News

Cher saves ‘best effort’ for first album in 12 years

Cher saves ‘best effort’ for first album in 12 years

Cher is releasing her 26th studio album. Photo: Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Few musicians are able to keep their careers alive for more than five decades, but pop diva Cher says her latest album is her “best effort ever.”

Cher, 67, a staple of American dance music, released her 26th studio album, “Closer to the Truth” on Tuesday, her first record in 12 years.

“It’s my best effort ever, so I’m happy with that. I’m singing better than ever and the songs are really good. I’m unbelievably proud of it,” the singer said in an interview with Reuters at her home in California’s beachside community of Malibu.

The new album, which includes the Paul Oakenfold-produced single “Woman’s World,” a disco-pop ode to strong women, also features songs written by pop star Pink, such as “Lie to Me” and the rousing “I Walk Alone.”

“A song either is good or is bad as far as your feelings go. So I know pretty much immediately, I just know. Also, if it doesn’t touch me, I can’t sing it,” the singer said.

The California native first gained recognition as part of musical duo Sonny & Cher, known for their 1965 hit song “I Got You Babe.” With a singing voice that rang deep into the lower registers, Cher embarked on a solo career that has spanned five decades and made the singer a household name across the world.

Despite amassing a legion of fans, including more than 1.7 million Twitter followers and 500,000 Facebook likes, the singer said she is still surprised by continued interest in her work.

“It just didn’t occur to me that anybody would be waiting with bated breath for my next project,” Cher said.

“I’ve been doing it for what, 50 years almost? It just didn’t occur to me to do it anymore. Nobody gets that, but I just didn’t think about it,” she added.

Dance music diva

Dance anthems have become a musical home for the singer, who has become a long-standing name in disco with songs such as 1974′s “Dark Lady” to “Believe,” which earned the singer her first and only Grammy award in 2000.

Cher will once again hit the road to support her new album, and said she will be using new technology in her live performances, embarking on a North American tour spanning 49 cities, kicking off in Phoenix in March 2014.

“I like the new songs. I hope I get to do some of those. I’d like to do ‘You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me’ and ‘Welcome to Burlesque’ because I just think that’s so campy and fun. You know, concerts should just be fun,” Cher said.

With six decades in show business under her belt, Cher is forthcoming with her opinions, from speaking out in defense of the lesbian, gay and transgender community that regards her as an icon, to weighing in on the antics of younger pop stars.

Cher said she wasn’t a fan of singer and former Disney Channel actress Miley Cyrus’ recent raunchy and provocative performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards, where Cyrus “twerked” her way into headlines with sexually suggestive dancing.

“I didn’t like it because I didn’t think it was her best effort. I thought she really needed to go back and rethink it. I just didn’t think it was up to the standards that I would’ve liked to see professionally,” the singer said.

Recent Headlines

in Music

Concert-goes hospitalized during Keith Urban show

Keith Urban arrives at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Things got a bit crazy at Keith Urban's Massachusetts show on Saturday night.

in Music

The Beatles wanted to film ‘Lord of the Rings’

FILE- This is a 1967 handout image from Parlophone of The British group, The Beatles,. From left, are: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney; and George Harrison. The woman who as a child was the basis for the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is gravely ill. It was thought by many at the time that the psychedelic song from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band was a paean to LSD because of the initials in the title, but it was actually based on a drawing that John Lennon's young son Julian brought home from school. He told his father the drawing was of Lucy in the sky with diamonds. Lucy Vodden, now living in Surrey just outside of London _ drifted apart after schoolyard days, but they have gotten back in touch as Lennon has tried to help Vodden cope with Lupus, a life-threatening disease.

Peter Jackson reveals John Lennon could have played Gollum in a Stanley Kubrick directed LOTR adaptation.

in Entertainment

Fans support campaign to keep Sean Bean alive in new show

British actor Sean Bean arrives for a special UK screening of Cleanskin, at the Mayfair Hotel in central London, Monday, March 5, 2012.

The "Game of Thrones" actor has died more than 20 times in his career, and fans want it to stop.

in Entertainment

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sequel set for 2017

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Marvel unveils plans to press ahead with a sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy," days before the superhero movie even hits theaters.

in Entertainment

‘Lucy,’ ‘Hercules’ beat expectations at box offices

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Aksel Hennie as Tydeus, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as Atalanta, Dwayne Johnson as Hercules, Reece Ritchie as Iolaus, and Rufus Sewell as Autolycus in a scene from "Hercules."

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" collected $44 million at the domestic box office, outmuscling "Hercules" which took in $29 million.