It’s hard to believe that it has been 20 years since Céline Dion released her fifth English language album Let’s Talk About Love which had a place for 1997’s "My Heart Will Go On," the love theme from "Titanic." It followed up 1996’s Grammy winning Falling Into You (Pop Vocal Album, Album of the Year) and continued on with the evolution of the chanteuse. The album has been certified Diamond in the United States for shipments of over 10 million copies and has sold over 31 million worldwide making it one of the best-selling albums of all time (as well as Falling Into You).
Let’s Talk About Love featured quite a lineup of talented artists and musicians as well as popular cover songs. Barbra Streisand joined Dion on "Tell Him" which was released as the first single in the United States. On "Immortality," Dion teamed up with the legendary Bee Gees to create a timeless classic she would perform 20 years later at a Grammy tribute to the brothers. The album also featured Carole King as backing vocals on "The Reason," a song she wrote and that was produced by iconic Sir George Martin. Diana King was featured on a cover of her own "Treat Her Like a Lady" early in the album’s tracklisting and was a step outside of Dion’s normal comfort zone. Tenor Luciano Pavarotti sang on the track "I Hate You Then I Love You," an adaptation of Mina’s "Grande Grande Grande." It should be noted that among the people brought on board, Corey Hart wrote and produced "Miles to Go (Before I Sleep)."
Dion also recorded an adaptation of popular French songwriter Jean-Jacques Goldman with whom she had worked with on 1995’s D’Eux/The French Album. "Let’s Talk About Love" is an adaptation of Goldman’s "Puisque Tu Pars" with English lyrics written by fellow Canadian Bryan Adams. The fifth English album also included a handful of covers not mentioned above such as Leo Sayer’s "When I Need You." Dion also took on "Love Is on the Way" by Billy Porter.
The album was released collectively in November around the world, dropping on Nov. 18, 1997 in the U.S. and Canada. There were various tracklistings also released around the world with the United States and Latin America having "To Love You More" on that version. The song had been previously released elsewhere in the world on three other albums of Dion’s and finally saw those two territories enjoying the violin-led track. The Canadian version omitted the song (it was used to promote 1996’s Live à Paris) while the European/Australian/Asian release had two tracks not initially released in the U.S. "Be the Man" and "Amar Haciendo el Amor," another adaptation, completed the 16-track set.
"My Heart Will Go On" had two versions released, one remixed for Let’s Talk About Love. With the success of "Titanic" as well as Dion hitting her peak, the song won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.
In 2017, Céline Dion was invited to the Billboard Music Awards to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of "My Heart Will Go On" where she brought the audience to their feet with nothing but admiration.
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