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Cher

About

Cher (; born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer, actress and television personality. Often referred to by the media as the "Goddess of Pop", she has been described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry. Cher 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 throughout 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" peaked at number one on the US and UK charts. Together they sold 40 million records worldwide. Her solo career was established during the same time, with the top-ten singles "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" and "You Better Sit Down Kids". She became a television personality in the 1970s with her CBS shows; first The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, watched by over 30 million viewers weekly during its three-year run, and then the namesake Cher. She emerged as a fashion trendsetter by wearing elaborate outfits on her television shows.

While working on television, Cher released the US Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves", "Half-Breed", and "Dark Lady", becoming the female artist with the most number-one singles in United States history at the time. After her divorce from Sonny Bono in 1975, she released the disco album Take Me Home (1979) and earned $300,000 a week for her 1979–1982 concert residency in Las Vegas.

In 1982, Cher made her Broadway debut in the play Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and starred in its film adaptation. She subsequently garnered critical acclaim for her performances in films such as Silkwood (1983), Mask (1985), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), and Moonstruck (1987), the last of which won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. She then revived her music career by recording the rock-inflected albums Cher (1987), Heart of Stone (1989), and Love Hurts (1991), all of which yielded successful singles such as "I Found Someone", "If I Could Turn Back Time", and "Love and Understanding". Cher contributed to the soundtrack for her next film, Mermaids (1990), which spawned the UK number-one single "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)". She made her directorial debut with a segment in the abortion-themed anthology If These Walls Could Talk (1996).

Cher reached a new commercial peak in 1998 with the dance-pop album Believe, whose title track topped the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1999 and became the biggest-selling single of all time by a female artist in the UK. It features pioneering use of Auto-Tune to distort her vocals, known as the "Cher effect". Her 2002–2005 Living Proof: The Farewell Tour became one of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time, earning $250 million. In 2008, she signed a $60 million deal to headline the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for three years. During the 2010s, she landed starring roles in the films Burlesque (2010) and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) and released studio albums Closer to the Truth (2013) and Dancing Queen (2018), both of which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200.

Having sold 100 million records, Cher is one of the world's best-selling music artists. Her achievements include a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, the Billboard Icon Award, and awards from the Kennedy Center Honors and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She is the only artist to date to have a number-one single on a Billboard chart in six consecutive decades, from the 1960s to the 2010s. Aside from music and acting, she is noted for her political views, social media presence, philanthropic endeavors, and social activism, including LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Articles

July 20, 2022

Lucy Dacus Honors ‘Low Voiced Pop Legend’ Cher With Dreamy Cover of ‘Believe’

Cover for Spotify Singles series arrives alongside a stripped-down rendition of her Home Video track "Partner in Crime"

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July 20, 2022

Lucy Dacus shares soaring cover of Cher’s ‘Believe’

"I love a low voiced pop legend" The post Lucy Dacus shares soaring cover of Cher’s ‘Believe’ appeared first on NME.

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July 20, 2022

Cher recalls her first miscarriage at 18: “I was sobbing and rocking on the floor”

The singer has vented her anger at the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade The post Cher recalls her first miscarriage at 18: “I was sobbing and rocking on the floor” appeared first on NME.

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July 19, 2022

Cher Recalls Her First Miscarriage at 18: ‘What Would Happen to Me Today’?

"When I was young I had 3 miscarriages," the performer began her July 18 tweet.

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July 5, 2022

Rolling Loud’s Global Dreams Are A (Successful) Reality Now

Since their debut Rolling Loud event back in 2015—a same-day, smaller edition which took place in Wynwood, Miami—founders Tariq Cherif and Matt Zingler have tur

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June 20, 2022

Cher Congratulates Kate Bush on Passing Her In U.K. Record Books

There’s no animosity from Cher, just “mega respect.”

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June 8, 2022

Cher & Versace Team Up for ‘Chersace’ Pride Collection to Benefit LGBTQ+ Charity

All proceeds from the collection will go to Gender Spectrum, which will aid children and teens in the LGBTQ+ community.

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May 3, 2022

Cher, Bette Midler, Questlove & More React to Leaked Supreme Court Opinion to Overturn Roe v. Wade

"#SCOTUS has just revealed itself to be another political tool," Midler tweeted.

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April 25, 2022

Cher’s $1 Million Royalty War With Sonny Bono’s Widow Tested in Court

"Royalty rights are not rights under the Copyright Act," Cher's lawyer argued at a hearing as he challenged Mary Bono's claim that federal copyright law trumps Sonny and Cher's 1978 divorce agreement

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March 28, 2022

Chad Smith’s Daughter Impresses in ‘Idol’ Audition with a Stevie Wonder Classic: Watch

The 20-year-old's voice also had judge Lionel Richie hearing shades of Cher.

