Celine Dion: Did She Steal Someone Else’s Song?By: Amanda Crum - July 11, 2013
Celine Dion has millions of adoring fans, many of whom have been flocking to see her perform at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas, where she holds a residency. It’s likely that Dion could sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and everyone would swoon with excitement; her golden voice has won her admiration all over the globe, and it doesn’t seem to matter what she does…it’s all good.
But there’s one man who is taking issue with a particular song performance, because, he says, the song belongs to him.
Daniel Merriweather says that his song, “Water And A Flame”, was on Dion’s setlist recently but she credited it to Adele, which infuriated him. Initially, Merriweather accused Dion of stealing the song, but later said she just miscredited it.
“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).”
Dion’s management has released a statement about the whole thing, 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 is currently mentoring a fellow songstress in Vegas whom she’s taken under her wing, and says that’s not something she usually does.
“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,” Dion said. “But 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.”