Tell Me You Love Me (song)

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"Tell Me You Love Me"
Demi Lovato - Tell Me You Love Me (remix single cover).jpg
NOTD remix single cover
Single by Demi Lovato
from the album Tell Me You Love Me
Released November 14, 2017 (2017-11-14)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2017
Studio
Genre
Length 3:57
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Stint
  • John Hill
  • Mitch Allan (vocals)
  • Scott Robinson (add. vocals)
Demi Lovato singles chronology
"Sorry Not Sorry"
(2017)
"Tell Me You Love Me"
(2017)
"Échame la Culpa"
(2017)
Music video
"Tell Me You Love Me" on YouTube

"Tell Me You Love Me" is a song by American singer and songwriter Demi Lovato. It was written by Kirby Lauryen, Stint and John Hill, with production handled by the latter two. It was initially released through Hollywood, Island and Safehouse Records on August 24, 2017, as the first promotional single from Lovato's sixth studio album of the same name (2017). It was released as the second and final single from the album on November 14, 2017.[1][2] The song impacted hot adult contemporary radios on January 22, 2018.[3]

Production[edit]

"Tell Me You Love Me" was written by Kirby Lauryen, Stint and John Hill for Lovato's sixth studio album of the same name. It was produced by Stint and Hill. Both producers performed the instruments for the track, including bass, drums, guitar, horn, and piano. Mitch Allan also served as the song's vocal producer, with Scott Robinson contributing as the additional vocal producer. The track features backing vocals by Lauryen. The track was recorded and edited with guidance by Rob Cohen at Rodeo Recordings, located in Santa Monica, California and Venice Way Studios in North Vancouver, Canada. Lovato recorded the vocals for the song with guidance by Zeke Mishanec at Jungle City Studios in New York City. The track was engineered for mix by John Hanes, and eventually mixed by Serban Ghenea. The track was finally mastered by Chris Gehringer and Will Quinnell.[4]

During the album pop-up exhibition in New York City, Lovato revealed that the track was "really stuck" with her when she heard it for the first time. She explained, "At the time I was going through a breakup. It's about the vulnerability of coming out of a very serious relationship and having a tough time with it. It also at the same time calls out a big misconception with the line, 'You ain't nobody 'til you got somebody,' which again comes from that vulnerability with mixed emotions."[5] Lovato told the BBC the track was her favorite of the album, she later explained, "It said exactly what I was wanting to tell that person. I wanted to hear them tell me that they loved me."[6]

Release[edit]

Lovato published a black-and-white teaser on August 23, 2017, on social media, announcing the new album, with "Tell Me You Love Me" playing in the background.[7][8] The clip shows Lovato singing the song in a studio, as it fades into the album artwork.[9][10][11] It was released to radio as the album's second and final single from the album on November 14, 2017.[1][2] An official remix of the song by NOTD was released on December 15, 2017.[12] The second official remix of the song by American electronic musician Dave Audé was released on January 5, 2018.[13] On March 8, 2018, Lovato released a remix extended play, featuring the original version of the track, the two previous remixes, Spanglish and Spanish versions and a live acoustic performance.[14] On March 23, 2018, the EP was re-released, and one remix of the song by Matrix & Futurebound was released.[15]

Composition[edit]

"Tell Me You Love Me" is written in the key of E minor with a tempo of 72 beats per minute in common time. The song follows a chord progression of Em–D–C, and Lovato's vocals span from A3 to G5.[16][17]

Critical reception[edit]

Elias Leight of Rolling Stone called the song "a swelling ballad full of horns and handclaps".[18] Mike Wass of Idolator described the song as "a fiery mid-tempo anthem".[19] Jeff Benjamin of Fuse called the song a "booming ballad".[20] Deepa Lakshmin of MTV News described Lovato's vocals as "sweeping".[21] Raisa Bruner of Time described the song as a "lush and dramatic love song" that had "powerful hand-clap chorus and big horns".[22] While reviewing the album, Jamieson Cox of Pitchfork described the song as "a desperate plea for affection that gradually morphs into a declaration of self-love".[23]

Music video[edit]

Background and synopsis[edit]

Grey's Anatomy actor Jesse Williams starred as Lovato's love interest.

