Ce­line Dion is back with new songs and world tour

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE -

QUE­BEC CITY (AFP) — Af­ter liv­ing and croon­ing for years in Las Ve­gas, French-Cana­dian su­per­star Ce­line Dion has re­turned home to Que­bec to kick off her first world tour in a decade on Wed­nes­day.

At 51, the Grammy win­ner also re­cently an­nounced the re­lease of a new al­bum en­ti­tled “Courage,” which will be her 12th in English and is due out on Nov. 15.

The first sin­gle “Fly­ing On My Own,” fea­tur­ing her pow­er­ful vo­cals backed by techno beats, has al­ready re­ceived air­play, while three more dropped Wed­nes­day: “Courage,” “Ly­ing Down” and “Im­per­fec­tions.”

Known for her block­buster bal­lads, Dion said in April that she felt mo­ti­vated to cre­ate new mu­sic and hit the road af­ter the 2016 death of her hus­band and man­ager Rene An­gelil.

“When I lost Rene, he wanted me back on stage. He wanted to make sure I was still prac­tic­ing my pas­sion,” she said. “I wanted to prove to him that I’m fine, we’re fine, we’re go­ing to be OK. I’ve got this.”

So, af­ter more than 1,140 con­certs for 4.5 mil­lion fans over 16 years in Sin City, she bid adieu to the Colos­seum at Cae­sars Palace with a fi­nal two-hour show.

“Courage is ex­actly the way I feel,” she told pub­lic broad­caster CBC at the time, talk­ing up the up­com­ing tour of the same name.

“In the past three years, it has been dif­fi­cult for me to talk to my chil­dren, to raise them, to lose my hus­band, won­der­ing am I go­ing to sing again … so much has hap­pened, but at the same time I feel that I’m in con­trol of my life.”

Some 60 dates in North Amer­i­can have been con­firmed so far, her la­bel said, with two arena shows in Que­bec City on Wed­nes­day and Satur­day kick­ing off the tour, which will run through April 2020. Dates else­where in the world are still be­ing firmed up.

Dur­ing her Las Ve­gas res­i­dency, the diva went on a few short re­gional tours, mostly in Europe and Asia, but her last world­wide tour was in 2008-2009.

“Courage” marks the first al­bum and tour in Dion’s long ca­reer with­out An­gelil, who steered her suc­cess be­gin­ning in 1981 when he mort­gaged his house to fi­nance the young teen’s de­but al­bum.

The pair be­gan a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship in 1988 when she was only 19 years old, and mar­ried in a lav­ish cer­e­mony in 1994. An­gelil died of throat can­cer at age 73.

AFP-Yon­hap

Singer Ce­line Dion per­forms dur­ing her World Tour show called Courage at the Videotron Cen­tre in Que­bec City, Wed­nes­day.

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