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Treat Her Like a Lady (Diana King song)

"Treat Her Like a Lady" is a song written and recorded by Jamaican reggae singer, Diana King in 1995 for her album Tougher Than Love. Celine Dion covered the song in 1997 for Let's Talk About Love and released it as a single in 1999. Dion's version reached top forty in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Iceland and Spain.

"Treat Her Like a Lady"
Treat Her Like a Lady (Celine Dion song).jpg
Single by Celine Dion featuring Diana King
from the album Let's Talk About Love
Released22 March 1999 (1999-03-22)
GenreReggae dancehall
Celine Dion singles chronology
"The Prayer"
"Treat Her Like a Lady"
"En attendant ses pas"
Music video
"Treat Her Like a Lady" on YouTube

Celine Dion versionEdit

"Treat Her Like a Lady" is the last single from Celine Dion's album Let's Talk About Love. It was released on 22 March 1999 in Europe.[1] Dion changed some lyrics, thus gaining co-writing credit. She recorded it together with King and the American girl group Brownstone who did the backing vocals. The track was later remixed by Ric Wake and the Metro.

Background and releaseEdit

The single was released between March and June 1999 in Europe, to support the forthcoming Let's Talk About Love Tour. The performance from the tour was included on the Au cœur du stade DVD.

The "Treat Her Like a Lady" live music video was directed by Gérard Pullicino. It was included on the UK enhanced CD single.

In 1999, the song peaked at number 16 in Austria, number 29 in the UK and number 40 in Ireland. As radio stations in Quebec started playing the song in 1998, it entered the chart there on 30 May 1998 and peaked at number nine.[2]

The recording of this track was included as a part of the Au cœur du stade DVD bonus.

Dion with Diana King (as a surprise guest) performed the song for the first time in 13 years during her headlining performance at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on 27 January 2012. On 17 June 2017, Dion performed "Treat Her Like a Lady" in Copenhagen during her opening night of her Live 2017 Tour.

Critical receptionEdit

Entertainment Weekly editor David Browne called Dion's cover an "overarranged stab at reggae dancehall" and "unintentionally amusing".[3] The New York Observer editor Jonathan Bernstein wrote: "She's fallen on her face before when attempting to be as one with the rhythm, but Celine Dion has never humiliated herself as comprehensively as she does when mashing it up in a dance-hall style on "Treat Her Like a Lady." As Seinfeld' s George Costanza remarked in a similar situation, "Sweet fancy Moses!""[4]

Formats and track listingsEdit


Chart (1998–99) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 16
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 78
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[6] 70
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[7] 91
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 64
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[9] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 40
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40 Tipparade)[11] 12
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 62
Quebec (ADISQ)[13] 9
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[14] 33
Spain (Top 40 Radio)[15] 38
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 54
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 29

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Germany 22 March 1999 CD Columbia [8]
United Kingdom 28 June 1999 Epic [18]


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  9. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (NR. 329 Vikuna 24.6. - 1.7. 1999)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir. Retrieved 14 July 2018. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Treat Her Like a Lady". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Celine Dion - Treat Her Like a Lady - Top 40" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  12. ^ " – Céline Dion – Treat Her Like a Lady" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Palmarès de la chanson anglophone et allophone au Québec" (in French). BAnQ. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  15. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  16. ^ " – Céline Dion – Treat Her Like a Lady". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
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