The music video for "Tell Me You Love Me" was directed by Mark Pellington, who also directed Lovato's previous work "Skyscraper". The video co-starred Grey's Anatomy actor Jesse Williams. About filming the music video, Lovato commented, "[Shooting the music video] was really fun too! We had a full on wedding and my best friends were even my bridesmaids and groomsmen."[24]

The music video is six minutes and forty-seven seconds long. The first two minutes of the video are dedicated to the couple's engagement as well as the jealousies that strain their relationship before they make it to the altar. The track eventually begins during the wedding sequence where, after a few suspenseful moments, Williams' groom tells Lovato's bride he is not ready and leaves her at the altar to the shock of their family and friends.[24]

Release and reception[edit]

On November 22, 2017, Lovato posted a photo of her in a wedding dress on her social media with no description.[25] Rumors of the possibility of the photo being a sneak peek from the music video were made on social media. On November 27, 2017, Lovato announced that the official music video for the song would be released on December 1, 2017, by posting a wedding invitation from Lovato and Williams.[26] According to Island Records' president David Massey, the music video reached 10 million views on its first day.[27]

Megan Armstrong of Billboard praised Lovato's and Williams' acting performances and called them "make it hard to believe they aren't actually a couple in real life."[28] Markos Papadatos of Digital Journal called the music video was "superb from start to finish" and called it as one of Lovato's "most compelling videos".[29] Sara M Moniuszko of USA Today praised the music video as "perfectly matches the emotional and longing lyrics of the track."[30] Kaitlyn Tiffany of The Verge described the video as "a Lifetime movie you can watch at your desk".[31] Idolator listed the video 11th among the best music videos of the year.[32]

Live performances[edit]

On October 5, 2017, the singer performed the song for the first time in television on The Today Show, where she also performed "Sorry Not Sorry".[33] On November 10, 2017, Lovato performed the song at BBC's Sounds Like Friday Night.[34] On November 12, 2017, Lovato performed a medley of "Sorry Not Sorry" and "Tell Me You Love Me" at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards.[35] The song was on Lovato's set list for the 2017 Jingle Ball Tour.[36] On December 19, 2017, Lovato performed the song on the live finale of The Voice.[37] Lovato performed the track on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on January 15, 2018.[38] The song serves as the encore to the Tell Me You Love Me World Tour, where Lovato sings accompanied by guest choir while confetti raining down.[39]

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital download[40]
  1. "Tell Me You Love Me" – 3:56
  1. "Tell Me You Love Me" (NOTD Remix) – 3:00
  1. "Tell Me You Love Me" (Dave Audé Remix) – 3:45
  1. "Tell Me You Love Me" – 3:56
  2. "Tell Me You Love Me" (Dave Audé Remix) – 3:46
  3. "Tell Me You Love Me" (NOTD Remix) – 3:01
  4. "Tell Me You Love Me" (Spanglish Version) – 3:57
  5. "Tell Me You Love Me" (Spanish Version) – 3:58
  6. "Tell Me You Love Me" (Live Acoustic) – 2:37
  7. "Tell Me You Love Me" (Matrix & Futurebound Remix) – 3:28

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording and management

Personnel

  • Demi Lovato – lead vocals
  • John Hill – production, bass, drums, guitar, horn, piano, programming
  • Stint – production, bass, drums, guitar, horn, piano, programming
  • Mitch Allan – vocal production
  • Scott Robinson – additional vocal production
  • Rob Cohen – recording, editing
  • Zeke Mishanec – vocals recording
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • John Hanes – mixing engineering
  • Dave Palmer – keyboards
  • Kirby Lauryen – background vocals
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering
  • Will Quinnell – mastering

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Tell Me You Love Me.[4]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017–18) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[41] 15
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[42] 32
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard)[43] 45
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[44] 50
France (SNEP)[45] 185
Germany (Official German Charts)[46] 91
Greece (IFPI Charts)[47] 41
Ireland (IRMA)[48] 92
Israel (Media Forest TV Airplay)[49] 3
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[50] 6
Philippines (Philippine Hot 100)[51] 74
Portugal (AFP)[52] 46
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[53] 58
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[54] 85
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[55] 52
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[56] 46
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[57] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[58] 85
US Billboard Hot 100[59] 53
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[60] 36
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[61] 2
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[62] 39
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[63] 19

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[64] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[65] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
Various August 24, 2017 Digital download [66]
United States November 14, 2017 Contemporary hit radio
  • Island
  • Hollywood
[1]
Various December 15, 2017 Digital download – NOTD Remix
  • Island
  • Hollywood
  • Safehouse
[12]
Italy December 29, 2017 Contemporary hit radio Universal [67]
Various January 5, 2018 Digital download – Dave Audé Remix
  • Island
  • Hollywood
  • Safehouse
[13]
United States January 22, 2018 Hot adult contemporary
  • Island
  • Hollywood
[68]
Various March 8, 2018 Digital download – Remixes EP
  • Island
  • Hollywood
  • Safehouse
[14]
March 23, 2018 Digital download – Remixes EP (re-release)
  • Island
  • Hollywood
  • Safehouse
[15]

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