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Immortality (Celine Dion song)

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Immortality (Celine Dion song).jpg
Single by Celine Dion featuring Bee Gees
from the album Let's Talk About Love
Released 8 June 1998 (1998-06-08)
Length 4:11
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff
Celine Dion singles chronology
"My Heart Will Go On"
"When I Need You"

"My Heart Will Go On"
"When I Need You"
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Still Waters (Run Deep)"
(1997) Still Waters (Run Deep)1997
(1998) Immortality1998
"This Is Where I Came In"
(2001) This Is Where I Came In2001
Music video
"Immortality" on YouTube

"Immortality" is a single from Celine Dion's album Let's Talk About Love. It was released on 8 June 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 a promo CD Single with various remixes was released in Brazil only.

"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, where Sony Music Entertainment instead decided to release "To Love You More."

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

The live version of this song was included on the One Night Only CD and DVD by the Bee Gees, released on 3 November 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 in July 1998. For the first time in 16 years, Dion performed the song in her residency show Celine at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The song was introduced on 27 August 2015 as a duet version with a hologram version of Dion on stage and Dion going through the audience. Later on, the virtual duet was cut and she sang the whole song while walking down the aisle. From Spring 2016, Dion started singing the song standing on stage. According to fan posts on some message boards of the singer, she stopped going down the aisle due to audience members pushing, fighting, and racing up towards the aisle trying to get photographs with her. The song was totally cut on 24 May 2017.

"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. For the 2001 album Their Greatest Hits: The Record, The Bee Gees re-recorded the song without Dion's vocals, instead having Barry Gibb as the lead singer and Maurice and Robin on back-up vocals.

Music video

The video 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). Dion and the Bee Gees later appear at a club where she is a singer. The video then ends in the graveyard where Dion walks away.[citation needed]

Critical reception

Despite the fact that the song displays masterful songwriting and vocal execution abilities, Entertainment Weekly editor David Browne called this song '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]

Formats and track listings

Official versions

  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
  7. "Immortality" (demo version) – 4:15


Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[33] Silver 145,000[34]
Germany (BVMI)[35] Platinum 500,000^
Sweden (GLF)[36] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Country Date Format
United Kingdom[38] 6 July 1998
  • CD
  • cassette

See also


  1. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5. 
  2. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  3. ^ "French single  certifications – Celine Dion – Immortality" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (21 November 1997). "White Noise". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Jonathan Bernstein (25 October 2013). "Celine Dion: Is She Cool? Someday, Maybe, but Not Now | New York Observer". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  6. ^ " – Céline Dion with the Bee Gees – Immortality". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  7. ^ " – Céline Dion with the Bee Gees – Immortality" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  8. ^ " – Céline Dion with the Bee Gees – Immortality" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  9. ^ " – Céline Dion with the Bee Gees – Immortality" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7907." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 3657." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. 25 July 1998. p. 63. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  13. ^ " – Céline Dion with the Bee Gees – Immortality" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  14. ^ " – Céline Dion with the Bee Gees – Immortality". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (10.09.1998-17.09.1998)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved 2018-02-07. 
  16. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Immortality". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 26, 1998" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  18. ^ " – Céline Dion with the Bee Gees – Immortality" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  20. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  21. ^ " – Céline Dion with the Bee Gees – Immortality". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  22. ^ " – Céline Dion with the Bee Gees – Immortality". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  23. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  24. ^ "Jahreshitparade 1998" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  25. ^ "Rapports annuels 1998" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  26. ^ "RMP's Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of '98". RPM. 14 December 1998. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  27. ^ "Classement Singles - année 1998" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  28. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  29. ^ "Jaarlijsten 1998" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  30. ^ "Årslista Singlar - År 1998" (in Swedish). Swedish Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 11 January 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  31. ^ "Swiss Year-end Charts 1998". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  32. ^ "Najlepsze single na UK Top 40-1998 wg sprzedaży" (in Polish). Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  33. ^ "Certifications Singles Argent - année 1998" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  34. ^ "Les Meilleures Ventes "Tout Temps" de 45 T. / Singles / Téléchargement" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  35. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Celine Dion; 'Immortality')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  36. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  37. ^ "British single  certifications – Celine Dion – Immortality". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 11 October 2014.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Immortality in the search field and then press Enter.
  38. ^ "Celine Dion featuring The Bee Gees – Immortality". Discogs. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 

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