Dion chante Plamondon

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Dion chante Plamondon
Dion chante Plamondon.jpg
Studio album by Celine Dion
Released November 4, 1991 (1991-11-04)
Recorded September 8–October 6, 1991
Genre Pop, pop rock
Length 47:57
Celine Dion chronology
Dion chante Plamondon
Celine Dion
Alternative covers
Des mots qui sonnent
Singles from Dion chante Plamondon
  1. "Des mots qui sonnent"
    Released: November 1991
  2. "L'amour existe encore"
    Released: November 1991
  3. "Je danse dans ma tête"
    Released: March 1992
  4. "Quelqu'un que j'aime, quelqu'un qui m'aime"
    Released: August 1992
  5. "Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)"
    Released: July 1993

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).

Content and release[edit]

Dion interprets the words of Luc Plamondon, pop lyricist of French-speaking Canada. The album includes four new songs ("Des mots qui sonnent," "Je danse dans ma tête," "Quelqu'un que j'aime, quelqu'un qui m'aime" and "L'amour existe encore") and eight covers (mostly form the musical Starmania: "Le monde est stone," "Le blues du businessman," "Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)" and "Les uns contre les autres"). "Le monde est stone" and "Ziggy" were performed originally by Fabienne Thibeault, and "Le blues du businessman" by Claude Dubois. Thibeault and Dubois sang also "Les uns contre les autres." Other covers include: Martine St-Clair's "Le fils de Superman," Diane Dufresne's "Oxygène" and "J'ai besoin d'un chum," and Marie Carmen's "Piaf chanterait du rock."

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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C[2]

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."[1]

1991-92 in Canada[edit]

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.[3]

1992-94 in France[edit]

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.[4] The album has sold one million copies in France alone.[5][6]

1994 worldwide[edit]

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.[7][8] Although a French-language record, it managed to sell 275,000 copies in the United States as of June 2014.[9] On the Belgian Wallonia chart, which is available only since April 1995, the album peaked at number 17.


Dion chante Plamondon won Juno Award for Francophone Album of the Year in 1993.[10] It also won Félix Award for Best Selling Album of the Year in 1992 and was nominated for Pop/Rock Album of the Year.[11] "Quelqu'un que j'aime, quelqu'un qui m'aime" was nominated for the Félix Award for Most Popular Song of the Year in 1993 and "L'amour existe encore" was nominated for the Video of the Year in 1994.[12] Dion was also nominated for the Félix Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992, 1993 and 1994, and won in this category in 1994.[13] Additionally, "Je danse dans ma tête" won MuchMusic Video Award for Best Adult Contemporary Video in 1992 and Dion was nominated for the Victoires de la Musique in category Francophone Artist of the Year in 1994.[14][15] Dion chante Plamondon television special was also nominated for two Gémeaux Awards in 1992.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Des mots qui sonnent"  
2. "Le monde est stone"  
  • Top
  • Perathoner
3. "J'ai besoin d'un chum"  
  • Plamondon
  • François Cousineau
  • Top
  • Perathoner
4. "Le fils de Superman"  
  • Plamondon
  • Germain Gauthier
  • Top
  • Perathoner
5. "Je danse dans ma tête"  
  • Plamondon
  • Romano Musumarra
Musumarra 4:13
6. "Le blues du businessman"  
  • Plamondon
  • Berger
  • Top
  • Perathoner
7. "Piaf chanterait du rock"  
  • Plamondon
  • Gauthier
  • Top
  • Perathoner
8. "Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)"  
  • Plamondon
  • Berger
  • Top
  • Perathoner
9. "Quelqu'un que j'aime, quelqu'un qui m'aime"  
  • Plamondon
  • Erown
  • Top
  • Perathoner
10. "Les uns contre les autres"  
  • Plamondon
  • Berger
  • Top
  • Perathoner
11. "Oxygène"  
  • Plamondon
  • Gauthier
  • Top
  • Perathoner
12. "L'amour existe encore"  
  • Top
  • Perathoner


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[24] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[4] 2× Platinum 1,000,000[5][6]
United States (RIAA)[25] 275,000[9]
Worldwide 2,000,000[7][8]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Canada November 4, 1991 Sony Music, Columbia CD, LP, cassette 80168
France May 5, 1992 4713442
Australia January 25, 1993 Sony Music, Epic 4772152
United States May 31, 1994 Epic 64363
Japan November 11, 1994 Sony Music Japan, Epic ESCA-6101

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b AllMusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ "Gold & platinum certification searchable database". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  4. ^ a b "SNEP: Notre Base de Données" (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Luc Plamondon: 1999". Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Luc Plamondon". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Juan Rodriguez (25 November 2010). "A soundtrack of Quebec history". The Gazette. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Dans l'univers de Luc Plamondon / 4 décembre 2010" (in French). Société Radio-Canada. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Charles des Portes (20 June 2014). "Vidéos. Stromae en concert à New York : peut-il rejoindre le club très fermé des stars mondiales francophones?". Le Huffington Post (in French). Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Awards: Artist Summary". CARAS. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Gala de l'ADISQ - 1992". ADISQ. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Gala de l'ADISQ - 1993". ADISQ. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Gala de l'ADISQ - 1994". ADISQ. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Celine Dion: Timeline". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "9eme cérémonie des Victoires de la Musique". France Télévisions. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Canada's Awards Database: Dion, 1992" (in French). Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  17. ^ Nanda Lwin (1999). Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide. Music Data Canada. ISBN 1-896594-13-1. 
  18. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 55, No. 10, February 29 1992". RPM. 29 February 1992. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Le Détail des Albums de chaque Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  20. ^ "Céline Dion - Des Mots Qui Sonnent" (in French). Ultratop & Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1993 par InfoDisc" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  22. ^ "Classement Albums - année 1994" (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Rapports annueles 1995" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Celine Dion – Dion chante Plamondon". Music Canada. 
  25. ^ "American album certifications – Celine Dion – Dion chante Plamondon". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH