Looking Back: The Illustrious Career of Celine Dion

Near, far, wherever you are, you know the voice of Celine Dion.

The Canadian superstar has sold nearly 250 million albums in a career spanning more than 35 years. Dion moved a boatload of those albums—roughly 50 million—in 1997 and ‘98, when her song “My Heart Will Go On” had fans of the blockbuster film Titanic leaving theaters singing, “Near, far, wherever you are…” in between sobs. The chart-topping mega-ballad appeared on the Titanic soundtrack and Dion’s own Let’s Talk About Love, pushing those albums to No. 1 and 2 on Billboard’s 1998 year-end chart, respectively.

The eternally elegant vocal powerhouse had notched plenty of hits before that, both in America and the French-speaking world, where she’d been a star since her teens. And with a 2017 European summer tour in the works—plus her Las Vegas residency still going strong—Dion shows no signs of slowing down.

Although it’s been 15 years since Dion’s last Top 40 hit, the singer’s legacy is unsinkable. Of the 17 albums she’s landed on the Billboard 200, 12 have reached the Top 10 and four have gone all the way to No. 1. She also reigns supreme as the Queen of Adult Contemporary, having topped that chart with 11 singles—more than any other female artist. In 2017, Dion took time out of her busy Vegas schedule to serve as an advisor to Gwen Stefani on The Voice. There’s really no one better you could have in your corner.

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