Celine Dion talks Miley Cyrus, new album
Celine Dion (Postmedia Network file photo)
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Celine Dion is more into the show than the business.
This admission comes as the Quebec pop diva re-enters the English language music market with her first album in six years, Loved Me Back To Life, out Nov. 5.
"I haven't been resting for six years, I've been working really hard," says Dion, 45, in a oceanfront hotel penthouse suite near her Jupiter Island mansion, which was recently listed for $72.5 million.
"But I feel like the work that I do at the Colosseum in Caesars (as artist in residence) is very off show business totally. It's in my house, it's my home. 'Come and see me sing, I'm home!' When you're back in the industry it's crazy. Not my favourite thing. I love recording. I love to sing. But every time I have to talk about me -- ugh..."
Still, Dion, who has been performing in Las Vegas on and off since 2003 in a theatre especially built by Caesars for her, is clearly excited about the title track from Loved Me Back to Life - co-written by Australian singer Sia, who co-wrote and sang on DJ David Guetta's Titanium and rapper Flo Rida's Wild Ones.
In a slick video presentation featuring seven of the album's 13 tracks, Dion is seen falling off a couch in a recording studio as she listens to the song after recording it.
"When I hear something that comes from me that makes me fall down off my chair, it's not often," says Dion, whose last release was 2012's French-language album, Sans attendre.
"When the young generation offers me a song - Sia - that writes for Rihanna, that my (teenage) kid thought it was a mistake that she sent me that song. 'That's not true! That's not possible! Sia wrote you a song? I mean c'mon really?' It's such a powerful, powerful song and its edgy."
Other than promoting Loved Me Back to Life, Dion's also busy with that house sale.
The married mother of 12-year-old son Rene Charles and twins Eddy and Nelson, who turn three years old on Oct. 23 - a birthday that will bring her and manager-husband Rene Angelil to Montreal in a couple of weeks to celebrate with her family - admits when you're dealing with that level of wealth it's a whole different scenario.
"When you sell a mansion like this - it's a big property, and it's very expensive - you're not going to have people in line," says Dion, who has no tour plans beyond seven shows in Paris and two shows in Belgium, along with her ongoing Colosseum dates.
"When you're about to spend that much money, you can't just say, 'Do you want it?' They have to check other things as well to compare. So it takes a little bit, a while. But I'm amazed we've already had offers! And it's sad because we don't want to leave the property. It's just that we don't want to leave it alone and empty for so long. And we're rebuilding in Vegas a little bigger home because we're going to spend a little bit more time there."
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Celine Dion's making her English language comeback with the Nov. 5 album, Loved Me Back To Life, in a fall crowded with huge female artists.
Among them: Miley Cyrus whose album Bangerz is out Tuesday.
So what does the Quebec-born married mother of three think of the 20-year-old Cyrus and her recent antics?
"I don't have a problem (with her) but I feel sorry for a lot of young kids today that they have to go that far to express themselves that way, or to get the attention, I don't know," says Dion.
"I think it's sad for me when you go that far. As a mom, as a parent, I look at it like this: You go to the movies and you can't even see a Casino Royale or a James Bond movie because there's a love scene in it and you need to be 16 years old. You're like, 'Oh, okay.' And you open the television and it's in their face. So it's a lot. I feel like it's hard for the parents to raise the children because it's like the reality of the society of what's going on, there is so much. Is it going to be something surreal to dress now? Normally it's supposed to be the other way around. It's like wow. I mean, I'm going to start looking like a nun or something. I'm glad that I'm not starting my career now because I feel for those kids ... And that's why I'm not competing with the world. Because that would be (me as) Nun Dion. Sister Dion!"