She first gained international recognition by winning both the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the Eurovision Song Contest , where she represented Switzerland. In , Dion released her debut English-language album, Unison , establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world. During the s, she achieved worldwide fame after releasing several best-selling English-language albums, such as Falling into You and Let's Talk About Love , which were both certified diamond in the US.
Dion continued releasing French albums between each English record; D'eux became the best-selling French-language album of all time, while S'il suffisait d'aimer , Sans attendre , and Encore un soir , were all certified diamond in France.
During the s, she built her reputation as a highly successful live performer with A New Day While her releases have often received mixed critical reception, she is regarded as one of pop music's most influential vocalists. Billboard named her the " Queen of Adult Contemporary " for having the most number-one songs on the radio format for a female artist. From an early age, she had dreamed of being a performer.
I had one dream: I wanted to be a singer. Her popularity spread to other parts of the world when she competed in the Yamaha World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan , and won the musician's award for "Top Performer" as well as the gold medal for "Best Song" with " Tellement j'ai d'amour pour toi ". She consulted the otorhinolaryngologist William Gould,   who gave her an ultimatum: have immediate surgery on her vocal cords or do not utilize them at all for three weeks.
Two years after she learned English, Dion made her debut into the Anglophone market with Unison , the lead single having originally been recorded by Laura Branigan. Unison also hit the right notes with critics: Jim Faber of Entertainment Weekly wrote that her vocals were "tastefully unadorned", and that she never attempted to "bring off styles that are beyond her".
The latter became her first top-ten hit on the US Billboard Hot , peaking at number four. Her real international breakthrough came when she duetted with Peabo Bryson on the title track to Disney 's animated film Beauty and the Beast Owing to the success of the lead-off single and her collaborations with David Foster and Diane Warren , the album was even more well-received commercially than Unison ; it was certified diamond in Canada and double platinum in the US.
Also during this time, Dion released the Francophone album Dion chante Plamondon. It was originally released in Canada and France during the — period, then later received an international release in , the first French Celine Dion album to do so. In Quebec, the album was certified Gold the day it was released. She had achieved one of her main objectives: wedging her way into the Anglophone market and achieving fame. She asserted that she was—and would always be—a French, not an English, artist. However, the relationship was kept a secret as they both feared that the public would find their relations inappropriate.
In , Dion announced her feelings for her manager by declaring him "the colour of [her] love" in the dedication section of her third English-language album The Colour of My Love. However, instead of criticizing their relationship as she had feared, fans embraced the couple. As with most of her catalogue, The Colour of My Love had over-riding themes of love and romance. Both the album and the single " Think Twice " simultaneously occupied the top of the British charts for five consecutive weeks. Dion kept to her French roots and continued to release many Francophone recordings between each English record.
It had one promotional single, a live version of " Calling You ", which peaked at seventy-five on the French Singles Chart. D'eux also known as The French Album in the United States , was released in , and it would go on to become the best-selling French-language album of all time.
It was later certified Platinum in France. The second single off the album, "Je sais pas", reached No. During the mids and onward, Dion's albums were generally constructed on the basis of melodramatic soft rock ballads, with sprinklings of up-tempo pop and rare forays into other genres. By the mids, she had established herself as one of the best-selling artists in the world. Falling into You , Dion's fourth English-language album, presented the singer at the height of her popularity and showed a further progression of her music.
Additionally, instruments like the violin, Spanish guitar , trombone , the cavaquinho , and saxophone created a new sound. Falling into You garnered career-best reviews for Dion. While Dan Leroy wrote that it was not very different from her previous work,  and Stephen Holden of The New York Times and Natalie Nichols of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the album was formulaic,   other critics, such as Chuck Eddy of Entertainment Weekly , Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic, and Daniel Durchholz, lavished the album as "compelling", "passionate", "stylish", "elegant", and "remarkably well-crafted".
Let's Talk About Love was another major success, reaching No. Serving as the love theme for the blockbuster film Titanic , the song topped the charts across the world and became Dion's signature song. Dion ended the s with three more extremely successful albums: the Christmas album These Are Special Times , the French-language album, S'il suffisait d'aimer , and the compilation album All the Way A Decade of Song Kelly , which became her fourth US No. All the Way Starting from the mids, the pop rock influence that was more noticeable in her earlier releases was replaced by a more mature feel.
Promis, praised her voice during this period, describing it as a "technical marvel". After releasing and promoting thirteen albums during the s, Dion stated that she needed to settle down, and announced on her latest album All the Way A Decade of Song , that she needed to take a step back from the spotlight and enjoy life.
In , the National Enquirer published a false story about the singer. Following the 11 September attacks , Dion returned to the music scene, and in a televised performance sang " God Bless America " at the benefit concert America: A Tribute to Heroes. Chuck Taylor of Billboard wrote, "the performance Affecting, meaningful, and filled with grace, this is a musical reflection to share with all of us still searching for ways to cope.
