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Sounds like one of those songs the circuit boys will eat up.
Wow that single she sounds very manly (in a good way!)
I'm not her biggest fan but I absolutely love Believe. All or Nothing is also a nice track but Believe is one of my favorite songs ever from the late 1990s.
The song written by Gaga is a duet. Im a Cher fan for 20+ years and have been following all of the information Cher has been tweeting about the new album. It will be released some time in the next 2-3 months.
Great new song from Cher. Excellent production. Hoping to see a full on music video.
Cher's Next Album Due Out in Late March
Her new single is disappointing. Pretty average.
This is personally my favorite song by Cher of all time. Anybody else love it?
OH YEAH - also love One By One !
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LOVE MOST OF HER MUSIC! Including Take Me Home and One by One. She's the Goddess of Pop, after all.
Love it and also really like "One by One". I believe it was written by Paul Schaeffer the guy that is the band leader on David Letterman. Take me home was also covered by Sophie Ellis Bextor a british pop singer, she did a fantastic job on it however she completely change the lyrics and claims she never heard the original before she recorded hers. Her first couple of albums were produced by Gregg Alexander of the 90's band New Radicals.
Great song! Not my favorite, but its all good when its Cher!
Cher: "Woman's World" - The Voice Highlight
Cher - Woman's World (Golden Girls Remix)
Cher's new album comes out in September.
Cher Runs the 'World': Diva Talks No. 1 Dance Single and 'Eclectic' New Album
"Closer To The Truth" will feature collaborations with P!nk and Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears... but not Lady Gaga.
In Cher's latest No. 1 Dance Club/Play Songs chart hit "Woman's World," she sings, "I'm dancin' solo, in the dark, on the club floor." Shortly after midnight last Saturday (July 27), she was on the club floor at Rasputin in West Hollywood -- but definitely not solo.
"You missed a good party," Cher tells Billboard of the event, staged to celebrate her new No. 1. "But it was so hot. Oh my God!"
While the diva herself didn't perform at the club, she took in a performance from possibly the next best thing: famed Cher impersonator Chad Michaels. Cher says that she "loved what he put together," calling his rendition of "Song For the Lonely" "genius."
"Woman's World" is the thumping first single from Cher's new studio album, "Closer to the Truth," due Sept. 24 on Warner Bros. Records. It's her first studio release since 2002's "Living Proof" and features two songs written by P!nk, as well as a guest vocal turn from Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears.
"I love him," Cher says of Shears. "What we did with his voice (on the song) is so strange, but I know he's gonna love it."
"Woman's World," her eighth No. 1 on the Dance Club/Play Songs chart, is a song that Cher says "sings itself," explaining that it only took about an hour to record her vocals for the track. The tune was produced by Paul Oakenfold and co-written by Oakenfold, Anthony "TC" Crawford, Matt Morris and Joshua "J.D." Walker.
The public got its first taste of the song way back in November 2012, when it leaked to the Internet. Warner Bros. quickly released a high-quality version of the track through Cher’s official website in order to counter the unmastered leak. However, the single didn’t get a proper rollout until June 18, when it was serviced to radio stations and Cher performed the cut on the finale of NBC's "The Voice."
Shortly after that, the iconic artist did a flurry of TV and radio press in New York. The sweep included a buzzed-about mini-concert on June 30, which capped the city's annual gay Pride festival.
The performance came right as the dance club promotion of "Woman's World" kicked into high gear. Club DJs were serviced with a series of remixes by the likes of Jodie Harsh, Jason Nevins, David Morales, R3HAB, tyDi, Tracy Young, Danny Verde and Zookëper. An official music video for the song is forthcoming, and could debut within the next few weeks.
As for what "Closer to the Truth" sounds like, Cher says that "Woman's World" doesn't really represent the vibe of the entire set. The music legend describes the first half of the album as being very "dance-y," while "the second half of the album is very eclectic," with a banjo-enhanced number as well as a "real teary ballad" written by P!nk called "Lie to Me." (The title of the album came from a line in the second P!nk-contributed song, called "Walk Alone.")
