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"Ne partez pas sans moi" ("Don't Leave Without Me") is a song recorded by Canadian singer Celine Dion. The song was written by Atilla Şereftuğ and Nella Martinetti. It is best known as the Swiss winning entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1988, held in Dublin.

"Ne partez pas sans moi"
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Single by Celine Dion
from the album The Best of Celine Dion
Released2 May 1988 (1988-05-02)
Format7"
GenrePop
Length3:07
LabelCarrere
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Atilla Şereftuğ
  • Urs Peter Keller
Celine Dion singles chronology
"La religieuse"
(1988)
"Ne partez pas sans moi"
(1988)
"Délivre-moi"
(1988)
Music video
"Ne partez pas sans moi" on YouTube
Switzerland "Ne partez pas sans moi"
Eurovision Song Contest 1988 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
Conductor
Atilla Şereftuğ
Finals performance
Final result
1st
Final points
137
Appearance chronology
◄ "Moitié, moitié" (1987)   
"Viver senza tei" (1989) ►

Dion performed it for 600 million viewers worldwide at the contest.[1] "Ne partez pas sans moi" was released as a single in selected countries in Europe on 2 May 1988.[2] It topped the chart in Belgium for three consecutive weeks.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

The song was composed by Turkish songwriter Atilla Şereftuğ and Swiss composer Nella Martinetti. "Ne partez pas sans moi" was also included on Dion's 1988 album The Best of Celine Dion released in selected European countries in May 1988. The song appeared in Canada as B-side to "D'abord, c'est quoi l'amour". It was also featured on the French version of Dion's Incognito album. In 2005, it was included on her French compilation album, On ne change pas. A music video was released in 1988. Dion also recorded a German version of "Ne partez pas sans moi", titled "Hand in Hand".

EurovisionEdit

It won Eurovision with 137 points, beating the United Kingdom entry "Go" performed by Scott Fitzgerald by just one point in one of the closest finishes in Eurovision history. It is considered to be one of the most popular Eurovision entries, mainly because of Dion's subsequent international success.

Commercial performaceEdit

"Ne partez pas sans moi" debuted at number one in Belgium and stayed at the top of the chart for four consecutive weeks.[3][4][5] In Switzerland, the song peaked at number eleven and in France at number thirty-six.[6][7] While the single sold 200,000 copies in Europe in two days and over 300,000 copies in total, it is one of the less commercially successful Eurovision winners.[8][9] It was the first winning song not to be released in the United Kingdom or in Ireland.[10] Although not released as a single in Canada, the song entered the chart in Quebec on 1 October 1988, spending twenty-three weeks on it and peaking at number ten.[11]

Track listings and formatsEdit

  • European 7" single[12]
  1. "Ne partez pas sans moi" – 3:07
  2. "Ne partez pas sans moi" (Instrumental Version) – 3:07
  • German 7" single[13]
  1. "Hand in Hand" – 3:08
  2. "Hand in Hand" (Instrumental) – 3:07

ChartsEdit

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Belgium (Hit Parade)[3] 1
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[14] 49
France (SNEP)[7] 36
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40 Tipparade)[15] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 42
Quebec (ADISQ)[17] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 11

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format
France[18] 2 May 1988 7"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Celine Dion", Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia. Archived 23 April 2012 at WebCite
  2. ^ Incognito Archived 17 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 31 January 1996.
  3. ^ a b Diana Muus (21 May 1988). "Weekly Update on the European Chart: Highlights" (PDF). Music & Media. p. 30. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  4. ^ Diana Muus (4 June 1988). "Weekly Update on the European Chart: Highlights" (PDF). Music & Media. p. 25. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Top 3 in Europe" (PDF). Music & Media. 11 June 1988. p. 25. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Swisscharts.com – Céline Dion – Ne partez pas sans moi". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Lescharts.com – Céline Dion – Ne partez pas sans moi" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Dion, Céline". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  9. ^ Germain, Georges-Herbert (1998). Céline: The Authorized Biography. translated by David Homel and Fred Reed. Dundurn Press. p. 220. ISBN 1-55002-318-7.
  10. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy: The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History, page 113. Carlton Books, UK 2010, ISBN 9781847325211
  11. ^ "Compilation des succès par ordre alphabétique d'interprètes" (PDF) (in French). BAnQ. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  12. ^ Ne partez pas sans moi (European 7" single liner notes). Celine Dion. Carrere. 1988. 14.454.CS1 maint: others (link)
  13. ^ Ne partez pas sans moi (German 7" single liner notes). Celine Dion. Carrere. 1988. CAR 6.15100.CS1 maint: others (link)
  14. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 11 June 1988. p. 22. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Celine Dion - Ne partez pas sans moi - Top 40" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Céline Dion – Ne partez pas sans moi" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  17. ^ "Palmarès de la chanson francophone au Québec" (in French). BAnQ. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Celine Dion – Ne partez pas sans moi". Discogs. Retrieved 22 February 2017.