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16 December 2023

Cher Scores First US Pop Hit In Over 20 Years With ‘DJ Play A Christmas Song’

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Cher has returned to the US Billboard Pop Airplay chart for the first time since 2002, with DJ Play a Christmas Song debuting at No 40.

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The legendary singer last appeared on the chart, which began in 1992 and ranks weekly plays on over 150 mainstream top 40 radio stations, in March 2002 with Song For The Lonely” which reached No 38. She tallied two prior entries, both in 1999: Strong Enough (No 31) and her worldwide hit Believe (No 2).

Meanwhile, DJ Play a Christmas Song spends a third week at No 1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart. It became Cher’s first No 1 on the list since If I Could Turn Back Time in September 1989. DJ Play a Christmas Song” has also topped the US Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales and Holiday Digital Song Sales charts, as Cher has now claimed No 1s on charts in every decade since the 1960s, including her run as half of Sonny & Cher.

When recently asked by The Guardian what made her record a Christmas album, the singer revealed she was originally reticent, “Everyone has done one. So, when my manager called and said, ‘We’d like you to do this,’ my immediate answer was ‘No!’ He said, ‘Just think about it.’ So, I sat down and thought, ‘What can I do that’s different?’… More than anything, I wanted this album to be fun”.

Christmas will feature four original songs as well as covers of festive classics. Cher is joined on the album – her first in five years – by special guests Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, Cyndi Lauper, Tyga and Darlene Love.

“I never say this about my own records but I’m really proud of this one. It is one of the most amazing highlights of my career,” Cher said in a statement on the album’s release.

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