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A New Day Has Come

A New Day Has Come is an album by Canadian singer Céline Dion, which marked her return after two-year hiatus to have a child. It was released on March 22 2002. A New Day Has Come is Dion's 9th English album and 28th in total. The limited edition, containing bonus DVD with two audio and two video tracks, was released in November 2002. Six years later, in early 2008 the album was re-released as a collector's edition, including the original CD and a bonus DVD with all videos and making of the album. At the same time A New Day Has Come was released in a new package as Let's Talk About Love / Falling into You / A New Day Has Come 3CD set.

Album information

The album includes many highlights, like Dion's renditions of Etta James classic, "At Last" and Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy."

Few French accents can be found here too, as Dion recorded "The Greatest Reward," an adaptation of "L'envie d'aimer" from the French musical The Ten Commandments, performed originally by Daniel Lévi. The song was co-written by Pascal Obispo, a popular French singer and composer. Another track called "Ten Days" is an adaptation of a French hit song, "Tomber" by Gérald De Palmas. Dion recorded also Spanish version of "L'amour existe encore" from her 1991 Dion chante Plamondon album, called "Aún Existe Amor."

The album included two successful singles: the title track and "I'm Alive," featured also in the Stuart Little 2 movie. On "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)," released as last commercial single, Shania Twain did the background vocals. "At Last" was released as a radio single in the United States only.

"Super Love" was available as European/Australian/Asian bonus track only.

On April 7 2002, CBS aired one-hour TV special dedicated to A New Day Has Come. Beside songs from the album, Dion performed two duets: "Emotion/When the Wrong One Loves You Right" with Destiny's Child and "Beauty and the Beast" with Brian McKnight.

For further promotion, Céline Dion joined on May 23 2002 the VH1 Divas Las Vegas along with Cher, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Anastacia, Dixie Chicks, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Nicks and Whitney Houston. She sang "A New Day Has Come," "I'm Alive," "Can't Help Falling in Love," and a duet with Anastacia on AC/DC song "You Shook Me All Night Long."

On November 18 2002 A New Day Has Come was released as a special limited edition with bonus DVD, featuring two unreleased audio tracks: "Coulda Woulda Shoulda" and "All Because of You," the music video for "I'm Alive" and a teaser for Dion's Las Vegas show A New Day.... In the U.S. the limited edition included longer version of "The Greatest Reward" lasting 4:04, instead of original 3:28. As a result, the album made a big jump on the charts around the world.

"All Because of You" was later released as "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" B-side. "Coulda Woulda Shoulda," "Have You Ever Been in Love" and a ballad version of "Sorry for Love" appeared also on Dion's next album One Heart. "Have You Ever Been in Love" was even released as a single in 2003 to promote it.

Céline Dion won an American Music Award for Favorite Artist in the Adult Contemporary category in February 2003.

The track "I Surrender," while not released as a single, has become a popular song choice for contestants on reality TV singing competitions around the world. It has been performed by Kelly Clarkson and Anthony Fedorov on American Idol, David Archuleta on Star Search, Craig Sharpe on Canadian Idol, and Lorena Gomez on the Spanish show Operación Triunfo to name a few. Polish singer Edyta Górniak recorded Polish-language version of this song, called "List." "I Surrender" was also performed by Dion for five years during A New Day..., becoming one of show's highlights.

On January 29 2008, Legacy Recordings released A New Day Has Come as a new collector's edition with bonus DVD. The CD contains 16 tracks from the North American version of the album (including extended version of "The Greatest Reward") and the DVD features four music videos, and behind the scenes footage from the making of the album and the "A New Day Has Come" video.

Chart success

A New Day Has Come was very successful, debuting at number 1 in over twenty countries and selling 10 million copies. The IFPI announced that it was the fifth best selling album worldwide in 2002.

In the United States, A New Day Has Come debuted at number 1, selling 558,000 copies in its first week; it was Dion's first number 1 debut, and her fourth number 1 overall. In the following week, A New Day Has Come sold 263,000 copies and slipped to number 2. To date, the album has sold 3.3 million copies in the United States and is certified 3x platinum. In Canada, it sold 152,000 copies in the first week and stayed at number 1 for seven consecutive weeks. It has been certified 6x platinum for 600,000 copies sold.

A New Day Has Come went triple platinum in Europe, reaching the top in most European countries. In the United Kingdom, it debuted with 89,000 copies sold and stayed at number 1 for four weeks in a row. To date, it has sold 500,000 copies and was certified platinum. In France, the album topped the chart for four weeks and was certified 3x platinum for 900,000 copies sold.

In Australia, A New Day Has Come stayed five weeks at number 1 and was certified 2x platinum, selling over 160,000 copies sold.