Cher remains enthusiastic about her collaboration with Shears, calling their "double-entendre" team-up on "Take It Like a Man" one of her "favorite tracks." But one artist who won't be on the album is Lady Gaga. While Cher and Gaga had planned on a duet for inclusion on the album, it was ultimately not included in the final tracklist.
More details on the album -- and Cher's busy promotional schedule -- are due in the coming days and weeks. The entertainer will be all over the TV, including a performance on NBC's "Today" show.
"I'm probably going to be everywhere you look," says Cher, "and you're gonna go 'I wish she would go away!'"
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- San Diego's Chad Michaels, now a drag superstar, recently performed for the woman he is best known for impersonating - Cher.
Cher was at West Hollywood's Rasputin Nightclub on July 27 promoting her new single "Woman's World" and was treated to the special performance by Michaels, donning a red wig.
According to a Tweet from Cher, shared by Drag Official, she approved of the performance, calling Michaels a "genius."
Video of the performance is below:
Cher took it as a compliment...
Went right up on stage after and hugged her.
Amazing deep vocals for a 17 year old.
The premiere of the Woman's World music video:
Cher’s Closer To The Truth tracklist
1. Woman’s World
2. Take It Like a Man (featuring Jake Shears)
3. My Love
4. Dressed to Kill
6. Lovers Forever
7. I Walk Alone
9. Favourite Scars
10. I Hope You Find It
11. Lie to Me
12. I Don’t Have to Sleep to Dream
14. You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me (Original Version)
15. Woman’s World (R3hab Remix)
16. Woman’s World (Jodie Harsh Radio Remix)
17. Will You Wait For Me
Lie to Me and I Walk Alone were written by Pink and Lovers Forever is the vampire song I told you about
This is the demo for Lovers Forever for anyone interested Cher and Shirley Eikhard wrote it together to get on the Interview with a Vampire soundtrack ... it didn't make the cut, but I think it's a brilliant song
She is ageless and I love the newspaper wig too!
In anticipation of the new album I thought I'd post this very underrated oldie but goodie
It's a Man's World 1995
The Greatest Thing ... Gaga duet leaked
I'm not a fan of Gaga or the song but I thought I'd post it since it will not be included on the album
Closer To The Truth Album Cover
September 24 2013 US & Canada
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Two more videos
An interview about the new album
Demo for The Music's No Good Without You from the Living Proof album
Rare interview about Not Commercial
And the album itself ... a hidden gem in which Cher wrote all except 2 songs ... Classified 1A by Sonny that was never released and Born With the Hunger by Shirley Eikhard
The original image for the cover artwork ...before the airbrushing
Step 2 ... after some photoshop
Cher described it as her homage to early Playboy
Performance of Send in the Clowns from the Cher show
Guy: Anything you wanna say to the leaker?
Cher: Go fuck yourself.
1970s hands down, but Believe is my favorite number
Exclusive: Cher Will Mentor Team Blake on ‘The Voice’!
By Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – 1 hour 39 minutes ago
On the upcoming fifth season of "The Voice," Christina Aguilera's team will be advised by Ed Sheeran, Adam Levine's contestants will work with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, and Team Cee Lo's guest mentor will be Miguel. But three-time winning "Voice" coach Blake Shelton will have the biggest superstar of all in his arsenal: the one, the only, the awesome…Cher.
Yes, Cher. Cher!! CHER!!!! [insert Moonstruck-style slap here] Snap out of it!
Seriously, this is very exciting news, and a huge coup for "The Voice," considering that Cher has mostly avoided reality television during her career. But she actually expressed interest in being a "Voice" Battle Rounds advisor backstage at the show's Season 4 finale last June (on which she performed "Woman's World" in one of her many fabulous wigs). "This is an amazing thing for [young singers]," she told Yahoo Music's Reality Rocks. "They didn't have anything like this when Sonny [Bono] and I started. We played bowling alleys and roller-rinks. We didn't get to go on any [TV shows]. This is amazing, where you have people who've been in the business, have been successful, and now want to help you — so you can kind of bypass a lot of the trashy stuff."
When asked if she would have auditioned for "The Voice," if it had been around when she was first starting out, Cher enthusiastically answered, "Oh, gosh, yeah. Are you kidding? I would have been like, 'Ah! Let me in!'"
