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9 Cheerful Facts Revealed About Céline Dion

1. Céline Marie Claudette Dion, CC OQ ChLD is a Canadian singer, songwriter, businesswoman and occasional actress.

2. Dion first gained international recognition in the 1980s by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest where she represented Switzerland. Following a series of French albums in the early 1980s, she signed on to CBS Records Canada in 1986.

3. Her recordings are mainly in French and English, although she also sings in Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

4. In 1989, during a concert on the Incognito Tour, Dion injured her voice.

5. Two years after she learned English, Dion made her debut into the Anglophone market with Unison , the lead single having originally been recorded by Laura Branigan. The album was largely influenced by 1980s soft rock music that quickly found a niche within the adult contemporary radio format.

6. The latter became her first single to reach the top-ten on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number-four.

7. The album established Dion as a rising singer in the United States, and across Continental Europe and Asia. In 1991, Dion was a featured soloist in Voices That Care, a tribute to American troops fighting in Operation Desert Storm.

8. Owing to the success of the lead-off single and her collaborations with David Foster and Diane Warren, the album was even more well-received commercially than Unison.

9. Other singles that achieved moderate success included “If You Asked Me To” which peaked at number-four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the gospel-tinged “Love Can Move Mountains”, and “Nothing Broken but My Heart”.

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