Columbia Records Announces the Release of "Taking Chances," the Long-Awaited New Studio Album from Multi-Platinum Grammy-Winning Musical Artist Céline Dion



    
                 International Superstar's First Full-Length
                     Studio Album In Four Years Showcases
                     New Song & Production Collaborations
      With Linda Perry, Dave Stewart, Kara DioGuardi, Ne-Yo, Ben Moody,
           John Shanks, Anders Bagge, Kristian Lundin, Aldo Nova,
                       "Tricky" Stewart and Chris Neil

                       Céline Dion's "Taking Chances"
                       Available Tuesday, November 13
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Columbia Records will release Taking Chances,
the avidly-awaited new studio album from the multi-platinum-selling
Grammy-winning musical artist Céline Dion, on Tuesday, November 13.
    Taking Chances is the artist's debut album on Columbia Records and first
full-length new studio work since 2003's multi-platinum One Heart. The album
also marks Céline's first new recordings since 2004 when she released A New
Day: Live In Vegas, a document of her long-running record-breaking Las Vegas
extravaganza, and Miracle, the CD "soundtrack" for a book of photographs by
Anne Geddes celebrating babies and motherhood.
    As she completes an astounding sold-out five-year run - during which
she's sold more than three million tickets - of her Las Vegas show, "A New
Day," in December 2007, Céline Dion sets out in bold new creative directions
with Taking Chances, perhaps the most personal and revelatory collection of
songs and performances in her fabled career.
    Recorded mainly over a three-week period in July 2007 at Palm Studios in
Las Vegas, Taking Chances finds Céline collaborating with a group of today's
top songwriters and producers including Linda Perry (Pink, Gwen Stefani,
Christina Aguilera), the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, ex-Evanescence guitarist
Ben Moody, chart-topping R&B/pop songwriter Ne-Yo, John Shanks (Melissa
Etheridge, Kelly Clarkson), Kara DioGuardi (Pink, Kelly Clarkson, "One
Heart"), Kristian Lundin (Backstreet Boys, (*)NSYNC), Anders Bagge and Peer
Astrom (Bagge & Astrom: Take That, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Santana,
Madonna), Aldo Nova, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart (Rihanna, Usher) and Chris
Neil (Mike & the Mechanics).
    Though she'd fallen in love with one particular song, "That's Just The
Woman In Me " - written by guitarist Kimberley Rew (best-known for penning
"Walking On Sunshine" for his then-band Katrina & the Waves) - some 15 years
ago, it wasn't until she began work on her new album that she knew the song
perfectly suited this new phase of her artistic development.
    "I think this album represents a positive evolution in my career," said
Céline Dion. "As time goes by, and we have more experiences in life, it's
easier to get in touch with our innermost feelings...to know more about what
we really want, how we really feel. These days, I'm feeling strong...maybe a
little gutsier than in the past...and just as passionate about music and life
as I ever was."
    From her tour-de-force performances of "Taking Chances" (written by Kara
DioGuardi and Dave Stewart; produced by John Shanks) and Heart's "Alone" to
the driving rhythms of "Eyes On Me," Céline's new album showcases her deep and
powerful connection to the emotional core of her songs and her art.
    Having sold more than 180 million albums around the world, Céline Dion is
one of the most immediately recognized, widely respected and successful
performers in pop music history. In addition to numerous Canadian and
international gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications, Céline Dion
has seen six of her albums - Falling Into You, Let's Talk About Love, Céline
Dion, The Colour Of My Love, All The Way...A Decade Of Song and These Are
Special Times - achieve CRIA Diamond status in recognition of sales of more
than 1 million copies each in Canada alone. She has been awarded five Grammy
Awards including 1992's Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (for
"Beauty and the Beast"), 1996's Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album
(for Falling Into You) and 1998's Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal
Performance (for "My Heart Will Go On" (Love Theme from 'Titanic')). Both
"Beauty and the Beast" and "My Heart Will Go On" received Best Song Academy
Awards for their respective years of release.
    In 2004, after achieving then-total global sales of more than 175 million
albums, Céline Dion was presented with the World Music Award for the
Best-selling Female Pop Artist of All Time.





For further information:

For further information: Erica Silver, Sony BMG Music Canada, (416)
589-3050, erica.silver@sonybmg.com; www.celinedion.com,
www.columbiarecords.com

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