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Upon her debut, many critics had welcomed her restrained vocal inflections, and she was praised for her technical virtuosity and intensity. As Charles Alexander of Time writes, "Her voice glides effortlessly from deep whispers to dead-on high notes, a sweet siren that combines force with grace." As her music progressed, however, Dion's vocal performances came to resemble more closely those of her contemporaries, especially Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and she was heavily criticized for oversinging and for lacking the emotional intensity that once was a part of her earlier work. One critic noted that the emotion "seems to have been trained right out of her lovely voice", leaving her with "more voice than heart".

Many critics have stated that Dion's involvement in the production aspect of her music is fundamentally lacking, which results in her work being overproduced and impersonal. Additionally, while she came from a family in which all of her siblings were musicians, she never learned to play any instruments professionally. However, she did help to compose many of her earlier French songs, and had always tried to involve herself with the production and recording of her albums. On her first English album, which she recorded before she had a firm command of the English language, she expressed disapproval of the record, which could have been avoided if she had assumed more creative input. By the time she released her second English album Celine Dion, she had assumed more control of the production and recording process, hoping to dispel earlier criticisms. She stated, "On the second album I said, 'Well, I have the choice to be afraid one more time and not be 100% happy, or not be afraid and be part of this album.' This is my album." She would continue to involve herself in the production of subsequent releases, helping to write a few of her songs on Let's Talk About Love (1997) and These Are Special Times (1998).

Dion is often the subject of media ridicule and parody, and is frequently impersonated on shows like MADtv, Saturday Night Live, South ParkRoyal Canadian Air Farce and This Hour Has 22 Minutes for her strong accent and on-stage movements. However, Dion has stated that she is unaffected by the comments, and is is flattered that people take the time to impersonate her. She even invited Ana Gasteyer, who parodied her on SNL, to appear on stage during one of her performances. While she is rarely politically outspoken, in 2005 following the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Dion appeared on Larry King Live and tearfully criticized the U.S. government's slow response in aiding the victims of the hurricane: "There's people still there waiting to be rescued. To me that is not acceptable...How can it be so easy to send planes in another country to kill everybody in a second and destroy lives. We need to serve our country." After she interview, she stated, "When I do interviews with Larry King or the big TV shows like that, they put you on the spot, which is very difficult. I do have an opinion, but I'm a singer. I'm not a politician."

Other activities

Dion became an entrepreneur with the establishment of her franchise restaurant "Nickels" in 1990. She has since divested her interests in the chain and is no longer affiliated with Nickels as of 1997. She also has a range of eyewear and a line of perfume, manufactured by Coty, Inc. In October 2004, Canada's national air carrier Air Canada hired Dion as part of the new promotional campaign as the airline unveiled new in-flight service products and new aircraft livery. "You and I", the theme song sung by Dion, was written by advertising executives working for Air Canada. Celine Dion signed a deal with Coty to release Celine Dion Parfums. Dion is preparing to release her fifth fragrance, "Sensational", in the spring. Recently Coty and Celinedion.com released a statement for the premier of the new fragrance which stated "As one of the industry's very first celebrity-endorsed fragrances, Celine Dion has played a major role in establishing the now popular celebrity segment of the fragrance industry" stated by Bernd Beetz, CEO Coty, Inc." Since its creation in 2002, Celine Dion Fragrances have made over $500 million in retail sales.

Dion has actively supported many charity organizations worldwide. She has promoted the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF) since 1982 and became the foundation's National Celebrity Patron in 1993. She has an emotional attachment to the foundation; her niece Karine succumbed to the disease at the age of sixteen. In 2003, Dion joined a number of other celebrities, athletes and politicians, including Josh Groban and Yolanda Adams, to support "World Children's Day", a global fundraising effort sponsored by McDonald's. The effort raised money from more than 100 countries and benefited many orphanages and children's health organizations. Dion has also been a major supporter of the T.J. Martell Foundation, the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, and many health and education campaigns. She also donated $1 million to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and held a fund-raising event for the victims of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, raising more than $1 million. After the earthquake in Sichuan Province, China in May 2008, Celine Dion donated $100,000 to China Children & Teenagers' Fund and sent a letter to show her consolation and support.

In 2007, Celine was ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 5th richest woman in entertainment with an estimated net worth of US$250 million. She also received France's highest award, the Lgion d'honneur, in May 2008. In August 2008, she received an honorary doctorate in music from the Universit Laval in Quebec City.

Selected discography

English-language studio albums

  • 1990: Unison

  • 1992: Celine Dion

  • 1993: The Colour of My Love

  • 1996: Falling into You

  • 1997: Let's Talk About Love

  • 1998: These Are Special Times

  • 2002: A New Day Has Come

  • 2003: One Heart

  • 2004: Miracle

  • 2007: Taking Chances

French-language studio albums

  • 1981: La voix du bon Dieu

  • 1981: Cline Dion chante Nol

  • 1982: Tellement j'ai d'amour...

  • 1983: Les chemins de ma maison

  • 1983: Chants et contes de Nol

  • 1984: Mlanie

  • 1985: C'est pour toi

  • 1987: Incognito

  • 1991: Dion chante Plamondon

  • 1995: D'eux

  • 1998: S'il suffisait d'aimer

  • 2003: 1 fille & 4 types

  • 2007: D'elles

Singles

Year

Single

Peak positions

CAN

U.S.

UK

FRA

1990

"Where Does My Heart Beat Now"

6

4

72

20

1992

"If You Asked Me To"

3

4

57

"Beauty and the Beast" (duet with Peabo Bryson)

2

9

9

1993

"The Power of Love"

1

1

4

3

"Un garon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)"

2

1994

"Think Twice"

14

95

1

1995

"Pour que tu m'aimes encore"

7

1

"Je sais pas"

1

"Because You Loved Me"

1

1

5

19

1996

"It's All Coming Back to Me Now"

2

2

3

13

"All by Myself"

4

6

5

1997

"Tell Him" (duet with Barbra Streisand)

12

3

4

1998

"The Reason"

11

1

"My Heart Will Go On"

14

1

1

1

"Immortality"(duet with the Bee Gees)

5

15

"I'm Your Angel" (duet with R. Kelly)

37

1

3

97

"S'il suffisait d'aimer"

4

2000

"I Want You to Need Me"

1

2001

"Sous le vent" (duet with Garou)

14

1

2002

"A New Day Has Come"

2

22

7

23

2003

"I Drove All Night"

1

45

27

22

"Tout l'or des hommes"

2

3

2005

"Je ne vous oublie pas"

2

2007

"Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-l)"

1

Number of number-one singles

4

4

2

6

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