Track listing

  1. "I'm Alive" (Kristian Lundin, Andreas Carlsson) – 3:30
  2. "Right in Front of You" (Steve Morales, Sheppard Solomon, Kara DioGuardi, David Siegel) – 4:13
  3. "Have You Ever Been in Love" (Anders Bagge, Peer Astrom, Tom Nichols, Daryl Hall, Laila Bagge) – 4:08
  4. "Rain, Tax (It's Inevitable)" (Terry Britten, Charlie Dore) – 3:25
  5. "A New Day Has Come" (radio remix) (Aldo Nova, Stephan Moccio) – 4:23
  6. "Ten Days" (Nova, Maxime Le Forestier, Gérald De Palmas) – 3:37
  7. "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" (Robert Lange) – 5:19
  8. "Prayer" (Corey Hart) – 5:34
  9. "I Surrender" (Louis Biancaniello, Sam Watters) – 4:47
  10. "At Last" (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) – 4:39
  11. "Super Love" (Guy Roche, Shelly Peiken) – 4:16 (2002 European/Australian/Asian bonus track; 2008 Japanese bonus track)
  12. "Sorry for Love" (DioGuardi, Bagge, Astrom, Arnthor Birgisson) – 4:10
  13. "Aún Existe Amor" (Richard Cocciante, Ignacio Ballesteros-Diaz) – 3:52
  14. "The Greatest Reward" (Pascal Obispo, Carlsson, Jörgen Elofsson, Lionel Florence, Patrice Guirao) – 3:28
  15. "When the Wrong One Loves You Right" (Martin Briley, Francis Gallucio, Marjorie Maye) – 3:48
  16. "A New Day Has Come" (Nova, Moccio) – 5:43
  17. "Nature Boy" (Eden Ahbez) – 3:45

2002 special limited edition bonus DVD

  1. "All Because of You" (Burton Collins, Lisa Scott, Christi Dannemiller) – 3:30
  2. "Coulda Woulda Shoulda" (Lundin, Carlsson) – 3:27
  3. "I'm Alive" international video version (Dave Meyers) – 3:30
  4. Las Vegas show preview (Scott Floyd Lochmus, Dave Platel) – 5:40

2008 collector's edition bonus DVD

  • Videos:
  • "A New Day Has Come" (Meyers) – 4:20
  • "Have You Ever Been in Love" (Antti Jokinen) – 4:06
  • "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" (Chris Applebaum) – 4:33
  • "I'm Alive" (Meyers) – 3:30
  • Bonus features:
  • Making the album (Lochmus) – 12:15
  • Making "A New Day Has Come" video (Lochmus) – 3:03
  • "Have You Ever Been in Love" in the studio (Lochmus) – 5:05
  • Photo gallery

Chart performance

Chart Peak
Certification Sales/shipments
Argentinian Albums Chart 1 Platinum 40,000
Australian Albums Chart 1 2x platinum 160,000
Austrian Albums Chart 1 Platinum 40,000
Belgian Flanders Albums Chart 2 2x platinum 100,000
Belgian Wallonie Albums Chart 1
Brazilian Albums Chart 2 Gold 50,000
Canadian Albums Chart 1 6x platinum1 800,000
Czech Republic Albums Chart 12
Danish Albums Chart 1 2x platinum 100,000
Dutch Albums Chart 1 Platinum2 215,000
Estonian Albums Chart 1
European Albums Chart 1 3x platinum 3,000,000
Finnish Albums Chart 1 Gold3 35,000
French Albums Chart 1 3x platinum 900,000
German Albums Chart 2 3x gold (platinum) 450,000
Greek Albums Chart 1 Platinum 55,000
Hong Kong Albums Chart Gold 10,000
Hungarian Albums Chart 2 Gold 10,000
Irish Albums Chart 1
Italian Albums Chart 1 2x platinum 270,000
Japanese Albums Chart 15 Gold 100,000
Mexican Albums Chart 1
New Zealand Albums Chart 1 2x platinum 30,000
Norwegian Albums Chart 1 Platinum 50,000
Polish Albums Chart 2 Gold 60,000
Portuguese Albums Chart 3 3x platinum 120,000
South African Albums Chart 1
South Korean Albums Chart 1 80,0004
Spanish Albums Chart 4 Platinum 100,000
Swedish Albums Chart 1 Platinum 60,000
Swiss Albums Chart 1 3x platinum 120,000
Taiwanese Albums Chart 1 4x platinum 120,000
UK Albums Chart 1 Platinum 500,000
U.S. Billboard 200 1 3x platinum 3,280,000
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums 1

1 should be certified 8x platinum (800 000)
2 should be certified 2x platinum (160,000)
3 should be certified platinum (30,000)
4 should be certified 2x platinum (60,000)


Year Award show Award
2002 Félix Awards Most Successful Québécois Artist in a Language Other Than French
2003 American Music Awards Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary
2003 Dragon Awards Female Artist of the Year – International
2003 Arion Music Awards Best Sales, International Album for A New Day Has Come

Release history


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Region Date Label Format Catalog
Australia March 22 2002 Epic CD 5062262
Europe March 25 2002 Columbia CD 5062262
North America March 26 2002 Epic CD 86400
South Korea March 26 2002 Epic CD CPK-2633
Japan March 30 2002 Epic CD EICP-55
Europe November 18 2002 Columbia CD/DVD 5062265
North America November 19 2002 Epic CD/DVD 5062265
Australia November 22 2002 Epic CD/DVD 5062265
South Korea December 6 2002 Columbia CD/DVD CPK-2837
North America January 29 2008 Columbia CD/DVD 88697226662
Japan February 27 2008 Epic CD/DVD 88697226662
Australia April 19 2008 Epic CD/DVD 88697226662
Europe May 16 2008 Columbia CD/DVD 88697226662