Falling into You
|Falling into You|
|Studio album by Céline Dion|
|Released||March 8, 1996
(see release history)
|Genre||Pop, adult contemporary|
|Producer||Babyface, Roy Bittan, Jeff Bova, David Foster, Humberto Gatica, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Rick Hahn, Dan Hill, John Jones, Rick Nowels, Aldo Nova, Steven Rinkoff, Billy Steinberg, Jim Steinman, Ric Wake|
|Céline Dion chronology|
|Singles from Falling into You|
Although the album received a mixed critical reception, Falling Into You won two Grammy Awards, for Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year in 1997, and become one of the best-selling albums in history, with sales of over 32 million copies worldwide. It was listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers in their Definitive 200 Albums of All Time as the 97th most influential and popular album in history. In 2013, CBC Music ranked Falling into you 33rd on their list of the 100 greatest Canadian albums ever.
Let's Talk About Love / Falling into You / A New Day Has Come 3-CD set was released in October 2007. Later, it was repacked and released in a reusable gift box on September 29, 2009, titled The Collection. Also on October 2, 2009 Let's Talk About Love / A New Day Has Come 2-CD set was released.
Development and music
Falling into You presented Dion at the height of her popularity, and showed a further progression of her music. In an attempt to reach a wider audience, the album combined many elements: ornate orchestral frills and African chanting, and instruments like the violin, Spanish guitar, trombone, the cavaquinho, saxophone and supreme string arrangements by Paul Buckmaster created a new sound. The singles encompassed a variety of musical styles: the title track and "River Deep, Mountain High" (a Tina Turner cover) made prominent use of percussion instruments; "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (a remake of Jim Steinman's song) and a remake of Eric Carmen's "All by Myself" kept their soft-rock atmosphere, but were combined with the classical sound of the piano; and the ballad, "Because You Loved Me", written by Diane Warren, served as the theme to the 1996 film Up Close & Personal. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1996, as well as four Grammy Awards. Céline Dion performed at both ceremonies. The album also included Marie Claire D'ubaldo's "Falling into You" and, on certain editions, Carole King's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."
Dion's status on the world stage was further solidified when she was asked to perform "The Power of the Dream" at the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. She sang in front of more than 100,000 people around her, in addition to over three and a half billion of TV viewers from their homes. Céline Dion gave away the money she received for the occasion with a little extra to the Canadian team, to support Canadian athletes. The song was included on some limited editions of Falling into You in Asia and Australia. In the United States, the song was included as the B-Side to the single "It's All Coming Back to Me Now." The song was included on Dion's 2000 compilation album The Collector's Series, Volume One, and the greatest hits album My Love: Essential Collection in 2008.
Dion went on the Falling into You Tour to support the album.
In February 1996, Céline Dion announced the launch of her Falling into You Tour in support of a new album. Dion and her band toured Australia, Canada, United States, and many countries in Europe and Asia. In all, the tour lasted more than a year, with 149 shows in 17 different countries.
The sold out tour began on March 18, 1996 in Perth, Australia and continued to major cities around the world. It ended on June 26, 1997 in Zürich, Switzerland. In June 1997, Céline Dion toured the biggest stadiums in Europe and sang before huge crowds ranging from 35,000 to 70,000 people.
In 1995, Dion released "To Love You More" in Japan, where it reached number one, selling over one million copies. As a result, she became the first non-Japanese artist in twelve years to garner a number-one hit on the Oricon Singles Chart. Released in 1996, Falling into You featured the US chart topping single "Because You Loved Me". Other successful singles from the album included "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" and "All by Myself", which both reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside of North America and Asia, the title track was released as the first single, before "Because You Loved Me." Four other singles were released from the album.
|Los Angeles Times|||
|The New York Times||unfavorable|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Elysa Gardner of the Los Angeles Times gave the album two out of four stars and commented that Dion "often falls back on her characteristic platform of polite, predictable schmaltz." Stephen Holden of The New York Times criticized the album's "melodrama" and "formulaic romantic bombast". Dan Leroy of Yahoo! Music found that "the results weren't much different than usual."
Although he panned "Declaration of Love" and the cover of Eric Carmen's "All by Myself", Chuck Eddy of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B rating and found "something compellingly eccentric about even the mushiest ballads". Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars, writing, "Although the album is formulaic, it's a well-executed, stylish, and catchy formula, accentuating her natural vocal charm [...] Though there are a couple of weak tracks, Falling into You is a remarkably well-crafted set of adult contemporary pop and Dion's best album."
