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28 October 2023

Cher: “Success Is A Fleeting Thing”

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Cher has spoken about her upcoming Christmas album and her relationship with success in a new interview with Paper magazine.

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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.

Discussing the album, Cher said, “I’ve made so many albums, and some of the ones I thought were as good as I could like an album of mine weren’t hits. And then other ones that I was not that excited about [were]. But my career has been like this [makes an up-and-down motion]. So I like this album. I’m not a Cher fan, but I like doing it. When I listen to it, I think this worked out. It wasn’t planned out, but it worked out.”

When asked why it’s taken her so long to make a Christmas album, the singer explained, “The reason I didn’t do one was because I couldn’t figure out a way to do one. I couldn’t feel the way to make a Christmas album come from me, and then Sarah [Hudson] gave me “DJ” and I thought, Okay, I could do this. Even though the songs are not relatives, they live well together. You go from one thing to something completely different to something completely different… I just picked out things I liked. Rob Dickens sent me “Run Rudolph Run” and I loved it. I always thought “Santa Baby” was so campy and thought, I could do a good job with this, because I feel it. I did songs that I felt. I remember Stevie [Wonder’s] song, I always loved the harmonica. So I started it, but there were things on it that I couldn’t do… Stevie things. That’s why I called him. I said, “Stevie, I’ve done this song and there are parts that I just can’t do. I only hear you and I need you to come do it.”

Cher went on to talk about her feelings on success and failure, “Success is a fleeting thing. I want to do good work, and then you hope people will like it and I guess that’s success, but I’ve been doing it too long. I don’t like failure, but success is not a thing. Success is like different moments, like pearls, and if you string them on long enough you’ve got a necklace.”

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