This week in 1998
No slowing down for Cher who is staring her Classic Cher tour next year
Believe The Lyrics
Do you believe in life after love/I can feel something inside me say/I really don't think you're strong enough/Now
That was then...
Believe was the lead single of Cher's album of the same name in 1998, and went to number one in several countries, including Australia, the UK, Spain, France and the US. It was also the highest-selling single by a solo female artist in the UK, selling 1.8 million copies there and going triple platinum.
The song won Cher a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording, and a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest female solo artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as she was 52 at the time.
Believe was also the first commercial recording to feature the auto-tune vocal effect. Its dance-pop style, designed to appeal to younger audiences, was a major departure from Cher's previous rock-based tunes.
The success of Believe led Cher's former record company Geffen Records to release the compilation album If I Could Turn Back Time: Cher's Greatest Hits the following year, and her Do You Believe? tour ran from 1999 to 2000, with a global audience of more than 1.5 million.
This is now...
Cher, 70, joins other singers like Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys in announcing a Las Vegas residency show next year.
Her Classic Cher tour will open in February, and includes venues in Las Vegas and Maryland.
"You try to take the most important things from each decade, distil them into a story about yourself with film clips and music and movement and costume, and then you make it as entertaining as you can," Cher told Reuters.
Cher's show will showcase her wide musical repertoire over her 50-year career, as she experimented with pop, rock, dance and folk genres.
The evergreen singer also addressed rumours that she is close to death.
"I'm just older than dirt," Cher joked to Entertainment Tonight.
"I feel like in my mind, I just totally forget, and the other day I thought I was 60 and I went, 'Oh my God, I'm (70)', and then I thought, 'Oh my God'. I never expected to live this long."
"I was having a lot of fun when I was on the road last time, and it got cut short... The one thing I know is that I still like to sing so much," she added.