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Cher Likes New York in June, How Bout You? (And VCR Alert)

Unfortunately I have been felled temporarily this week by carpel tunnel and much melodrama related to that (crying jags, garment renting) so I've behind in all the Cher appearances of this week. I can't type much (to save my arms and hands) but I'll post what I've been sent.

The Voice Wrap Up:

Blake Shelton on Cher's performance and what it meant to him: http://www.wetpaint.com/the-voice/articles/2013-06-24-blake-shelton-favorite-season-4

Cher on her performance (to Access Hollywood): "It was awful at the beginning... Because my voice has been really bad lately. I was frightened, but I knew I had to do the best that I could. It was probably not the best that I'll ever do it, but it was definitely the best I could do tonight." Cher talks about her look as Luxe-Punk: http://www.cherworld.com/cher-news/cher-discusses-the-voice/

Host Carson Daily said: "It was so crazy to see Cher on the stage. I've been very lucky to watch Madonna, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson. I've interviewed them, I've talked to some of the greats, but watching Cher tonight, that sort of completes my personal volume of icons in music."

Results of "Woman's World" the Charts (sent from my friend Christopher, my Billboard chart-watcher):

from Paul Grein of Chartwatch on Billboard

"To My Readers: Cher’s “Woman’s World” didn’t make it this week.   It sold 26K digital copies to enter Hot Digital Songs at #79. I thought that might be enough to do it. Alas, no."

Christopher: "Hot Digital Songs is the sales chart for digitally purchased singles. The low ranking on the sales chart, when combined with no significant radio play, failed to generate sufficient overall points for the song to make an impression on the Hot 100.   :-( "

According to CherNews,

'Woman's World', which was a top 50 seller on Amazon and iTunes, has entered Billboards Hot Digital Songs chart at number 79, with sales of over 26,000 copies. Perhaps more importantly, the song has entered Billboard's 'Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles' chart at number 25. The 'Bubbling Under' chart showcases the 25 songs that are sitting just below Billboard's main 'Hot 100' chart and that have not yet entered the main chart. 'Woman's World' has unsurprisingly made a big impact on Billboard's dance charts; it debuted at number 7 on its Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (sales) chart and number 16 on its Dance/Electronic Songs chart (sales, airplay, club play, streaming).

Sadly the bubbling under chart is not great boon. It means the single is charting over 100. Top 41-99 is not a hit. So over 100 isn't great. But it could gain momentum yet.

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Watch it on the Tubes: 1, 2 and 3 and AfterShow later and more later.

The ramp up for this show was called Cher Magedon and Cher scholar JeffRey sent me the promos which are hilarious...

 

 

 

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Talk about an American treasure. The Queen reigns. I'll talk about these interviews more when my hands aren't freakin killing me. But I will say I love how relaxed and open Cher is in all of them. So nice, so nice.

The Pier Show (June 30)

Fan video and video from very very far away (for some reason this is interesting to me; imbibing with out paying...so fun!). Cher was reported to debut the song from the new album, "Take it Like a Man."

Today I noticed there is a reported album leak with the following track listing:

1. Woman’s World
2. Take it Like a Man
3. Dressed to Kill
4. Lie to Me
5. Pride
6. Red
7. I Walk Alone
8. Beautiful Vampire

I didn't download the album myself because (I'm not that innocent), I was afraid of a virus.

Coming Up

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Cher World coverage:

"Full piece will air on Thursday, July 4, at 10:00 am ET, via satellite on The Blend, channel 16, and Thursday, July 4 at 2:00 pm ET on Studio 54 Radio, channel 54, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. For rebroadcast times, please visit www.siriusxm.com/townhall"

A clip is posted on Sirus XM

July 4th on NBC

Cher News reports Cher will appear on NBC's 'Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular' TV special.

 


June 18, 2013: A Day of Chertasticness

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The Single

Woman’s World was released this week on June 18, 2013. I’ve been realizing over the last few days that this single is the first Cher single released in a post iTunes world, the first CD released entirely digitally. It makes me feel kind of naked and missing something as a collector as I'm missing having another compact disc, cassette or 45-single. Times have sure changed in this lifetime of Cher singles. What do I add to my shelf? What liner notes can I pour over? But will there be a collector's single?

Kids don’t even have CD players anymore. I have a broken one in a boom box. I still have a CD “walkman" I never use because I use my iPod exclusively for music when walking. And I have a CD player in my car which is the only one I use.

