Courage (Celine Dion album)

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ReleasedNovember 2019 (2019-11)
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Courage is the upcoming twelfth English-language studio album by Canadian singer Celine Dion, to be released by Sony Music in November 2019. To promote the album, Dion will embark on the Courage World Tour in September 2019.

Background and development[edit]

In November 2013, Dion released her previous English-language studio album, Loved Me Back to Life.[1] The next month, her husband René Angélil was diagnosed with throat cancer and underwent surgery.[2] In June 2014, Angélil stepped down as Dion's manager to focus on his health and in August 2014 Dion postponed her show business activities, because of the worsening of her husband's health.[3][4] Angélil died on 14 January 2016.[5] On 22 May 2016, in her first public performance outside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Dion performed "The Show Must Go On" during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, where she received the Billboard Icon Award.[6] In August 2016, she released her French-language album, Encore un soir to critical and commercial success.[7]

The next month, she premiered "Recovering", a song written by Pink in honor of Dion's late husband.[8] She performed it during the Stand Up to Cancer Live Event on 9 September 2016.[8] It was announced that "Recovering" will be featured on Dion's upcoming English-language album.[8] In March 2017, Dion's "How Does a Moment Last Forever" was released on the Beauty and the Beast: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.[9] Dion also embarked on two summer tours in Canada and Europe in 2016 and 2017.[10][11] In 2018, she released "Ashes" from the American superhero film Deadpool 2 and toured Asia, Australia and New Zealand.[12][13] In September 2018, Dion announced the end of her Las Vegas residency Celine, with the final date set for 8 June 2019.[14]

On 3 April 2019, she announced her 2019/2020 Courage World Tour, beginning in Quebec City, Canada on 18 September 2019.[15][16] Dion also announced a new English-language album of the same name, to be released in November 2019.[15][17] Explaining the name of the album, she said: "I think I went through a lot. And life had given me the tools… to find my inner strength, to find courage, and to keep going. The people that I love so much embraced the moments that were difficult. They gave me so much strength. And then a song came that was called "Courage", and it didn't take long for all of us to say, 'I think the album should be called Courage'".[15] Dion announced the tour in a video titled "Ciao for now Las Vegas", in which she leaves Las Vegas in a car full of drag queens.[18][17] The promo also teases the new song, "Flying On My Own".[17] On 5 April 2019, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Dion promoted her upcoming tour, sang few lines from the song "Courage" and performed "Ashes".[19][20]

On 7 June 2019, Dion premiered the song “Flying On My Own”, the first single on the album, in her Las Vegas residency show. Footage of the performance was shared the following day by Dion’s team. Dion announced that the song will be released shortly.

Writing and recording[edit]

In April 2019, Dion revealed she had received 48 song contenders for the upcoming album and must choose 12 of them.[21] The new album, Courage, will explore new musical directions while also keeping the familiar style that Dion’s fans are used to.[22] After releasing Pink-written "Recovering" in September 2016, Dion recorded new music in October 2016 with Diane Warren, who wrote many of her hits, including "Because You Loved Me".[8][23] In April 2017, Dion mentioned that Sia has written three songs for her.[24] In April 2019, it was announced that the new album will include an appearance by Sia and that one of the songs written by her is titled "Baby".[21][25][26] In December 2017, Dion revealed she has recorded new music with Stephan Moccio and Maty Noyes.[27] Moccio wrote Dion's 2002 successful single "A New Day Has Come", and also co-wrote hits for other artists, including "Earned It" by The Weeknd and "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus.[28] Also in December 2017, Dion recorded the song “Flying On My Own” at the Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas. The song was written by Jörgen Elofsson, Anton Mårtenson and Liz Rodrigues. In October 2018, David Guetta mentioned that Dion recorded a song he co-wrote with Sia.[29] While announcing the Courage World Tour in April 2019, Dion revealed that she recorded a song "Courage", which became the title track for the album, set for release in November 2019.[17] The promotional video for the tour features a fragment of the new song, "Flying On My Own".[18][17] On 20 May 2019, a fragment of another new song was featured in Dion's episode of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.[30] Dion officially premiered the song "Flying On My Own" on 7 June 2019 in her Las Vegas residency show.


