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