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This article is about the Celine Dion album. For the 2009 film directed by Talmage Cooley, see Taking Chances (film). For the song, see Taking Chances (song).
Taking Chances
The artwork for the album "Taking Chances" was also used for promotion.
Studio album by Celine Dion
Released November 7, 2007 (2007-11-07)
Recorded April–August 2007
Genre Pop rock, R&B, soft rock, adult contemporary
Length 73:39
Label Columbia
Producer Peer Åström, Anders Bagge, Kara DioGuardi, Chuck Harmony, Kuk Harrell, David Hodges, Emanuel Kiriakou, Kristian Lundin, Ben Moody, Christopher Neil, Ne-Yo, Aldo Nova, Linda Perry, Guy Roche, John Shanks, Tricky Stewart
Celine Dion chronology
D'elles
(2007)
Taking Chances
(2007)
Complete Best
(2008)
Alternative cover
Collector's edition (CD/DVD/Perfume)
Singles from Taking Chances
  1. "Taking Chances"
    Released: September 17, 2007 (2007-09-17)
  2. "Eyes on Me"
    Released: January 4, 2008 (2008-01-04)
  3. "A World to Believe In"
    Released: January 16, 2008 (2008-01-16)
  4. "Alone"
    Released: May 5, 2008 (2008-05-05)

Taking Chances is the tenth English-language and 23rd studio album overall by Canadian singer Celine Dion, released by Columbia Records on November 7, 2007. It was her first new studio album since 2003's One Heart. Dion returned to the music scene after almost five years of performing A New Day... in Las Vegas. She collaborated on Taking Chances with various rock, R&B and Pop producers, including John Shanks, Linda Perry, ex-Evanescence members Ben Moody and David Hodges, Kristian Lundin, Ne-Yo, Chuck Harmony, Tricky Stewart, the Eurythmics' David A. Stewart, Kara DioGuardi, Emanuel Kiriakou, Anders Bagge, Peer Åström, Aldo Nova, Christopher Neil and Guy Roche. The album garnered mixed reviews from music critics, who noticed that "not many chances were taken after all."

Taking Chances has sold 3.1 million copies worldwide in 2007 alone and peaked inside top ten in various countries, including number one in Canada, Switzerland, South Africa and on the European Top 100 Albums. It has sold 1.1 million units in the United States and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. In Canada, after shipping over 400,000 copies, the album was certified four-times Platinum. The first single, "Taking Chances" was released in September 2007 and peaked inside top ten in various European countries and in Canada. In 2008, different songs were selected as the second single: "Eyes on Me" in the United Kingdom, "A World to Believe In" in Japan and "Alone" in North America. The latter was also released as third and final single in the United Kingdom. On February 14, 2008, Dion embarked on the year-long Taking Chances Tour, which visited five continents and became the third highest-grossing tour of all-time by a female artist.

Background[edit]

On August 24, 2007, Dion's official website announced that the singer will release her new English-language album Taking Chances on November 12, 2007 in Europe and November 13, 2007 in North America.[1] The album was also scheduled for release in Japan on November 7, 2007 and in Australia and New Zealand on November 10, 2007.[2] Dion said about Taking Chances: "I think it represents a positive evolution in my career. I'm feeling strong, maybe a little gutsier than in the past, and just as passionate about music and life as I ever was."[1] On September 2, 2007, album's cover became available for TeamCeline members.[3] However, six days later, Columbia Records has made small changes to the Taking Chances cover.[4] The first single form the album, "Taking Chances" was sent to radio stations on September 10, 2007 and the video of Dion recording the song in the studio was posted on Amazon.com.[5][6] On September 12, 2007, Columbia Records informed in a press release that "Taking Chances" was written by Kara DioGuardi and the Eurythmics' David A. Stewart, and produced by the Grammy Award–winner John Shanks, and that the album will be followed by the Taking Chances Tour in 2008 and 2009.[5] The music video for the first single was filmed on September 17, 2007 in several different locations in the Las Vegas area and directed by Paul Boyd.[7] The video became available for TeamCeline members on October 16, 2007 and later premiered on television.[8]