Cher’s last album, Living Proof from 2001, predates iTunes. I do remember hearing samples of the songs online and I don’t remember what format they were in. I do appreciate how Cher has embraced the changing world of music delivery and social media, as her new website shows. As other artists complain about the new paradigm, she carries on.

As for the single release yesterday: I like the crispness of the download. The remix seems like it has more nuances, more depth in sound, some contrast, some extra trills. I like how Cher’s vocals have more variety, going up in places where I don’t remember them going up in the earlier version(s).  “Come togEther now” and “EveryBODY in the club.” The build up of the synthesizer bed is more dramatic and interesting. Don’t care much for the shuffling end. But I DO appreciate that we don’t have to listen through a spoken-word intro on yet another Cher dance track. It’s interesting what a few little changes can do to improve upon a thing.

The single cover: Is it me or does this cover look very Gaga? Eh.

The Temporary Video

LyricThe video with the paper-hair wig has not surfaced yet; but there is an “official lyric video” up inspired by the postcards from the 1940s which are all the rage now in feministy-joke-form.

I like it alright but it's lacking the charisma of Cher. 

 The Remixes

More remixes popped up as well on the Utubes:

  • Tracy Young Mix – it's okay--remixes make me daydream
  • Danny Verde Club Mix – okay as well
  • R3HAB Mix – I like this new one better than the other two
  • But the MZ Poppins Mix is still my favorite

I’m still trying to figure out the whole remix thing. Since I don’t go clubbing, I can’t see it from an athletic standpoint. It seems different ones have different energy and counter melodies. So it seems a very subjective thing, which remix you gravitate toward. Can someone else elaborate on the secret art of remixing for me? Now mashes I get and totally love.

CherwigThe TV Appearance

My husband asks how she was going to sing this live on 2013 finale of The Voice. After seeing it, I really couldn’t tell. It didn’t sound like the record to me. It sounded breathy like her usual live performances and imperfect but I wouldn’t stake my life on whether this performance was live or not. I appreciate the fact that they always hold Cher out to the very end of live shows. It is a testament to her power to hold viewers. But I never feel her act is quite the showstopper that say Bruno Mars was doing that Jacksons homage. I love how they introduced her with her plethora of her awards. I liked the purple Mohawk wig but never did get a comprehensive look at the outfit. The strobe lights didn’t help make me feel high NRG about the performance. And the dancing wasn’t as thrilling as the Bruno Mars simple-but-effective overall effect. But then again, none of the other acts really had much good in the way of dancing.

I really liked the show but then I find all finales pretty exciting. I liked the remix of “Take on Me” by A-Ha in the Christina Aguilera and Bitbull performance. But visually it was very “tacky party” to me. I enjoyed all the clips of the judges (since I’ve never seen the show). I love, love, loved big nose girl, Michelle Chamuel! She was my favorite of the contestants. Overall, Mr. Cher Scholar and I felt the quality of singers was better on this show than on American Idol. Many times, Mr. Cher Scholar called out from the other room that he couldn’t tell if a performance he was hearing was by a contestant or a professional. Seeing Nelly was a treat! I love him, loved the country/rap mashup. Bob Seger was definitely the highlight of the show. Wished he was singing “Night Moves” solo. What a great song. It was overplayed too much when I was growing up but it’s really first-rate. Talk about a voice. And what great teeth.

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Cher with the winner(s): Danielle Bradbery and Blake Shelton

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Cher with the judges: Blake Shelton, Usher and Adam Levine. Did Shakira shun Cher??

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The full outfit view. Are those Hammertime pants?

LivestreamThe Interview

Mark Steines of Entertainment Tonight interviewed Cher for 30 minutes on LiveStream before the show. He used some fan questions plucked off Cher’s twitter page. When I was on, it looked like over 4,000 other people were on, too.

