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Tell Him (Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion song)

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"Tell Him"
Barbra streisand celine dion-tell him s.jpg
Single by Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion
from the album Higher Ground and Let's Talk About Love
Released 3 November 1997 (1997-11-03)
Format CD single
Recorded 30 September 1997 Wallyworld, Record Plant Studios, The Hit Factory, Chartmarker Studios, Paramount Studios, Masterphonics
Length 4:51 (album version)
4:53 (radio edit)
  • David Foster
  • Walter Afanasieff
Barbra Streisand singles chronology
"I Finally Found Someone"
(1996) I Finally Found Someone1996
"Tell Him"
(1997) Tell Him1997
"If You Ever Leave Me"
(1999) If You Ever Leave Me1999
Celine Dion singles chronology
"Dreamin' of You"
(1997) Dreamin' of You1997
"Tell Him"
(1997) Tell Him1997
"Be the Man"
(1997) Be the Man1997
Music video
"Tell Him" on YouTube

"Tell Him" is a duet between Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion. It was released on 3 November 1997 as the first single from Dion's Let's Talk About Love and Streisand's Higher Ground albums.[1]

Although only a success in US Adult contemporary radios, the song was a top 10 hit in a lot of European countries, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 1998.

Dion performed this song as a virtual duet with Barbra Streisand during the Let's Talk About Love Tour. However, Dion and Streisand never performed the song together live since recording it.

"Tell Him" was later included on both artists' compilations: Dion's The Collector's Series, Volume One and Streisand's The Essential Barbra Streisand and Duets. In 2008, it became also a part of Dion's greatest hits My Love: Essential Collection and, in 2010, of Barbra: The Ultimate Collection.


On 24 March 1997, Dion became the first artist ever to perform twice on the same Academy Awards night. In addition to singing "Because You Loved Me," she also sang "I Finally Found Someone" from the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces, recorded by Barbra Streisand and Bryan Adams. Streisand preferred not to perform that night and Natalie Cole had been scheduled to sing her song instead. But Cole pulled out and two days before the Oscar night, Dion was asked if she could do it. Although nervous, she accepted and managed to perform on the night.

A few days later, Streisand sent Dion flowers and a note: "I watched the tape afterwards, you sang my song beautifully and I regret I wasn't in the room to hear you, next time let's make one together. I really wish your song would have won, you are a wonderful singer." That note wasn't left without an answer and René Angélil called up David Foster to write a song for them, and the result was "Tell Him."

A radio version of the song was commissioned. It is also under the same length as the album version. The radio edit features a high-frequent flute playing during Dion's bridge. It is the opening track of all releases of the song.

Music video

The music video was directed by Scott Floyd Lochmus and premiered on VH1, on 24 October 1997. It was included as a bonus on the Au cœur du stade DVD.

Critical reception

This song received positive reviews. AllMusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote, in his review for Let's Talk About Love, that this song "shines the most brilliantly".[2] In his review for Higher Ground he highlighted it and wrote: "Higher Ground comprises both traditional religious songs and new material (even "Tell Him," an overblown duet with Celine Dion, vaguely touches on that theme)."[3] AllMusic editor Matthew Greenwald in a review for the Tell Him single wrote: Their voices blend together extremely well on this song, with both singers trading off and joining together with a wonderful reassurance. Musically, the song is dominated by what is, unfortunately, a somewhat bombastic arrangement. This tends to get in the way of the very pretty melody. The overall arrangement seems to come out of the 1980s school of over-production, and it is a bit cloying. However, the vocalists take the song to a higher place with their performance, and the song and recording have aged fairly well despite of this."[4]

EW editor David Browne wrote: "Streisand glides like buttah into the duet Tell Him — making Dion sound like margarine in the process — but the song is an Uberschlock ode to subservience."[5] The New York Observer editor Jonathan Bernstein wrote in his positive review: "The centerpiece of Let’s Talk About Love is “Tell Him,” a duet with Barbra Streisand. Anyone who’s witnessed, through the cracks of his or her fingers, the video for “Tell Him” in which Ms. Dion relates to Ms. Streisand like a newly born fawn nuzzling up against its mother, will sense that this is no diva face-off. The two singers give each other room to emote, restraining themselves until the final choruses before transforming into something akin to a pair of drunks wrestling over the microphone on karaoke night."[6]

Commercial reception

On 7 October 1997 "Tell Him" had its first runs on the United States radio waves. This duet was rejected however by non-adult contemporary radio stations. Even if the song was a large adult contemporary hit, Sony Music Entertainment cancelled the U.S. single release, because it did not have a broad enough support to put the song on top of the charts. The song did manage to peak at number five on the Adult Contemporary and number 58 on the Radio Songs charts. However, "Tell Him" was a huge hit outside the U.S.

"Tell Him" peaked at number 1 in the Netherlands, number 2 in Ireland, number 3 in Belgium, France and the United Kingdom, number 4 in Italy and Switzerland, and was a top 10 hit in many other countries. The single has sold very well around the world, receiving platinum awards in the Netherlands (75,000), Belgium (50,000), and gold in the United Kingdom (400,000), France (400,000), Australia (35,000), Switzerland (25,000) and Norway (10,000).

Formats and track listings

Australian/European/Japanese CD maxi single

  1. "Tell Him" (radio edit) (Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand) – 4:53
  2. "Everything Must Change" (Barbra Streisand) – 4:05
  3. "Where Is the Love" (Celine Dion) – 4:55


Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[47] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[48] Platinum 50,000*
France (SNEP)[49] Gold 400,000[50]
Netherlands (NVPI)[51] Platinum 75,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[52] Gold 10,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[53] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[54] Gold 436,000[55]

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

Release history

Country Date Format
United Kingdom[56] 3 November 1997
  • CD
  • cassette

See also


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