Monday, 26 September 2011

World Popular Song Festival - Céline Dion

Céline Marie Claudette Dion, born march 30, 1968, is a Canadian singer. She was a teen star in the French-speaking part of Canada. In 1990 she released the English album Unison, establishing herself as a pop artist in the USA and other English-speaking countries in the world. During the 1990s, with the help of René Angélil, she achieved worldwide fame after signing with Epic Records and releasing several English albums along with additional French albums, becoming one of the most successful artists in pop music history. However, in 1999 at the height of her success, Dion announced a hiatus from entertainment in order to start a family and spend time with her husband. She returned to the top of pop music in 2002 and signed a three-year contract to perform nightly in a five-star theatrical show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

Céline Dion's music has been influenced by genres ranging from rock and R&B to gospel and classical. While her releases have often received mixed critical reception, she is renowned for her technically skilled and powerful vocals. Céline Dion is the best-selling Canadian artist of all time, is the second best-selling female artist in the US and is the only female artist to have two singles sell more than a million copies in the UK. In addition, her 1995 album D'eux, is the best-selling French-language album of all time. In 2004, after surpassing 175 million in album sales worldwide, she was presented with the Chopard Diamond Award at the World Music Awards for becoming the best-selling female artist of all time. According to Sony Music Entertainment, Céline Dion has sold over 200 million albums worldwide.

Before her breakthrough in the 1990s and her victory at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988 with the song Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi Céline represented France at the World Popular Song Festival with the song Tellement J'ai D'amour Pour Toi which came 3rd and won a Best Song award. At the W.P.S.F. of 1982 Céline also won the Maestro Award which was awarded to the artist who was most appreciated by the orchestra. The song was a big hit in Canada.

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