NEWS: 20 years of Cher’s ‘Believe’

Do you believe in life after love? Cher’s global smash is 20 years old!

by Christopher Smith

Cher Believe

Can you ‘believe’ it? Twenty years have now passed since Cher made her extraordinary comeback in October 1998 with the song “Believe”, the title track of her first album of new material since “Love And Understanding” in 1991.

With three decades of recording already behind her and unforgettable hits such as “I Got You Babe”, “Gypsy’s Tramps And Thieves”, “I Found Someone”, “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “The Shoop Shoop Song”, Cher’s success had continued into the 90’s with her number one album “Love And Understanding” and her album of covers “It’s A Man’s World” (1995) which featured the surprise hits “Walking In Memphis” and “One By One”.

“Believe” was written and produced by Brian Higgins, Paul Barry and Tim Powell, who have since written massive hits for S Club 7, Girls Aloud, Pet Shop Boys to name but a few and produced by Mark Taylor and Brian Rawlings, who have produced and written songs for Tina Turner (“When The Heartache Is Over”), Kylie Minogue (“On A Night Like This”), Belinda Carlisle, Enrique Iglesias (“Hero”), Britney Spears, Daniel Bedingfield, James Morrison and many others.

Released on 19th October 1998, “Believe” found its audience almost immediately and became an instant smash hit, topping the singles chart in a whopping TWENTY EIGHT countries including the UK where it has sold over 1.8 million copies and the UK where it has sold 2.1 million copies. Cher did so at the age of 52, beating the previous record for a female singer to top the charts that has been set by Grace Slick of Starship, who was 51 when she hit number one across the world in 1987 with “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”.

The album “Believe” followed suit selling over ten million copies worldwide including 3.6 million Stateside and over 700,000 in the UK. The album was predominantly written and produced by the same team as the title track including the singles “All Or Nothing”, “Dov’e L’amore” and “Strong Enough”, all of which charted high across the globe.

But if you still believe in life after love, I know you WILL see something inside you say “I really don’t think you’re strong enough” when you listen to this chart topping anthem, twenty years down the line!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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