Blake Shelton has as big and brash a personality as Cher's, so this pairing should be a fun one. It should also be quite emotional for Blake. Backstage at last season's "Voice" finale, Blake surprisingly revealed to Reality Rocks: "I lost my dad a year and a half ago. And my dad's favorite artist on earth, bar none, no question, was Cher. My dad worshipped Cher. I wish he could have seen tonight's episode, because I would've been texting him saying, 'Hey, I met Cher! I took a picture with Cher!'...She has no idea about any of that, but it was a real big deal to meet her…she's just as viable and important to music today as she ever was."
It remains to be seen if Cher and Blake will continue their lovefest next season with an "I Got You Babe" duet (just putting that suggestion out there), or if Cher will musically reunite with her old Burlesque co-star, Christina Aguilera. But regardless, her appearance during the Battle Rounds, which commence October 14, will be must-see TV…not only to learn from her astounding five-plus decades of showbiz experience, but of course, to see what she WEARS. With a little help from Bob Mackie and the right wig, Cher may be able to make even Cee Lo and Xtina look positively plain.
Season 5 of "The Voice" premieres Monday, September 23.
Cher on the art of the comeback
A conversation with Cher on working with Lady Gaga and singing for Jackie O
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Her voice—that famous contralto—has kept Cher on the Billboard charts, on TV and in films for more than five decades. She is one of only 16 people on the planet to be part of the EGO club—a rarefied circle of performers who have won an Emmy, a Grammy and an Oscar. And a Tony win may be in the cards in the future as she plans to stage a Broadway musical about her life. Her 26th album, Closer to the Truth, due out Sept. 24, comes more than a decade after her last full-length disc. Already, her latest single, Woman’s World, has made it to the Billboard dance club songs chart—her eighth No. 1 hit.
Q: I remember interviewing Eartha Kitt and she said she never wanted her name and the word “comeback” to be in the same sentence.
A: I met Eartha Kitt when I was 14. My mother took me to the Persian Room and I saw her perform. I took mental notes. She was fabulous. But I never think of the word comeback as a slap in the face—it’s a challenge. You are either on people’s radar or you’re not.
Q: Your first cover with Time in 1975 is one of those iconic moments in magazines. What were you were thinking when you were shooting it?
A: [Legendary Vogue editor] Diana Vreeland was on the set for that cover. It was originally for a Vogue shoot.She was wonderful. I met her because Charles Engelhard threw a dinner in Jackie Kennedy’s honour at the Waldorf Astoria towers and they asked Jackie who she would like to perform and she requested that Sonny and I sing. Jackie insisted we sit beside her at dinner—she told us that I Got You Babe was a favourite of hers and the kids. She also thought Sonny was so Shakespearean. I met Diana Vreeland there. After dinner, a strange old woman came up to me and patted my hair and said “My dear, you’re beautiful, you have a pointed head.” I thought, “Who is this old chick?” And then she said, “I must get Richard to photograph you.” Two days later, I’m with photographer Richard Avedon.
Q: Did you feel you wanted to be more glamorous?
A: Oh God, I’ve always wanted to be more beautiful.
Q: Is it easier for a man to return to the entertainment business than a woman?
A: I think it’s easier for men to do everything in this industry—especially coming back.
Q: There’s such a change in the way people come back. It feels as if Lady Gaga never took a two-year break—she was making so much news. Does that pace set up artists for failure?
A: The business has changed so much. Who knows how she will evolve, but Gaga has an idea for herself and she follows it. Madonna was the same way. Madonna said and did what she wanted, whenever she wanted and she was ahead of the curve. Always. She had her ear to the ground more than anyone.
Q: Sade once told me she felt Lady Gaga was more authentic than Madonna ever was.
A: Madonna was authentic for her time. People like Madonna and me paved the way for the women who came after us.
Q: Many up-and-coming singers are strong-armed into doing media training and are quite scripted. Is this detrimental to a performer?
A: I don’t understand the whole media-training thing. When I was young, I gave some interviews that were devastating to my career. But I wouldn’t take those back, because I learned so much. Sonny and I weren’t polished. I got such a low blow from Peter Bogdanovich [who wrote the infamous Time cover story on Cher in 1975]. One thing I learned—never let a journalist live with you. It was such a betrayal.
