"The Power of Love" is a famous power ballad co-written and originally recorded by Jennifer Rush. It has been covered by several artists, most notably by Laura Branigan and Céline Dion, and translated into several languages.
"The Power of Love" is the second (if counting "When I Fall in Love" as first) single from Céline Dion's 1993 album, The Colour of My Love. It was released on November 1, 1993 in North America, in December in Japan, and the next year in the rest of the world.
"The Power of Love" is the second Jennifer Rush song Dion has covered. Earlier the same year she recorded a French adaptation of "Higher Ground," called "Plus haut que moi."
The music video made for the radio edit was directed by Randee St. Nicholas and released in November 1993. It appeared on Dion's 2001 DVD video collection All the Way… A Decade of Song & Video.
The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single in 1995.
"The Power of Love" was included on Céline Dion's greatest hits compilations: All the Way… A Decade of Song in 1999 and My Love: Essential Collection in 2008. Live versions of this song can be found on À l'Olympia and Live à Paris albums. It's one of the most often performed songs by Céline Dion. She sang it also five nights a week in her show A New Day… at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, and later during her 2008-09 Taking Chances Tour.
"The Power of Love" became an international smash hit. The song rose to the top of the charts in the United States, Australia and Canada. In the U.S. it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks, the first Céline Dion single to do so. It also went to number 1 for 5 weeks on the Hot 100 Singles Sales and to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay. It was also number 1 for 4 weeks on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.
The song spent 12 weeks at the top in Canada and 70 weeks on the chart in total. "The Power of Love" was a top 10 hit in the rest of the world (number 3 in France, number 4 in the United Kingdom and Belgium, number 6 in Sweden, number 7 in New Zealand). It was certified platinum in the U.S. (1,120,000 copies sold) and Australia (70,000), gold in New Zealand (5,000) and silver in France (225,000 copies sold).
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