My Love (Celine Dion song)

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"My Love"
Single by Celine Dion
from the album Taking Chances and My Love: Essential Collection
Released September 23, 2008 (2008-09-23)
Format Music download, CD single
Recorded April 2007, Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Pop
Length 4:08 (Album Version)
5:07 (Live Version)
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Linda Perry
Producer(s) Linda Perry
Celine Dion singles chronology
"Alone"
(2008)
"My Love"
(2008)
"Voler"
(2010)

"My Love" is a song recorded by Canadian recording artist Celine Dion. Written and produced by Linda Perry and originally featured on Dion's ninth English studio album Taking Chances (2007), the song was released as the lead single from her greatest hits album My Love: Essential Collection. The song went to radio on September 22, 2008 and became available as a music download on the next day.

The pop ballad received mixed reviews from music critics. Some praised the song, calling it an "empowering" and gracious ballad. However, some critics noted that the song didn't offer anything new. The song had a moderate impact on the charts, entering the Canadian Hot 100 chart and Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary.

Background, writing and release[edit]

"My Love" was originally featured on Dion's ninth English studio album Taking Chances (2007).[1] It was written and produced by Linda Perry, who also produced the song "New Dawn", also present on the album.[1] The song was recorded live in Stockholm, Sweden, during the Taking Chances World Tour[2] and included on her fourth greatest hits album My Love: Essential Collection (2008).[3] In fact, the live version was released as the lead single from the compilation, going to radio on September 22, 2008 and became available as a music download on the next day. The physical two-track single was released on October 20, 2008 in the United Kingdom[4] and October 31, 2008 in Germany.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mixed to favorable reviews from music critics. Sarah Rodman from The Boston Globe named it a "sky-scraping ballad," while Chuck Taylor from Billboard called it a "radio triumph" and "empowering."[6] In the same vein, Ashante Infantry of Toronto Star wrote that the song is a "cringe-worthy diva track."[7] Edna Gundersen of USA Today enjoyed the song, writing that Dion "shows admirable restraint and grace on My Love."[8]

Tammy La Gorce from Amazon.com wrote that "As the subtle 'My Love' deftly proves, any early-career instincts to over-sing have gone poof along with her '90s-era, sweet-natured-kook persona."[9] Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine wrote that Linda Perry "didn't offer anything of worth."[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

"My Love" reached number nine on the Hungarian Singles Chart. The CD single was released in the United Kingdom with virtually no promotion surrounding it in the media, leading to its peak position at number 129 on the UK Singles Chart.[11] The song did much better on the adult contemporary charts, peaking at number eight in Canada and number fifteen in the United States.[12] On the Canadian Hot 100, "My Love" reached number 67.[13]

Promotion[edit]

The live music video premiered on September 25, 2008. Dion performed "My Love" at the 43rd annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon via satellite from her Taking Chances World Tour. The telethon took place on August 31, 2008 and was simultaneously broadcast on television stations throughout the United States and Canada.[14] On October 28, 2008 Dion performed the song also on The Oprah Winfrey Show and on December 3, 2008 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The video of recording "My Love" in studio during the Taking Chances sessions was included on the Japan only released Ultimate Box (2008).

Formats and track listings[edit]

Worldwide digital single

  1. "My Love" (radio version) – 4:09

European CD single/digital single

  1. "My Love" (radio version) – 4:09
  2. "My Love" (live) – 5:04

Official versions[edit]

  1. "My Love" (radio version) – 4:09
  2. "My Love" (album version) – 4:08
  3. "My Love" (live single version) – 5:04
  4. "My Love" (live from Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert) – 6:53

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[15] 19
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[16] 67
Canada AC (Billboard)[17] 8
Hungary (Single Top 40)[18] 9
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[19] 25
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 129
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[21] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Taking Chances - Celine Dion : Allmusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Wener, Ben (30 November 2008). "Set list: Céline Dion at Honda Center". The Orange County Register. Freedom Communications. Archived from the original on 6 November 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "My Love: Essential Collection - Celine Dion : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "My Love: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "My Love: Amazon.de: Musik". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Chuck. "Taking Chances - Billboard Review". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2007-11-11. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  7. ^ Infantry, Ashante (November 13, 2007). "Celine takes a chance". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  8. ^ Gundersen, Edna (November 11, 2007). "'Chances' takes Celine to broader territory". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  9. ^ "Taking Chances - Amazon Review". Amazon.com. 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  10. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (November 6, 2007). "Celine Dion - Taking Chances - Slant Review". Slant. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  11. ^ UK Singles Chart
  12. ^ Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
  13. ^ Canadian Hot 100
  14. ^ Celine to Appear on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon!. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
  15. ^ "Céline Dion - My Love" (in French). Ultratop & Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Celine Dion Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Celine Dion. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  17. ^ "Celine Dion Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada AC for Celine Dion. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  18. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2008-10-26". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  20. ^ "Chart Log UK". Dipl.-Bibl.(FH). Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Celine Dion Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Celine Dion. Retrieved 12 October 2014.

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