On the Strip


Reigning Queen of the Strip

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Photo by: Alix Malka

Celine Dion talks about her album, Loved Me Back to Life.

“It’s a bit edgier than some of my last albums, but there are also some beautiful understated moments to chill out to,” says Céline Dion of her latest studio album, Loved Me Back to Life. Her first English-language release in six years—a mix of ballads and up-tempo songs—includes duets with Stevie Wonder (“Overjoyed”) and Ne-Yo (“Incredible”). “It’s a very positive, uplifting song,” she says of her collaboration with Ne-Yo. “Our voices go well together.”

 

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Elton John
The Diving Board (Capitol Records)

Elton John returns to his roots on his new studio album, The Diving Board, reviving the piano, bass and drum sound that launched his career. “It’s an album I’ve been waiting to make for decades,” he says. Elton penned 12 new songs with his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin. The album is produced by T Bone Burnett. “I feel like I’m starting again, making records,” Elton says. “I realized that I had to go back to go forward again. I needed to strip away the excesses and get back to the core of what I do as an artist.” It’s his first solo studio album in seven years.