Céline Dion

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Celine Dion
Dion in November 2012
Background information
Birth name Céline Marie Claudette Dion
Born 30 March 1968 (1968-03-30) (age 48)
Origin Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada
Genres Pop, dance, rock, adult contemporary
Occupations Singer,[1] songwriter-composer, actress[2]
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1980–present
Labels Epic, 550, Columbia
Website celinedion.com

Céline Marie Claudette Dion, ChLD (French pronunciation: [selin djɔ̃]  ( listen); born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian singer.

Early life[change | change source]

She was born in the town of Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada. She is the youngest of 14 children. When she was 12 years old, her brother sent a recording to a manager named René Angélil. With his help, she released her first album in 1981, and her first English album in 1990. She used to live in Las Vegas, Nevada. She now lives in Jupiter, Florida. In 2007, she performed a show with Elvis Presley, which was arranged on the computer with old images from Elvis shows. It had been arranged for the TV show American Idol.

Dion first had international recognition in the 1980s. She won both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest where she represented Switzerland.[3][4]

She has sold the most albums in the world for a female artist. For that, she received a special World Music Award in 2004.[5][6] She has also sold the most French albums with 7 million copies. Dion is the best-selling Canadian artist of all time.[7][8]

Personal life[change | change source]

On December 30, 1994, Dion married her manager René Angélil. They have three sons: René-Charles Angelil (born on January 25, 2001), and twins Eddy Angelil and Nelson Angelil (born on October 23, 2010). Angelil died on January 14, 2016 from cancer.

Discography[change | change source]

French-language studio albums

English-language studio albums

References[change | change source]

  1. "Celine Dion (Canadian Singer)". Encyclopedia Britannica. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/164189/Celine-Dion. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  2. Beaunoyer, Jean (2004). René Angélil: The Making of Céline Dion: the Unauthorized Biography. Dundurn. p. 233. ISBN 978-1-55002-489-0. http://books.google.com/books?id=vME4TPh1RXwC&pg=PA233. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  3. Bliss, Karen. "25 Years of Canadian Artists." Canadian Musician. March 1, 2004, p. 34. ISSN 0708-9635
  4. "Eurovision Song Contest 1988". European Broadcasting Union. http://www.eurovision.tv/page/history/by-year/contest?event=304. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  5. Celine Dion honoured by World Music Awards Canada.com Retrieved December 1, 2010
  6. World Music Awards to honor Celine Dion CTV News Retrieved December 1, 2010
  7. "Dion Named All-time Best-selling Canadian Act". (2000-1-06). Allbusiness. Retrieved October 12, 2009.
  8. Learn, Josh "High Fidelity: Top Selling Canadian Artists". The Brock Press. Retrieved October 12, 2009.

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