Tell Me 'bout It

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"Tell Me 'bout It"
Single by Joss Stone
from the album Introducing Joss Stone
B-side "My God"
Released 6 February 2007 (digital download)
2 March 2007 (Germany)
5 March 2007 (UK, U.S.)
Recorded Compass Point Studios
(Nassau, Bahamas)
Length 2:49
Producer(s) Raphael Saadiq
Joss Stone singles chronology
"Cry Baby Cry"
"Tell Me 'bout It"
"Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now"
Introducing Joss Stone track listing
"Tell Me 'bout It"
"Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now"
Alternative cover
A Yam Who? Rework cover

"Tell Me 'bout It" is a song by English soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone from her third studio album, Introducing Joss Stone (2007). Written by Stone, Raphael Saadiq and Robert Ozuna (half of the duo Jake and the Phatman), the Saadiq-produced track was released in March 2007 as the album's lead single. It received its first play on BBC Radio 1's The Jo Whiley Show on 22 January 2007.

The single debuted at number twenty-eight on the UK Singles Chart on 11 March 2007, but it fell to number forty the week after, staying on the chart for three weeks only. Having previously topped the U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, "Tell Me 'bout It" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number eighty-three in late March, becoming Stone's first solo single to enter the U.S. chart.

The song was used in the second episode of the premiere season of The CW's series Gossip Girl, entitled "The Wild Brunch", which originally aired on 25 September 2007. It was also used in the soundtrack to the 2007 EA Sports video game NBA Live 08.

It was later included on the 2011 compilation album The Best of Joss Stone 2003–2009.

Music video[edit]

Stone in the hip hop-themed video.

The music video for "Tell Me 'bout It" was directed by Bryan Barber and filmed on location at 5 Pointz, an industrial building used as a graffiti space located in Queens, New York City. In December 2006, the place's owner, graffiti artist Jonathan "Meres" Cohen, received a phone call from a representative for Stone, asking him to use 5 Pointz as the backdrop for the single's video. He was initially unaware of who Stone was, but he eventually gave permission to her crew after speaking to her. Cohen would later be in charge of Stone's body painting for the cover art and the photo shoot of Introducing Joss Stone.[1]

Accompanying its setting, the video is noted for its hip hop-related elements such as graffiti and breakdancers. It features cameo appearances by Saadiq, who appears at the beginning playing the bass, and Cohen, who is shown at the end doing a mural of Stone's face (reminiscent of her face on the cover of 2004's Mind Body & Soul).

Track listings[edit]

UK and European CD single
  1. "Tell Me 'bout It" – 2:53
  2. "My God" – 3:48
European, U.S., and Mexican promo CD single
  1. "Tell Me 'bout It" (Radio Edit) – 2:41
  2. "Tell Me 'bout It" (Album Version) – 2:50
A Yam Who? Rework digital single
  1. "Tell Me 'bout It" (A Yam Who? Rework) – 4:21
  2. "Tell Me 'bout It" (A Yam Who? Club Rework) – 9:38

Official versions[edit]

  • Album Version – 2:49
  • Radio Edit – 2:43
  • A Yam Who? Rework – 4:21
  • A Yam Who? Club Rework – 9:38

A remix by French electronica producer DJ Mehdi was made and was supposed to appear on the single, but was scrapped at the very last minute and replaced by "My God" on the CD single.



Chart (2007) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 60
Belgian Tip Chart (Flanders)[3] 2
Belgian Tip Chart (Wallonia)[3] 17
Dutch Top 40[2] 8
Dutch Mega Top 50[4] 1
European Hot 100 Singles[5] 46
German Singles Chart[2] 64
Greek Singles Chart 29
Hungarian Singles Chart[6] 10
Italian Singles Chart[3] 12
Swiss Singles Chart[2] 33
UK Singles Chart[2] 28
UK R&B Singles Chart 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 83
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[7] 73

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Maak me gek" by Gerard Joling
Dutch Mega Top 50 number-one single
31 March 2007
Succeeded by
"Op weg naar geluk" by Jan Smit


  1. ^ Kiper, Dmitry (24 July 2007). "Curator of an urban canvas". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Joss Stone – Tell Me 'Bout It – Music Charts". α Retrieved 19 January 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c " – Joss Stone – Tell Me 'Bout It". Ultratop. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mega Top 50 (week 13 – year 2007)". Hitlistweb. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "Joss Stone Album & Song Chart History – European Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Single (track) Top 10 Lista – 2007. 15. hét". Mahasz (in Hungarian). Retrieved 24 February 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Introducing Joss Stone > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 

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