Content[edit]

The album was recorded mainly over a three-week period in July 2007 at Palm Studios in Las Vegas.[9] Dion collaborated with a group of well-known songwriters and producers including: Linda Perry, the Eurythmics' David A. Stewart, ex-Evanescence member Ben Moody, Ne-Yo, John Shanks, Kara DioGuardi, Kristian Lundin, Anders Bagge, Peer Åström, Aldo Nova, Tricky Stewart and Christopher Neil.[9] One of Dion's favorite songs on the album is "That's Just the Woman in Me" written by Kimberley Rew, ex-member of Katrina and the Waves.[9] "That's Just the Woman in Me" was offered to Dion fifteen years ago but it wasn't until she began working on her new album that she knew the song perfectly suited this new phase of her artistic development.[9] Dion said: "I think this album represents a positive evolution in my career. As time goes by, and we have more experiences in life, it's easier to get in touch with our innermost feelings....to know more about what we really want, how we really feel."[9] Other covers on the album include: Heart's "Alone," Platinum Weird's "Taking Chances," Linda Perry's "New Dawn" and Tim Christensen's "Right Next to the Right One."[9]

Promotion[edit]

Dion visited the United Kingdom in late October 2007 and started promoting the album by singing "Taking Chances" on The X Factor on October 27, 2007.[10] Later, she performed "Alone" and "Taking Chances" on Saturday Night Divas bradcasted on November 3, 2007.[11] Dion also filmed An Audience with Celine Dion which was bradcasted on December 22, 2007 and performed "Taking Chances," "Eyes on Me," "Alone" and few of her previous hits including: "My Heart Will Go On," "Think Twice," medley of "It's All Coming Back to Me Now/Because You Loved Me/To Love You More," "I Drove All Night," "River Deep – Mountain High" and "The Prayer" in duet with Andrea Bocelli.[12] Next, Dion visited France and sang "Taking Chances" and two of her French-language hits with the contestants on Star Academy on November 2, 2007.[13] She also filmed performances of "Taking Chances" for two other French television shows, Hit Machine and Vivement Dimanche, which were broadcast on December 1, 2007 and December 9, 2007 respectively.[14][15] On November 4, 2007, Dion flew to Monaco where she received the Legend Award at the World Music Awards and sang "Taking Chances."[16] This performance was shown on television on November 22, 2007.[17] On November 7, 2007, Dion visited Italy and performed "Taking Chances" and "I Knew I Loved You" on Domenica In, which was broadcast four days later. On November 10, 2007, she flew to Germany and sang "Taking Chances" on Wetten, dass..?.[18]

The promotion in the United States started on November 12, 2007, when The Oprah Winfrey Show dedicated to Dion was bradcasted on television.[19] Dion filmed it before her visit to the United Kingdom and performed "Taking Chances," "Alone" and also few of her previous hits: "My Heart Will Go On," "Because You Loved Me," "A New Day Has Come" and "I Drove All Night."[19] On November 14, 2007, Dion performed three songs on the Today, including "Taking Chances," "Alone" and "I Drove All Night."[20] On the same day, The Ellen DeGeneres Show featuring Dion was broadcast and included performances of "Taking Chances" and "Because You Loved Me."[21] Dion also sang "Taking Chances" at the American Music Awards on November 18, 2007 and on All My Children on November 21, 2007.[22][23] On November 23, 2007, she performed "Taking Chances," "Alone" and "Because You Loved Me" on The Early Show and "Taking Chances" and "Alone" on The View.[24] On November 27, 2007, Dion sang "Taking Chances" and "My Heart Will Go On" on the finale of Dancing with the Stars.[25] The next day, she performed "Taking Chances," "Alone" and "The Christmas Song" at the Annual NYC Tree Lighting Ceremony.[26] On December 21, 2007, two performances filmed during one of the last A New Day... concerts were shown on Larry King Live: "Taking Chances" and "The Christmas Song."[27]

