Elle me dit

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"Elle me dit"
Elle Me Dit Mika.jpg
Single by Mika
from the album The Origin of Love
Released11 July 2011
FormatDigital download, CD single
LabelBarclay, Casablanca
Songwriter(s)Mika, Doriand
Producer(s)Greg Wells, Mika
Mika singles chronology
"Kick Ass (We Are Young)"
"Elle me dit"
Audio sample
Music video
"Elle Me Dit" on YouTube

"Elle me dit" (English: She Tells Me) is a song by Lebanese-born British singer and songwriter Mika, released as a single in France ahead of the release of his third studio album, The Origin of Love. Mika re-recorded the song in English under the title "Emily". "Emily" is included on the standard track listing of The Origin of Love, while "Elle me dit" is featured as a bonus track the French standard edition of the album, and all international deluxe editions. The song was released on 11 July 2011.


The song was first rumoured when a twelve-second preview was published online on 1 July 2011.[1] Just ten days later, the French iTunes Store made the whole song available as a digital download.[2] However, its official release did not occur until 26 September 2011.[3] Lyrically, the song is "about all the horrific things a mother can say to her son to get him to fuck out of her house".[4]

A first English version named "She tells me" was sung live, with lyrics very close to the initial meaning.[5] The commercially released version switched the focus to an Emily character with the singer being the one bossing her around.

Music video[edit]

The music video directed by Kinga Burza was released on 16 August 2011. The video shows a family dancing and singing along to the song individually, as well as clips of the family members arguing and behaving mischievously. The video features a well-known ensemble of French actors, including Fanny Ardant, Marie-Clotilde Ramos-Ibanez, Patrice Pujol and Axel Huet.[6][7][8]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
1."Elle me dit"3:38
CD single
1."Elle me dit" (Radio Edit)3:27
2."Elle me dit" (Beataucue Remix)5:14

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011-2014) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 9
Belgium Dance (Ultratop Flanders)[9] 36
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 1
Belgium Dance (Ultratop Wallonia)[10] 1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 43
France (SNEP)[12] 1
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[13] 65
South Korea (GAON)[14] 129
South Korea International Songs (GAON)[15] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 16

Year-end charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2011 Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[17] 74
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[18] 14
Belgian Dance Singles Chart (Wallonia)[19] 7
French Singles Chart[20] 8
South Korea International Singles Chart[21] 147
2012 French Singles Chart[22] 101


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[23] Gold 10,000*
France (SNEP)[24] Diamond 250,000*
South Korea (KMCA)[25] Gold 5,000*

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

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format(s)
Australia[26] 11 July 2011 Digital download
France 26 September 2011 CD single[3]


  1. ^ TwitVid.com Archived 2 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Elle me dit Preview.
  2. ^ Elle me dit – single, iTunes – Retrieved 2011-07-13
  3. ^ a b "Elle Me Dit: Mika: Amazon.fr: Musique". Amazon.fr. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbvAL3X8a-M
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyE86S5z1Y4
  6. ^ "Quand Fanny Ardant s'amuse dans le clip de Mika..." Elle (in French). 16 August 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Marie-Clotilde Ramos-Ibanez (Circée) dans le clip du chanteur Mika". pblv-plusbellelavie.fr (in French). 29 March 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Patrice Pujol". Dynamite Talents. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Mika – Elle me dit" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Mika – Elle me dit" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Mika Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Mika – Elle me dit" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201134 into search.
  14. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Retrieved 25 June 2014.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Gaon International Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Retrieved 25 June 2014.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mika – Elle me dit". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "JAAROVERZICHTEN 2011". Ultratop (NL)language=Dutch. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  18. ^ "RAPPORTS ANNUELS 2011". Ultratop (FR)accessdate=2011-12-29. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012.
  19. ^ "RAPPORTS ANNUELS 2011: Dance" (in French). Ultratop (FR). Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  20. ^ http://proxy.siteo.com.s3.amazonaws.com/www.disqueenfrance.com/file/4bis100singlesfusionnesnep.pdf
  21. ^ "Gaon International Digital Chart: 2011" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  22. ^ "Classement des 200 premiers Singles Fusionnés par GfK année 2012" (PDF) (in French). GFK. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  23. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 2011". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  24. ^ "French single certifications – Mika – Elle Me Dit" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  25. ^ "South Korean single certifications – Mika – Elle Me Dit" (in Korean). Korea Music Content Association (KMCA).
  26. ^ "iTunes - Music - Elle me dit - Single by MIKA". Itunes.apple.com. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
  27. ^ "iTunes - Música - Elle me dit - Single de MIKA". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 20 December 2013.

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