Canadian singer Celine Dion performs
during the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo Nov. 4, 2007. The World Music
Awards honours the best selling recording artists from around the world.
(Xinhua/Reuters, File Photo)
BEIJING, Jan. 17 -- Canadian pop superstar Celine
Dion is to perform on the Chinese mainland for the first time, with a concert at
the 50,000-seat Shanghai Stadium on April 11.
"I am excited about my upcoming first ever Chinese
mainland concerts in April," Dion said via video link on Wednesday.
"I look forward to presenting you with a wonderful
performance. I can't wait to see everyone in Shanghai."
The Shanghai concert is part of the artist's "Taking
Chances" world tour. Dubbed as "the best selling female artist in the world,"
Dion has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, according to figures
released by her record company Sony BMG.
She is also one of the best known Western pop singers
in China. In 1999, she held a sold-out concert at the old Kai Tak airport runway
in Hong Kong.
Tickets for her Shanghai concert, ranging from 300
yuan (41 U.S. dollars) to 3,000 yuan, are now on sale on 400-707-9999 or at
Concert organizer Emma Entertainment said Dion will
perform most of her best-known songs, including "My Heart Will Go On," from the
1997 blockbuster film "Titanic."
Emma Entertainment CEO Jonathan Krane said the
concert would also be a celebration of the upcoming Shanghai 2010 World Expo.
Meanwhile, Dion, who will also perform in Beijing on
April 13, has submitted an entry in the Beijing Olympics theme song competition.
"We are delighted to have Celine, who has sung a
widely praised song for a previous Olympics, involved," said Kan Ke, deputy
director of the culture and ceremony department of the Olympics organizing
Dion sang "The Power of the Dream" at the opening
ceremony of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
More than 30 artists have submitted songs.
"What the theme song will be will remain secret until
Aug. 8, when the Games open," Kan said.
(Source: Shanghai Daily)
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