Q: Yet you still said yes to working with him on Mask.
A: I had to. That movie was beautiful. He was a pain in the ass but I wasn’t going let him stop me from telling that story.
Q: You’ve been a huge supporter of Hillary Clinton for years. Why?
A: She’s so smart and so stubborn. She’s lived the life. She’s as good as we could get as a president. I’d be thrilled to death if she was in the White House and would gladly give her Woman’s World for a campaign song. It’s a perfect theme song for her.
Q: You’ve recently taken to Twitter to attack the anti-abortion laws in Texas.
A: When I was young, women were having abortions and they were dying from them. It is insane that all these clinics are closing down. Abortion is not the only service they provide—they are experts in planned parenthood, they do Pap smears and mammograms and they are a place where poor women can go to get proper health care.
Q: What do you think about what’s going on in Russia right now?
A: I can’t name names but my friend called who is a big oligarch over there, and asked me if I’d like to be an ambassador for the Olympics and open the show. I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there. He said the Russian people don’t feel the way the government does.
Q: Do you relate so strongly to people on the fringes because of the way you were treated?
A: Absolutely. People hated Sonny and I in the early days because we looked and acted so different. Sonny was always getting into fights—people would called him “fag” and he’d get his nose broken—only because we were dressing different. And these were our street clothes! You can’t forget that. We tried getting on TV but the backlash against the networks was so bad, they wouldn’t invite us back.
Q: You are one of the only celebrity parents to publicly talk about having a transgender son.
A: When Chaz first told me she was going to do it—pronoun problem, when he first told me—and the process started, I was so frightened. One time I called Chaz and he had forgot to change his voicemail and it was his old voice. It shook me a bit. These are small changes that as a mother you never forget. It is the last taboo. It used to be against the law. Thank God we’ve come so far.
Q: So many young performers like Taylor Swift don’t want to identify as feminists. Why is that?
A: What is the bad connotation with feminism? When women have full control of their bodies, when women get paid exactly the same as men, when everything that happens for men happens for women, I can stop calling myself a feminist.
Q: You collaborated with Lady Gaga. The leaked version of that song sounds pretty strong. Why wouldn’t she release it?
A: She’s an artist and I respect that. I loved the song; I was disappointed but I got over it. The one that is out there isn’t even the right version.
Q: Why did you choose Pink to work with?
A: I remember sobbing after I heard her song Mr. President and thinking we are so aligned. That song just killed me.
Q: Are your new songs Take It Like A Man and Dressed to Kill two of the campiest songs you’ve ever recorded?
A: They are up there, but were so much fun. They are a drag queen’s wet dream.
Q: You were one of the first to bring drag to the masses. You hired J.C. Gaynor and Kenny Sasha to perform with you at Caesar’s Palace in 1979. Were you worried you’d shock the audience?
A: The crowd thought the drag queens were actually Diana Ross and Bette Midler—they had no clue. We got Diana and Bette to record their voices in the intro but I didn’t think it would fool them. I was never afraid to take risks like that.
Q: Is being a woman over 40 in Hollywood any easier now than it was 20 years ago?
A: Aging in Hollywood has always been bad. Men can get older in our business and women can’t. I always wanted to look good and be fit and I don’t want to change.
Q: Do you turn down a lot of scripts?
A: I don’t get the scripts that I want at all. I don’t get many coming my way. I was disappointed in Burlesque [the film she starred in with Christina Aguilera]—it could have been such a better movie.
Q: Obviously you will write a book, and a biopic will happen. Who can play you?
A: I hope to God it happens one day but nobody will get it right. Who is going to play me? That’s the only reason why I am going to write an autobiography, because someone will try and they won’t know what it was I lived through. At all. They weren’t there. With this upcoming Broadway show, I’m helping these guys out because they have no idea what was happening with [Sonny and I].
Q: You have an archive of costumes that is immense. Are you thinking of putting together an exhibit at some point?
