D'eux

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D'eux
Studio album by Céline Dion
Released March 27, 1995 (1995-03-27)
(see release history)
Recorded November–December 1994, January 1995
Genre Pop
Length 47:16
Label Sony Music, Columbia
Producer Erick Benzi, Jean-Jacques Goldman
Céline Dion chronology
À l'Olympia
(1994)
D'eux
(1995)
Falling into You
(1996)
Singles from D'eux
  1. "Pour que tu m'aimes encore"
    Released: March 13, 1995
  2. "Je sais pas"
    Released: July 1995
  3. "Destin"
    Released: January 1996
  4. "Le ballet"
    Released: January 1996
  5. "J'irai où tu iras"
    Released: April 1996

D'eux (meaning Of Them or About Them or From Them) is an album by Canadian singer Céline Dion, released on March 27, 1995. It was renamed The French Album in the United States. It is Dion's 17th French-language album and 20th in total. D'eux is the best-selling French-language album of all time, with sales of 10 million copies worldwide. It is also the best-selling album of all time in France, with over 4.4 million copies sold.[1]

D'eux – 15th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD was released on November 18, 2009 in Finland,[2] on November 27, 2009 in France,[3] Switzerland,[4] Belgium, Germany,[5] and on December 1, 2009 in Canada.[6] In the United States and Japan it is available as an import.[7][8] Legacy Recordings issued it to celebrate the upcoming 15th anniversary of D'eux album.[9][10] (see the details) The digital version of D'eux – 15th Anniversary Edition contains audio tracks only, without the DVD content. It was released in most European countries on November 24, 2009 and in Canada on December 1, 2009.

Album information[edit]

The album was written and produced by popular French singer and songwriter Jean-Jacques Goldman. D'eux includes successful hit singles: "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" and "Je sais pas." A song called "Vole" was dedicated to Karine, Dion's niece who had died of cystic fibrosis. These three songs were recorded later in English as "If That's What It Takes," "I Don't Know" and "Fly" respectively, and included on Dion's next album Falling into You.

D'eux was promoted in April 1995 with one-hour TV special. Céline Dion did also the D'eux Tour to support the album. The show at Le Zénith in Paris was recorded and released as Live à Paris.

A promotional copy of the album was issued with alternate artwork in France. Differences included the way the text was presented on the cover and a different photo on the rear of Dion and Goldman with an overhead microphone. The catalog number of this very rare disc is SAMP2604.

D'eux and the leadoff single "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" won many awards, including Juno Awards, Félix Awards and Victoires de la Musique. Dion received also the Medal of Arts and Letters from France’s Minister of Culture recognizing her status as the Best Selling French-language Artist in History.

I only hope that the public will enjoy listening to this album as much as I enjoyed making it.

—Celine Dion, on her album D'eux[11]

Many songs from D'eux were featured on the 2005 greatest hits album On ne change pas. Dion's 2007 CD title D'elles refers to D'eux, being the specifically feminine version.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[12]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1/5 stars[13]

Allmusic said that the album "is a well-constructed and entertaining adult pop record" and that "on the whole, it sounds quite nice."[12]

Chart success[edit]

D'eux is the best-selling French-language album of all time, with sales of 10 million copies worldwide.[14][15] In France, D'eux was certified diamond[16] and after selling over 4,412,100 copies, it became the best-selling album ever in that country. It spent 44 consecutive weeks at the top of the French chart and 137 weeks on the chart in total, breaking sales records. When Dion's next album, Falling into You was released in 1996 it debuted at number 2 on the French chart, since the first slot was still being occupied by D'eux. Dion was also the most-played act on the French radio in 1995, as well as the best-selling recording artist.[17]

In Belgium Wallonia, no other album has spent as long as 37 weeks at number 1, nor 131 weeks on the entire chart, since D'eux.[18] In Switzerland, it topped the chart for five weeks, and in Belgium Flanders for 4 weeks. D'eux was certified 7x platinum in Canada,[19] 6x platinum in Belgium,[20] and 4x platinum in Switzerland.[21]

Although a French-language album, D'eux charted and was certified also in many non-French speaking countries such as the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number 7, setting a record for a French release. It has sold 250,000 copies there[22] and Dion became the first and only artist who achieved UK gold certification with a French-language recording.[23] Later, she repeated this success with S'il suffisait d'aimer. Even in the United States the album has sold 242,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[24]

D'eux was also certified platinum in the Netherlands,[25] Poland,[26] and gold in New Zealand.[27] Other top 10 positions in non-Francophone countries include: number 1 for two weeks in the Netherlands, number 2 in Portugal, number 5 in Denmark, and number 9 in Sweden. On the European Top 100 Albums, D'eux reached number 3 and was certified 8x platinum by the IFPI.[28][29]

D'eux – 15th Anniversary Edition[edit]

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of D'eux, Legacy Recordings released in November/December 2009 in Europe and Canada D'eux – 15th Anniversary Edition. It includes the CD with original album versions plus three demos out of personal archives of Jean-Jacques Goldman ("Pour que tu m'aimes encore," "Le ballet," "J'irai où tu iras") and two instrumental versions of "Vole" and "Pour que tu m'aimes encore." It also contains an opendisc access to unpublished photographs of the cover sessions and listen to an alternate version of "J'attendais" with different lyrics by Goldman.

