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D'elles
Studio album by Céline Dion
Released May 18, 2007 (2007-05-18)
(see release history)
Recorded December 2006 - February 2007
Genre Pop
Length CD 47:52, DVD 24:00
Label Sony Music, Columbia
Producer Erick Benzi, David Gategno, Tino Izzo, Jacques Veneruso, Thierry Blanchard, Patrick Hampartzoumian
Professional reviews
Céline Dion chronology
On ne change pas
(2005)
D'elles
(2007)
Let's Talk About Love / Falling into You / A New Day Has Come
(2007)
Singles from D'elles
  1. "Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)"
    Released: April 13, 2007
  2. "Immensité"
    Released: May 14, 2007
  3. "Le temps qui compte"
    Released: May 14, 2007
  4. "On s'est aimé à cause"
    Released: August 20, 2007
  5. "A cause"
    Released: January 21, 2008

D'elles (meaning About Them or From Them) is the title of Céline Dion's French-language album, released between May 18 and June 1, 2007 in certain European countries, on May 22, 2007 in Canada, and February 27, 2008 in Japan.[1] It's her 23rd French album and 34th if counting all longplays. Unlike Dion's previous French studio albums, D'elles wasn't released in the United States, Australia, or New Zeleand.

Contents

Album information

D'elles is a concept album that celebrates womanhood. The title is a spin-off of Dion's 1995 album D'eux. Both can be translated as About Them or From Them, with D'elles being specifically the feminine version.

The lyrics were written by ten prominent female writers from Quebec (Jovette Alice Bernier, Janette Bertrand, Denise Bombardier, Marie Laberge, Lise Payette) and France (Nina Bouraoui, Françoise Dorin, Nathalie Nechtschein, Christine Orban, George Sand). Jean-Jacques Goldman made a lyrics selection. Music was composed by David Gategno, who worked with Dion for the first time, and by Jacques Veneruso, Erick Benzi and Gildas Arzel, who worked with her before. One of the tracks was also composed by Marc Dupré and Jean-François Breau. Dupré recorded a duet with Dion in 2005, called "Tout près du bonheur." Tracks were produced by Gategno, Veneruso, Benzi, Tino Izzo, Patrick Hampartzoumian and Thierry Blanchard.

Seven out of thirteen songs planned for the album were recorded on December 20-21, 2006 at the Piccolo Studios, Montreal. The second version of "A cause," called "On s'est aimé à cause" was recorded in New York, in early February 2007. Other tracks were recorded in Las Vegas.

The song "La diva" includes fragment of La bohème performed by Maria Callas in 1956.

D'elles was released in three formats: standard CD; double digipack (includes CD, "making of" DVD titled Céline parle d'elle(s), a booklet of Dion photos, and a booklet including song lyrics and Dion's personal notes about each song); and collector's edition (includes CD, "making of" DVD titled Céline parle d'elle(s), a mini-booklet of Dion photos and her personal notes about each song, a mini-booklet with song lyrics, and 4 postcards).

"Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)" was the first and only single from this album released on a CD. The song became a hit entering the French Singles Chart at number 1. Sony BMG released other songs as radio singles only: "Immensité" (France, Belgium, Quebec), "Le temps qui compte" (Poland), "On s'est aimé à cause" (Quebec), and "A cause" (France).

The album was nominated at the Juno Awards in categories: Album of the Year and Francophone Album of the Year.[2]

On September 26, 2008 D'elles was released as a 2CD set with D'eux in France, Switzerland and Belgium.[3]

Critical reception

The album met with positive reviews. Allmusic said that "this is Dion's most ambitious project in a long time, if not ever — really, the only rival is that musically adventurous 1 fille & 4 types, and if D'elles is a bit too careful musically, it nevertheless is unified as an album and shows some serious artistic ambition."[4]

Promotion

Céline Dion taped two TV specials dedicated to the issue of her album D'elles: one for TF1 in France, and another for TVA in Canada. The taping took place in Montreal on May 11-12, 2007.