A: At some point. I have so many clothes. In music, people are having some fun with costume, but actresses have gotten so subdued. It’s show business, where’s the show? I’ve got millions of racks of clothes in my office just sitting there. I can’t tell you how much they’ve enhanced my performances. My stylist started digging through them one day and found a fabulous helmet with spikes coming out of it and a necklace that was so drag queen that it made me scream, “Oh my God.”
Q: Working in fashion, I’ve had a lot of people tell me that all that stuff is superficial and nonsense. Do you get that reaction?
A: F–k ’em. Superficial things can be so powerful. They can lift your spirits. I’ve definitely found a place for them.
Gaga on The Greatest Thing
Lady Gaga Opens Up About Cher Song Dispute
by WENN | 12 September 2013
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Picture: Lady Gaga - Lady Gaga Departs Good Morning America - New York, NY, United States - Monday 9th September 2013
Lady Gaga has finally spoken out about her decision to block the release of her collaboration with Cher, insisting the song wasn't "up to par" because they recorded their vocals separately.
The Believe hitmaker has been candid about her frustration with Gaga after she refused to let the song, titled The Greatest Thing, feature on Cher's new album, but an unfinished version of the track was leaked online last month (Aug13).
Gaga has now opened up about the dispute over the song, admitting she didn't like the finished product because it wasn't a true collaboration between the two artists.
Speaking on U.S. Tv show Watch What Happens Live, Gaga says, "I have so much respect for Cher and I love Cher so much that when we do a duet that we release, I wanted it to be something that was really really special and... we just didn't have time to work on it together... We recorded it (separately)... and I wrote the song a long time ago.
"To be fair, if I was writing a song for Cher now, I would want to hear her album and I want to know where she is in her life. I would want to talk to her about where's she is going musically, and I didn't get to do any of those things. So I didn't want to put out something that wasn't up to par with what Cher has put out before. It's not really about me, it's more about her. Because it's Cher!"
Cher - Woman's World: A Dramatic Reading By Jackie Collins
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MALIBU, Calif. -- Although her first album in a dozen years, Closer to the Truth, won't be released until Sept. 24, its sensual cover, featuring Cher in flowing blonde tresses and a skimpy nightie, is already generating talk--which suits the 67-year-old icon just fine. She recently curled up on a sofa (donning rocker chick gear instead of a negligee) in a rented home nestled high above the shores of Malibu to reflect on her life, her career ... and Betty White.
It's interesting that you, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry all have new CDs being released within weeks of each other, because you all have a similar sense of theatricality and style. Have either of them ever come forward and personally given you props?
I think Gaga has, but I don't know enough about Katy to know if she has, but look -- I set a place for Madonna, Madonna set a place for them. We try to move the bar to have more freedom of expression. That's what it is, being able to express yourself in any way you want to, in any look you want to, because, when I was growing up, when Sonny and I first started, people hated us for the way we looked. We got into lots of trouble. We got thrown out of restaurants and we got beaten up. It was hard to be who you wanted to be and look too different. And we looked really different! I mean, the Beatles still had their little haircuts and their suits but nobody looked like us. I thought we looked fabulous!
Your new album is very strong and you're sounding in remarkably supple voice!
I think I am. And I do like the songs and can actually listen to it and not shudder.
There are a couple of tracks in particular -- You Haven't Seen the Last of Me (from Burlesque) and Sirens -- where you hit some really lovely notes.
And no one's more surprised than I am. People ask me to do things that I've never done before and didn't think I could. And I love songs where you don't know that it's me. I really do. Because I have a distinctive voice and it's no fun to just go, "Oh, that's Cher."
But that's also what people like about your voice -- it's your own.
True, but when we did Believe, I was so excited when the record company said, " 'We don't know it's you right in the beginning,' and I went, 'I know!' "
You were recently quoted as saying you've never been a huge Cher fan. Was that taken out of context?
No, absolutely not. I like to sing but I don't want to hear my speaking voice!
Yeah, I mean, if I'm acting I'm OK, but if I hear it just as something."
But you're OK seeing yourself on screen?
