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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