In late January 2008, Dion returned to France.[28] On January 25, 2008, she appeared on Star Academy finale and sang "Alone" and two of her French-language hits with the contestants.[28] The next day, Dion performed "Taking Chances" at the NRJ Music Awards where she received the NRJ Award of Honor.[29] Before her second visit to France, Dion filmed That's Just the Woman in Me television special for the United States and Canada, which was broadcast on February 15, 2008.[30] She sang "Taking Chances," "Alone," "Eyes on Me" Remix featuring will.i.am, "That's Just the Woman in Me," and also "Something" with Joe Walsh on guitar, "The Power of Love," "River Deep – Mountain High" and "The Prayer" in duet with Josh Groban.[30] The latter track was released as a digital download on February 12, 2008.[31]

On February 14, 2008, Dion started her Taking Chances Tour which visited Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, and ended on February 26, 2009.[5] The tour grossed over US$279 million becoming the third highest-grossing tour of all-time by a female artist, only behind Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour and MDNA Tour. The tour was chronicled in the Celine: Through the Eyes of the World documentary issued on DVD and Blu-ray in April 2010. The concert itself was released on DVD and CD at the same time as Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert and Tournée mondiale Taking Chances: Le spectacle.

Singles[edit]

The first single form the album, "Taking Chances" premiered on September 10, 2007 and was sent to radio stations around the world on the same day.[5] The song was written by Kara DioGuardi and David A. Stewart, and produced by John Shanks.[5] The digital single was released on September 17, 2007 and the CD single was issued in selected countries in late October and early November 2007. The Paul Boyd-directed music video was filmed in mid-September 2007 in Las Vegas and premiered on October 17, 2007.[7][8] "Taking Chances" became a successful single in Europe peaking inside top ten in Denmark, Italy, Switzerland and France, and reaching top forty in Austria, Norway, Germany, Belgium Wallonia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. In North America, it peaked at number nine on the Canadian Hot 100 and number fifty-four on the US Billboard Hot 100. "Taking Chances" also reached number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs and Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart. It has sold over 20,000 digital downloads in Canada receiving Gold certification and 500,000 digital copies in the United States.

In the United Kingdom, "Eyes on Me" was chosen as the second single. The song was written by Kristian Lundin, Savan Kotecha and Delta Goodrem, and produced by Lundin. The digital single was released on January 4, 2008 and the CD single was issued on January 7, 2008.[32] The song peaked at number 113 on the UK Singles Chart. The music video for "Eyes on Me" with footages from the Taking Chances Tour was released on May 5, 2008. In Japan, "A World to Believe In" written by Tino Izzo and Rosanna Ciciola, and produced by John Shanks was selected as the second track to promote the album. However, it was re-recorded as an English-Japanese duet with Yuna Ito, titled "あなたがいる限り: A World to Believe In." The song premiered on radio on December 1, 2007 and the music video debuted two days later. The video was filmed in Las Vegas in October 2007 during the recording of the song by both singers. The CD single was issued on January 16, 2008 and peaked at number eight on the Japanese Oricon chart.[33][34][35] The music video for the second North American single, "Alone" was taken from That's Just the Woman in Me television special and released on March 15, 2008.[36] The promotional single was sent to radio stations in Canada and United States in early April 2008. This cover of Heart's hit song was produced by Ben Moody. "Alone" was also chosen as the third and final single in the United Kingdom, and digitally released on May 5, 2008. The song peaked at number fifty-seven on the Canadian Hot 100, number eighty-five on the UK Singles Chart and number twenty-four on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. "My Love," written and produced by Linda Perry, was included on Dion's next album, My Love: Essential Collection and released as a single from it in September 2008.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (53/100)[37]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3/5 stars[38]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[39]
Amazon.com 4/5 stars[40]
Billboard (favorable)[41]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[42]
Entertainment Weekly C+[43]
The Globe and Mail 3/5 stars[44]
NOW 3/5 stars[45]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[46]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[47]
Toronto Star 3/4 stars[48]
USA Today 3/4 stars[49]

