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Immortality (Celine Dion song)

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Immortality (Celine Dion song).jpg
Single by Celine Dion featuring the Bee Gees
from the album Let's Talk About Love
Released5 June 1998 (1998-06-05)
Producer(s)Walter Afanasieff
Celine Dion singles chronology
"My Heart Will Go On"
"When I Need You"
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Still Waters (Run Deep)"
"This Is Where I Came In"
Music video
"Immortality" on YouTube

"Immortality" is a song recorded by Canadian singer Celine Dion, recorded for her fifth English-language studio album, Let's Talk About Love (1997). It was written by the Bee Gees, who also recorded backing vocals. Produced by Walter Afanasieff, "Immortality" was released as a single on 5 June 1998, outside the United States. It became a top ten single in Europe and a top forty single in Canada and Australia. Later, "Immortality" was included on the international editions of Dion's greatest hits albums, All the Way... A Decade of Song (1999), My Love: Essential Collection (2008) and The Best So Far... 2018 Tour Edition (2018).

Background and release

The Bee Gees wrote "Immortality" in 1996 for the Saturday Night Fever stage musical, which opened in May 1998.[1] Dion recorded the song in June 1997 and the Bee Gees did the backing vocals on 18 August 1997.[2] She attended their session, which was recorded for the music video.[2] "Immortality" was produced by Walter Afanasieff and included on Dion's fifth English-language studio album, Let's Talk About Love in November 1997.[2] It was released as a single in June 1998, outside the United States.[2] The 1996 demo of "Immortality", in which Barry Gibb sings in falsetto to be in Dion's range, was released in November 2001 on Bee Gees' album, Their Greatest Hits: The Record.[1] The Saturday Night Fever: Original Cast Recording album, released in June 1999, features the song performed by Adam Garcia.[3] Dion's "Immortality" single released in Europe and Australia included mainly remixes of her previous hit, "My Heart Will Go On". In Brazil, "Immortality" served as a theme song to the primetime telenovela, Torre de Babe. The promotional single released in Brazil included remixes of "Immortality" by DJ Cuca.

Critical reception

Despite the fact that "Immortality" displays masterful songwriting and vocal execution abilities, Entertainment Weekly editor David Browne called it "banal" and said that it is "flimsy concoction that droops under the weight of its arrangement".[4] The New York Observer editor Jonathan Bernstein called this collaboration "dispiriting".[5]

Commercial performance

"Immortality" was commercially successful in Europe, reaching number two in Germany and Austria,[6][7] number five in the United Kingdom,[8] number eight in Switzerland and Iceland,[9][10] number eleven in Ireland,[11] number twelve in Sweden,[12] number fifteen in France and Belgium,[13][14] and number twenty-eight in the Netherlands.[15] On the European Hot 100 Singles, "Immortality" peaked at number four.[16] It was certified Platinum in Germany,[17] Gold in Sweden,[18] and Silver in the UK and France.[19] In Australia, the song reached number thirty-eight.[20] In Canada, "Immortality" was released as a promotional single and topped the Adult Contemporary chart for two weeks.[21] It also reached number twenty-eight on the Canadian Top Singles chart, based on airplay.[22]

Music video

Filmed on 18 August 1997 and directed by Scott Lochmus, the first music video shows Dion and Bee Gees in the recording studio. In 1999, it was included on the Au cœur du stade DVD, as part of the bonus features, showing the recording process of Let's Talk About Love. The second music video, directed by Randee St. Nicholas, was filmed in July 1998 and released on 6 August 1998.[23][24] This more elaborate video deals with themes of love, loss and reincarnation, with a cameo from the Bee Gees themselves.[25] It opens with Dion walking through a graveyard. She and the Bee Gees then appear as ghosts in a manor house where Dion meets a man, presumably her lover.[25] Dion and the Bee Gees later appear at a club where she is a singer.[25] The video then ends in the graveyard where Dion walks away.[25]

Live performances

On 14 November 1997, Dion performed "Immortality" with the Bee Gees at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. It was included on their live album and DVD, One Night Only, released in September 1998. In the first week of June 1998, Dion and the Bee Gees taped the performances of "Immortality" on three television shows: Top of the Pops in the United Kingdom, Hit Machine in France and Geld oder Liebe in Germany, for a later broadcast. Dion also performed the song during the Let's Talk About Love World Tour in 1998 and 1999, and in her residency show, Celine, between 2015 and 2017. On 16 April 2017, CBS aired Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees, taped two months earlier, which included Dion performing "Immortality" as a tribute to the Bee Gees.[26]

Formats and track listings


Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[40] Silver 145,000[41]
Germany (BVMI)[17] Platinum 500,000^
Sweden (GLF)[18] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Country Date Format Label
Australia 5 June 1998 Epic
Germany[42] CD Columbia
France[43] 8 June 1998
United Kingdom[44] 6 July 1998
  • CD
  • cassette
Japan[45] 8 July 1998 CD SMEJ

See also


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  5. ^ Jonathan Bernstein (8 December 1997). "Celine Dion: Is She Cool? Someday, Maybe, but Not Now". The New York Observer. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
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  22. ^ a b "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 3657." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
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