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Following the failure of her previous studio album It's a Man's Worldher record company encouraged her to record a dance -oriented album. The album was dedicated to her former husband Sonny Bonowho had died earlier that year. Believe represents a complete musical departure from her previous works, consisting of Euro disco  oriented styles, while its lyrical topics include freedom, individualism and relationships. The album features some of the new technology of the time, like the usage of Auto-tunewhich would eventually become known Kirsty Hawkshaw - Sci-Clone the "Cher effect".
It won one Grammy for "Best Dance Recording" from a total of three nominations. Commercially, Believe proved to be extremely successful, peaking at number four on the Billboard and was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of four million copies across the United States.
Four singles were released from the album. The first single, " Believe ", became one of the biggest-selling singles ever by topping the charts in a total of 23 countries and has sold more than 10 million copies.
Cher expressed that she was not interested in dance music anymore because she thought it was not a genre with "real songs", leaving Dickins with the option of convincing her otherwise. At Warner's London office, Dickins bumped into songwriter Brian Higgins, who was asked to pitch songs for a Cher album.
Three days later, a tape with sixteen of Higgins's songs arrived. The ninth song was 'Believe'. I thought: 'Cher could do this chorus, especially the lyrics, with her private life the way it is. She's gone through all these things," Cher - Believe said. When Dickins asked the songwriter to complete "Believe", the result was a "terrible" song that still needed extensive work. Furthermore, she decided to include a remix The Lonely One (Bicho Do Mato) - Walter Wanderley - Brazilian Blend her single " We All Sleep Alone " from her Cher album.
Mark Taylor said, "Everyone loved the chorus but not the rest of the song; As we were already writing other songs for Cher, Rob asked us if we could sort it out. Two of our writers, Steve Torch and Paul Barrygot involved and eventually came up with a complete song that Rob and Cher were happy with.
To promote the album, Cher made a number of televised appearances and live performances of the album's singles. It started on June 16, and was Cher's first tour in seven years. The tour received positive reviews,  was a commercial success and was sold out in every American city it was booked in,  amassing a global audience of more than 1.
It peaked at number one Cher - Believe All Men Shall Be Brothers Of Ludwig - Staff Carpenborg And The Electric Corona - Fantastic Party (Di than 23 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, where it became Cher's first single to debut at number one and spent seven weeks at the summit at the end ofbecoming the biggest-selling single by a female artist in UK history, selling over 1.
The album's second single, " Strong Enough ", was released on February 19, It peaked inside the top ten in Finland Cher - Believe Hungary; the song had a moderate success on the charts elsewhere, peaking at number twelve on the UK Singles Chartwhile reaching number fourteen in Denmark.
It became a top-ten hit in Finland, Greece, Italy and Spain. Along with its predecessor, the song was released in the Cher - Believe States as a maxi singlebut failed to reach the Hot Upon release, the album received Cher - Believe responses from international music critics.
AllMusic 's Michael Gallucci called Believe Cher's "latest playground move" and said that she "merely moves through the beat factory with one drab vocal range into one endless, and personality-free, thump session" and "determinedly, if not wholeheartedly, clinging to the tail end of it". In his review he gave the album two-and-a-half out of five stars.
She said "One minute, this dance grab bag is mimicking Ray of Light ; the next, paying homage to Donna Summer 's disco days — percussions - Brice Kapel - Coloricocola both at once!
In the United States, Believe debuted at number on the Billboard albums chart on the issue dated November Cher - Believe The album spent a total of 76 weeks on the chart. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Believe had sold 3. In Canada, the album peaked at number one on the Canadian Albums Bird Song - Jon And Vangelis* - Short Stories on the issue dated January 25, where it remained for one week.
The album was present for a total of 26 weeks on the chart and was later certified six times platinum by Cher - Believe Canadian Recording Industry Association CRIA for shipment ofcopies. The album also achieved commercial success in Oceania, peaking at number one on the albums chart in New Zealand and number thirteen in Australia.
In Cher - Believe United Kingdom, Believe debuted at number eight on the UK Albums ChartInterlude - Young Buck, Tha City Paper - G.A.S.
(Gangsta And Street) her fifth consecutive album to peak inside the Top 10 in the country; it eventually peaked at number seven on the issue dated March 20, In France, the album peaked the albums chart at number five, staying for forty-seven weeks in the chart.
Actual sales of the album in France stand atcopies. In Germany, the album reached number one on Cher - Believe Media Control Charts and remained there for four weeks.
It remains Cher's best-selling album in Germany with two times platinum certification from Bundesverband Musikindustrie BVMI for shipment of one million copies.
Due to its commercial success in European countries, the album ultimately topped the European Top Albums chart for eight consecutive weeks and Cher - Believe certified four times platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry IFPI for sales of Armando Trovaioli - La Terrazza / Telefoni Bianchi million copies, becoming the best selling album in Europe of the year.
Believe achieved similar success in the rest of world, topping the official charts of Austria, Denmark, Greece and Portugal and went on to be certified gold or platinum in 39 countries around the world. At the 42nd Annual Grammy AwardsBelieve received one award out of three nominations. Adapted from AllMusic. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See also: Do You Believe? For comparison, Auto-Tune is not applied in this section.
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Cher. Mark Taylor Brian Rawling. Tommy Simms Judson Spence. Junior Vasquez. Diane Warren. Todd Terry Mark Jordan. Betsy Cook Bruce Woolley. Terry [a]. Dennis Mitchell — mixing Adam Phillips — guitar Timothy Powell — composer Brian Rawling — producer Antoinette Roberson — background vocals Tom Salta — keyboards, programming Richie Sambora — composer, producer Tommy Sims — composer Cher - Believe Smith — string arrangements Judson Spence — composer Hamish Stewart — background vocals Jeff Taylor — additional production, laughs, production engineer, remixing Mark Taylor — composer, guitar, keyboards, mixing, producer, programming, string arrangements Todd Terry — composer, producer Junior Vasquez — producer Diane Warren — composer Audrey Wheeler — background vocals James Williams — background vocals Bruce Woolley — composer.
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