The bonus DVD includes the Sonia Benezra's TV special Spécial Dimanche from 1995, distributed exclusively in Quebec, where Dion interprets "Je sais pas," "J'irai où tu iras" in duet with Goldman, "Les derniers seront les premiers," "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" and "Vole." In between the songs, there are interviews with Dion and Goldman. It also includes four music videos: "Pour que tu m'aimes encore," "Les derniers seront les premiers," "J'attendais" and "Je sais pas."

D'eux – 15th Anniversary Edition also includes a booklet of 40 pages in a double digipack. It includes two previously unpublished texts by Goldman, one of 1995 to launch the album, and the other he has done specially for D'eux – 15th Anniversary Edition. There are also unpublished photographs of the sessions for the cover, and reproduction of the text manuscript of Goldman's "Pour que tu m'aimes encore."[30][31][32][33]

The digital version of D'eux – 15th Anniversary Edition contains audio tracks only and was released in most European countries on November 24, 2009 and on December 1, 2009 in Canada.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Pour que tu m'aimes encore"   Jean-Jacques Goldman
4:15
2. "Le ballet"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
4:26
3. "Regarde-moi"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
3:57
4. "Je sais pas"  
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
4:34
5. "La mémoire d'Abraham"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
3:50
6. "Cherche encore"   Benzi
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
3:25
7. "Destin"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
4:15
8. "Les derniers seront les premiers"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
3:33
9. "J'irai où tu iras" (duet with Jean-Jacques Goldman) Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
3:27
10. "J'attendais"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
4:24
11. "Prière païenne"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
4:11
12. "Vole"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
2:58

Charts and certifications[edit]

1 The chart is available only since January 1997.
2 Most certifications are under old criteria, with higher certifications levels than the current ones.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
BE FR
[52]
NL
[53]
QC
[54]
SWI
[55]
UK
[56]
FL
[57]
WA
[58]
1995 "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" 2 1 1 3 1 17 7
"Je sais pas" 39 1 1 46 1
1996 "Destin" A 3
"Le ballet" A
"J'irai où tu iras" A 14

A Radio single only.

Personnel[edit]

  • Beckie Bell – Choir, Chorus
  • Eric Benzi – Arranger, Programming
  • Sylvain Beuf – Saxophone
  • Chistopher Deschamps – Drums
  • Arnaud Dunoyer de Segonzac – Piano
  • Celine Dion – Vocals
  • Carole Fredericks – Choir, Chorus
  • Claude Gassian – Photography
  • Humberto Gatica – Mixing
  • Jean-Jacques Goldman – Arranger
  • Emmanuel Goulet – Assistant Engineer
  • Yannick Hardouin – Bass
  • Neil Jason – Bass
  • Yvone Jones – Choir, Chorus
  • Denis Leloup – Trombone
  • Basil Leroux – Guitar
  • Vito Luprano – Executive Producer
  • Christian Martinez – Trumpet
  • Christophe Negre – Saxophone
  • Frédéric Perrinet – Assistant Engineer
  • Roland Romanelli – Piano
  • Antoine Russo – Trumpet
  • Patrice Tison – Guitar
  • Brian Vibberts – Assistant Engineer

Awards[edit]

Year Award show Award
1995 Félix Awards Pop/Rock Album of the Year – D'eux
1995 Félix Awards Most Popular Song of the Year – "Pour que tu m'aimes encore"
1995 Félix Awards Quebec Artist Achieving the Most Success Outside the Province of Quebec
1996 World Music Awards World’s Best Selling Canadian Recording Artist of the Year
1996 MIDEM Awards Award for Sales of Over 4 Million Units Worldwide for the Album – D'eux
1996 Juno Awards Best Selling Francophone Album of the Year – D'eux
1996 Juno Awards Best Selling Album of the Year – D'eux
1996 Félix Awards Best Selling Album of the Year – D'eux
1996 Félix Awards Female Artist of the Year
1996 Félix Awards Performance of the Year
1996 Félix Awards Quebec Artist Achieving the Most Success Outside the Province of Quebec
1996 Félix Awards Quebec Artist Achieving the Most Success in Any Language Other Than French
1996 Victoires de la Musique Best Francophone Artist
1996 Victoires de la Musique Best Song of the Year – "Pour que tu m'aimes encore"
1996 Trophée Radio France Internationale Conseil Francophone de la Chanson – "Pour que tu m'aimes encore"
1996 Medal of Arts and Letters From France’s Minister of Culture Recognizing Céline Dion's Status as the Best Selling French-language Artist in History

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
France March 27, 1995 Sony Music, Columbia CD, LP, cassette 4802862
Canada March 28, 1995 80219
United States May 16, 1995 Epic 67107
United Kingdom October 2, 1995 Sony Music, Epic 4802862
Japan October 2, 1996 Sony Music Japan, Epic ESCA-6541
Europe November 18, 2009 Sony Music, Legacy CD/DVD 88697559222
Canada December 1, 2009

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