Where Does My Heart Beat Now

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"Where Does My Heart Beat Now"
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Single by Celine Dion
from the album Unison
B-side
  • "I Feel Too Much"
  • "I'm Loving Every Moment With You"
Released1 October 1990 (1990-10-01)
Format
Recorded1989; West Side Studios
(London)
Length4:33
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Christopher Neil
Celine Dion singles chronology
"Unison"
(1990)
"Where Does My Heart Beat Now"
(1990)
"The Last to Know"
(1991)
Audio sample
"Where Does My Heart Beat Now"
Music video
"Where Does My Heart Beat Now" on YouTube

"Where Does My Heart Beat Now" is a song performed by Canadian singer Celine Dion, taken from her first English-language studio album, Unison (1990). It was released by Columbia Records as the third single in Canada on 1 October 1990. It was also issued as the first single in the United States in late 1990, and in other parts of the world in early 1991.[1] "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" was written by Robert White Johnson and Taylor Rhodes in 1988 and recorded by Dion one year later. It was produced by Christopher Neil. Dion premiered this song at the Eurovision Song Contest 1989 in Switzerland, where she performed it along with her 1988 winning track, "Ne partez pas sans moi".

"Where Does My Heart Beat Now" received positive reviews from music critics and won the ASCAP Pop Award. It was the most successful single from Unison album and became Dion's highest charting English-language single at the time. In 2008, it was included on the North American version of My Love: Essential Collection greatest hits compilation. The song reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Dion became the first French-Canadian artist to land a top ten hit there.[2] It did even better on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks peaking at number two. "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" reached also top ten in Norway and Canada, peaking at numbers four and six respectively. Two accompanying music videos for the song were filmed.

Background and release[edit]

In 1989, Dion was recording her first English-language album, Unison. One of the songs chosen for the album was "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" written by Robert White Johnson and Taylor Rhodes, and produced by Christopher Neil. On 6 May 1989, Dion performed "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" for the very first time during the Eurovision Song Contest in Lausanne, Switzerland. The song was released as the third single in Canada on 1 October 1990. It was also issued as the lead single from Unison in late 1990 in the United States and in early 1991 in the rest of the world.

Critical reception[edit]

About.com placed the song at number 5 in their ranking of "Top 10 Celine Dion Songs".[3] Matthew Hocter from Albumism noted it as the standout track of the Unison album and "the one that truly brought Dion to the masses".[4] AllMusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine picked the song as album standout together with "(If There Was) Any Other Way".[5] Billboard described it as a "lushly framed single".[6] Chicago Tribune editor Jan De Knock wrote that Dion "shines brightest on torchy love songs, including her current hit "Where Does My Heart Beat Now"."[7] Columbia Daily Tribune noed it as a "swelling ballad".[8] Dave Sholin from the Gavin Report commented, "Climbing the Adult Contemporary chart this French Canadian only learned to speak English three years ago—a surprising fact in light of the way she handles this stirring ballad".[9] Music & Media noted it as a "slow-stepping emotional song, with an effective and dramatic build-up, brought to life by one of Canada's hottest singers of the moment."[10] Gene Sandbloom from The Network Forty said "truly an Epic production, this huge ballad has everything but cannon fire and missile explosions. With the deep and sincere vocals of French Canadian Celine Dion".[11] Newcastle Evening Chronicle noted a "slow measured tempo on a sensually dramatic ballad."[12] The Orlando Sentinel called it a "splashy pop-gospel ballad".[13] Christopher Smith from TalkAboutPopMusic described the song as a "power ballad" which showcases Dion's "vocal power".[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

In Canada, "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" entered the charts in October 1990 and reached number six on The Record's Retail Singles Chart on 8 April 1991. It also topped the RPM Adult Contemporary chart for two weeks in February 1991. In the United States, "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" debuted at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated 8 December 1990. It peaked at number four on 2 March 1991 and became Dion's first Billboard Hot 100 top ten single. She also became the first French-Canadian artist to land a top ten hit there. The track entered Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart dated 27 October 1990, reaching number two on 2 February 1991. "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" was successful in Norway peaking at number four in March 1991, and also reached top forty in Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands and New Zealand. The song also charted in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Music video[edit]

Celine Dion in the music video of "Where Does My Heart Beat Now".

Three versions of the music video exists: a monochrome Canadian version for the Canadian market (released in October 1990), color performance version for the US promotion (November 1990) directed by David Phillips and black-and-white version mixed with performance version made for the Unison home video (July 1991).

Live performances[edit]

Dion first performed "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" at the Eurovision Song Contest 1989, along with the previous year winning song, "Ne partez pas sans moi". She also sang "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" on various Canadian and US television shows in 1990 and 1991, like The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Into the Night with Rick Dees and Super Dave. Dion also performed it on television in Norway and the Netherlands in 1991. She sang "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" during the Juno Awards of 1991 as well. She also performed it during her Unison Tour, Celine Dion in Concert, The Colour of My Love Tour, D'eux Tour, Falling Into You Around the World Tour, and her 2013 Sans attendre Tour. Live performances are currently available on the DVD, The Colour of My Love Concert recorded in 1993, and À l'Olympia CD from 1994.[15][16] Dion also performed "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" in her 2011-19 Las Vegas residency show, Celine between 2011-2018.[17]

Awards and accolades[edit]

On 13 May 1992, "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" received an ASCAP Pop Award for the most-performed ASCAP song during the 1991 survey year (1 October 1990 – 30 September 1991).[18] Additionally, Dion's performance of "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" at the Juno Awards of 1991 was nominated for the Gemini Award in category Best Performance in a Variety Program or Series.[19]

Track listings and formats[edit]

  • Australian 7", cassette, CD / Canadian, US cassette / European 3", 7", cassette, CD / Japanese 3" single
  1. "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" – 4:33
  2. "I Feel Too Much" – 4:09
  • European 12", CD maxi-single
  1. "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" – 4:33
  2. "I'm Loving Every Moment With You" – 4:08
  3. "I Feel Too Much" – 4:09

Charts[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording
  • Recorded at West Side Studios, London
Personnel

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
United Kingdom[42] 11 March 1991
  • CD
  • cassette
  • 12"
  • 7"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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