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I Hate You Then I Love You

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"I Hate You Then I Love You"
Single by Celine Dion and Luciano Pavarotti
from the album Let's Talk About Love
Released September 7, 1998 (1998-09-07)
Format Promotional recording
Recorded 1997 The Hit Factory, Chartmarker Studios, Paramount Studios
Genre Pop, classical
Length 4:42 (album version)
4:27 (radio edit)
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Tony Renis, Manuel de Falla, Alberto Testa, Fabio Testa, Norman Newell
Producer(s) David Foster, Humberto Gatica, Tony Renis

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Celine Dion singles chronology
"When I Need You"
"I Hate You Then I Love You"
"Miles to Go (Before I Sleep)"

"I Hate You Then I Love You" is a song sung as a duet between Celine Dion and Luciano Pavarotti. It was first released as a track on Celine Dion's 1997 album Let's Talk About Love. It was later released in Italy as a promotional single on September 7, 1998.[1]


"I Hate You Then I Love You" (slightly modified "Never, Never, Never" by Shirley Bassey) is an adaptation of the Italian song "Grande grande grande" sung by Mina. Dion and Pavarotti performed this song live during the Pavarotti & Friends for the Children of Liberia benefit concert on June 9, 1998.

CD and DVD release

The CD and DVD with this event were released on October 20, 1998. The recording of this song was included as a bonus on the Au cœur du stade DVD.

Music video

The music video uses footage from the benefit concert, the recording sessions and footage from Africa where the aid was needed or the benefit concert.

Critical reception

The New York Observer editor Jonathan Bernstein wrote: "Luciano Pavarotti has sung with Bryan Adams, Elton John and Bono. But Dion has something his previous pop partners have lacked. She’s audible. This proves to be a hideous miscalculation, given the caliber of song they’ve chosen to share. “I Hate You Then I Love You,” a retitled remake of an old Shirley Bassey song, “Never Never Never,” is a clattering camp travesty during which the big man and the little sparrow indulge in some pent-up sexual jousting. All the unleashed octaves in the world fail to expunge the mental image of the most unfeasible coupling since Biggie Smalls and Li’l Kim." [2]

Formats and track listings

Italian promotional CD single

  1. "I Hate You Then I Love You" – 4:42


  1. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5. 
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