Listen: Céline Dion duet with Ne-Yo – Incredible

There’s just one week to go until Celine Dion releases her brand new album called Loved Me Back To Life. The star has been releasing some of the new tracks on YouTube for fans to listen to and here’s the latest one:

It’s a great collaboration between her and one of the nicest guys in the music business, Mr. Ne-Yo! It’s called Incredible and after a couple of listens, I’m certain it will be just that to me! Looking forward to hearing the full album.

Read more about Celine Dion’s new album here

Céline Dion to release Loved Me Back To Life this November

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As I write this blog post, I can see people thinking “WHAT? Seriously? I would never think” sort of statements floating around, but it’s for real… I’m a big Celine Dion fan. I think this woman is one of the most incredible artists to grace the music scene. She has a huge vocal range, she’s never afraid to integrate new forms of music into her own lyrics and songs, as well as her performances. A couple of years ago I got to witness the sheer magic that is Celine Dion, live in concert. She was incredible – her performance was spot on, the production was amazing and her voice was so hauntingly beautiful. I also managed to see her put the music aside for a few hours and opting to do some charity work out here with her son and my respect levels just shot through the roof as a result. So yes, I’m a Celine Dion fan. I don’t know why I feel the need to justify it, but I guess for someone my age, people just wouldn’t think or associate an artist like Celine with me and my musical tastes. Well now you know… 😉

So with that in mind, I am VERY excited to announce that Celine is back. Her new album, Loved Me Back To Life is set for release on the 5th of November. It’s her first English album in six years and if the first single, with the same name, is anything to go by, it’s bound to be a goodie. Check out some of the names she’s worked with on this one: Ne-Yo, Diane Warren, Tricky Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Eg White, Daniel Merriweather, Babyface, Audra Mae Butts, Play Production, Eman, Janis Ian, Danny Mercer, Andrew Goldstein, Shaffer Smith, Jessi Alexander, Tommy Lee James, Corporal, Sauce, Kyle Townsend, Dana Parish, Andrew Hollander, Aaron Pearce, Kuk Harrell, and Walter Afanasieff. Clearly she isn’t messing around with this one 😉

Here is the track listing for the album:

1. Loved Me Back To Life

2. Somebody Loves Somebody

3. Incredible (duet with Ne-Yo) Cannot wait to hear this one!!

4. Water And A Flame

5. Breakaway

6. Save Your Soul

7. Didn’t Know Love

8. Thank You

9. Overjoyed (duet with Stevie Wonder)

10. Thankful

11. At Seventeen

12. Always Be Your Girl

13. Unfinished Songs

 

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www.facebook.com/celinedion

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Celine Dion covers Adele

Beyoncé “4” album review

Beyoncé is one of my favourite artists. Fact. I’m not as die-hard as some of my friends and industry peers, but I do consider myself to be a big fan of her work. With that in my mind, I’ve been looking forward to the release of her brand new album “4”. Let’s be honest, the first single off that album (Girls) Run The World wasn’t the greatest single most of us have heard from King B. I kept thinking to myself that this was just a marketing ploy, to get us talking about the star again, by reacting negatively to the single and how maybe she would bounce back with an even bigger tune as a result. When the video was eventually released, I hoped my views would change on the single. They didn’t. While Beyonce looks fantastic in the video and it is really great to see her integrating the Tofo Tofo dance into her choreography, it still didn’t do that much for me. What I can appreciate is Beyoncé’s phenomenal performance in both this video and at the Billboard Music Awards recently. I’ve been to many a concert in my career and seen many more online, on TV etc. Barring U2’s amazing U2 360 Degree Tour in South Africa and (this might surprise you) Celine Dion’s tour back in 2009, Beyonce’s performance of that song was one of the best I’ve ever seen. The choreography on this track mixed together with the special effects was out of this world. She really brought it and I think while the song might not have lived up to everyone’s expectations, she took that into account and rocked the live performance of the track. Big up.

The album “4” opens with a very powerful vocal on the track 1+1. You might remember seeing her perform this track on American Idol a few weeks back.  The track features lyrics like “I don’t know much about algebra / But I know 1 plus 1 equals 2,” which is surely a track for her husband Jay-Z. You have to give props to this power couple for keeping their business their business only. It is great that she can show off her love for her husband through songs and lyrics, rather than through the tabloids. The instrumentation is kept to a minimum on this track, which gives fans the opportunity to listen more carefully to the combination of the powerful lyrics and her vocal on the track. Number two is a track called “I Care”. It’s a strong vocal – not my personal favourite track though.

Number three on the other hand is great. It’s a song called I Miss You. It was written by upcoming singer/songwriter Frank Ocean, who gushed about being in studio with Beyoncé a few months back. Well he brought his magic into the studio and this track is wicked. It also leads so nicely into number 4, Best Thing I Never Had. The video appeared online last week (almost ten millions views) and this song for me is one of the strongest off the album. Fitting that it’s number 4 off the album perhaps?  The track is written by a whole heap of peops including Babyface, Antonio Dixon, Patrick “j.Que” Smith, Shea Taylor, Larry Griffin, JR, Caleb McCampbell and B herself. Great tune.  Two of the other massive songs on the album have to be Start Over and I Was Here. If you’ve ever doubted the power of Beyoncé, these two tracks should do enough, emotionally, to change that view. Continue reading “Beyoncé “4” album review”

Celine Dion is a legend

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Last year the biggest selling female of all time, Celine Dion toured South Africa for the first time. I might get a lot of flack from this statement, but honestly she is one of the best performers I have ever seen (and I have been to many concerts in my time). From the slick production, to the LCD screens backdrops and from her wardrobe changes, her dancers and of course her powerful voice, she blew people away. See the video here. Her tour wasn’t the only thing that people were impressed by. Continue reading “Celine Dion is a legend”