I haven't seen every movie I've made. Like, I've waited a year to two years to see some films, but they're going to be there, so it's not like I have to rush out. I've never really liked looking at pictures of myself. I kind of look at it with a detached eye because I have to finalize them -- and I can look at them in retrospect, like, I was just looking at some pictures in a book and I thought, "Oh, I remember that. That was really fun. God, Bob (Mackie) did a fabulous outfit and, whoa, look at my body. It was hot!"
Whatever you might think of your voice, your singing has never sounded better.
It was pretty bad in the beginning. But I'm happy with it now "¦ I mean, I'm happy with the notes, and my vocal teacher's made a huge difference. It's so freaky people because people my age are having to lose notes and I'm gaining notes, so that's pretty shocking.
Maybe you'll be like Tony Bennett.
I like Tony Bennett. Wouldn't that be fabulous? Like Tony Bennett and Betty White. She's the best. She's the most fun person.
And she's got a wicked sense of humour.
Come on! Yes! Totally, totally wicked! And a mouth like a sailor! She's my hero.
What you and Betty White already have in common is that you're both adored. Whenever I mentioned that I was going to be speaking with you, people always said, "I love Cher!"
That's cool. I like that. It's nice to be liked. I mean, there are many artists that you don't really have to like because the art is really great and you can't confuse the art with the artist. I remember we once went to dinner with a comedian who shall remain nameless. Huge comedian. We should have never gone to dinner, because after dinner I couldn't laugh at anything he said again.
Seeing as If I Could Turn Back Time has become your signature song, are there certain things in your life that, if you could turn back time, you'd want to take back or do over?
Oh, countless, I'm sure, but you just can't. I kind of think that even the bad things are your path and do something for you one way or another. But there are millions of things that I wish hadn't happened or I reacted to in a different way or I made a different choice, but, what belongs to you comes
It's been a pretty cool career"¦
Yeah. I mean, it's had really high highs and really low lows and there's either laughing or crying or waiting or going, well f--- it! You know? I don't know what's going to happen. I mean, at some point, I won't be relevant, but I'm not sure. I want to be like Betty White and everybody can't be Betty White, but I'll go for as long as I want to and as long as people want me to. I've just been here so much longer ... I thought I'd be dead right now! If I had known I was going to live this long, I think I would have done less sleeping and more activities. But you know what? I've crammed five lifetimes into my life.
Over the course of her remarkably enduring music career, Cher has logged 32 Top 40 hits (counting those with Sonny) to date. Here are five of our faves:
1) I Got You Babe
Her first and only number one hit with Sonny--it topped the charts for three weeks over the summer of '65--I Got You Babe would go on to be a part of cult classic history three decades later as the song that Bill Murray would wake up to every morning (again and again) in Groundhog Day.
Perfectly timed to tap into the country's attempt to address social injustices against Native Americans through song and film (see also Paul Revere and The Raiders' Indian Reservation and Billy Jack), the catchy tune casting Cher as the biracial daughter of a Cherokee mother hit No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada.
3)Take Me Home (1979)
Cher swapped rocker chick for disco queen, with the gravity-defying head-dresses to prove it, and landed her 12th top 40 solo hit as well as cementing her status, along with Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, as a beloved gay icon.
4)If I Could Turn Back Time (1989)
By the end of the '80s few female singers could belt out a power ballad quite like Cher, and the anthemic single would become her signature song. Of course, having a banned video in which you're straddling a USS Missouri cannon clad in a fishnet body stocking and flanked by hundreds of cheering sailors certainly didn't hurt.
Representing yet another shift in musical direction for Cher, the dance smash topped the charts in 23 countries, while its pioneering use of Auto-Tune--subsequently known as the "Cher effect"-- would become a highly sought-after recording studio tool for dozens of pop and hip-hop stars right up until today.
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Cher's back with 'Truth,' post-Farewell tour, Miley zingers
Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY 7:02 p.m. EDT September 17, 2013
At 67, Cher resurfaces with a new album, explaining, 'What else would I do? I love to sing.'
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MALIBU, Calif. — In June, Cher took the spotlight on the finale of The Voice to unleash dance anthem Woman's World, the debut single from Closer to the Truth, her first album since 2001. The stage warhorse with 50 years of performing behind her concedes that she felt terrified.
