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Dion chante Plamondon

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Dion chante Plamondon
Dion chante Plamondon.jpg
Studio album by
Released4 November 1991 (1991-11-04)
Recorded8 September – 6 October 1991
GenrePop, pop rock
Celine Dion chronology
Dion chante Plamondon
Celine Dion
Alternative cover
Des mots qui sonnent
Des mots qui sonnent
Singles from Dion chante Plamondon
  1. "Des mots qui sonnent"
    Released: 11 November 1991
  2. "L'amour existe encore"
    Released: 11 November 1991
  3. "Je danse dans ma tête"
    Released: 16 March 1992
  4. "Quelqu'un que j'aime, quelqu'un qui m'aime"
    Released: 24 August 1992
  5. "Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)"
    Released: 5 July 1993

Dion chante Plamondon (meaning Dion Sings Plamondon) is the tenth studio album by Canadian singer Celine Dion. It was originally released on 4 November 1991 by Columbia Records and features French-language songs with words written by French-Canadian lyricist, Luc Plamondon. In Francophone countries in Europe, the album was renamed Des mots qui sonnent, meaning Words That Resonate. It includes French hit song, "Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)". Dion chante Plamondon won Juno Award for Francophone Album of the Year and Félix Award for Best Selling Album of the Year. It topped the chart in Quebec and reached number four in France.

Content and release

Dion interprets the words of Luc Plamondon, pop lyricist of French-speaking Canada. The album includes four new songs ("Des mots qui sonnent", "Je danse dans ma tête", "Quelqu'un que j'aime, quelqu'un qui m'aime" and "L'amour existe encore") and eight covers (mostly form the musical Starmania: "Le monde est stone", "Le blues du businessman", "Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)" and "Les uns contre les autres"). "Le monde est stone" and "Ziggy" were performed originally by Fabienne Thibeault, and "Le blues du businessman" by Claude Dubois. Thibeault and Dubois sang also "Les uns contre les autres". Other covers include: Martine St-Clair's "Le fils de Superman", Diane Dufresne's "Oxygène" and "J'ai besoin d'un chum", and Marie Carmen's "Piaf chanterait du rock".

On 4 November 1991, the album was released in Canada.[1] In May 1992, it was issued in France, Belgium and Switzerland.[2] On 25 January 1993, it was released in Australia.[3] In 1994, Dion chante Plamondon was released in the rest of the world, becoming Dion's first French album available worldwide.[4][5] It was released with four different cover pictures.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[6]
Entertainment WeeklyC[7]

According to AllMusic, "on this relatively early album, Dion sounds as self-assured and mature as on her latter-day recordings as a world-class superstar. Her voice exudes a passion beyond her young years, especially on the album's rocking opener, "Des mots qui sonnent."" They also said that "this album spans a wide musical spectrum, including the dramatic "Le fils de Superman," the funk-tinged "Je danse dans ma tête," the bluesy "Les uns contre les autres," and the mega-power ballad "Le blues du businessman."[6]

1991-92 in Canada

There were no commercial singles from this album released in Quebec, Canada, although five of them went to the radio. Sony Music Entertainment decided to release two singles at the same time, in November 1991: "Des mots qui sonnent" to the pop stations (airplay peak at number 10) and "L'amour existe encore" to the adult contemporary format (airplay peak at number 16). March 1992 saw the issue of "Je danse dans ma tête" (number 3 in airplay). "Quelqu'un que j'aime, quelqu'un qui m'aime" was chosen in August 1992 as the next single and became a hit reaching number 1 on the airplay chart in Quebec. The album was very successful in Quebec, topping the chart for seven weeks.[8] It reached number 57 on the Canadian Albums Chart as Quebec sales did not factor into this chart at that time, but was certified 2x Platinum in Canada.

1992-94 in France

In France, the album was renamed Des mots qui sonnent and was promoted by "Je danse dans ma tête" commercial single, released in April 1992. However, at that time none of them charted. Everything had changed in 1993 when Dion's single "Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)" became a smash hit, reaching number 2 and being certified Gold. English version of that song appeared on the Tycoon compilation, as well as the single's B-side. Thanks to its success, Des mots qui sonnent charted for the very first time in September 1993. In January 1994, Sony Music Entertainment released the third and final commercial single in France - "L'amour existe encore", which peaked at number 31. The album reached number 4 and spent a whole year on the chart. It was certified 2x Platinum in France.[9] The album has sold over 660,000 copies in France alone.[10][11][12]

1994 worldwide

There was no promotion when the album was released worldwide in 1994. Only Dion's English single "Think Twice", released at that time contained as B-sides two songs from Dion chante Plamondon: "L'amour existe encore" and "Le monde est stone". Dion chante Plamondon has sold over two million copies worldwide.[13][14] Although a French-language record, it managed to sell 275,000 copies in the United States as of June 2014.[15] On the Belgian Wallonia chart, which is available only since April 1995, the album peaked at number 17. It was also certified Gold in Belgium in November 1995.


