Unison is the English-language debut album of Canadian singer Céline Dion, released in 1990 in North America and the next year in the rest of the world. Counting her previous French-language releases, it is her 15th album.
In 1985 Dion recorded her first English single called "Listen to the Magic Man" for the movie The Peanut Butter Solution. The soundtrack also contained "Michael's Song." The same year she released a live album, Céline Dion en concert which contained a few English songs: "Up Where We Belong," "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Feeling."
In 1989, she released her second English single in Canada "Can't Live With You, Can't Live Without You," a duet with Billy Newton-Davis. She also recorded "Listen to Me" with Warren Wiebe. This was the title song for the movie starring Kirk Cameron. Also in 1989, she recorded her third duet with Dan Hill, called "Wishful Thinking."
After all those duets and movie songs, it was time for Dion's solo effort, an entire album in English that would introduce her to the world. For the release, CBS Records had originally offered $25,000, which would allow Dion to record new vocals over the original musical tracks from the French album Incognito. Three events would raise the ante. First, Dion performed a duet in English with Dan Hill at CBS Canada's 1987 convention. The performance impressed the company's president Bernie DiMatteo enough for him to raise the budget to $100,000 so that some new songs could be commissioned. Next, at the Juno Awards she sang "Have a Heart" - the English version of "Partout je te vois" from Incognito. After the performance the budget rose to $300,000. When David Foster later saw it on videotape, he told DiMatteo that $300,000 wasn't enough, so they were given an unlimited budget. The record ended up costing $600,000. Dion worked with three well-known producers: David Foster, Christopher Neil and Andy Goldmark.
Céline Dion did the Unison Tour in Canada to support the album. There was also a Unison home video released. During the tour, Céline Dion took part in the recording of "Voices That Care," a charity single released in March 1991. The song was written by David Foster, Linda Thompson and Peter Cetera, and recorded by a group of popular musicians, entertainers and athletes to help boost the morale of U.S. troops involved in the Gulf War, and also support the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The song reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified gold in the United States for selling over 500,000 copies.
|Belgian Flanders Albums Chart||80|
|Belgian Wallonie Albums Chart||56|
|Canadian Albums Chart||18||7x platinum||700,000|
|French Albums Chart||Gold||100,000|
|Norwegian Albums Chart||8||Platinum||40,000|
|UK Albums Chart||55||7,000|
|U.S. Billboard 200||74||Platinum||1,238,000|
|1990||Billet Platine||Billet Platine for the Concert Céline Dion|
|1991||Juno Awards||Album of the Year – Unison|
|1991||Juno Awards||Female Vocalist of the Year|
|1991||Félix Awards||Quebec Artist Achieving the Most Success in a Language Other Than French|
|Canada||March 26 1990||Columbia||CD||80150|
|United States||September 11 1990||Epic||CD||46983|
|Japan||February 21 1991||Epic||CD||ESCA-5184|
|United Kingdom, Australia||March 4 1991||Epic||CD||4672032|