They discussed the new paradigm in selling music. Mark asked if albums still held value and Cher said for an artist the iTunes system wasn’t so great but for the music buyer it better enabled them to make choices. He asked her how she stayed relevant and if she had advise for young artists. She begged off both those questions (“I haven’t got a clue.”) She said she loved Pink and her music. She said it would be hard to bring back the variety shows considering their pace and the success of reality shows. (Saturday Night Live is such an affront to the idea that variety show is dead, though). She talked about her Lovelies and learning to tweet, her favorite memory. She revealed that one of the bonus tracks is a Diane Warren song. She talked about her favorite outfit (1986 Academy Award outfit). She talked about Sonny’s meat pasta sauce and how she makes it with chicken and penne (Hey, howabouta Sonny cookbook??). She said if she ate at Mark’s she’d like grilled hot dogs with the cheese inside with BBQ sauce and mustard and a chocolate malt. They discussed bikers vs. truckers. Cher said Dr. Pepper is a must have for her backstage and she commented on how cheap the Dr. Pepper company is for never giving her free Dr. Pepper after all her years of talking about loving Dr. Pepper.  (“They’re so cheap, they never gave me anything.”) She talked about her upcoming Pierappearance at The Pier Dance. She’s still a nervous performer. She said she’d be a great (and kind) judge on a talent show. By the way, was she wearing brass knuckles?

She’d like to continue to make movies, something independent and gritty, something un-Cher like (my Cher-movie fantasy). She talked about loving writing her new Logo series and loving directing. She would love to direct Morgan Freeman who she said was honest and full of depth (agree totally). She talked about seeing the restored version of the original movie Frankenstein recently and how it made her sob. She told the story about Sonny meeting U2s Bono in an elevator. She talked about crafty shows she likes, The Brothers, Love it  or List It and Long Island Medium.

Ordering the Album

According the preorders, the title of the full album will be Closer to the Truth and it looks like two versions are available on iTunes, a regular 11-track version and a deluxe 14-track version (with 3 bonus cuts). Amazon is only offering only the 11-track version now. Cher.com is offering a collectors edition through its site, the digital deluxe album with a lithograph. If you signed-up on Cher’s webpage to get information about “Woman’s World,” you received an email Wednesday about the “special fan edition.” I must say, Cher.com is on the ball. Whoever is working her social media, bravo! It’s all coming together for this project.

During Cher’s interview with LiveSream, Mark Steines announced that the first 500 people to order from Cher.com would get a signed booklet. Of course I surfed right over there before The Voice appearance and tried my little heart out on three browsers but the WarnerBros site was locked up every time I tried to order. In fact, my Chrome browser purchase, (where I made it through to my payment information), hung up in a processing mode all night long until I finally shut the browser down the following morning. Meanwhile, my husband tried on his computer and got through right away. Can you believe it?? He said  it was because he didn’t want it badly enough to jam up the servers. He said if it was a collectors Chief’s football jersey, I would have gotten through and he wouldn’t have. Which brings us to...

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So not only was Mr. Cher Scholar very helpful in snaring me a collector’s CD from Cher.com, but I also wouldn’t have been able to watch her on The Voice without him. We gave up cable three weeks ago and switched to Hulu. Hulu wouldn’t have posted the finale until the following day but I assumed I would be able to watch the show on NBC’s streaming live site. Right after work I tried it and NBC wanted me to download special software for streaming video (totally unnecessary). When I went to download it, my virus software warned me the add-on was really suspicious ad-ware.

I expressed severe disappointment at this (only Cher Zombies know what kind of sad wailing I refer to here) and Mr. Cher Scholar not only convinced me that we could make it to Radio Shack for an antennae (looking up the airtime online after I was two lethargically deflated to do so), but he helped me set it up in time for the show. I was a mess and it took Mr. Cher Scholar to make me snap out of it.

See the pic of him above graduatin' with his Masters last month.



LiveStream Alert and News Galore

SonnycherwaterSo it's summer here in Santa Fe (obviously) and we've been going through a nasty heat wave that broke a few days ago. Just came across this picture of Sonny & Cher in their pool from an early publicity session. Love this picture on so many levels, least of which because I'm hot and don't have a pool handy.

CherNews and CherWorld have been posting some good stuff in the last few days. Tomorrow is single release day for "Woman's World" and she will sing on The Voice tomorrow night. She will also be doing a LiveStream interview before The Voice at 6:15 PST: http://new.livestream.com/cher. Apparently, You can ask questions for this special event by sending them directly to Cher on twitter by using the hashtag #Cherlivestream.

CherNews also culls from Cher's tweets that the failure of Lady Gaga's "The Greatest Thing" duet had more to do with Lady Gaga not liking it than Cher. Producer RedOne was set to redo it as a solo track but "dropped the ball," went "MIA" and please direct your ire at him, tyvm. According to tweets, the album will have 11-16 songs (sweet!) and there are duets with Pink and Jake Shears and a mystery duet on the album.

