You’ll Never Believe How Many Tickets Céline Dion Sold During Her 16 Year Vegas Residency

A new day has come for Céline Dion and it’s full of dollar signs.

The 51-year-old five-time Grammy winner ended her 16-year Las Vegas residency last weekend, and now that the dust has settled, the numbers are in. Spoiler alert: They’re astounding.

According to Billboard, Dion’s two residencies, A New Day (2003-2007) and Céline (2011-19) are going down in history as the two highest-grossing and best-selling Las Vegas residencies in history. So how much money are we talking? The shows amassed a casual $681.3 million combined, which boils down to 4,555,752 tickets. Hot damn.

Dion closed the book on her long-term residency at Caesar’s Palace this past Saturday and while the goodbye was bittersweet, she did leave fans with a parting gift. The “My Heart Will Go On” singer debuted a very fitting song called “Flying on My Own.”

“I have been waiting for a long, long time…It’s my brand-new song,” she told concertgoers during her show. “I have to admit that my knees are shaking right now, I’m very nervous.”

Alas, the song (seen below) went off without a hitch.

Of course, Dion also sang classics like “Power of Love” and “Because You Loved Me.” She took the time to reflect on moving on from her residency, too.

She mused, “I’m supposed to know what to say. I am very excited, and I am a little bit emotional at the same time. This is our final show in this beautiful Colosseum in Las Vegas. There are lots of wonderful memories, you know, but it’s kind of strange at the same time, because when they started to put it together, I was here and it was like, ‘I don’t know.’”

Now, she still can’t believe how long her residency run has lasted: “I must have misunderstood something because I thought I was going to be here for three months or something like this, and here we are 16 years later. Maybe we have saved the best for last.”

Dion also paid homage to her late husband and manager, René Angélil, saying, “I’m both proud and humbled by what we’ve accomplished at the Colosseum since we began 16 years ago when René and I first shared this dream. This entire experience has been a huge part of my show business career, one that I will cherish forever.”

She concluded by expressing her gratitude for her fans. “I have so many people to thank, but the most important ‘thank you’ goes to my fans, who gave us the opportunity to do what we love,” she said.

Dion closed out the show with a final bow and her sons, René-Charles, 18, and twins Nelson and Eddy, 8, joined her on stage.

It’s the end of an era—and a very profitable one at that.

Lex Goodman

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