Tell Me was originally released as the b-side to her single "(Ain't Nobody Loves You) Like I Do". It was later released as a standalone single in France in early 1988, where it failed to chart. Both songs were later included on her fifth album, La Toya, released several months afterwards, in October 1988. The Miami News described the song as being a "pop gem" that displays "Jackson at her best."
An unreleased extended version, clocking in at 5:00 minutes, has been confirmed to exist on the vaults of PWL Records. This Version was included with the re-release of the album La Toya as an expanded 2-CD set in 2013. Also the typographical error was here corrected for the first time.