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Celine Dion to expand into clothing, makeup and home furnishings lines

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Celine Dion returns to the Colosseum on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at Caesars Palace.

Celine Dion Returns to Caesars Palace

Celine Dion returns to the Colosseum on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, at Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

Memorial for Rene Angelil

Rene-Charles Angelil, Celine Dion, Patrick Angelil, Andre Angelil, Jean-Pierre Angelil and Anne-Marie Angelil attend the “Celebration of Life” for Rene Angelil, the husband and manager of Dion, at the Colosseum on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Caesars Palace. Launch slideshow »

Caesars Palace headliner superstar singer Celine Dion will fulfill another of her late husband and manager Rene Angelil’s dying wishes by marketing her brand into a line of household and kitchen items, boutique clothing and makeup.

Celine already has a perfume line, which Rene negotiated several years ago. It’s believed that Rene’s discussions on the expansion of the Celine Dion brand were set at the time of his January death after a long battle with throat cancer.

Celine’s current manager, Aldo Giampaolo, has begun those business negotiations as Rene wanted, according to their hometown newspaper the Montreal Gazette.

Celine has flung herself into a busy workload and schedule to ease the pain of Rene’s death. She has announced new concerts at Caesars for this year, plus shows in Quebec and Europe.

Last August when she resumed her Caesars shows, she revealed plans to release a French album this year and an English-language album in 2017. She has restarted those sessions at Studio at the Palms here.

Journalists and AEG and Caesars officials commented at the Feb. 23 restart that it appeared as if Celine had changed her musical style for a more upbeat, contemporary pop sound mixed in with her familiar ballads.

Aldo told the newspaper that he doubts if Celine will radically change her musical style even if that’s what she wanted. “You can’t do radical things with an artist,” he said. “When you have an established artist, you have to be very careful. You can’t disappoint the fan base.

“I don’t see it ... but I will consider everything. Celine will have a very big say in where she wants to go. She’s the artist, so it’s an exchange. I’m an open-minded person.”

Referring to her courage on restarting her show just 40 days after Rene’s funeral, he said: “She’s a trouper. She’s a Stanley Cup winner. She’s going to play the seventh game, and in the seventh game you’re going to get a lot out of her. She’s going to come to play.”

Most of Rene’s funeral arrangements and tribute ceremonies were carried out according to his plans and wishes, as we have previously reported, right down to the song “ One More Look at You” that Celine sang as the first number back onstage two weeks ago.

Celine is in residence at Caesars through March 12 with the songs Rene selected to go with their home videos as part of a tribute. She returns again May 17 through June 4 before her European and French Canadian show dates.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.

Follow Las Vegas Sun Entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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