During the first taping for TF1, Dion sang live several songs with French singers: "Stayin' Alive" with Vitaa, Shy'm and Amel Bent, "Hymne a l'amour" with Maurane and Johnny Hallyday, "Blueberry Hill" with Johnny Hallyday, "The Show Must Go On" with Christophe Maé and David Hallyday, "My Heart Will Go On" with Lââm and Amel Bent, "Caroline" with MC Solaar and Nolween Leroy, "Être à la hauteur" with Merwan Rim and Christophe Maé, "Caruso" with Florent Pagny and then she sang three songs from D'elles: "Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)," "A cause" and "Immensité."

During the second taping for TVA, Dion sang many new songs: "Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)," "Immensité," "Je cherche l'ombre," "Berceuse," "La diva," "Le temps qui compte" and "On s'est aimé à cause." They also showed the recording sessions for "Femme comme chacune," "Lettre de George Sand à Alfred de Musset," "Si J’étais quelqu’un" and few footages taken from the Live in Las Vegas - A New Day... DVD.

The TVA special, telecast on May 21, 2007, was the most-watched television program in Quebec, with 1,508,000 viewers. The TF1 special on June 9, 2007 was also one of France's most-watched shows, with 4,987,440 viewers.

During her visit in France in November 2007, Dion performed "Immensité" in few TV shows. Later, "Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)" became a part of the Francophone set list of the Taking Chances Tour.

Chart success

D'elles shot to the top of the Canadian album charts, selling 72,200 copies (including 69,285 in Quebec)[5] in its first week, making it the biggest debut of the year, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.[6] It marked Dion's tenth number 1 album in the SoundScan era, and her eighth to debut at the top position. Dion's high-water mark for Canadian sales remains 1997's Let's Talk About Love, which had opening week sales of 230,212 - a record debut which still stands to this day. In Canada, D'elles spent two weeks at number 1 and was certified 2x platinum (200,000).

The album debuted also at number 1 in France, selling 55,244 copies, and spent two weeks at the top position.[7] It was certified platinum there, and to date has sold over 285,000 copies in France. D'elles reached the top for three weeks in Belgium Wallonia as well, selling over 15,000 copies and reaching gold.[8] In Switzerland, it peaked at number 3 and was awarded gold for over 10,000 copies sold.[9] On the European Top 100 Albums, D'elles reached number 10. It charted also in many non-Francophone countries, peaking at number 10 in Cypriot, number 17 in Estonia, number 18 in Belgium Flandres, number 26 in Poland, number 27 in Greece, number 35 in Italy, number 50 in the Netherlands, number 52 in Germany, and number 64 in Hungary.

The album has shipped half a million units worldwide on the first week of sales,[10] and to date has sold approximately 1 million copies worldwide.[11]

Track listing

  1. "Et s'il n'en restait qu'une (je serais celle-là)" (Françoise Dorin, David Gategno) – 3:32
  2. "Immensité" (Nina Bouraoui, Jacques Veneruso) – 3:34
  3. "A cause" (Dorin, Veneruso) – 3:14
  4. "Je cherche l'ombre" (Lise Payette, Veneruso) – 3:12
  5. "Les paradis" (Bouraoui, Gildas Arzel) – 3:56
  6. "La diva" (Denise Bombardier, Erick Benzi) – 4:23
  7. "Femme comme chacune" (Jovette Alice Bernier, Benzi) – 3:39
  8. "Si j’étais quelqu’un" (Nathalie Nechtschein, Benzi) – 3:57
  9. "Je ne suis pas celle" (Christine Orban, Gategno) – 4:12
  10. "Le temps qui compte" (Marie Laberge, Veneruso) – 2:54
  11. "Lettre de George Sand à Alfred de Musset" (George Sand, Benzi) – 4:31
  12. "On s'est aimé à cause" (Dorin, Marc Dupré, Jean-François Breau) – 4:04
  13. "Berceuse" (Janette Bertrand, Gategno) – 2:39