Falling into You was extremely successful worldwide, and still remains one of the best-selling albums in history, with more than 32 million copies sold worldwide.
In the United States, the album debuted at number two with 193,000 copies sold in its first week. It reached the number one position in its 28th week, selling 132,000 copies. The following week the album sold 130,500 copies, staying at number one. In its 31st week, it climbed back to the top with 136,000 copies sold. With this, the album spent three nonconsecutive weeks at the top. Due to its incredible staying power on the chart, it was the third best-selling album of 1996 and 1997, per Billboard's year end charts. It was certified Diamond, and later 11× Platinum by the RIAA, for shipping 11 million copies in the U.S. Falling into You has sold 11,778,000 copies.[A]
In Europe, Falling into You topped the European Top 100 Albums chart and after selling nine million copies, it was certified 9× Platinum by the IFPI. Only three other albums have matched the figure with nine platinum awards, including Dion's Let's Talk About Love, The Beatles' 1 and Adele's 21..
In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number one, and after shipping 2.1 million copies it was certified 7× Platinum. In Germany the album sold 1.25 million copies and was certified 5× Gold. Though it just debuted at number twenty-four, it stayed on the chart for eighty-nine weeks, becoming the longest-running album on the German Albums Chart in her entire career.
The album also sold more than one million copies in Canada, France, Japan and Australia, where Dion became one of only six acts to achieved this feat. Falling into You was awarded Diamond status in Canada and France, million in Japan, and 12× Platinum in Australia. In France, Falling into You was the second best-selling album of 1996, with D'eux being fourth and Live à Paris being tenth. This made Dion the only artist in French history to have three albums hit number one and to have three top ten albums listed on its year-end chart.
Falling into You won three Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, as well as various awards all over the world. On April 17, 1997 in Monaco, Dion was the big winning star of the World Music Awards ceremony. She won 3 awards: Best-selling Canadian female singer, Best-selling artist (all categories altogether) and Best-selling Pop artist. They announced sales of 25 million for 1996, which was the second year in a row Céline sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. During the ceremony, she sang "Call the Man" with a 30-voice gospel choir.
|1996||BAMBI Awards||Top International Pop Star of the Year|
|1996||VH1 Awards||Artist of the Year|
|1997||Grammy Awards||Album of the Year – Falling into You|
|1997||Grammy Awards||Best Pop Vocal Album – Falling into You|
|1997||Grammy Awards||Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (to Diane Warren) – "Because You Loved Me"|
|1997||World Music Awards||World's Best Selling Pop Artist of the Year|
|1997||World Music Awards||World's Overall Best Selling Recording Artist of the Year|
|1997||World Music Awards||World’s Best Selling Canadian Recording Artist of the Year|
|1997||Juno Awards||Female Vocalist of the Year|
|1997||Juno Awards||Best Selling Album (Foreign or Domestic) – Falling into You|
|1997||Juno Awards||International Achievement Award|
|1997||Félix Awards||Female Vocalist of the Year|
|1997||Félix Awards||Most Successful Québécois Artist Outside Quebec|
|1997||Félix Awards||Most Successful Québécois Artist in a Language Other Than French|
|1997||NARM Awards||1996/1997 Best Seller Award for Artist of the Year|
|1997||NARM Awards||1996/1997 Best Seller Award for Recording of the Year – Falling into You|
|1997||NARM Awards||1996/1997 Best Seller Award for Pop Recording – Falling into You|
|1997||IRMA Awards||Best International Female Artist Album – Falling into You|
|1997||Malta Music Awards||Best Selling Female International Artist|
|1998||South African Music Awards||Best Selling International Album – Falling into You|
|1997||International Achievement in Arts Awards||Entertainer of the Year for Distinguished Achievement in Music|
|1997||Greek Pop Corn Music Award||Best International Album of the Year – Falling into You|
|1997||Greek Pop Corn Music Award||Best International Female Singer of the Year|
|1997||Coca-Cola Full Blast Music Awards||Most Popular International Artist of 1996|
|1997||FM Select Diamond Awards||Top Female International Artist|
|1997||AMIGO Awards||Best International Female Artist|
|1997||National TV2 Awards (Denmark)||Best International Female Artist|
|1998||BMI Pop Awards||Song of the Year – "It's All Coming Back to Me Now"|
Céline Dion was also nominated for one Academy Award:
