Celine Dion hasn't made an English-language record in six years, but now that she's finally releasing one, she's up against one of the most crowded markets in a long time, with some of music's top female artists all releasing new albums around the same time.
Asked how she feels about the fact that her disc, Loved Me Back to Life, will be fighting for a share of sales against new discs by Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne, Celine tells Canada's QMI agency that she wasn't even aware of any of those albums. However, that doesn't mean she's concerned.
"They're in show business and they're very active and I'm not at all. So now I'm having an album. I need to have new songs...[but] I don't think it's a competition at all," she says. "I've been in show business for 30 years and let me tell you my friend, there's no such thing about trying to compete with the rest of the world. You'll never win. You're in competition with yourself."
Celine says she doesn't expect her albums to be blockbusters because she doesn't "want to be disappointed," but explains that sales aren't her major motivation. "I love what I do...I want to please the people who want to hear me or want to come and see the shows," she says. "It's teamwork, the fans and the artist. I don't sing for myself. I pick my songs because they need to come from within, but it's to offer [them up], and hopefully it will be [loved]."
"We love to please," she adds.
Celine won't be doing a world tour to support the album, but of course, she'll continue to sing at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and will add some of her new songs to the show. And she says she's happy that Britney Spears will soon be joining her in Vegas as a headliner on the Strip.
"It's keeping Vegas alive and I'm for definitely having a lot of wonderful show business people to come and explore artistically," she says. "You can't tour all the time. It's very hard. It's hard. And when you're a mom and you have kids, you can't do this all the time. So Britney can be on stage and do her thing, and spend the whole day with her children. I think it's good for her."
Loved Me Back to Life is in stores Tuesday.
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