Dion chante Plamondon (meaning Dion sings Plamondon) is an album by Canadian singer Celine Dion, released on November 4, 1991. It is her 15th French-language album and 16th in total. In Europe it was renamed Des mots qui sonnent, meaning Words That Sound (literally) or Words with Meaning (idiomatically).
The album was first released in Canada (November 1991) and France (May 1992). In 1994, Dion chante Plamondon was released in the rest of the world becoming Dion's first French album available worldwide. It was released with four different cover pictures.
According to AllMusic, "on this relatively early album, Dion sounds as self-assured and mature as on her latter-day recordings as a world-class superstar. Her voice exudes a passion beyond her young years, especially on the album's rocking opener, "Des mots qui sonnent."" They also said that "this album spans a wide musical spectrum, including the dramatic "Le fils de Superman," the funk-tinged "Je danse dans ma tête," the bluesy "Les uns contre les autres," and the mega-power ballad "Le blues du businessman."
There were no commercial singles from this album released in Quebec, Canada, although five of them went to the radio. Sony Music Entertainment decided to release two singles at the same time, in November 1991: "Des mots qui sonnent" to the pop stations (airplay peak at number 10) and "L'amour existe encore" to the adult contemporary format (airplay peak at number 16). March 1992 saw the issue of "Je danse dans ma tête" (number 3 in airplay). "Quelqu'un que j'aime, quelqu'un qui m'aime" was chosen in August 1992 as the next single and became a hit reaching number 1 on the airplay chart in Quebec. The album was very successful in Quebec. It reached number 57 on the Canadian Albums Chart as Quebec sales did not factor into this chart at that time, but was certified 2x Platinum in Canada.
In France, the album was renamed Des mots qui sonnent and was promoted by "Je danse dans ma tête" commercial single, released in April 1992. However, at that time none of them charted. Everything had changed in 1993 when Dion's single "Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)" became a smash hit, reaching number 2 and being certified Gold. English version of that song appeared on the Tycoon compilation, as well as the single's B-side. Thanks to its success, Des mots qui sonnent charted for the very first time in September 1993. In January 1994, Sony Music Entertainment released the third and final commercial single in France - "L'amour existe encore," which peaked at number 31. The album reached number 4 and spent a whole year on the chart. It was certified 2x Platinum in France. The album has sold one million copies in France alone.
There was no promotion when the album was released worldwide in 1994. Only Dion's English single "Think Twice," released at that time contained as B-sides two songs from Dion chante Plamondon: "L'amour existe encore" and "Le monde est stone." Dion chante Plamondon has sold over two million copies worldwide. Although a French-language record, it managed to sell 275,000 copies in the United States as of June 2014. On the Belgian Wallonia chart, which is available only since April 1995, the album peaked at number 17.