- Best Original Song (to Diane Warren) – "Because You Loved Me" (1997)
Céline Dion was also nominated for three more Grammy Awards:
- Record of the Year – "Because You Loved Me" (1997)
- Best Female Pop Vocal Performance – "Because You Loved Me" (1997)
- Song of the Year (to Diane Warren) – "Because You Loved Me" (1997)
Céline Dion was also nominated for two American Music Awards:
- Favorite Female Artist Rock/Pop (1997)
- Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist (1997)
|Asian bonus tracks (inserted into the track list)|
|8.||"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"||Jerry Wexler, Gerry Goffin, Carole King||3:40|
|16.||"To Love You More"||David Foster, Junior Miles||5:28|
|European and Australian bonus tracks (inserted into the track list)|
|8.||"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"||Wexler, Goffin, King||3:40|
|Canadian bonus track (inserted into the track list)|
|Japanese bonus tracks (inserted into the track list)|
|8.||"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"||Wexler, Goffin, King||3:40|
|17.||"To Love You More"||Foster, Miles||5:28|
|Spanish and Latin American bonus tracks (inserted into the track list)|
|8.||"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"||Wexler, Goffin, King||3:40|
|16.||"Sola Otra Vez"||Carmen, Rachmaninoff, Manny Benito||5:12|
|Asian limited edition bonus CD|
|1.||"The Power of the Dream"||Foster, Kenneth Edmonds, Linda Thompson||4:31|
|3.||"It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (Classic Paradise mix)||Steinman||8:15|
|4.||"The Power of Love" (live)||Candy DeRouge, Gunther Mende, Mary Susan Applegate, Jennifer Rush||4:45|
|5.||"River Deep, Mountain High" (live)||Spector, Barry, Greenwich||3:29|
|First Australian limited edition bonus CD|
|1.||"Because You Loved Me"||Warren||4:33|
|2.||"I Don't Know"||Galdston, Jean-Jacques Goldman||4:38|
|3.||"Pour que tu m'aimes encore"||Jean-Jacques Goldman||4:14|
|4.||"Le ballet"||Jean-Jacques Goldman||4:25|
|5.||"The Power of the Dream"||Foster, Edmonds, Thompson||4:31|
|Second Australian limited edition bonus CD|
|1.||"Everybody's Talkin' My Baby Down" (live)||Arnie Roman, Desalvo||4:01|
|2.||"Love Can Move Mountains" (live)||Warren||4:53|
|3.||"If You Asked Me To" (live)||Warren||3:55|
|4.||"Only One Road" (live)||Peter Zizzo||4:49|
|5.||"Think Twice" (live)||Hill, Sinfield||4:47|
|6.||"The Power of Love" (live)||DeRouge, Mende, Applegate, Rush||5:43|
Charts and certifications
1 The chart is available only since January 1997.
2 Most certifications are under old criteria, with higher certifications levels than the current ones.
Home Again by New Edition
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
|Billboard 200 number-one album
October 5–18, 1996
October 26 - November 1, 1996
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah
Recovering the Satellites by Counting Crows
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis
|UK number one album
March 23, 1996 – March 29, 1996
Anthology 2 by The Beatles
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
|Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
March 24–30, 1996
June 30 - July 6, 1996
July 14–20, 1996
August 18–24, 1996
To the Faithful Departed
by The Cranberries
|1996||"Falling into You" A||12||20||11||—||11||15||21||10||—||—|
|"Because You Loved Me"||1||5||12||1||19||2||4||5||1||1|
|"It's All Coming Back to Me Now"||8||1||10||1||13||2||4||3||2||1|
|"The Power of the Dream" B||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"All by Myself"||38||14||7||7||5||8||35||6||4||1|
|1997||"Call the Man" C||—||45||26||—||—||8||45||11||—||—|
A Released in Australia and Europe only.
B Released in Japan only.
C Released in Europe only.
|Australia||March 8, 1996||Sony Music, Epic, 550||CD||4837922|
|Europe||March 11, 1996||Sony Music, Columbia|
|United States||March 12, 1996||Epic, 550||67541|
|Canada||Sony Music, Columbia|
|Japan||March 14, 1996||Sony Music Japan, Epic, 550||ESCA-6410|
|Australia||January 20, 1997||Sony Music, Epic, 550||2CD||6629669|
|South Korea||Sony Music, Columbia||CP2K-1784|
|Europe||October 2, 2009||88697593672|
- List of best-selling albums worldwide
- List of best-selling albums in the United States
- List of best-selling albums in Australia
- Best-selling albums in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan tracking began
- List of best-selling CDs (Brazil)
- A ^ As of May 2012, Falling Into You has sold 10,791,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan, with additional 987,000 sold at BMG Music Clubs. Nielsen SoundScan does not count albums sold through clubs like the BMG Music Service, which were significantly popular in the 1990s.
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