A picture’s worth a thousand songs… Now this is a diva picola, if I’ve ever seen one! Go, girl!
From Robin Leach’s ever-fab Las Vegas Sun column:
It was Celine Dion’s own crazy idea for a stunt photograph, and it turned out to be a first. All four of the superstars performing at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace — Shania Twain, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Celine — agreed to a unique photo shoot that next week in People magazine.
“I don’t like to do things that are easy,” 46-year-old Canadian songbird Celine told the weekly celebrity publication. It was a coup to have all four pose for the photos. Celine was hauled 11 feet into the air to pose in the arms of the hotel’s replica of the Michelangelo masterpiece of the statue of David.
The original ideas for the shoot didn’t get Celine excited, and she came up with her own “dream” of winding up in David’s arms. The magazine photographers loved her idea and said, “Let’s do it.” Afterward, Celine told People’s Mark Gray: “I don’t know if anyone else went into David’s arms, but, if I am the first, I am very honored.” Turns out she was the first… *
Meanwhile, a wondrous collection of still shots from Celine & NeYo’s “Incredible” video (courtesy of Facebook’s Celine Dionn).
I’ll never understand why it took six months to release a music video for Celine Dion’s duet “Incredible” (with Neo) from album “Love Me Back To Life.” For god’s sake, word broke in January that the pair was filming the clip. And astonishly, even after it made its long-awaited debut on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” it’s still not on YouTube. Grrrrr!
In fact, at this point, it appears that all momentum has been sapped from the project… at least in the States. Shame, shame, shame on Sony. THIS should have been the second single, following the title track… instead of the tepid “Somebody Loves Somebody.”
The video itself is vaguely amusing, with waaaaay too much superfluous footage from secondary players. Aside from Celine and Neo giving it their all on an NYC rooftop, about the only intriguing footage is of a giraffe walking down city streets. Really? This is the best we got after six months?
I was truly hoping that this would be the track to restore Celine to the mainstream Top 40, with Neo’s assistance. It’s a mighty fine track and a should-be single. Fortunately, views on social media now count toward the Billboard Hot 100… so if Sony doesn’t have the gumption to make a proper push, maybe… just maybe… the public’s might will make a difference.
And yet here we are in 2014… as the latest, greatest non-talent Iggy Azalea rules the Hot 100 with the decidedly low-octane “Fancy.” Oh, mercy, what a world, what a world!
UPDATE… At last, posted publicly…
Oh, I know you’ve been aching & awaiting, cool cats. And here we are: The Taylor Top 10 for the first quarter of 2014… Enjoy, you hear?
5. Burning Gold—Christina Perri
6. The Mother We Share—Chvrches
7. (See You) In My Memory—Patrick Dwyer
8. Think Twice (demo version)—Celine Dion
9. Carry On—Lisa Stansfield
10. Raging Fire—Phillip Phillips
BONUS:Feel The Love—Kimberley Locke f/Cahill
Given the ghastly results of the 2014 Grammy Awards (one word: Lordes), it’s inspiring to see Canada get it right. The 2014 Juno Awards
nominees include four nods for Celine Dion—including the big guys, Album & Artist of the Year for “Loved Me Back To Life.”
In all, Celine garnered nods for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Fan Favorite and AC Album of the Year. Unfortunately, she was not
nominated in the Aboriginal Album of the Year
Leading the nominees are Arcade Fire (6), Serena Ryder (5), Michael Bublé (5), Drake (4), Celine (4), Hedley (4) and Tegan & Sara (4). The awards show will stream live via junoawards.ca, beginning at 7 p.m., with the show airing in Canada at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, March 30—which happens to be Celine’s birthday.
Meanwhile, “Incredible,” Celine’s phenomenal duet with Ne-Yo—chosen as the second single from LMBTL in North America and Italy—was nominated as “World’s Best Song” at the World Music Awards, and chosen by NBC as an official anthem of Sochi 2014 Winter games. Meanwhile, we are still awaiting the release of the music video, which was lensed two months ago. I must say, Sony has not only dropped the ball on this project, but lost it…
And of course, there’s Celine’s inclusion in the just-released “Muppets Most Wanted,” in which she duets with Miss Piggy. That looks awfully hilarious, indeed. *
Happy International Women’s Day, whatever the hell that is (deemed an annual celebration of the
economic, political and social achievements of women’s rights across the globe)… The U.K.’s OfficialCharts.com has shared the 40 best-selling singles from female singers—and Celine Dion is the only artist to have two songs among the top 10. Well-done, Brits!
The chart reveals that Cher’s “Believe” tops them all, selling 1.79 million copies and spending seven weeks at No. 1 in 1998. Next in line is Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” from 1992. Below the video are the top 10:
1. “Believe,” Cher (1998)
2. “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston (1992)
3. “…Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears (1999)
4. “My Heart Will Go On,” Celine Dion (1998)
5. “Someone Like You,” Adele (2011)
6. “The Power of Love,” Jennifer Rush (1985)
7. “Wannabe,” Spice Girls (1996)
8. “Think Twice,” Celine Dion (1994)
9. “We Found Love,” Rihanna f/Calvin Harris
10. “Never Ever,” All Saints (1997)
11. “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepson (2012)
12. “Hallelujah,” Alexandra Burke (2008)
13. “Price Tag,” Jessie J (2011)
14. “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” Kylie Minogue (2001)
15. “Saturday Night,” Whigfield (1994)
16. “Torn,” Natalie Imbruglia (1997)
17. “Poker Face,” Lady Gaga (2009)
18. “2 Become 1,” Spice Girls (1996)
19. “Only Girl In the World,” Rihanna (2010)
20. “I Feel Love,” Donna Summer (1977)
Over the past couple years, I’ve had the opportunity to write two bios for Canadian vocalist Roxanna, including several phoners. Not only is her heart as big as the sky, but her favorite
entertainers are Olivia Newton-John and Celine Dion. How could I resist such perfect taste?
Rox has just released single “Close Your Eyes,” the kind of cloud-bursting power ballad I live for. It takes all of one listen to recognize that this is a wholly hit-worthy song… and what mainstream radio is sorely lacking anymore. At least we’re past so much angry hip-hop, only to be supplanted by screechy generic dance beats. Sigh… Nice to know there are still lush, velvet-lined female vocals with messages of hope & inspiration.
And it’s right here! To absorb, embrace… and SEE. Wait until you have a look at Roxanna. Beautiful inside and out. Bravo!