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March 10, 2022

Vintage Celebrity Barbie Dolls That Are Perfect for Music Lovers & Collectors

Celebrate National Barbie Day with Cher, Elvis, Destiny’s Child, Debbie Harry, Brandy and more celebrity Barbies.

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March 2, 2022

Saweetie on Cher: ‘What I Love Is That She Doesn’t Give a F–k!’

Saweetie on singing 'Believe' as a toddler, getting fashion inspiration, and meeting one of her all-time heroes

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February 14, 2022

Kanye West, Cher, Nick Jonas Celebrate Rams’ Nail-Biting Super Bowl LVI Win, All-Star Halftime Show

Hollywood notables like Lady Gaga and Kerry Washington praised halftime show featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and more.

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February 14, 2022

Miley Cyrus mashed up classics from Pixies, Sinead O’Connor with her own music at Super Bowl pre-concert

She also covered songs by Blondie, Mike WiLL Made-It, Janis Joplin, Cher, Dolly Parton and Madonna The post Miley Cyrus mashed up classics from Pixies, Sinead O’Connor with her own music at Super Bowl pre-concert appeared first on NME.

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January 29, 2022

Cher to perform ‘Golden Girls’ theme song in Betty White TV tribute

The beloved actor died on New Year's Eve at the age of 99 The post Cher to perform ‘Golden Girls’ theme song in Betty White TV tribute appeared first on NME.

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January 28, 2022

Cher Pays Tribute to Betty White With ‘Thank You For Being a Friend’ Performance

Cher shared a high-energy clip to her social media pages on Friday.

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January 28, 2022

These Are the 10 Most Popular Artists for ‘Drag Race’ Lip Syncs

From Cher to Madonna to Britney, Billboard breaks down the stars whose songs have been featured the most times on the reality show's most iconic segment.

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January 21, 2022

Cher, Adam Lambert, Andrew Lloyd Webber Pay Tribute to Meat Loaf: ‘The Vaults of Heaven Will Be Ringing With Rock’

Cher recalled the time they recorded 'Dead Ringer For Love' from Meat's second album.

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January 21, 2022

‘A Legend’: Celebrities, Collaborators Pay Tribute to Meat Loaf

Cher, Andrew Lloyd Weber and others are among those memorializing the singer and actor, who died Thursday at the age of 74

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January 7, 2022

5 Celebrity Guest Judges We Want to See on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

From Lil Nas X to Cher, Billboard takes a look at the stars who would make perfect additions to the judges' panel on 'RuPaul's Drag Race.'

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January 4, 2022

Cher Says She’ll Never Go Gray: ‘I’m Just Not Doing It’

Cher is known for her long, jet black hair -- and she intends to keep it that way.

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December 31, 2021

Swarovski Crystal Exhibit Highlights Gloves Worn by Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson

Conceived by fashion designer Michael Schmidt, 'The Art of Performance' exhibition also includes dazzling fashions seen on Nicole Kidman, Cher and Selena Gomez.

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December 9, 2021

Sonny Bono’s Widow Strikes Back in Cher Copyright Fight

Mary Bono says Cher is using a divorce agreement to "subvert" a federal copyright provision.

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December 9, 2021

Mary Bono Asks Court to Dismiss Cher’s ‘Groundless’ $1 Million Royalties Lawsuit

Sonny Bono's widow claims federal law give his heirs the power to terminate the 50% share of royalties in songs such as "I Got You Babe" awarded to Cher in 1978 divorce agreement

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November 30, 2021

Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson Join Jimmy Fallon for Mixtape Medley on ‘That’s My Jam’

'The Voice' powerhouse coaches go head to head singing songs from Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Shania Twain and Cher

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November 29, 2021

St. Vincent, Iggy Pop and Grimes feature in 2022 Pirelli calendar

It also includes images of Cher, Rita Ora, Kali Uchis and Saweetie The post St. Vincent, Iggy Pop and Grimes feature in 2022 Pirelli calendar appeared first on NME.

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November 22, 2021

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, Sonny & Cher and More Chart-Topping Pairs Who Called It Quits

The talented pair topped the Hot 100 in August 2019 with "Señorita" and announced their breakup last week.