With ratings based upon an aggregate score of 53/100 from Metacritic,[37] Taking Chances received mixed to average reviews from most music critics upon release. Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic rated it 3 stars and said that Taking Chances is "an album of its time: it offers extravagance in the guise of self-help, which can be alluring in doses, especially those bizarre blues-rockers, but it's just too much of a very expensive yet not particularly tasteful thing.[39] The Billboard review said that: "Packing an emotional wallop, Chances should quash critics who insist that Dion's voice is stainless steel".[41] Bill Lamb of About.com rate the album three-stars out of five, and said: "listening to 16 consecutive songs can be an endurance test for even the most ardent Celine fan. 14 of the songs here suffer, to various degrees, from leaning to the ordinary or seeming to lack in inspired artistic fire. However, they are sandwiched by 2 brilliant tracks that, sadly, give a hint of what Taking Chances might have been."[38] Sarah Rodhman from The Boston Globe commented that: "Are chances taken? Not many, but there are rewards if you're willing to enjoy Dion's precise vocalizing and the hooky songs."[42]

The Entertainment Weekly review saw that: "It's cool that Dion can mimic everyone from Shakira to Sam Phillips...but her appalling Janis Joplin impression is a Chance too far."[43] Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine opined that: "The laborious 16-track record purportedly finds the queen of adult contemporary-turned-Vegas attraction taking chances by modernizing her treacly power ballad sound with lots of overdubbed guitars and of-the-moment collaborators".[47] The Amazon.com review was positive, saying that: "As far as standard Celine fare goes, in fact, Chances is likely her strongest non-French outing since 2002's A New Day Has Come; nobody unfolds a lyric with more care or nuance."[40] The NOW review, expressed that: "The album is also comfortably ignorant of the times. With its feathery production and common pop arrangements, it could have come out in 1996".[45] Edna Gundersen from USA Today said that: "With Chances, the diva seems to be stretching artistic muscles, yoga-style not aerobically, and seeking an escape from expectations".[49] Ashante Infantry from Toronto Star concluded that: "Taking Chances, Dion's 10th album, finds her doing just that. With an obvious reach for contemporary radio, Dion padded the efforts of longtime collaborators with in-the-now hitmakers: Ne-Yo, Linda Perry and Ben Moody, who co-wrote the self-empowering anthem "This Time" about an abused woman breaking free. The result is an edgier rock sound that won't alienate loyal fans, but may engage some new ones."[48]

Chart performance[edit]

In Canada, Taking Chances entered the chart at number one with 80,000 copies sold, suprassing Dion's own record for the biggest debut of 2007 (her French-language album D'elles sold 72,000 units in its first week in May 2007).[50] Garnering two of the highest sales entries in Canada for two different albums in one year gave Dion an unprecedented achievement in Canadian Nielsen SoundScan history.[51] In the second week, Taking Chances remained at the top of the chart, selling 44,000 copies.[50] The next week, Dion fell to number two and stayed on this position for four consecutive weeks selling 39,000, 45,000, 37,000 and 43,000 units, respectively.[52][53][54] Dion returned to the top of the chart for the final week of 2007, selling another 13,000 copies.[55] Because of this commercial success, Taking Chances became the third best-selling album in Canada in 2007 according to Nielsen SoundScan, with sales of 301,000 units.[56] The album spent two more weeks inside top ten in Canada. In July 2008, it was certified four-times Platinum by the CRIA for shipping over 400,000 copies.[57] It also became the number-one album on the 2008 Billboard year-end chart in Canada.[58]

