I'm Sylvain Beauregard, I'm a 34-year-old Internet specialist and holder of a bachelor's degree from Laval University in Computer Science. I'm well known as one of the best experts in the world on Celine Dion. I was born two days before Celine, and I grew up with her music, as every other Quebecer. Yes, I'm from Montreal, in Celine's home province of Quebec, and I speak French as my native language too. That gives me access to TONS of information on Celine, both in writing and in electronic medias, in both French and English. More than six years ago, I started a Web site called Passion Celine Dion. Ever since its beginning, it was considered as the best Web site on Celine, and it's by far the most visited fan site, with almost 2 million visitors so far. In addition to receiving very good press coverage (from full pages in papers here to references on radio all around the world), my web site earned many distinctions, including: Top 5% of all music web sites Famous Lycos Top 5% awards (the ONLY Celine site with that distinction) That helped me make contacts all around this little rock named Earth. I've been known through my web site and was asked to contribute to many medias, including: Sony Music France themselves asked for my expertise to revise their biography section on the first version of their Web site in 1996. VH-1 called for my help for their VH-1 Artist of the Year Special in January 1996. I contributed to an in-depth article in the famous British Record Collector magazine I contributed to many European radio stations for specials, including BEL-RTL (Belgium) and Radio France International. France 2 interviewed me for their 90-min special on Celine, Spring 1999, was the only non official to be part of the report. I was contacted by Dundurn Press to correct the errors in the official (authorized) biography on Celine when it was translated from French to English. I was quoted in the Billboard Magazine of Jan
Every musical decade has embraced its superstar acts: The Beatles and Diana Ross & The Supremes in the 1960s, Donna Summer and Elton John in the '70s, and Michael Jackson and Madonna in the '80s. With the dawning of the 1990s, a diminutive young woman hailing from the French-Canadian province of Québec, Canada, released her first international English-language single, and within just a couple years, hers became the heartbeat heard around the world.
What the non-French-speaking world had yet to discover at the time is that Céline Dion had already rooted a heralded career in her native Canada, singing sweet love songs in French. But she and manager-cum-husband René Angélil, himself a popular singer in the nation during the 1960s, had big dreams to conquer the charts far beyond the scope of their homeland.
The rest of her story is well-entrenched in the world's music lore now, from Dion's consistent, methodical rise with platinum, multi-platinum, on up to 26-times platinum albums on Sony Records and her eventual domination of the charts, to countless awards across the continents, and, perhaps her crowning achievement to date, the Oscar-winning "My Heart Will Go On", which helped define the pop culture phenomenon of James Cameron's historic 1998 film, Titanic.
Truly, Dion became one of the premiere talents of the '90s and now, into the millenium, with every successive effort creatively and commercially topping the one before.
What has not been documented, until now in this book, is a comprehensive triptych of those achievements in each nation, including her hits, awards, sales, and the daily activities that the tireless Dion accomplished to bring her to such heights.
I met author Sylvain Beauregard several years ago, first through his award-winning Céline Dion Web site, the most comprehensive of its kind on the Internet, then on a sunny afternoon before a sold-out Celine Dion concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. Sylvain and I lunched and talked endlessly about our prized diva, inevitably ending up in a game of Céline trivia. For all that I knew about the artist's meteoric rise, I lost to Sylvain. Badly. Pride aside, no one is more qualified to do the job set forth in these pages than Mr. Beauregard.
Herein lies the most comprehensive text on the career of Céline Dion, a story told through shimmering statistics and quick-hit facts, making any narrative that might traditionally seem perfunctory far less effective at telling her amazing tale than the numbers themselves.
The sweeping compendium of facts you'll find here is much more than a trivia game for one of the world's most recognized singers. It is a definitive portrait of the real power of love.
Chuck Taylor Senior Editor Billboard March 2002