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Cher (/ˈʃɛər/; born Cherilyn Sarkisian on May 20, 1946) is an American pop singer-songwriter, actress, director and record producer. She has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and a People's Choice Award for her work in film, music and television.

Cher began her career at the age of seventeen and came to prominence as one half of the pop rock duo Sonny & Cher with the success of their song "I Got You Babe" in 1965. She subsequently established herself as a solo recording artist, and became a television star in the 1970s with the variety show The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, for which she won a Golden Globe Award. A well received performance in the film Silkwood earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1984. In the following years, Cher starred in a string of hit films including Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, and Moonstruck, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1988.

Cher is the only female solo artist to reach the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in each of the previous four decades. Her hit dance single "Believe" is her biggest-selling recording and was the best-selling single of 1999, having sold over 12 million copies worldwide. She holds the Hot 100 record for the longest hit-making career span, with 33 years between the release of her first and most recent #1 singles, in 1965 and 1998. Cher ended her 3-year-long "Farewell Tour" in 2005 as the second most successful tour by a female solo artist of all time.

With a career lasting over 40 years, Cher has sold over 250 million records worldwide. After a three-year hiatus and retirement from touring, Cher returned to the stage in 2008 at Caesars Palace in Paradise, Nevada where she is currently performing her show Cher at the Colosseum.

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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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"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" is a song written by Rudy Clark. The song is a rock and roll classic as recorded by Betty Everett, who hit #1 on the Cashbox magazine R&B charts with it in 1964. Recorded by dozens of artists and groups around the world in the decades since, the song became an international smash hit when remade by Cher in 1991.

Cher's remake was cut for the soundtrack of her 1990 film Mermaids in which it played under the closing credits, and the single's U.S. release coincided with the November release of the film. The lackluster box office performance of Mermaids was mirrored by the chart performance of "The Shoop Shoop Song" single, which peaked at #33 in January 1991, signaling the end of the hit-streak Cher had enjoyed in the U.S. since 1987.

The lack of American enthusiasm for Cher's "The Shoop Shoop Song" led to another cut, her remake of Barbara Lewis' "Baby I'm Yours", being the lead single from the Mermaids soundtrack in the UK and Continental Europe. However, after that song failed to become a hit — barely scraping the UK charts at #89 — "The Shoop Shoop Song" was issued as a single, backed with "Baby I'm Yours", and reached #1 on the UK chart of 4 May 1991, staying atop the chart for five weeks.

Cher's "The Shoop Shoop Song" was also a #1 hit in Austria, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Spain; the single achieved a #2 peak in Australia and Top Ten status in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.


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Cher performing "Believe" at her show Cher at the Colosseum

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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
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