Immortality (Celine Dion song)

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"Immortality"
Single by Celine Dion featuring Bee Gees
from the album Let's Talk About Love
Released June 8, 1998 (1998-06-08)
Format CD single, cassette single
Recorded 1997 Record Plant Studios, The Hit Factory, Middle Ears Studio, Masterphonics
Genre Pop
Length 4:11
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff
Celine Dion singles chronology
"My Heart Will Go On"
(1997)
"Immortality"
(1998)
"When I Need You"
(1998)
The Bee Gees singles chronology
"Still Waters (Run Deep)"
(1997)
"Immortality"
(1998)
"This Is Where I Came In"
(2001)

"Immortality" is a single from Celine Dion's album Let's Talk About Love. It was released on June 8, 1998 outside the United States. The Bee Gees can be heard on the background vocals, and are credited as special guests on/for the recording.[1] It was used as a theme song for the Brazilian telenovela "Torre de Babel". For that occasion was release a promo CD Single only in Brazil with various remixes.

"Immortality" was composed especially for Dion by brothers Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, and Maurice Gibb, the members of the Bee Gees, and was produced by Walter Afanasieff. A demo version of the song featuring just the brothers can be found on subsequent greatest hits albums of the Bee Gees.

There are two music videos. The first one, directed by Scott Floyd Lochmus, shows Dion and the Bee Gees in the recording studio in 1997. It was included as a bonus on the Au cœur du stade DVD. The second one was directed by Randee St. Nicholas and released at the end of July 1998. This more elaborate video deals with themes of love, loss and reincarnation, with a cameo from the Bee Gees themselves.

The song was a commercial success reaching number 2 in Austria and Germany, number 4 in Europe, number 5 in the United Kingdom, and number 8 in Switzerland. In Brazil, the Cuca mixes became very popular. However, the track was never released as a single in the United States. Sony Music Entertainment decided to release "To Love You More" there (in the USA) instead.

"Immortality" was certified platinum in Germany (for over 500,000 copies sold),[2] gold in Sweden (15,000),[3] and silver in France (145,000)[4] and the UK (200,000).[5]

The live version of this song was included on the One Night Only CD and DVD by the Bee Gees, released on November 3, 1998. Dion also performed this song during her Let's Talk About Love Tour. The song was performed also on British TV programme Top of the Pops on July 1998.

"Immortality" became a part of non-American versions of Dion's later greatest hits: All the Way… A Decade of Song and My Love: Essential Collection.

In 2001, Donny Osmond covered "Immortality" for his 2001 album This Is the Moment.

Critical reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly editor David Browne called this song 'banal' and said that it is "flimsy concoction that droops under the weight of its arrangement." [6] The New York Observer editor Jonathan Bernstein called this collaboration "dispiriting".[7]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Official versions[edit]

  1. "Immortality" (Cuca cool dj mix) – 4:27
  2. "Immortality" (Cuca cool remix) – 4:26
  3. "Immortality" (Cuca pop remix) – 4:27
  4. "Immortality" (Cuca club remix) – 7:06
  5. "Immortality" (Cuca cool mix) – 6:13
  6. "Immortality" (album version) – 4:11

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP)[30] Silver 145,000[31]
Germany (BVMI)[2] Platinum 500,000^
Sweden (GLF)[32] Gold 15,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Silver 200,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5. 
  2. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Celine Dion; 'Immortality')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  3. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  4. ^ "French single certifications – Celine Dion – Immortality" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  5. ^ a b "British single certifications – Celine Dion – Immortality". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Immortality in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Go
  6. ^ Browne, David (1997-11-21). "White Noise". EW.com. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  7. ^ Jonathan Bernstein (2013-10-25). "Celine Dion: Is She Cool? Someday, Maybe, but Not Now | New York Observer". Observer.com. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
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  12. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 67, No. 23, August 31 1998". RPM. 31 August 1998. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Adult Contemporary - Volume 67, No. 21, August 17 1998". RPM. 17 August 1998. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "The Eurochart Hot 100 Singles". Music & Media. 25 July 1998. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Céline Dion with the Bee Gees - Immortality (chanson)" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Dion, Celine: Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). PHONONET GmbH. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "The Irish Charts". IRMA. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
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  19. ^ "Céline Dion with the Bee Gees - Immortality (Song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  20. ^ "Céline Dion with the Bee Gees - Immortality". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "Celine Dion: Singles". OCC. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  22. ^ "Jahreshitparade 1998" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  23. ^ "Rapports annuels 1998" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  24. ^ "Adult Contemporary - Volume 68, No. 12, December 14, 1998". RPM. 14 December 1998. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  25. ^ "Classement Singles - année 1998" (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  26. ^ "Music: Yearendcharts: German Single Yearendchart ... since 1956". Charts-Surfer. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  27. ^ "Årslista Singlar - År 1998" (in Swedish). GLF. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  28. ^ "Swiss Year-end Charts 1998". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  29. ^ "Chart Archive - 1990s Singles". everyHit.com. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  30. ^ "Certifications Singles Argent - année 1998" (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  31. ^ "Les 45 T. / Singles" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  32. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 

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