CBS Plans Celine Dion, U2 Specials
A pair of diverse international superstars -- Canadian songstress Celine Dion and Irish rock act U2 -- will star in upcoming U.S. television specials on CBS. Dion's will sneak a peek at her forthcominA pair of diverse international superstars -- Canadian songstress Celine Dion and Irish rock act U2 -- will star in upcoming U.S. television specials on CBS. Dion's will sneak a peek at her forthcoming Las Vegas show, while U2's will originate from the grounds of a castle in the band's homeland. Airdates for both have yet to be announced.
Dion's special -- her second for CBS following "Celine Dion: A New Day Has Come," which aired in April on the network -- will feature segments from the show she'll be performing at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas for three years beginning next March. Her latest album, "A New Day Has Come," debuted seven weeks ago at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, and has already sold more than 1.5. million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set rebounded 6-2 on the chart this week.
U2's CBS concert special will originate from the Slane Castle in Dublin and will coincide with the release of a new album. As previously reported, the band was considering a summer of additional touring in support of its latest album, "All That You Can't Leave Behind" (Interscope), but instead opted to spend time in the studio working on new material.
Earlier this year, "All That You Can't Leave Behind" netted the band four Grammy Awards -- best rock album, record of the year ("Walk On"), best pop performance by a duo/group with vocal ("Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"), and best rock performance by a duo/group with vocal ("Elevation"). The set peaked at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 and has been certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 3 million copies.
On Monday (May 20), U2 singer Bono will embark on a 10-day tour of some of the most destitute countries in the world in sub-Saharan Africa with U.S. treasury secretary Paul O'Neill.
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