Dion chante Plamondon won Juno Award for Francophone Album of the Year in 1993.[16] It also won Félix Award for Best Selling Album of the Year in 1992 and was nominated for Pop/Rock Album of the Year.[17] "Quelqu'un que j'aime, quelqu'un qui m'aime" was nominated for the Félix Award for Most Popular Song of the Year in 1993 and "L'amour existe encore" was nominated for the Video of the Year in 1994.[18] Dion was also nominated for the Félix Award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1992, 1993 and 1994, and won in this category in 1994.[19] Additionally, "Je danse dans ma tête" won MuchMusic Video Award for Best Adult Contemporary Video in 1992 and Dion was nominated for the Victoires de la Musique in category Francophone Artist of the Year in 1994.[20][21] Dion chante Plamondon television special was also nominated for two Gémeaux Awards in 1992.[22]

Track listing

All tracks produced by Jannick Top and Serge Perathoner except "Je danse dans ma tête" produced by Romano Musumarra.

1."Des mots qui sonnent"3:55
2."Le monde est stone"
3."J'ai besoin d'un chum"
  • Plamondon
  • François Cousineau
4."Le fils de Superman"
  • Plamondon
  • Germain Gauthier
5."Je danse dans ma tête"
  • Plamondon
  • Romano Musumarra
6."Le blues du businessman"
  • Plamondon
  • Berger
7."Piaf chanterait du rock"
  • Plamondon
  • Gauthier
8."Un garçon pas comme les autres (Ziggy)"
  • Plamondon
  • Berger
9."Quelqu'un que j'aime, quelqu'un qui m'aime"
  • Plamondon
  • Erown
10."Les uns contre les autres"
  • Plamondon
  • Berger
  • Plamondon
  • Gauthier
12."L'amour existe encore"3:50


Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[32] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[33] 2× Platinum 200,000^
France (SNEP)[34] 2× Platinum 660,000[10][11][12]
United States 275,000[15]
Worldwide 2,000,000[13][14]

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

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalog Edition
Canada[1] 4 November 1991 Columbia 80168 Dion chante Plamondon
with 12 songs
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
4 May 1992
  • CD
  • cassette
471344 Des mots qui sonnent
with 12 songs
Australia[3] 25 January 1993 Epic 477215 Dion chante Plamondon
with 10 songs
United States[4] 31 May 1994 64363
Japan[5] 21 November 1994 SMEJ CD ESCA-6101

See also


  1. ^ a b "Celine Dion: Music - Dion chante Plamondon". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b Larry LeBlanc and Susan Nunziata (16 May 1992). "Dion's Language Is Universal" (PDF). Billboard. p. 40. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b Gavin Ryan (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  4. ^ a b "Celine Dion - Dion chante Plamondon". Amazon US. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b "フランス物語 ~セリーヌ・ディオン,プラモンドンを歌う" (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b AllMusic review
  7. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  8. ^ "Compilation des ventes d'albums par ordre alphabétique d'interprètes" (PDF) (in French). BAnQ. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  9. ^ "SNEP: Notre Base de Données" (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Les Meilleures Ventes de CD / Albums "Tout Temps"" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Luc Plamondon: 1999". Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Luc Plamondon". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  13. ^ a b Juan Rodriguez (25 November 2010). "A soundtrack of Quebec history". The Gazette. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Dans l'univers de Luc Plamondon / 4 décembre 2010" (in French). Société Radio-Canada. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  15. ^ a b Charles des Portes (20 June 2014). "Vidéos. Stromae en concert à New York : peut-il rejoindre le club très fermé des stars mondiales francophones?". Le Huffington Post (in French). Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Awards: Artist Summary". CARAS. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  17. ^ "Gala de l'ADISQ - 1992". ADISQ. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  18. ^ "Gala de l'ADISQ - 1993". ADISQ. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  19. ^ "Gala de l'ADISQ - 1994". ADISQ. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  20. ^ "Celine Dion: Timeline". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  21. ^ "9eme cérémonie des Victoires de la Musique". France Télévisions. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
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  23. ^ " – Céline Dion – Des mots qui sonnent" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  24. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 2065". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  25. ^ Nanda Lwin (1999). Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide. Music Data Canada. ISBN 1-896594-13-1.
  26. ^ "Les "Charts Runs" de chaque Album Classé" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  27. ^ "Palmarès des ventes d'albums au Québec" (in French). BAnQ. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  28. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1993 par InfoDisc" (in French). InfoDisc. Archived from the original on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2015.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  29. ^ "Classement Albums - année 1994" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  30. ^ "Rapports annueles 1995" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  31. ^ "Rapports annueles 1995 - albums francophones" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  32. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 1995". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
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