Celine Dion’s new album Courage is aiming for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest the set, which was released Nov. 15 via Columbia Records, could launch with around 120,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Nov. 21.
If Courage starts at No. 1, it will garner Dion her fifth No. 1, and her first since 2002’s A New Day Has Come.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the Nov. 30-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Courage could debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, Nov. 24.
Celine Dion's "Courage" has carried her to the top of the chart.
"Courage," is the Canadian diva's new album, her first English-language disc since 2013's "Loved Me Back to Life," and has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart selling 113,000 units in its first week.
It is her first No. 1 album in over 17 years. Her last one was 2002's "A New Day Has Come."
Overall, "Courage" is Dion's fifth No. 1 album. She's now scored No. 1 albums in each of the last three decades.
(MORE: Celine Dion empowers, goes makeup free for new single, 'Imperfections') The star expressed her gratitude on Instagram. "I'm so grateful to the songwriters, the producers, the engineers, and the musicians, who shared their incredible talent with me," she wrote. "And thank you to my amazing fans for your incredible support."
"You’ll never know how much it means to me," she added. "I love you!"
Celine Dion‘s new album ‘Courage’ has landed the biggest chart fall in history for an album debuting at Number One on Billboard.
Last week, the Canadian singer topped the Billboard 200 chart with her comeback collection, selling 113,000 equivalent units. Of that sum, almost all were pure sales, as the set actually sold 109,000 physical copies (boosted by a bundle offer tying albums to tickets for Dion’s Courage World Tour). This week, the album fell out of the top 100.
According to Chart Data, Dion’s ‘Courage’ dropping out of the top 100 on this week’s Billboard 200 is the biggest fall ever for an album debuting at Number One.
Dion first topped the chart in 1996 with ‘Falling Into You’ before following that up with ‘Let’s Talk About Love’ a year later. Five years after that, an album titled ‘A New Day Has Come’ landed at Number One. Her 1999 compilation ‘All The Way… A Decade of Song’ is Dion’s only greatest hits collection to top the charts.
After making it cool to do a Las Vegas residency, which she, incredibly, began in 2011 and ended just this past summer, Dion hit the road again in September for Courage. It’s her first time touring North America since 2009.
She told Gayle King last month on CBS This Morning, “The adrenaline is like a drug. So that’s why I keep doing it. It’s addictive.”
“Do you know how much it makes me feel?” Dion added about her fans, “I’m so proud… I look at those kids and they’re, like, 17 years old. And then I turn around, those people are 60 years old. And then I’m like, ‘Wow. What’s happening in my career?'”
‘Courage’ It’s clear, even just looking at the track titles – Flying On My Own, I Will Be Stronger, Say Yes, and of course, Courage – on Dion’s new album, that the album’s title isn’t just a word she chose out of nowhere. It’s what the singer is clinging to and working from.
She had known husband Angélil since the age of 12. Losing her husband and manager likely meant losing that precious compass she had leaned on for so long. But it also meant gaining a sense of agency, of realizing, perhaps for the first time, that she could make her own decisions.
When her husband was alive, she didn’t want to be in on production meetings. Now, as she said in her conversation with Gayle King, she won’t miss them.
“I’ve been so much involved, not only in my album but into the production of this show. I say what I like, I have ideas. They can be tacky, wrong. I’m not asking to be right. I’m just asking to be heard.”
Celine Dion is the last of her kind. A pop diva reliant on pomp, sweeping ballads and anthemic mid-tempo tracks that serve to showcase multi-octave vocal histrionics isn’t really a thing anymore and hasn’t been in over a decade.
Coincidentally, it’s been about that long since Dion’s last world tour. Most of her 2010s has been spent in Las Vegas, performing at Caesar’s Palace in a highly lucrative residency. But now Dion is off the strip and on her first global tour since 2008. On Saturday night, Dion made a sold-out stop at the Times Union Center for her first appearance in Albany since December 1, 1998.
In front of an appreciative audience, Dion was energetic and enthusiastic as she ran through her hits and a couple of tracks off her new LP, “Courage.”
While clearly motivated and engaged throughout, it took a little time for her to get on track.