November 11th marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended WW1. Today we remember those who have sacrificed in many wars around the world. Thank you to the veterans, fallen heroes and all those who served. Take a moment to think of these people and thank them.
During an interview Celine revealed that she would have liked to have “lived” her album ‘D’elles’ more than she did. The songs on this album centre around the theme of ‘woman’ and are written by female authors from France and Quebec. One of the writers is Nathalie Nechtschein, a young poet with Down’s syndrome from Grenoble, discovered by chance by an associate of Jean-Jacques Goldman. Nathalie wrote the lyrics for “Si j’étais quelqu’un” (If I Was Someone) which was originally a poem titled “Si j’étais quelqu’un comme les autres” (If I was Someone Like Everyone Else). This moving poem is about being different and having dreams. Discussing the song, Celine explains: “It’s the words that touched me the most. Where does being normal start and end, and who are we to set the boundaries of normalcy?”*
*translated from an original French quote
Celine made a guest appearance on the Graham Norton Show, this time last year to promote the release of ‘Loved Me Back to Life’. During the candid radio interview, we learned how this album allowed Celine to balance a new sound with her classic one that fans have always appreciated. Did you know Celine follows a routine when learning and recording new songs, in order, as she puts it, to “discover the emotion of the song at the same time as I give it?” Listen to Celine and Graham discussing ‘Loved Me Back to Life’ and so much more!
Celine is back on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart once again with her magical ‘These Are Special Times’ CD/DVD! Featuring songs like “O Holy Night”, “Feliz Navidad” and “The Christmas Song”, this album is the perfect soundtrack for the holiday season! Add a little warmth to your space with the ‘These Are Special Times Holiday Fireplace’ DVD which will turn your television or computer screen into a hearth with a burning Yule log. Get your copies from The Boutique today!
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!