Friday, April 12, 2024

Celine Dion Title Track from “Love Again,” Movie She Stars In Playing Herself, is DOA on Charts


Dead on arrival: Eight days ago, Celine Dion released a new song called “Love Again.” She hasn’t had a record out in a long time, and in the interim she’s announced she has a serious illness that prevents her from performing live.

But the single flopped upon release. Dion, who’s had dozens of hits and is known around the world, didn’t promote it and no one else did, either. “Love Again” made a brief appearance on the iTunes charts and then vanished into thin air.

The track comes from a movie of the same name opening May 5th starring Sam Heughan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Celine plays herself in the movie, which is being heavily advertised. Along with “Love Again,” there are four other new Celine Dion recordings on the soundtrack.

But so far, the sound of crickets is louder than the famous song belter. Total sales including streaming equivalent for the first six days came to just 229 copies, according to Luminate.

The movie, meantime, sounds like it’s right out of Hallmark or Lifetime. Heughan is a “journalist” who interviews Celine and asks her to help him meet Priyanka, the woman of his dreams. It sounds…familiar. And banal. It should wind up a streaming service pretty fast.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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