Designed much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ features, ‘Replay’ is That Grape Juice‘s newest reflective segment to act as a written quest to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday. Unlike its TGJ retrospective predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase entire albums (and eras) from a library of pop and Urban pop music hits.
This week, we’ll fall in love all over again with Celine Dion‘s 1996 chart-topping album ‘Falling Into You’ – one of the best selling albums of all time…
Even after three U.S. top 10 hits and leading Disney to an Academy Award win for her performance of ‘Beauty & the Beast’ alongside R&B crooner Peabo Bryson, it wasn’t until 1993’s ‘The Colour of My Love’ – the third English language album from vocal powerhouse Celine Dion – that she became fully established as a force in the United States. Launching the hits ‘The Power of Love,’ ‘Think Twice,’ and ‘To Love You More,’ the album would go on to 6x platinum status in the U.S. and sail on to the tune of 20 million albums worldwide – making it one of the best selling projects of all time.
Delivering a double edged sword as it only heightened expectations for the songstress to meet or exceed similar success with her follow-up, Dion greeted the challenge by reassembling members of the songwriting/production team that helped ‘Colour of Love’ color her name into history books (Diane Warren, David Foster, Ric Wake namely).
Together, they crafted her fourth English release ‘Falling Into You.’
‘Falling Into You’
Much like fellow powerhouse diva Whitney Houston, Dion had an undeniable magic touch when it came to remakes. Her covers, some of which were her biggest hits up to that point (see: ‘The Power of Love,’ ‘If You Asked Me To’), were interpreted with such intensity and character that many assumed she was the original singer. This trend continued with ‘Falling Into You.’
Originally recorded in 1994 by an Argentine songstress, Celine and co. kicked off her fourth outing with the title track in Europe while leaning to ‘Because You Loved Me,’ a Diane Warren-penned ballad tapped as the theme song for the Michelle Pfeiffer flick ‘Up Close & Personal’ (1996), as first draft for North & South America.
‘Because You Loved Me’
The 1-2 punch proved potent.
Skyrocketing to #1 in the UK, ‘Falling’ only fell short of top 20 glory in a handful of countries its release was targeted to. On the other hand, its David Foster-produced co-leader, ‘Because,’ boasted a stronger worldwide performance. Bowing at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song dethroned the year’s longtime chart champion ‘One Sweet Day’ (Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men) and spent an impressive six weeks atop the tally itself.
Ushering in proof that fans were more than anxious to get their hands on new music from the diva, by the time ‘Falling Into You’ was released in the U.S. (debuting at #2), the song was well on its way to platinum status.
To date, the tune remains her second most successful showing on the U.S. singles chart.
‘It’s All Coming Back To Me Now’
By the summer of 1996, the album’s success showed no signs of cooling. To capitalize, Celine & team tapped ‘It’s All Coming Back To Me Now’ – another cover – as the project’s second North American release. Much like ‘Because’ before it, the ballad would shoot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking at #2).
In fact, the song was so well received, it helped hoist ‘Falling Into You’ to #1 on the Billboard 200 (nearly 30 weeks after its release).
Billboard reports the song is the third best showing on the Hot 100 of her career.
‘All By Myself’
To have two of your most successful singles be launched back to back from one album undoubtedly increased the pressure for the diva upon selecting its follow-up. Calling on the help of producer David Foster yet again, ‘All By Myself’ – another cover – was lifted from ‘Falling’ as the official third single.
And, like the releases that preceded it, the selection would prove itself a homerun. Skyrocketing to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, it too would join rank as one of the singer’s fan favorites and lend a most impressive showing on the tally.
‘Call the Man’
By the time ‘Call the Man’ – the fifth pick from the project – was called upon, the damage on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 was done. Despite not knowing nearly the levels of success its predecessors from the album knew, the tune would still go on to be a moderate hit for the powerhouse pop performer.
When the dust settled, the album was certified diamond in the United States with the most recent count hovering near the 11 million mark. On a global scale, ‘Falling Into You’ is ranked as one of the best selling albums of all time with 32 million units (and counting) moved to date.
On the awards tip, we don’t even want to tire you (or ourselves) out by reviewing the seemingly endless list of industry nods. But, for the record, highlights include:
- ‘Because You Loved Me’
- 1997 Grammy Award – ‘Best Song Written For a Motion Picture or Television’ (win)
- 1997 Grammy Award nominations – ‘Record of the Year,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’ (nominated)
- Golden Globe – ‘Best Original Song’ (nominated)
- Academy Award – ‘Best Original Song’ (nominated)
- ‘Falling Into You’ (the album)
- 1997 Grammy Award – ‘Album of the Year’ (win)
- 1997 Grammy Award – ‘Best Pop Album’ (win)
The listing above doesn’t even begin to touch the American Music Awards, Juno Awards, Billboard Music Awards, World Music Awards, or other accolades afforded to the project.
‘Falling Into You’ remains our favorite disc of Dion’s here at TGJ HQ. Arguably, she was at her vocal peak and still filled with a fire and hunger that (slowly but surely) left her after the next project – ‘Let’s Talk About Love’ (courtesy of her signature hit ‘My Heart Will Go On’) – blew her into the stratosphere.
Now, excuse us while we get our entire lives to her rocking rendition of ‘River Deep, Mountain High.’