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Ask Billboard: Celine Dion Celebrates Chart Anniversary

Chart Beat readers discuss the 20th anniversary of Dion's Hot 100 arrival, P!nk's new greatest hit and more charted actors-turned-singers.

Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com. Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S.


Hi Gary,

Celine Dion first entered the Billboard Hot 100 Dec. 8, 1990, with “Where Does My Heart Beat Now.”

As she celebrates the 20th anniversary of her first Hot 100 hit, could you please provide a summary of her achievements on Billboard charts and list the sales of her top-selling albums?



Chris Gorecki
Warsaw, Poland

Hi Chris,

Two decades have, in fact, passed since Dion first graced the Hot 100. “Where Does My Heart Beat Now” entered at No. 80 20 years ago this week. The ballad peaked at No. 4 on the March 2, 1991, chart.

Dion had actually first charted on the Adult Contemporary survey the week of Oct. 27, 1990, when her debut U.S. single bowed at No. 41. Since that time, Dion has dominated the AC chart.

Her 39 AC hits since her arrival are the most among all artists, as are her 21 top 10s and 11 No. 1s.

On the Hot 100, Dion has collected 21 entries, 10 of which reached the top 10. Four of her entries rose to No. 1:

“The Power of Love”
1994, four weeks at No. 1

“Because You Loved Me”

1996, six weeks

“My Heart Will Go On”
1998, two weeks

“I’m Your Angel” (R. Kelly & Celine Dion)
1996, six weeks

Dion has tallied 11 top 10s on the Billboard 200, beginning with “The Colour of My Love” (No. 4) in 1994. Four of her albums have reached No. 1: “Falling Into You” (1996, three weeks), “Let’s Talk About Love” (1998, one week), “All the Way…A Decade of Song” (1999, three weeks) and “A New Day Has Come” (2002, one week).

Dion’s total U.S. album sales stand at 51.1 million, the fifth-best sum since SoundScan launched in 1991. She trails only Garth Brooks (68.5 million), the Beatles (61.7), Mariah Carey (52.9) and Metallica (52.6).

Here is a look at Dion’s 10 best-selling sets, per SoundScan:

10,785,000, “Falling Into You”
9,465,000, “Let’s Talk About Love”
7,934,000, “All the Way…A Decade of Song”
5,151,000, “These Are Special Times”
4,502,000, “The Colour of My Love”
3,307,000, “A New Day Has Come”
2,373,000, “Celine Dion”
1,792,000, “One Heart”
1,227,000, “Unison”
1,065,000, “Taking Chances”

The thrill of any chart achievements, however, pale in comparison to Dion’s deeper joy this holiday season, the first that she, husband Rene Angelil and nine-year-old son Rene-Charles will celebrate with six-week-old fraternal twins Nelson and Eddy.

“The love and what I feel inside – I don’t know how to put it into words,” says Dion.

“It’s bigger than life itself.”


Hey Gary,

First off I want to thank you for answering all these questions every week!

Here’s mine: With P!nk having topped the Hot 100 last week with “Raise Your Glass,” from her “Greatest Hits… So Far!!!” retrospective, have many other artists scored No. 1s from best-of albums?

Thanks so much!

Eric Milligan

Hi Eric,

Thanks. “Raise Your Glass” is the first Hot 100 No. 1 from a greatest hits set since Britney Spears sent “3” from “The Singles Collection” to the top the week of Oct. 24, 2009.

Only two other songs in the past 20 years prior to “3” were released alongside best-of albums:

“You Are Not Alone,” Michael Jackson
Sept 2, 1995, from “HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1”

“Justify My Love,” Madonna
Jan. 5, 1991, from “The Immaculate Collection”

Adding a new song to a greatest hits set is a strategic move, offering added incentive for consumers to purchase a collection of songs of which they may already own a majority; especially in the digital era, when the validity of albums continues to be debated, as shoppers can pick and choose the individual cuts they want like never before.

Hi Gary,

That was a very interesting question that Jesper Tan asked about actors and actresses that have charted in Billboard.

Thanks for providing a list of such stars, and although that sampling is likely fairly endless, here are a few more to include:

Walter Brennan: the three-time Oscar-winning character actor notched a No. 5 Hot 100 hit in 1962 with “Old Rivers.”

Keith Carradine: this member of the famous acting family reached No. 17 in 1976 with “I’m Easy,” from the film “Nashville,” for which he won a Best Original Song Oscar.

Richard Chamberlain: the actor who played “Dr. Kildare” sewed up a No. 10 hit in 1962 with the show’s theme song, “Three Stars Will Shine Tonight.”

Minnie Driver: the Oscar-nominated co-star of “Good Will Hunting” placed two albums on the Heatseekers Albums chart: “Everything I’ve Got in My Pocket” (No. 43, 2004) and “Seastories” (No. 25, 2007).

Patty Duke: the actress who won an Oscar playing Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker” (1962) enjoyed a No. 8 Hot 100 hit in 1965 with “Don’t Just Stand There.”

Shelley Fabares
: the long-time television actress (“The Donna Reed Show,” “One Day at a Time,” “Coach”) flew to No. 1 in 1962 with “Johnny Angel.”

Sally Field: the two-time Oscar-winner reached No. 94 on the Hot 100 in 1967 with “Felicidad.”

Eddie Hodges: this child actor from the ’50s/’60s (“A Hole in the Head,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”) earned two top 20 hits: “I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door (No. 12, 1961) and “(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made to Love” (No. 14, 1962).

Cheryl Ladd: this fourth “Charlie’s Angel” (“Kris Monroe”) reached No. 34 in 1978 with “Think It Over.

Hayley Mills: the British thespian (“Pollyanna,” “The Parent Trap,” “Miss Bliss” in the TV series “Good Morning, Miss Bliss,” which evolved into “Saved By the Bell”) reached No. 8 in 1961 with “Let’s Get Together.”

William Shatner: the Canadian actor best known as “Captain James T. Kirk” released the album “Has Been” (produced by Ben Folds!) in 2004. It reached No. 22 on Heatseekers Albums.

David Soul: “Ken Hutchinson” from TV’s “Starsky & Hutch” reached No. 1 in 1977 with “Don’t Give Up On Us.”

Sissy Spacek: the multi-talented star won an Oscar playing country queen Loretta Lynn in 1980’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” She provided vocals in the film and was nominated for a Grammy Award. She then recorded her own album, “Hangin’ Up My Heart,” which reached No. 17 on the Country Albums chart. Spacek has also placed four singles on Country Songs.

Jack Wagner: this star of “General Hospital”, “Melrose Place” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” reached No. 2 in 1984 with “All I Need.”

Thanks again for a great column!

Blair Buchta
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Hi Blair,

Thanks for such an in-depth list of additional actors-turned-singers.

The star that prompted the feature – Gwyneth Paltrow, who guested as “Holly Holliday” on “Glee” and reached Nos. 11 and 18 with the cast on “Forget You” and “Singing in the Rain / Umbrella,” respectively – may have spurred her husband to reaffirm his own musical merits.

Coldplay, led by Chris Martin’s vocals, enters the Hot 100 this week at No. 25 with “Christmas Lights.”