Portal:Cher

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1970s publicity photo of Cher

Cher (/ʃɛər/; born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress. Commonly referred to by the media as the Goddess of Pop, she has been described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry. She is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her six-decade-long career.

Cher gained popularity in 1965 as one-half of the folk rock husband-wife duo Sonny & Cher after their song "I Got You Babe" reached number one on the American and British charts. By the end of 1967, they had sold 40 million records worldwide and had become, according to Time magazine, rock's "it" couple. She began her solo career simultaneously, releasing in 1966 her first million-seller song, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)". She became a television personality in the 1970s with her shows The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, watched by over 30 million viewers weekly during its three-year run, and Cher. She emerged as a fashion trendsetter by wearing elaborate outfits on her television shows.

While working on television, Cher established herself as a solo artist with the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves", "Half-Breed", and "Dark Lady". After her divorce from Sonny Bono in 1975, she launched a comeback in 1979 with the disco album Take Me Home and earned $300,000 a week for her 1980–1982 concert residency in Las Vegas.

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It's a Man's World is the twenty-second album by American singer-actress, Cher released on November 6, 1995 by Warner Bros Records. This is also the start of her second stint with the label.

It's a Man's World found Cher singing 'unconventional' songs in a style more associated with the Deep South, rather than her more familiar pop and rock roots. The album also stands out for Cher stretching her vocals to head register for such songs as "One by One" and "The Gunman", getting out of her comfort zone of her trademark husky contralto.

Cher recorded It's a Man's World in London in 1995. That same year the album was released all over Europe with "Walking in Memphis" as its lead off single. The original album included fourteen songs, but when it was released in the United States in 1996 the setlist included only eleven songs. Three songs, "I Wouldn't Treat a Dog (The Way You Treated Me)", "Don't Come Around Tonight" and "The Shape of Things to Come" had been removed from the American release. The American release was also reviewed by critics as a 'mid-'90s R&B/pop phenomenon' due to the removal of these three rock songs and also due to five songs remixed to evoke a contemporary R&B feel. The new versions of those songs: "Not Enough Love in the World", "Paradise Is Here", "Angels Running", "What About the Moonlight" and "One by One" were labeled as album versions in the United States. Their new sound carried R&B influences, while their original versions were influenced by Southern rock and blues.

It has sold over 6 million copies world-wide.


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Moonstruck is a 1987 romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison. The movie was released on December 18, 1987, receiving largely positive reviews from critics. The film went on to gross $80,640,528 at the North American box office, making it the fifth highest grossing of that year.[1] The film was nominated for six Oscars at the 60th Academy Awards, winning three for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.[2]


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"Believe" is a pop song by American singer-actress Cher. It was released in most countries at the end of 1998 by Warner Bros., as the first single from her twenty third album, Believe.

It became one of the best-selling singles of all time.[3] having sold over 10 million copies worldwide.[4] It won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording and was also nominated for Record of the Year.

"Believe" is noted for its use of the Auto-Tune pitch-correction software on the singer's vocals to create a peculiar sound effect, sometimes referred to as the "Cher effect".


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Cher & Sonny Star at Hollywood Walk of Fame

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  • ... that Cher holds the Hot 100 record for the longest hit-making career span, with 25 years between the release of her first and most recent #1 singles, in 1974 and 1999
  • ... that Cher ended her 3-year-long "Farewell Tour" in 2005 as the second most successful tour by a female solo artist of all time
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  • ... that Cher is the oldest woman to have a U.S #1 hit with "Believe" at 52 years of age
  • ... that Cher appeared on the cover of People a record of 13x's
  • ... that Cher is one of few artists to win a Grammy, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and Academy Award for her acting roles

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  1. ^ Moonstruck Box Office Mojo Retrieved 2010-2-26
  2. ^ Moonstruck Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Retrieved 2010-2-26
  3. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 1999". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-03-23.
  4. ^ Cashmere, Paul (2003-09-09). "Cher and Share Alike". Undercover.com.au. Retrieved 2005-11-12.
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