In the United States, Taking Chances debuted at number three selling 215,000 units.[59] Later, it fell to number eight and remained at that position for two weeks with sales of 128,000 and 93,000 copies, respectively.[60][61] For the next four weeks, the album stayed inside top twenty on the Billboard 200, selling 84,000 (number twelve), 92,000 (number fifteen), 134,000 (number eighteen) and 50,000 units (number twenty), respectively.[62] Taking Chances was certified Platinum by the RIAA in February 2008 and has sold 1,067,236 copies there as of May 22, 2011.[63][64]

The album also reached number one in Switzerland, South Africa and on the European Top 100 Albums, and peaked inside top ten elsewhere. It was certified Gold in many countries, and Platinum or Multi-Platinum in others. According to IFPI, Taking Chances has sold 3.1 million copies around the world in 2007.[65]

Awards[edit]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Taking Chances"   Kara DioGuardi, David A. Stewart John Shanks 4:02
2. "Alone"   Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly Ben Moody 3:23
3. "Eyes on Me"   Kristian Lundin, Savan Kotecha, Delta Goodrem Lundin 3:53
4. "My Love"   Linda Perry Perry 4:08
5. "Shadow of Love"   Anders Bagge, Aldo Nova, Peter Sjöström Shanks 4:10
6. "Surprise Surprise"   DioGuardi, Martin Harrington, Ash Howes Emanuel Kiriakou, DioGuardi 5:14
7. "This Time"   David Hodges, Moody, Steven McMorran Moody, Hodges 3:47
8. "New Dawn"   Perry Perry 4:45
9. "A Song for You"   Bagge, Nova, Robert Wells Bagge 3:27
10. "A World to Believe In"   Tino Izzo, Rosanna Ciciola Shanks 4:08
11. "Can't Fight the Feelin'"   Nova Shanks, Nova 3:51
12. "I Got Nothin' Left"   Ne-Yo, Chuck Harmony Harmony, Ne-Yo 4:20
13. "Right Next to the Right One"   Tim Christensen Christopher Neil 4:10
14. "Fade Away"   Peer Åström, David Stenmarck, Nova Åström 3:17
15. "That's Just the Woman in Me"   Kimberley Rew Shanks 4:33
16. "Skies of L.A."   Tricky Stewart, The-Dream, Kuk Harrell T. Stewart 4:24

Personnel[edit]

Production
  • Manager: René Angélil
  • Production manager: Rick Mooney
  • Assistant production manager: Shari Weber
  • Stage manager: Alexandre Miasnikof
  • Front of house engineer: Francois “Frankie” Desjardins
  • Audio system engineer: Mario St-Onge
  • Production assistants: Sharie Weber, Stephanie Duval
  • Production director: Lonnie McKenzie
Musicians
  • Musical Director, Keyboards: Claude "Mégo" Lemay
  • Drums: Dominique Messier
  • String arrangements: David Campbell
  • Bass: Marc Langis
  • Guitars: André Coutu
  • Violin: Jean Sebastien Carré
  • Keyboards: Yves Frulla
  • Percussion: Nannette Fortier
  • Cello: Julie McInnes
  • Background Vocals, Cello, Tin Whistle: Élise Duguay
  • Background Vocals: Mary-Lou Gauthier, Barnev Valsaint

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Japan November 7, 2007 Sony CD EICP-875
Europe November 9, 2007 Columbia CD 88697081142
CD/DVD 88697147842
Australia November 10, 2007 Epic CD 88697081142
CD/DVD 88697147842
United States November 13, 2007 Columbia CD 88697081142
CD/DVD 88697147842
December 11, 2007 CD/DVD/Perfume 88697147862
Canada November 13, 2007 CD 88697081142
CD/DVD 88697147842
December 11, 2007 CD/DVD/Perfume 88697147862
Europe February 8, 2008 88697147862

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