"Everyone judges you on what you just did," she says. "Right before I walked out there, I told my mom, 'I'm so sweating it. I'm a has-been. My career is nothing.' It's my first time out of the box in 12 years, in front of 20 million people. If it had been horrible, they would have tarred and feathered my whole life with that brush. My career would have ended on such a sad note."
Whoa. Doesn't an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, three Golden Globes, sales of 100 million solo albums and a half-century of diva status bolster faith in her talent?
"Ah, no, not at all," she says. "I keep coming back because I have no place else to go. What else would I do? I love to sing."
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That's why she'll return to the road, eight years after her Farewell tour ended with a gross of $192.5 million for 273 shows.
"The road is a nasty place and lonely," she says. "The shows make it worthwhile. If I didn't do it now, I would never, ever do it again. Tina (Turner) went out when she was 70, but ... she's much tougher and has an energy like I've never seen in any human being."
On Friday night, Cher is holed up in her 16,000-square-foot Italian Renaissance-style villa on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. She perches cross-legged and barefoot on a sofa in an upstairs bedroom, sipping a can of Dr Pepper as scented candles glow nearby and Mr. Big, a gray cat rescued as an injured kitten during her Believe tour, curls up at the foot of the bed.
No makeup. Her long black hair falls past her shoulders. She appears toned and trim in a coral fleece jacket and black leggings. In light this soft, Cher, 67, could still get carded at the nightclubs that will be blasting Red and Dressed to Kill.
And yet her age is the conversation's running gag.
"It's been so long since I made a record — not since gramophones," she says. "I can't get on radio because they're not playing women who are almost 100."
Ask her how the industry can possibly ignore a global superstar simply for crossing the Medicare threshold, and she bellows, "Oh, my God, look in the mirror! It gets harder when you're working against girls in their 20s. Tell me who at my age is making a record and wants to be on radio? When I started out, I thought I'd be dead by now."
Even Cher underestimates the power of Cher. In 1998, at 52, she became the oldest woman to have a No. 1 hit on Billboard's Hot 100 with Believe, the title track from the Grammy Award-winning album that topped charts around the world, selling 20 million copies.
While she insists there's no upside to aging ("I'm not going to lie and say I'm smarter; I haven't learned anything since I was 40"), Cher says it won't stop her. She's relieved the years haven't eroded her vocal powers, as she happily discovered when recording the demanding power ballad from 2010's Burlesque soundtrack, a bonus track on Truth's deluxe edition.
"A lot of people my age are dropping notes and don't have much of a voice anymore," she says. "I was completely shocked with You Haven't Seen the Last of Me. I kept saying, 'I can't do that song.' I did it to my absolute, utter amazement. It gave me a bit of confidence."
She freely volunteers missteps, though on Truth,they're superficial: the title ("I should have called it Dressed to Kill") and the smoldering cheesecake cover (platinum hair, skimpy lingerie, fur pillow).
"I meant it to be camp, like a Playboy centerfold, but people didn't get it and took it so seriously," she says. "You make mistakes, you pay and keep going."
She shrugs off an axed duet with Lady Gaga, The Greatest Thing. Dubbing it not up to par, Gaga pulled it from Truth, and an unfinished version leaked last month.
"She didn't like it," Cher says. "I wasn't thrilled with my part, and she wasn't thrilled with her part, and neither one of us were thrilled with the music. She was the one who said, 'I don't want it out.' I would have given it another shot and re-recorded my vocal and had someone else do the music. But she was over it, and it's her song."
There's no ill will. "Gaga's got 'it,' the way Madonna had 'it,' something that made you stop and go, 'What's that?' " says Cher, who is also a fan of Bruno Mars, Adele and the late Amy Winehouse. "It's not just crazy clothes. Madonna had her ear to the ground and knew what was coming before anybody else."
A legendary boundary pusher in fashion and video, Cher kicked doors open for generations of pop upstarts, and she admires risk takers.
Miley Cyrus? Not so much. Her hyperactive twerk routine on MTV's Video Music Awards "was so bad," Cher says. "I'm not old-fashioned. She could have come out naked, and if she'd just rocked the house, I would have said, 'You go, girl.' It just wasn't done well. She can't dance, her body looked like hell, the song wasn't great, one cheek was hanging out. And, chick, don't stick out your tongue if it's coated."
