Celine’s latest English-language album ‘Loved Me Back To Life’ was released 1 year ago today in North America. Fans were treated to a brand new sound and an amazing collection of songs, including the upbeat title track, the soulful “Breakaway”, the rhythmic “Somebody Loves Somebody” and two fantastic duets: “Incredible” with Ne-Yo and “Overjoyed” with Stevie Wonder. Did you know that the album debuted at #1 and was certified triple platinum in Canada? It also reached the #1 position in Belgium and Holland and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart! On iTunes, the album reached #1 in 31 countries and was ranked in the top 5 in an additional 35 countries! Thank you to all the fans for making that happen!
In an interview last year, Celine said that the first record she ever bought was ‘Hotter Than July’ by Stevie Wonder. Tell us, what was the first Celine album that you ever purchased?
Celine distinguished herself on the international stage when she won First Prize at the thirteenth edition of the Yamaha World Song Festival in Tokyo in October 1982. Did you know that this was the first time that the number 5 started bringing her luck? During the first part of the competition, each contestant had to pick a number to determine the order in which they would sing and Celine drew the number 5. During the finale, Celine drew the number 5 once again. While she was backstage waiting for her turn to perform, she saw a 5 yen Japanese coin on the floor. She picked it up and slipped it in her shoe since she didn’t have any pockets, and then went on stage… you know the rest of the story! Since then, 5 has been Celine’s lucky number. How about you, do you have a lucky number?
Have you heard this duet recorded by Celine and Marc Dupré? It was included on Marc’s first album ‘Refaire le monde’. Did you know that in October 2006, Celine, along with co-writers Marc Dupré and Nelson Minville, received a SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) award for the composition of “Tout près du bonheur” (So Close To Happiness)? The song also reached the #1 position on Quebec charts that year!
Many people around the world are celebrating Halloween today by dressing up in costume. Have you ever dressed like Celine or drawn inspiration from Celine for a Halloween costume? Tell us about it! Or better yet show us your photos by uploading them under Fan Photos in the Photos section! We can’t wait to see them!
One in 3,600 babies born in Canada has cystic fibrosis (CF). There is no cure. However, earlier diagnosis means earlier treatment. Screening newborns for CF saves lives and that’s why it is a standard of care in Canada with the exception of Prince Edward Island and Quebec. Join Celine and raise your voice by signing Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s petition to advocate for cystic fibrosis newborn screening in Prince Edward Island. In Quebec, residents are encouraged to raise their voices by contacting their Member of the National Assembly to explain the importance of early detection and treatment. Together we can make a difference!
One year ago today, Celine performed an invitation-only intimate concert at the Edison Ballroom in New York City, presented by Pandora. She performed songs from her album ‘Loved Me Back To Life’ as well as some of her biggest hits. Watch Celine sing the title track from the album released on November 5, 2013.
Did you know that Celine listened to a lot of American music even before she learned to speak English? With a pen or hairbrush in hand, she would sing in front of the mirror, imitating artists like Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. One song she loved to perform over and over again was the 1980s Irene Cara hit "What A Feeling" from the movie Flashdance. The movie was particularly inspiring for Celine because of its message of not giving up on your dreams. Since then Celine has recorded inspiring songs of her own. Do you draw inspiration from Celine’s songs? Which Celine song motivates you to work hard to achieve your dreams?
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