Believe

Cher

About Believe

"Believe" is a song recorded by American singer Cher for her twenty-second album, Believe (1998), released by Warner Bros. Records. It was released as the lead single from the album on October 19, 1998. It was written by Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennen, Paul Barry, Steven Torch, Matthew Gray and Timothy Powell, with Cher also contributing, and was produced by Mark Taylor and Brian Rawling. "Believe" departed from Cher's pop rock style of the time for an upbeat dance-pop style. It featured a pioneering use of the audio processing software Auto-Tune to create a deliberate vocal distortion, which became known as the "Cher effect". The lyrics describe empowerment and self-sufficiency after a painful breakup. "Believe" reached number one in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Hungary, Switzerland, Poland and the Netherlands. It earned Cher a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest female solo artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and became the highest-selling single by a solo female artist in the United Kingdom. It is one of the bestselling singles, with sales of over 11 million copies worldwide. Reviewers praised its production and catchiness and named it one of Cher's most important releases. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and won Best Dance Recording. 


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You say that I am just a dreamer
So kill me if I believe
Maybe I don't need a savior
'Cause only I can save myself

Because if you don't believe
It will not come around
If you walk with your head down
You won't be able to see the sun

You say that I am acting crazy
So kill me for having fun
Maybe I like it hazy
Maybe I just don't mind

Because if you don't believe
It will not come around
If you walk with your head down
You won't be able to see the sun

If you don't believe
It won't come around

Because if you don't believe
It will not come around
If you walk with your head down
You won't be able to see the sun

If you don't believe
It won't come around

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Cher

Cher ( /ˈʃɛər/; born Cherilyn Sarkisian; May 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress. A major figure for over five decades in popular culture, she is often referred to as the Goddess of Pop for having first brought the sense of female autonomy and self-actualization into the entertainment industry. She is known for her distinctive contralto and for having worked in various areas of entertainment, as well as for continuously reinventing both her music and image, the latter of which has caused controversy. more »

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Written by: Paul Barry, Steve Torch, Brian Thomas Higgins, Matthew Michael Gray, Stuart Mclennan, Timothy Powell, Cher

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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10 facts about this song

Billboard Charts
Released in 1998, Cher's "Believe" topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts, making Cher the oldest woman to accomplish this feat at age 52.
Auto-Tune Pioneer
"Believe" was one of the first mainstream songs to use Auto-Tune, a pitch-correcting software, in a noticeable way, creating a now-iconic robotic vocal effect. This has since become a major trend in pop music.
Additional Recognition
The song "Believe" earned Cher the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2000.
Long Wait
This song gave Cher her first number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in over 25 years since "Dark Lady" topped the chart in 1974—a record length of time between number ones.
Songwriting Credits
Six people are credited with writing "Believe," including Cher herself, making it a unique collaborative effort.
Global Success
"Believe" was a huge international hit. It reached No. 1 in more than 20 countries, including UK, France, Germany, Australia, and Canada.
Sales
The song is one of the best-selling singles, with sales of over 11 million copies worldwide. It was certified quadruple Platinum in the US.
Music Video
The music video for "Believe," directed by Nigel Dick, features Cher in a nightclub in a double role as a singer on stage while wearing glowing body paint and as a supernatural being in a cloak.
Genre
"Believe" is recognized as a seminal moment in the development of the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) genre. It fused pop and dance music in a way that had rarely been done before.
Comeback
The song marked a major comeback for Cher, reestablishing her as a pop icon. It was also the title song of her twenty-second album.

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