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Celine Dion: Her Sales Go On and On

2007-09-15 11:33
Years ago - before I owned a car - I got a lift to a staff function with a colleague who had large blonde hair and blue eyeshadow and drove a great big 4x4 with a fierce sound system. To go into more detail: I got a lift with a 40-year-old newly divorced colleague with large blonde hair and blue eyeshadow who had a great big 4x4 with a fierce sound system… who had recently purchased Celine Dion’s greatest hits. It was around the time Titanic came out. On the 20km journey we shared, she played her music the whole way, occasionally singing along (she knew all the words by heart.)
Until this journey, I’d always believed that each person’s personal taste in music is essentially harmless. I believed that if it gave them pleasure, it may even be a good thing. But after that journey, during which I tried desperately to get the driver to talk to me so she’d be forced to turn the music down, I became convinced that the reason all those people drowned themselves in Titanic was because they couldn’t hear Celine Dion quite so well underwater, and that their deaths had nothing at all to do with the ship sinking.

This opinion has landed me in some pretty damn hot water with people’s mothers, aunts, and a few people of my own age who I no longer see because I don’t shop for music at Pick ‘n Pay.

However, to show that I’m actually a very tolerant person, and because Celine Dion is actually the best selling artist in South Africa, I’m pleased (together with the kind folk at SonyBMG) to personally offer you this exclusive glimpse of Celine Dion playing live.

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What do you make of Celine Dion? Are you fan or foe? And is my intense dislike of her music intolerance – or just harmless personal taste?

- Jean Barker

Ever wonder who the top-selling artist in South Africa is? The answer may seriously surprise you. Watch our exclusive video stream to see what’s next to surface from airbrushed diva deluxe Celine Dion. That’s right. Turns out Celine Dion is the biggest selling artist in South Africa. She shifted almost double what her closest rival Brenda Fassie racked up last year. So who’s buying all her CDs? Is it your mother? And why?


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