Celine Dion is a total queen all on her own and doesn’t need help from anyone, but I suppose when your label is wanting a hit, they’ll go for even the most bizarre ideas. Recently, Celine teamed up with Ne-Yo for a duet on a song called ‘Incredible’ because that apparently seemed like a good thing. I’m not a Ne-Yo fan, but he has made some hits so I’m not 100% against him. I just think Celine doesn’t need to be teamed up with anyone to be amazing.
I feel like we’re at that place now where I can be honest about the fact that I went through a several year obsession with Celine Dion during my adolescence. When I say “obsession”, I mean that I actually learned French (and still speak it to this day) in order to understand her French music and TV appearances. I even had her records she released as a teenager back in Quebec. It was a pretty intense time in my life, as you can tell.
I don’t really listen to her anymore – and haven’t since Let’s Talk About Love back in ’97 (though her 1998 French album, S’il Suffisait D’Aimer was a killer, too), but I still love Celine on principal because she’s really fucking talented, seems like a sweetie and a true diva… and totally nutso in the best way possible.
In any case, her newest single is a song called ‘Loved Me Back to Life’ and was written by Sia. If you’re thinking, “Who the hell is Sia?” then you haven’t listened to pop music in the past three or four years, because she’s all over it. Remember ‘Titanium’ with David Guetta? ‘Wild Ones’ with Flo Rida? Rihanna‘s ‘Diamonds’? She wrote the lyrics and melody for that! She’s basically everywhere, so of course Celine wants to work with her more.
Here’s what she has to say in a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the song:
“Sia, thank you so much for your talent. It’s extraordinary. [The song is] so powerful and touching. I hope you write me more – that’s my wish for myself.”
Well, considering Sia probably made serious bank writing for one of the biggest female stars on the planet, I don’t think she’d have a problem with that.
Hey, ladies with accented letters in their name have to stick together, eh? (That’s a Canadian tip of that hat for you, Céline!) Apparently Beyoncé got advice on how to interact with Blue Ivy from none other than the Quebecoise queen who was the reason I started teaching myself French when I was 12 and whose albums (up until Let’s Talk About Love, that is – I’m a purist) I still have in my iTunes WITHOUT SHAME.
Appearing on ITV’s Daybreak – which I used to watch every morning while writing these very stories for you all when I was back home in the UK - Bey opened up again about motherhood, yada yada (via Digital Spy):
“I have a mommy voice. I keep my Beyoncé voice for the stage and I have my simple mommy voice,” she told ITV’s Daybreak. “I remember hearing a story about Celine Dion and she was like, ‘When I sing my… son cried’. And that’s so interesting.
“She has the most beautiful voice in the world and she’s like, ‘He hates it’. So I say, well, maybe I’ll just give a little simple nursery rhyme voice to my daughter.”
Beyoncé also admitted that she often feels under “a lot of pressure” in her career, but enjoys being a public figure that women can look up to.
“I can handle it, at least most of the time,” she said. “There’s a lot of people look up to me and I do respect that. Especially women. I feel we need each other so much and we need to know how powerful we are. So that’s really my message. Take care of your business, have your dreams, have your goals and know that it is possible, be the leader, be the president.”
Man, Beyoncé really loves encouraging women towards the presidency, doesn’t she? Which, you know, fair enough. Clinton 2016, etc. I respect Beyoncé cos she does her thing, but looking up to her is a stretch. I did, however, look up to Céline Dion as a pre-teen with aspirations of stardom. I mean, how could you not?
“I love literally everything about her. I love her extreme talent. I love her writing. Her songs come from the soul. She’s incredibly beautiful. I think it’s very refreshing to see, and don’t get me wrong when I say this, somebody who is not looking extremely anorexic. I know for a fact, as much as you do, that the music industry makes kids get sick. So we’re not going to go further on that, but you know what I mean. She is going to help us, she’s going to help the world. It’s going to be bad when I meet her. I’m going to give her the biggest hug. I’m not kidding.”
I’ve never really liked Celine Dion, not because of anything she’s done to me personally, but because I’m just not all that invested in her. She has a lovely voice, obviously, and “My Heart Will Go On” was one of the songs I used to sing at my bus stop in middle school when I thought no one could hear me (they could, young Emily, they could), but … eh. She gets a big ol’ gold star for this one though. “She’s going to help us, she’s going to help the world.” I actually teared up a little bit at that.
And just because our dear Adele hasn’t been doing much out and about, what with her growing a baby and all, let’s just take a quick moment to remind ourselves why she’s the best:
What a remarkable way to start the morning, right?
The nerve of some people, right? When you leave your house in Canada and jet off to your house in Florida, all the while leaving your house keys in your unlocked car outside the Canada house, it’s like, who expects something like this to happen? Especially when you’re as famous as Celine Dion. What ever happened to a little thing called respect?
Well, apparently, it’s dead, because while Celine and her husband, Rene, were down in Florida, some guy just invited himself inside their home, courtesy of the keys in the unlocked car, natch. While he was inside, he went ahead and nibbled on some pastries and, just after he started to run himself a nice bath, he was arrested:
Laval police spokesman Franco Di Genova said the suspect was getting ready to take a nice hot bath when police arrived with a canine unit.
“He opened the water faucets, was pouring a nice warmish bath (and) he even managed to eat some pastry that was in the fridge,” Di Genova said.
Di Genova said police worked their way through the house, starting with the basement and finally confronted the man on the main floor.
“The suspect was coming down the big staircase and was asking: ‘Hey, guys what are you doing here?’” Di Genova said.
“So the officers replied: ‘What are you doing here?’ and they proceeded to put him under arrest.”