Ask Billboard: Celine Dion's Career Sales & Biggest Hot 100 Hits
A look at the sales and chart highlights for this year's BBMAs ICON honoree. Plus, the many similarities between Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's hits & more.
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It's so great that Celine Dion will be honored with the ICON Award at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards and will perform Queen's "The Show Must Go On." I love Celine and I'm glad that she is going on with her music after her husband died, and that Billboard is honoring her.
I'd like to ask about her sales numbers. Could you please run down her best-selling albums? That would be a real treat for the fans who support their icon – and Billboard's – so much.
The crowd at the T-Mobile Arena is certain to give Dion the warmest of welcomes tonight, not only given the difficult year she's had, but also for her legendary career.
In her honor, let's rank her best-selling albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. At 52.5 million, she ranks fifth among all artists for the most albums sold domestically since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991:
10.8 million, Falling Into You (1996); 9.6 million, Let's Talk About Love (1997); 8.1 million, All the Way…A Decade of Song (1999); 5.4 million, These Are Special Times (1998); 4.6 million, The Colour of My Love (1994)
3.3 million, A New Day Has Come (2002); 2.4 million, Celine Dion (1992); 1.8 million, One Heart (2003); 1.2 million, Unison (1990); 1.1 million, Taking Chances (2007)
Notably, the 1997 Titanic soundtrack is not classified as a Dion album, although it was fueled in large part by her smash, and two-week Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, "My Heart Will Go On." The set has sold 10.2 million.
Speaking of the Hot 100 … let's talk about the love she's felt on the tally since arriving with the No. 4-peaking "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" more than 25 years ago. Here's a look at Dion's 10 best-performing Hot 100 hits (and their peak positions and years; the ranking includes all 10 of her Hot 100 top 10s):
1, "Because You Loved Me" (No. 1, six weeks, 1996)
2, "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (No. 2, 1996)
3, "The Power of Love" (No. 1, four weeks, 1994)
4, "I'm Your Angel" (with R. Kelly; No. 1, six weeks, 1998-99)
5, "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" (No. 4, 1991)
6, "My Heart Will Go On" (No. 1, two weeks, 1998)
7, "That's the Way It Is" (No. 6, 2000)
8, "If You Asked Me To" (No. 4, 1992)
9, "All by Myself" (No. 4, 1997)
10, "Beauty and the Beast" (with Peabo Bryson; No. 9, 1992)
Celine Dion's top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits are based on actual performance on the weekly Hot 100, through the May 28, 2016, ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.
So glad that Justin Timberlake is back on top with such an incredible hit, "Can't Stop the Feeling!" I hope it's the song of the summer. Perhaps it can be, given that there's no album yet to drive consumers away from buying the single.
Thanks for writing about JT's fun connections with Michael Jackson, with whom Timberlake had last hit the Hot 100's top 10, thanks to their 2014 virtual collab "Love Never Felt So Good." How about more? MJ's first No. 1 that he wrote himself was "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." And, note the title similarities via his other No. 1s "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" (with Siedah Garrett) and "The Way You Make Me Feel."
(Oh, and another male pop star currently in the top 10: Mike Posner. He's now risen to No. 4 with his Avicii-referencing "I Took a Pill in Ibiza." Once again, Avicii has gone as high as that rank on the Hot 100, as that's where he's charted highest as an artist, with "Wake Me Up," featuring the uncredited Aloe Blacc.)
Trying to show Avicii I'm cool,
Timberlake and Jackson now share another key Hot 100 achievement: debuting atop the chart. While "Stop" is the 26th song to start at No. 1, Jackson first managed the feat, with "You Are Not Alone" in 1995.
What else? In 1984, Jackson hit No. 38 on the Hot 100 with "Farewell My Summer Love." In 2007, Timberlake said farewell to the first two words of that title for his No. 6 hit "Summer Love." That was after Jackson had scored No. 2 and 1 smashes with "Rockin' Robin" (1972) and "Rock With You" (1980) and Timberlake had climbed to No. 5 with "Rock Your Body" (2003).
In 1987, Jackson ruled the Hot 100 with "Bad." In 2014, Timberlake also had a good-sized hit (No. 8) with "Not a Bad Thing." And, Jackson topped the Hot 100 in 1988 with fellow Bad single "Man in the Mirror." In 2013, Timberlake was the man with "Mirrors," his No. 2 hit.
Of course, each artist famously made his Hot 100 arrival in a boy band with the same-titled song, each now a classic for its respective era: "I Want You Back," by the Jackson 5 (1969) and N*Sync (1998).
Clearly, the lyrics to "Can't Stop the Feeling!" were not proofed at Pendant Publishing:
Nor were all these songs, the 11 Hot 100 No. 1s (of 1,055 total) with exclamation points in their titles. Oddly, they've come in bunches, the first six in 1962-65; the next three in 2003-05; and the two most recent since last year:
"Hey! Baby," Bruce Channel, 1962
"There! I've Said It Again," Bobby Vinton, 1964
"Hello, Dolly!," Louis Armstrong and The All Stars, 1964
"Stop! In the Name of Love," The Supremes, 1965
"Help!," The Beatles, 1965
"Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)," The Byrds, 1965
"Hey Ya!,"OutKast, 2003
"Yeah!," Usher feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris, 2004
"Run It!," Chris Brown, 2005
"Uptown Funk!," Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, 2015
"Can't Stop the Feeling!," Justin Timberlake, 2016
Plus, three acts with exclamation points in their names have topped the Hot 100: Wham!, P!nk and MAGIC!
(Actually, Mr. Lippman might approve of the titles above after all.)