Celine Dion is no stranger to controversy. There have been times in her life when she found herself caught up in controversial issues, not all of which related to her singing.
But the latest event, in which she is the central character, is very much to do with her singing. Specifically with her new song for which, it is alleged, she claimed the credit.
But her claim has been challenged by Australian singer-songwriter, Daniel Merriweather, who says the song “Water And A Flame” was written by him.
He said: “It turns out that she didn’t realize that ‘Water and a Flame’ was my song from my album ‘Love & War’, instead she thought it was an Adele song. She should’ve just done her homework before she decided to cover my song…name her album after it…and then publicly imply credit to the featured act on the song (Adele).”
At first, Dion said that it was just a simple mistake. Later her managers issued a more formal statement saying: “Celine certainly doesn’t claim in any way whatsoever that she wrote the song.
While we can understand Daniel’s disappointment by not having his name mentioned during Katie Couric’s interview, it’s rather unfair to Celine to be on the receiving end of the many disparaging comments that have now become public.”
Dion, now almost a permanent feature in Las Vegas, sought to deflect the bad P.R. by pointing out how she was helping a new young singer named Veronic, to ‘learn the ropes’. She said :”… Veronic — it’s a different scenario. I’m not quite sure why. I want her to be my friend. I love her. I respect her very, very much.”
But she somewhat spoiled the purpose by saying: “I’m not looking to make friends in the business because I want to do my job, I want to have a good time and go home to my family.”
The issue of the new song may well prove to be a ‘tempest in a teacup.’
Celine Dion’s attitude towards other people ‘in the business’ will pretty well ensure that she’ll get her wish!
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