened the week of the Iraq invasion, so Dion gave it a bittersweet twist that served as a daily reminder; her version of "Tie A Yellow Ribbon." The singer spoke from her heart on opening night, and again when Katrina struck New Orleans. A war that's outlasted a long run in Vegas may not send gamblers back to the tables full of feel-good escapism, but it's worth mentioning maybe 25 more times.

[Source: Las Vegas-Review Journal]

Reminder: These Are Special Times - Special Edition (CD+DVD)

(7:00 a.m. GMT) Columbia/Legacy releases TODAY (in the U.S.A.) the reissue of the 1998 holiday album "These Are Special Times" with a bonus DVD of Celine'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." The release-date for Europe has been delayed at the end of month.