CSPC: Celine Dion Popularity Analysis

Celine Dion_credit Daniela Federici

Within’ a few weeks Celine Dion will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of her debut album. So deep into a career, the norm is to exploit the existing catalog. The Quebec superstar is still building it yet, as her recent Encore Un Soir French album is destroying the competition.

Many things happened in-between. The Eurovision Song Contest, the Soundtrack of Titanic movie, record breaking sellers in French speaking countries, child’s, worldwide smashes during the 90s, giant tours, unmatched Las Vegas residencies, Christmas records, Japanese mania and, more recently, the sad passing of her long-time manager and husband, René Angelil. The point that never changed is that she never stopped moving records.

If her life has been very rich, the specificity of Celine Dion catalog is the fact it contains three rather than one discography. Two of them are easily identifiable, being her English-albums list since Unison in 1990 and her adult French-albums starting by Dion Chante Plamandon in 1991. The third one is made of her earlier material issued from 1981 to 1987, mostly released in Quebec. That discography which features albums like La Voix Du Bon Dieu and Tellement J’Ai D’Amour has been extensively repackaged after the singer made it big. As the originals have been out of print for very long and never released in many countries, I’m going to encapsulate all those records and relative compilations into a single album, Early Material Album. Her remaining albums will be treated the same way as for other artists.

As a reminder for users who are not yet familiar with the CSPC idea you do not need to worry, it is quite simple since it only consists in merging every format sales an artist has been getting and attributing them to respective studio albums. We will start by focusing on raw data, setting how much each Celine Dion album sold. Then, we will check sales of each track from those albums on each format – physical, digital and streaming – and weight them to value those figures on a par with album sales. To complete the study, we will analyze sales of all remaining LPs she released, compilations, live albums and music videos. Once all the raw data is set, we will only need to apply appropriate weighting to get the overall picture of the cult diva career results.

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Fluffers

Her early french catalogue doing 3.5M seems rather excessive and I cant find these numbers being broken down until the final chart. Where do they come from?

Nicholashurry

How many copies have been sold in UK as of 2016?

francis

It’s been around 5 years since Celine Dion has been updated. Encore Un Soir sales needs an update and she has a new album out already in 2019.

Nicholashurry

They seem never care about Celine’s numbers.

Martin

Let’s face it, she neither streams or sells fantastically well and hasn’t for many, many years now. So, why would we specifically concentrate on and update an artist that in all likelihood, has not really added a great amount to her 2016 total. On top of that, there are many other artists who have also not been updated since 2016, such as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, U2, Fleetwood Mac, Bon Jovi, ABBA etc and many from subsequent years, that have added more to their totals, in a shorter space of time. We get you are fans and mainly care… Read more »

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francis

You sound rude. I am just asking kindly. Encore Un Soir has sold more than 800k now and has released a new English studio album in 2019 that sold 500k in less than two months. It may be little to you, but a pretty update would make us happy.

Martin

I’d say blunt and honest, rather than rude and given that it was suggested that we do not (specifically) care about Celine Dions numbers, can you blame me?

No consideration was given to the fact that numerous artists (from 2016) have not been updated either, yet somehow it’s just Celines numbers we do not care about!

pat200

I agree with Martin. Celine is my favorite artist ever but she barely added what, 4 million tops since 2016? I would rather see new legends being studied, new big artists being studied or older artists that are streaming like hotcakes studied.

Martin

Thank you Pat. It just grates on us, that some fans have this perception that we are anti their favourite artist and call us out as such, just because their favourite has not been updated, since their original analysis. They fail to appreciate or more likely care (unlike yourself), that other acts, who have potentially added more to their totals, have also not been updated. Perversely, it almost always seems to be fans of female acts, that level these accusations at us. On top of all that, as MJD has stated many times, it is an extremely arduous process, that… Read more »

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Thomas Christiansen

My favorite Celine Dion song was always “Think Twice”. As a European it baffles me that it flopped in many other parts of the world. As a UK #1 it barely made it to the Billboard Hot 100. Obviously it was included on the European version of “All the Way a Decade of Songs”, but not the US (and most other) versions. Today, on Spotify the song is NOT included on that album (not in my region anyway) – I suppose that could hurt it’s streaming results a bit. Then again neither is “All By Myself”, and that one’s doing… Read more »

Jake

She has very few global hit, but many songs that were hits on different continents.

Her only global hits are the Titanic song, All by Myself, Its coming back to me now and Because you loved me.

Nicholashurry

the power of love/tell him/Im ur angel/Beauty and the beast/That’s the way it is/Im alive

Jason

The power of love wasn’t a hit in Europe for her. It peaked at 25. The original one was a big hit instead.

Jazz

She had many global hits. She is an adult contemporary singer and her fans tends to purchase albums rather than singles. Which is why her singles charts were somewhat poor. The Power of Love was a big hit and that song was the reason why the album sold like hot cakes in Europe. Somebody like Backstreet Boys or Britney Spears might have far better singles chart runs in Europe compared to her, doesnt mean they are in anyway “much” bigger than her in that region. Honestly you cant sell that many albums globally without having multiple hit singles. Whose gonna… Read more »

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Martin

Acts such as Led Zeppelin, Metallica, AC/DC, Pink Floyd etc, clearly prove that hit singles, let alone multiple hit singles, are not a prerequisite for huge album sales.

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Analord

“The Power of Love was a big hit and that song was the reason why the album sold like hot cakes in Europe.”

Think Twice was a much bigger hit than The Power Of Love in Europe, especially in the UK.

I’m not sure what “global hit” means but songs like That’s The Way It Is or I’m Your Angel were major hits in the US and in Europe so they probably qualify as “global hits”…

francis

I think it’s time we get Celines page updated already. EUS should be higher and Courage sales as well.

Nick

Is there something up with Celine’s page on youtube charts? It’s saying in the past 28 days, My Heart will Go On is her number one video with 26.6 million views. But when you click on the link, the video only has 2.2 million views.
https://charts.youtube.com/artist/%2Fm%2F01cwhp

francis

MJD, it’s been 4 years since this page was updated. Can we get a Céline Dion page updated some time soon? 😊

pats200

MJD i have a small question: the youtube streaming numbers for a particular song are only from the youtube link found on that artist’s vevo account or does it add all the songs (or as many as possible) on youtube for this song (coming from multiple fan accounts for example)

Nightporter

“Given respective markets, 4,21 million in France equals to some 34 million units in the US, more than what Michael Jackson‘s Thriller did.” Hmmm… France’s population is about 1/5 of the US population, so 4 million in France would be more like 20 million in the US. And if by “markets” you’re referring to total album sales in the US vs. France, well that just means music is more popular in the US than in France. As for Celine, I wonder where she would rank in the list of most successful artists ever in France ? Johnny Hallyday is clearly… Read more »

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