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November 13, 2021

Britney Spears Gets Love From Missy Elliott, Cher, Cyndi Lauper & More as Conservatorship Ends

As Britney Spears finally sees the termination of her conservatorship after nearly 14 years, she's being celebrated by her peers in pop music and beyond on social media.

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October 21, 2021

Kelly Clarkson & Jimmy Fallon Join Forces (And Hands) for This Sonny & Cher Cover

Kelly Clarkson and Jimmy Fallon transformed into Sonny & Cher for Thursday's (Oct. 21) special Kellyoke duet of "I Got You Babe."

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October 14, 2021

Cher Sues Sonny Bono’s Widow Over Song Royalties

Cher is suing the widow of late her musical partner and former husband Sonny Bono.

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Discs

Take Me Home (John Morales M+M Classic Mix)

February 11, 2022

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Walls

May 19, 2021

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Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe

October 26, 2020

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Chiquitita

May 8, 2020

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Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) [Midnight Mixes]

October 12, 2018

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Dancing Queen

September 28, 2018

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One of Us

September 21, 2018

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Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) [Extended Mix]

September 14, 2018

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SOS

August 23, 2018

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Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)

August 9, 2018

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Fernando (From "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again")

June 21, 2018

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Ooga Boo (from Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh)

September 15, 2017

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I Walk Alone (Remixes)

April 25, 2014

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Take It Like a Man (Remixes)

January 24, 2014

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Take It Like a Man

November 8, 2013

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Love One Another EP (Remixes)

September 24, 2013

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All or Nothing EP (Remixes)

September 24, 2013

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Closer to the Truth

September 24, 2013

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Closer to the Truth (Deluxe Edition)

September 20, 2013

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You Haven't Seen the Last of Me (Stonebridge Club Instrumental From Burlesque)

December 7, 2010

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You Haven't Seen the Last of Me (StoneBridge Radio Mix from "Burlesque")

December 7, 2010

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You Haven't Seen the Last of Me (StoneBridge Dub from" Burlesque")

December 7, 2010

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You Haven't Seen the Last of Me (StoneBridge Club Mix From Burlesque)

December 7, 2010

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You Haven't Seen the Last of Me (Dave Audé Radio Mix from "Burlesque")

December 7, 2010

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You Haven't Seen the Last of Me (Dave Audé Dub from "Burlesque")

December 7, 2010

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You Haven't Seen the Last of Me (Almighty Radio Mix from "Burlesque")

December 7, 2010

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You Haven't Seen the Last of Me (Almighty Dub from "Burlesque")

December 7, 2010

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You Haven't Seen the Last of Me (Almighty Club Mix from "Burlesque")

December 7, 2010

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You Haven't Seen the Last of Me ( Dave Audé Club Mix from "Burlesque")

December 7, 2010

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"You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" The Remixes From Burlesque (Radio Edits)

November 24, 2010

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"You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" The Remixes From Burlesque

November 24, 2010

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Song for the Lonely

March 24, 2009

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Song for the Lonely (Thunderpuss Sunshine Rise Mix)

March 24, 2009

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Song for the Lonely (Thunderpuss Dirty Dub)

March 24, 2009

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Song for the Lonely (Thunderpuss Club Mix)

March 24, 2009

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Song for the Lonely (Thunder Dub)

March 24, 2009

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Song for the Lonely (Illicit Vocal Remix)

March 24, 2009

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Song for the Lonely (Illicit Dub)

March 24, 2009

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Song for the Lonely (Almighty Mix)

March 24, 2009

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Living Proof

January 1, 2001

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Dov'è l'amore (Remixes)

October 26, 1998

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Strong Enough (Remixes)

January 1, 1998

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Believe (Remixes)

January 1, 1998

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Believe

January 1, 1998

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It's a Man's World

November 6, 1995

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Love Hurts

June 11, 1991

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Heart Of Stone

January 1, 1989

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Cher

January 1, 1987

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I Paralyze (Expanded Edition)

May 28, 1982

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Prisoner

October 22, 1979

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Take Me Home

January 1, 1979

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Dark Lady

January 1, 1974

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Half-Breed

January 1, 1973

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Half Breed

January 1, 1973

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Foxy Lady

January 1, 1972

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Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves

January 1, 1971

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3614 Jackson Highway (Expanded Edition)

September 16, 1969

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Chastity Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

June 24, 1969

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3614 Jackson Highway

January 1, 1969

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Backstage

July 1, 1968

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Cher's Golden Greats

January 1, 1968

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With Love, Cher

January 1, 1967

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Chér

October 1, 1966

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The Sonny Side Of Chér

April 1, 1966

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All I Really Want To Do

October 16, 1965

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