Cher's toughest tirades these days are less TMZ than WMD. She has informed and passionate takes on the Syrian crisis, litigation against Chevron over oil pollution in Ecuador, erosion of women's rights and an explosion of laws against feeding the homeless.
"I'm amusing and crazy on Twitter," she says. "I talk about important things, stupid things. I rant against teabag idiots. What are they going to do to me now?
"I can't spell or do grammar, but I'm smarter and more serious than people think. I'm no featherweight when it comes to digging deep and being involved. So many stars I know do so much. It's our duty to give back."
She gets blowback.
"Yes: 'Die, b----.' But if you do nothing, nothing will change."
Citing the country's recent anti-gay laws, Cher declined an invitation to open next year's Winter Olympics in Russia.
"It's a drag because I have so many Russian friends and fans, but I can't do it," she says. "What they're doing is inhumane and sad."
The twice-married mother of two (musician Elijah Blue and transgender writer/activist Chaz) is less forthcoming on her love life.
"If you talk about it, it gets ruined," she says.
She finds escape from stress in Buddhism, "but I'm probably the worst Buddhist ever because I have a terrible temper."
This is neither the best nor worst stage of her life. She was happiest in the 1980s.
"I had the most fabulous boyfriend (baker Rob Camilletti), the kids were young, New York was amazing, I was making movies and records. Everything clicked. It was heaven."
One of the low points came after her 1975 divorce from first husband Sonny Bono.
"I thought I'd never climb out of that hole," she says. "I had no money, and I had to pay him $2 million. It took a long time. I worked my way into a spot in Las Vegas playing two shows a night. My managers were making more money than I was. I pride myself on still being here. A lot of people were gigantic, and then they were gone."
If Cher could turn back time, she'd tell her younger self to lighten up. "I've forgotten most things that were life-and-death to me at the time. I was such a drama queen."
Has age mellowed pop's long-reigning bohemian?
"Absolutely not," she says.
Cher Gets 'Closer To The TV' With New 'Closer To The Truth' CD
Major Appearances and Performances Scheduled for Album's Sept. 24 Release; First Album in Over a Decade -- Includes No. 1 Dance Single, "Woman's World"; "Dear Mom, Love Cher" Documentary DVD Scheduled to Be Released Simultaneously
NEW YORK, NY, Sep 19, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- The one and only Cher is back on TV in a big way in celebration of the release of "Closer To The Truth," her new CD coming out this Tuesday, September 24th on Warner Bros. Records.
A major profile on Cher on CBS Sunday Morning with Anthony Mason will air September 22nd. The following morning, Monday, September 23rd, Cher will be On The Plaza performing three songs for NBC's Today Show including her No. 1 Dance single, "Woman's World." Cher is scheduled to appear in the 8, 9 and 10:00 hours of the show. On album release day, Tuesday, September 24th, Cher will visit her pal David Letterman on CBS and will be performing a song. It's expected to be another classic "Cher and Dave" moment for fans.
The following week Cher will be performing and visiting the Kelly & Michael Show on Tuesday, October 1st.
Cher is also scheduled to appear as a mentor for Blake Shelton's team on The Voice. Those appearances will air on October 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd.
Cher is the only recording artist with a No. 1 single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades. She is an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and three time Golden Globe Award winner.
Simultaneous to the release of "Closer To The Truth," the "Dear Mom, Love Cher" documentary DVD which reveals the extraordinary life of the star's mother, Georgia Holt, will also be released on September 24th and available on Amazon and other major outlets. "Dear Mom, Love Cher" chronicles the family matriarch's life story from her humble beginnings through six tumultuous marriages and her career as a singer, actress and fashion model. Holt overcame the odds to successfully raise two loving daughters, one of whom would live out Holt's own unfulfilled dream to become one of the world's biggest stars. The DVD is a rare peek into Cher's fascinating family history. Cher recently remastered a CD "Honky Tonk Woman" that Holt recorded over 30 years ago which includes "I'm Just Your Yesterday" a duet with her daughter which is available now.