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About the Author

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

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    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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (April 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553692128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553692126
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,068,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cole232 on April 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have many problems with this book. I am indeed a fan of Celine Dion's, yet, I feel too many meaningless boring books have been written about her life. I am not a huge Dion fan yet I have read most of the English texts on her life.

I am not farmilar with who this author is and I do not understand why he goes on and on about his education, his affiliation with Dion, and the work he put into his self proclaimed "Best website ever on the singer". This indeed does not sell the book, it only builds up to what I have found to be a pointless factual boring book. This book is great if you are interested in chart performance and album sales.

If you are looking for a great read on Dion's life stick with the Authorized Biography or the book that Dion wrote herself, much more entertaining. This book is much hype and leaves the reader totally dissapointed and confused about why they purchased it. Please don't waste your money! I feel this book is a product of some type of twisted obsession and it's almost like this person thinks Dion owes him something because he simply created a website for her???? Did that make her the global superstar she is today?? I think not! Yet, he has used her name and image to further his own projects and has made money off Dion's name. This book is no better than the other trash that has been written about the singer. Please, don't waste your money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey on December 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Sylvain Beauregard is WIDELY known to die-hard (and average) Celine fans as having a very large ego, not shutting his mouth, and insulting every other Celine fan out there. Take the "Syl" off, and you have his real identity. I have never read this book, and I never will. Endorsing this man and his work is an insult to Celine herself. Sylvain says he has all these contacts with Celine, her staff, etc. but he has never met her, which I find very odd. If you REALLY want to know about Celine, read her AUTHORIZED biography and autobiography. If you really love and admire Celine, DO NOT humor this man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bella on February 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
I think I now know more about the person who wrote this book than I do about Celine. Buddy, no one cares!

According to Mr. Beauregard, Sony and the entire music media business would crumble and collapse without him. His "passion" for Celine goes far beyond being a fan and straight into obsession. I think it would serve Ms. Dion well to post a guard outside her door when this guy is around.

There is some interesting stuff in the book, but it's nothing that's not in any of the other books about Celine Dion.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on March 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is what you call "overkill." How many books need to be written on Celine? The only book you need to get on her is the official biography and maybe her autobiography. This book by Sylvain is a waste of money. He is widely known among the Celine Dion community on the Internet as an arrogant loud mouth who spreads rumors that turn out to not be true. I don't know how in the world he got this published. Trust me, if you want an accurate book on Celine buy one that is official.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CHERYL K SILVERSTEIN on March 19, 2013
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Unbelievable reference guide...anything and everything I might ask myself about Celine and her outstanding and uncomparable career! In my 54 years nothing has ever surpassed this collection of information! Well worth the time and a valuable addition to my library of Celine Dion!
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