Saturday, June 18, 2011


"To Love You More" is a single by Céline Dion, released in Japan on October 23, 1995. It was recorded for a popular Japanese TV drama series, called Koibito Yo (meaning My Dear Lover), and included on The Colour of My Love album re-release in Japan. Later it appeared on the Asian edition of Falling into You, Live à Paris ("To Love You More" was one of the radio singles promoting this album in Canada), and the U.S. edition of Let's Talk About Love, being released as the third (but promotional only) single from this album. In 1996, Sony Music Entertainment released a promotional video showing a live performance from the Falling into You Tour, with Taro Hakase on violin. The song was re-released on April 5, 1999 in Japan, this time as a maxi-single with club remixes created by Tony Moran. "To Love You More" became one of the most performed songs by Dion during her live shows, including the latest Taking Chances Tour. Live versions of this song can be found on many of Dion's DVDs, including Live in Las Vegas - A New Day.... The track appeared also on All the Way… A Decade of Song greatest hits in 1999 and My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection in 2008. "To Love You More" won a Golden Disc Award in Japan for Best Single of the Year. The song became a smash hit in Japan, hitting number 1 for 5 weeks and selling 1,240,000 copies. Céline Dion was the first international artist who reached number 1 on the Oricon Singles Chart, since Irene Cara's "Flashdance... What a Feeling" in 1983. "To Love You More" remains the third best-selling song by an international artist and the second best-selling single by an international female artist in Japan. It is also one of only three international songs that has sold more than 1 million copies. In July 2010, "To Love You More" realtone was certified gold after selling 100,000 copies.

In Canada, "To Love You More" peaked at number 4 on the Quebec Airplay Chart and number 5 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary. "To Love You More" was also very successful on the American radio, although the edited version played by most U.S. radio stations omitted Kryzler & Company's violin bridge and also chopped out a sizeable chunk of the song's ending. It spent 8 weeks at number 1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay. Country artist Faith Hill covered the song during her 1998 summer concerts with the George Strait Country Music Festival. Violinist Lucia Micarelli expertly covered the violin part from "To Love You More" on her album "Music from a Farther Room" (2004). From a purely subjective point of view this is one if the finest re-works of this sort ever heard.

The song is very popular among Asians, it is found on numerous karaoke selections. Coco Lee did a karaoke cover of the song. Sarah Geronimo did a cover as well. On October 15, 2010, David Foster, one of the song composers, included it officially in the repertoire of "The Hitman Returns: The Magic of David Foster and Friends Live" concert series. The updated live version, performed by Filipina singer Charice throughout the tour, goes uptempo on the last refrain. "The Hitman Returns: Magic of David Foster and Friends Live" debuted in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, and toured in Asia. The concert will be released as an audio and video compilation on 2011.

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