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  2. ^ Alan Duke (14 August 2014). "Celine Dion cancels shows as husband fights cancer". CNN. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ Lesley Messer (13 August 2014). "Celine Dion Cancels Tour Because of Husband Rene Angelil's Illness". ABC News. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  4. ^ Etan Vlessing (6 December 2014). "Celine Dion Has New Manager as Rene Angelil Steps Down". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Celine Dion's Husband Has Lost A 'Courageous' Battle With Cancer". Smooth Radio. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Celine Dion to Receive ICON Award & Perform at 2016 Billboard Music Awards". Billboard. 4 May 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  7. ^ Hugh McIntyre (3 October 2016). "Celine Dion's New Album Took Over The Globe Last Month, And The U.S. Didn't Even Notice". Forbes. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d Mary J. DiMeglio (9 September 2016). "Celine Dion, With Pink's Help, 'Recovering' On New Song: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Celine Dion almost turned down 'Beauty and the Beast' song". Zee News. 4 March 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  10. ^ Bob Allen (21 July 2016). "Celine Dion's Summer Tour Launch Tops Hot Tours Ranking". Billboard. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Celine Dion Announces 2017 Summer Tour: See the Europe and UK Dates". PopCrush. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  12. ^ Mackenzie Cummings-Grady (3 May 2018). "Celine Dion Debuts Epic New Single & Video 'Ashes' For 'Deadpool 2': Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  13. ^ Eric Frankenberg (4 April 2019). "Celine Dion Wraps Summer Tour With $56 Million in the Bank". Retrieved 9 September 2018. Text "Billboard" ignored (help)
  14. ^ Starr Bowenbank (24 September 2018). "Céline Dion Announces End Of Her Las Vegas Residency After Eight Years". Billboard. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  15. ^ a b c Tallie Spencer; Dave Brooks (3 April 2019). "Celine Dion Announces 'Courage World Tour' and New Album". Billboard. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  16. ^ Jonathan Landrum (3 April 2019). "Celine Dion announces Courage World Tour, new album in 2019". The Washington Post. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  17. ^ a b c d e Althea Legaspi (4 April 2019). "Celine Dion Plots First U.S. Tour in 10 Years". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  18. ^ a b "Ciao for now Las Vegas". YouTube. 3 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Celine Dion on Ending Las Vegas Residency, Her Kids & New Chapter". YouTube. 6 April 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Céline Dion - Ashes (Performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!)". YouTube. 7 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  21. ^ a b Steve Appleford (4 April 2019). "For Celine Dion, Jokes and Songs Dominate U.S. Tour Event". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  22. ^ Bryan Alexander (4 April 2019). "Celine Dion announces new tour, album 3 years after husband's death: 'Time for a change'". USA Today. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  23. ^ "Céline and @warren_diane, her longtime musical partner". Instagram. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  24. ^ Caroline Westbrook/ (20 April 2017). "Celine Dion reveals Sia has written three songs for her – and she wants to work with Adele". Metro. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  25. ^ "Holy Moly @celinedion you sing the SHIT out of 'baby'". Twitter. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  26. ^ "Big Albums Coming Out in 2019". Official Charts Company. 8 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  27. ^ "I love working with these two!". Instagram. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  28. ^ Dale Kawashima. "Aldo Nova & Stephan Moccio Tell How They Wrote The Big Celine Dion Hit, "A New Day Has Come"". Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  29. ^ Brent Furdyk (19 October 2018). "David Guetta Says Celine Dion Is Recording New Song He Co-Wrote With Sia, But 'Nothing Is For Sure'". MSN. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  30. ^ "Céline Dion Carpool Karaoke". 20 May 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2019 – via YouTube.

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