Céline Dion (Part 4: 2000-Present)

Besides continuing to release albums, Celine Dion, having accomplished everything imaginable, became involved in helping to further develop the French Canadian music industry and its budding new artists. She recorded “Sous le vent“, a duet with Quebec’s hot new male singer Garou. It appeared on the latter’s Seul album which went Diamond in France. The single topped the charts there as well as in Belgium.

In 2001, it was announced that Celine Dion had given birth to a son. At some point, she signed a $100 million contract to perform for five years at Caesar’s Palace, a casino hotel in Las Vegas, USA.

Her next studio album came in 2002 and bore the title A New Day Has Come. Canadian fans were no doubt eager to pick it up after Celine’s hiatus, as 150,000 copies were sold during its first week on store shelves. 12 million copies were sold worldwide and it was certified 6x Platinum in Canada. It was her first studio album since 1992 not to reach diamond certification in a country. It was clear though that Dion was more concerned with broadening the scope of her life, performing in Las Vegas, raising a family, assisting new artists, and making concept albums, experimenting with new genres.

One Heart followed in 2003 with the #1 single in Canada and Sweden, “I Drove All Night”, previous versions having been performed by Roy Orbison and Cyndi Lauper. Her first French album since becoming a mother appeared that year as well. It carried the title 1 fille & 4 types, meaning one girl and four boys. “Tout l’or des hommes” became the most successful French language song on the nation-wide Canadian singles chart, peaking at #2.

In 2004, Celine began branching out. She recorded her first children’s album, dedicated to the babies of the world. In this concept album, she joined forces with Australian creative photographer Anne Geddes. Miracle, produced by David Foster, was part of a CD-book multimedia collection. That year, she also released a live album (from her shows in Las Vegas). It included the new song “You and I” which topped the AC charts in Canada. The music video was shot at Toronto’s Pearson International airport and was used in Air Canada’s advertising campaign. She recorded “Ma Nouvelle-France” for the French Canadian film Nouvelle-France. It peaked at #7 in Quebec.

A greatest hits package of 25 years of her French songs appeared in 2005. Some versions included two CDs and some three. On ne change pas featured three new songs: “Je ne vous oublie pas”, “Tous les secrets” (theme from the animated European film Asterix and the Vikings), and “I Believe in You” (duet with Il Divo). She performed a duet with French Canadian singer Marc Dupré called “Tout près du Bonheur” which appeared on his album.

In 2007, Dion released the French D’elles and English Taking Chances. The former was a concept album that celebrated womanhood. The latter saw Celine veering away from soft rock and AC back into pop / rock. She said she wanted to pay tribute to some of the edgier rock music with which she grew up. To promote the album, she embarked on a year-long 132-date worldwide tour starting in South Africa.

On 22 August 2008, she presented a free outdoor show on the Plains of Abraham for the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City. A greatest hits package of Dion’s English songs came out that year: My Love: Essential Collection. As her hit singles varied in different countries, two different versions (i.e. track listings) of the album appeared on different continents (Americas & Australia vs. Europe). My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection was also available which included two CDs instead of one.

Celine Dion returned to Caesars Palace in 2011 for a new three-year deal with 70 shows per year. She released the Franco album Sans Attendre in 2012 and Anglo album Loved Me Back to Life in 2013. Both albums were certified multiplatinum. Following the passing of her husband and manager in 2016, Celine released French language album Encore un soir.

Celine Dion Part 3 is HERE.

     Copyright 2011 by The Canadian Music Blog

Significant Albums and Hit Singles

2002: A New Day Has Come

• 6x Platinum
• 12 million copies sold worldwide
• Hit Singles: “A New Day Has Come” (#2 CA and SWI), “I’m Alive” (#2 BEL; #4 GER)

2003: One Heart

• 3x Platinum
• 5 million copies sold worldwide
• Hit Singles: “I Drove All Night” (#1 CA and SWE), “One Heart” (#27 UK)

2003: 1 file & 4 types

• 2.5 million copies sold worldwide
• 2x Platinum in France
• Hit Singles: “Tout l’or des hommes” (#1 QC; #2 CA; #3 FR), “Et je t’aime encore” (#2 QC; #14 BEL; #16 FR), “Contre nature” (#2 QC)

2004: Miracle

• 2.5 million copies sold worldwide

2005: On ne change pas (French Greatest Hits)

• 3x Platinum
• 1.5 million copies sold worldwide
• Hit Singles: “Je ne vous oublie pas” (#2 FR), “I Believe in You (Je crois en toi)” (#8 POR), “Tous les secrets” (#10 GRE)

2007: D’elles

• 2x Platinum
• Hit Singles: “Et s’il n’en restait qu’une (je serais celle-là)” (#1 FR), “Immensité” (#7 QC), “On s’est aimé à cause” (#5 QC)

2007: Taking Chances

• 4x Platinum
• Hit Single: “Taking Chances” (#9 CA; 90th of 2008 CA; #5 SWI)

2008: My Love: Essential Collection (English Greatest Hits)

• 2x Platinum

2012: Sans attendre

• 3x Platinum
• Hit Singles:  “Parler a mon pere” (#53 CA), “Les Petits Pieds de Lea” (#80 CA)

2013: Loved Me Back to Life

Celine Dion - Loved Me Back to Life

• 4x Platinum
• Hit Singles:  “Loved Me Back to Life” (#26 CA), “Incredible” (#44 CA)

2016: Encore un soir

Celine Dion - Encore un soir

• 2x Platinum