In December , she published her autobiography My Story, My Dream which chronicled her rags-to-riches story. Dion ended her three-year sabbatical from the music industry with the aptly titled album A New Day Has Come , released in March The album was her most personal yet, with songs focusing on her motherhood and maturation as a woman such as " A New Day Has Come ", and " Goodbye's The Saddest Word ".
She stated: "becoming a mother makes you a grown-up. It has everything to do with the baby It represents the whole album. While the album was commercially successful, critical reviews suggested that it was "forgettable" and the lyrics were "lifeless". In conjunction with an endorsement deal with Chrysler , she released One Heart , an album that represented her appreciation for life.
Although the album achieved moderate success, One Heart was met with mixed criticism, and words such as "predictable" and "banal" appeared even in the most lenient reviews. The advertising deal was met with criticism, with some stating that Dion was trying to cater to her sponsors. After One Heart , she released her next English-language studio album, Miracle Miracle was a multimedia project conceived by Dion and Australian photographer Anne Geddes and had a theme centring on babies and motherhood.
The album was filled with lullabies and other songs of maternal love and inspiration, including covers of Louis Armstrong 's " What a Wonderful World " and John Lennon 's " Beautiful Boy ". The reviews for Miracle were mixed. Labeled "the album of pleasure" by Dion herself, the album cover showed her in a simple and relaxed manner, contrary to the choreographed poses usually found on her album covers. The album achieved widespread commercial success in France, Canada, and Belgium where it reached No.
In France, the album debuted at No. Critic Stephen Erlewine of AllMusic wrote that Dion's vocals were "back at top of their game" and that she was "getting back to pop basics and performing at a level unheard in a while". Though her albums were commercially successful, they did not achieve the sales or the reception of her previous works. According to the official World Music Awards website, the award is rare; it is "not presented every year" and an artist can be presented with the award only for selling "over million albums during their career".
In early , Dion announced a three-year, show contract to appear five nights a week in an entertainment extravaganza, A New Day It included Dion performing her biggest hits against an array of dancers and special effects. Reviewer Mike Weatherford felt that, at first, Dion was not as relaxed as she should be, and at times, it was hard to find the singer among the excessive stage ornamentation and dancers.
However, he noted that the show had become more enjoyable over the course of its run, because of her improved stage-presence and simplified costumes. The show was well-received by audiences, despite the complaints of expensive tickets [ citation needed ] ; it routinely sold out until its end in late On 5 January , it was announced that the show would end on 15 December , with tickets for the period after October having gone on sale from 1 March.
On 21 May , Dion released the French-language album D'elles About Them , which debuted at the top of the Canadian album charts, selling 72, copies in its first week. It marked her tenth No. I'm feeling strong, maybe a little gutsier than in the past, and just as passionate about music and life as I ever was.
In addition, she appeared on Idol Gives Back for a second year in a row. Dion was nominated for six Juno Awards in , adding to her 53 previous nominations an all-time record.
In May , Dion was named the 20th best-selling artist of the decade and the second-best-selling female artist of the decade in the United States, selling an estimated In December , Pollstar announced that she was the best-selling solo touring act of the decade and the second-best-selling touring act of the decade, behind only the Dave Matthews Band. The distributor is the Sony Pictures subsidiary, Hot Ticket. Furthermore, in a May Harris Poll , Dion was named the most popular musician in the United States, ahead of U2 , Elvis Presley , and The Beatles while factoring in gender, political affiliations, geographic region of residence, and income.
The song was later included on Sardou's album. In an interview with People magazine published in February , Dion announced that she would be returning to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for Celine , a three-year residency for seventy shows a year, beginning 15 March For a record sixth time, she performed at the 83rd Academy Awards , where she sang the song "Smile", as part of the ceremony's "In Memoriam" segment.
In October, FlightNetwork. Dion was the top favourite, with On 13 August , Dion announced the indefinite postponement of all her show business activities, including her concert residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and the cancellation of her Asia Tour , because of the worsening of her husband's health after he underwent the removal of a cancerous tumor in December In October , Dion announced on social media that she had begun working on a new French album, posting a photo by the side of Algerian singer Zaho.
The singer's new French album, Encore un soir , was released on 26 August It features fifteen tracks performed in French and, according to the singer, has a personal choice of the songs — more uplifting lyrics were chosen. On 3 May , she released the single " Ashes " from the film Deadpool 2. On 18 September , Dion released three songs, "Lying Down", "Courage", and "Imperfections" for her upcoming album, "Courage" as well as the pre-release of the album which will be available on 15 November .
On 26 February , Dion released two songs as exclusive Spotify singles: an acoustic version of Imperfections, and a cover of Chris Isaak 's Wicked Game. Isaak joined Dion and sang vocals on the track.