Bonus DVD

  1. Céline parle d'elle(s)

Chart performance

Chart Peak
position
Certification Sales/shipments
Belgian Flandres Albums Chart[12] 18 Gold 15,000[13]
Belgian Wallonia Albums Chart[14] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[15] 1 2x Platinum 200,000[16]
Cypriot Albums Chart[17] 10
Dutch Albums Chart[18] 50
Estonian Albums Chart[19] 17
European Albums Chart[20] 10
French Albums Chart[21] 1 Platinum 285,000[22]
German Albums Chart[23] 52
Greek Albums Chart[24] 27
Hungarian Albums Chart[25] 64
Italian Albums Chart[26] 35
Polish Albums Chart[27] 26
Swiss Albums Chart[28] 3 Gold 10,000[29]

Personnel

  • Michel Aimé – Guitar
  • Carla Antoun – Violoncello
  • Gildas Arzel – Guitar, Arranger, Basse
  • Scott Barnes – Make-Up
  • Christophe Battaglia – Engineer
  • Eric Benzi – Synthesizer, Piano, Arranger, Programming, Engineer, Choeurs, Realization
  • Thierry Blanchard – Clavier, Realization, Sound Recording, *Synthesizer Programming
  • Hubert Bougis – Orchestration
  • Cécile Brillard – Alto
  • Nathalie Carlucci – Alto
  • Herve Cavelier – Violone
  • Caroline Collombel-Damas – Violone
  • Laurent Coppola – Drums
  • Chistopher Deschamps – Drums
  • Delphine Elbe – Choeurs
  • Daniela Federici – Photography
  • Sandrine François – Choeurs
  • David Gategno – Arranger, Programming, Clavier, Introduction, Realization
  • Humberto Gatica – Engineer, Mixing
  • Emmanuel Guerrero – Piano, String Arrangements
  • Cyril Guignier – Alto
  • Patrick Hampartzoumian – Arranger, Programming, Realization, Sound Recording
  • Jean Marc Haroutounian – Basse
  • Florence Hennequin – Cello
  • Annie Horth – Stylist
  • Tino Izzo – Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Arranger, Programming, Clavier, Engineer, Realization, Basse
  • Adam Klemens – Direction
  • Cenda Kotzmann – Assistant
  • Francis Lalonde – Assistant
  • Caroline Lasfargues – Violone
  • Gwenaëlle LeCorre – Illustrations
  • Vincent Lépée – Assistant
  • Claire Lisiecki – Violone
  • Didier Lizé – Engineer
  • Gildas Lointier – Arranger, Engineer, Assistant
  • Vito Luprano – Executive Producer
  • Vlado Meller – Mastering
  • Vanessa Menneret – Alto
  • Simon Mercure – Assistant
  • Nicolas Yvan Mingot – Guitar
  • Serge Normant – Hair Stylist
  • Orchestre Philharmonique de Prague – Realization
  • Paris Pop Orchestra – Strings
  • Petr Pycha – Contractor
  • Stanislas Renoult – Arranger, String Arrangements, Direction, Dirigida
  • Zizou Sadki – Basse
  • Constance Schacher – Alto
  • Mario Telaro – Drums
  • Jacques Veneruso – Guitar, Arranger, Choeurs, Realization
  • Florence Veniant – Violone
  • Laurent Vernerey – Basse

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Europe May 18, 2007 Sony Music, Columbia CD 88697047962
CD/DVD 88697069102
CD/DVD/Postcards 88697073002
Canada May 22, 2007 CD 88697047962
CD/DVD 88697069102
Japan February 27, 2008 Sony Music Japan, Epic CD EICP-952
Europe September 26, 2008 Sony Music, Columbia 2CD (with D'eux) 88697333882

References


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