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Live à Paris (meaning Live in Paris) is the third live album by Canadian singer Celine Dion, released on 21 October 1996 by Columbia Records. It features primarily French-language songs, mainly from D'eux (1995), but also includes "The Power of Love", "River Deep, Mountain High" and a studio version of "To Love You More" as a bonus track. Live à Paris topped the charts in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Quebec, and was certified 2× Platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, denoting sales of over two million copies in Europe.

Live à Paris
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Live album by
Released21 October 1996 (1996-10-21)
RecordedOctober 1995
VenueLe Zénith (Paris, France)
Genre
Length73:15
Label
Producer
Celine Dion chronology
Falling into You
(1996)
Live à Paris
(1996)
C'est pour vivre
(1997)
Singles from Live à Paris
  1. "Les derniers seront les premiers"
    Released: 4 November 1996
  2. "To Love You More"
    Released: 11 November 1996
  3. "Je sais pas (Live)"
    Released: 19 May 1997
  4. "J'attendais"
    Released: 30 June 1997

Contents

ContentEdit

After having the best-selling Francophone album of all time - D'eux, Dion released Live à Paris, which contains ten out of twelve songs from D'eux. The concert was recorded at Le Zénith in Paris in October 1995, during the D'eux Tour. The CD contains also few English songs, including studio recording of "To Love You More", which became a smash hit in Japan.

The disc does not contain the full show. All songs can be found on the Live à Paris home video, released also in 1996.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]

AllMusic said that the album "has more of a rock feel than any of Dion's other live or studio albums" and "Dion raises the roof and proves just as adept with harder material as she is with adult contemporary ballads". According to them "this good live album from one of the biggest stars of our time serves to showcase her not only as a balladeer, but as a first-rate rock star".[2]

Commercial performanceEdit

Following the successful D'eux, Live à Paris has sold 2 million copies in Europe alone, where it was certified 2x Platinum by the IFPI.[3]

After selling 810,000 copies in France and 280,000 copies in Canada,[4] it was certified 2x Platinum in both countries.[5][6] The album was also certified Platinum in Belgium[7] and Switzerland.[8] In non-Francophone countries, like the Netherlands and Poland, Live à Paris achieved Gold status.[9][10]

The album topped the charts for eight weeks in France, for four weeks in Belgium Wallonia and one week in Switzerland and Quebec.[11] In Belgium Flanders, it peaked at number 6, and in Canada at number 7. Live à Paris also charted in many non-Francophone countries, reaching number 9 in the Netherlands, number 24 in Austria, number 25 in New Zealand, number 46 in Italy, number 53 in the United Kingdom and number 63 in Germany. On the European Top 100 Albums, Live à Paris peaked at number 6.

On 1 November 1996, Dion wrote a new page in the record book of French music industry, becoming the very first artist to have three of her albums in the French top 20. That week, Live à Paris entered the chart on top position (her 3rd number 1 album in France this year), while Falling into You (seven months after it entered the chart) was still at the 6th position and D'eux was still at number 16 (a year and a half after its release).

AccoladesEdit

Live à Paris won a Juno Award for Best Selling Francophone Album and two Félix Awards for Best Selling Album and Best Pop Rock Album.

Track listingEdit

All tracks produced by Claude "Mégo" Lemay except "To Love You More" by David Foster.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."J'attendais"Jean-Jacques Goldman4:58
2."Destin"Goldman4:11
3."The Power of Love"4:45
4."Regarde-moi"Goldman3:49
5."River Deep, Mountain High"3:29
6."Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)"5:03
7."Les derniers seront les premiers" (duet with Jean-Jacques Goldman)Goldman3:52
8."J'irai où tu iras" (duet with Jean-Jacques Goldman)Goldman3:46
9."Je sais pas"
4:25
10."Le ballet"Goldman10:33
11."Prière païenne"Goldman4:55
12."Pour que tu m'aimes encore"Goldman5:10
13."Quand on n'a que l'amour"Jacques Brel4:41
14."Vole"Goldman4:03
15."To Love You More" (bonus track)
5:28

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[36] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[37] 2× Platinum 280,000[4]
France (SNEP)[39] 2× Platinum 686,700[38]
Netherlands (NVPI)[40] Gold 50,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[41] Gold 50,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[42] Platinum 50,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[43] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalog
France[44] 21 October 1996 Columbia 486606
Canada[45] 29 October 1996 80238
Japan[46] 22 January 1997 SMEJ CD ESCA-6637
Australia[47] February 1997 Epic 486606

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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