One Time Pink and Two Times Platinum for Queen C

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It is a French language disc that is the first Canadian artist album released in 2016 to be certified double platinum. At this juncture, The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem sits at gold, while both La Voix IV (various artists) and Drake’s Views have made platinum. Those three albums all made #1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart along with Billy Talent’s Afraid of Heights and our double platinum juggernaut which is none other than Céline Dion’s Encore un soir. Dion is the best-selling Canadian recording artist of all time internationally with half a dozen diamond certified albums in Canada. At home, she has sold more records during the SoundScan era than any other artist whether foreign or home-grown. The only female soloist to have sold decisively more records globally than Céline is Madonna. (Varying estimates put Dion neck and neck with Rihanna, Mariah Carey, and the late Whitney Houston). Céline recently released a new English-language song that was penned by U.S. recording artist Pink. The latter has never been shy to work with Canadian artists as she recently made an album with City and Colour in project You+Me. The new song, written after the passing of Dion’s husband and manager René Angélil, is titled “Recovering”. The piano ballad will be included on Céline Dion’s highly anticipated next English language album, her first since 2013’s quadruple platinum Loved Me Back to Life.

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