Of course I have many fantasies concerning Cher's mystery duet. In fact, I have fantasized about an all-chick duet album with Cher as a feminist version of all those insipid Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett duet albums. I also fantasize about a John Waite duet and more Tom Jones duets.

CherNews also reports that Cher and William Shatner are sharing friendly tweets which is sooo awesome because it is another fantasy of mine to see Shatner interview Cher for his Raw Nerve show (if that show is even still running). His interview questions are so much more interesting than anyone elses.

Believe me, the Cher-duet-interview-fantasy factory is alive and well here at Cher Scholar Institutes. Oh and Cher expressed interest in fellow Ellen Show guest Theresa Caputo, saying she reminded Cher of Sonny's mom and other loud and lovable family members of his. I keep getting Caputo (the Long Island Medium) confused with psychic Kim Russo who does The Haunting Of..." show with celebrities. I've never thought about it before but a nice new Cher fantasy would be to see her appear on Russo's show so we could continue to connect with Cher's long lost loved ones.

CherNews also resports from Europe that:

The 'Burlesque' soundtrack album has shot to number one on the iTunes Soundtrack Albums charts in Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland after the film was aired on television in Central Europe. The soundtrack album was also spotted back at number one on iTunes Soundtrack Albums chart in Japan, where it is certified Gold for 100,000 shipments.

Cher keeps on cookin' out there. 

 


TV Alerts and Breaking Single News

WomanssingleCher tweets and CherNews are reporting many great things for Cher's new single, including the cover art to left. Love. It.

This info is also on Cher.com.

Cher will perform the single on The Voice on June 18. The single will be released digitally that day.

The release date for the full album is September 24.

No news yet on if the single will be released on CD or when we can start to see the new video.

I hope Cher's performance shows up on the UTubes or Hulu soon after June 18. I have no cable or DVR anymore.

 


Cher History on Video: CNN, Doll Commercial, Mama

ChercnnSo while we're cooling our heels waiting for the new Cher single to be released this month, I came across some good video of Cher on the UTubes.

 

 

 

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I caught up with a whole array of Cherness on CNN:

- Cher on Larry King (1999) circa "Believe," Tea with Mussolini and discussing Sonny's funeral (part 1 and part 2)

- Footage I hadn't seen about Cher's single with Eros Ramazzotti (2001); how they came to make the record together

- Cher calls CNN to talk about Hurricaine Katrina, feeling the same helplessness we all did but with some extra money to help out (2005).

- Cher calls CNN to talk about the death of Michael Jackson (summer 2009) and her experiences working with him; how hard it was to learn the Jackson Five dance for her Cher TV show, how Michael loved her beaded socks.

- Cher continues to talk that night about Farah Fawcett (summer 2009). "This chick was holding on to thin air and still had a great attitude."

Dolls

Doll- Cher Scholar JefRey sent around this clip: a French commercial for the Mego Cher doll. Mr. Cher Scholar thinks the commercial is from Quebec. He said the accent sounded unusual to him and we figure the Cher shows would be more meaningful to Canadians than to the French. Mr. Cher Scholar translates the commercial jingle as follows:

"That's Cher! [John laughed at the beginning because in French 'Cher' means both 'dear and, in 'slang, expensive... so it sounds like the little girl is exclaiming "That's expensive!"] The doll with long hair; the doll with elegant clothes, that doll that you can braid, wardrobe for all occasions. Thirty-two ensembles sold sseparately. Cher is sold with everything on the screen. Cool! [John was confused by the accent over the very last word which he guessed it meant divine or wonderful or cool.]

Factory- Cher peforms (circa 1966) "Mama" with all those creepy dolls at what looks like a staged doll factory. Far from being creeped out, Cher looks pretty blaze about it all.

 

 

 

Cher Concert Openings

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Although Cher did video for her 1978-9 Take Me Home shows, the big opening video I remember is from Heart of Stone tour. It's fuzzy but you get a sense in the jump in polish from concert videos made from 1989 to 2008. This opening is just a collage of clips as opposed to a remix of music and clips. The first video opening at Caesars Colosseum.

What's great about these openings (whatever version they take) is not just how well they familiarize nonfans with Cher's 4-decade oeuvre, but how much excitement they build up before Cher makes her entrances.I love how the second one is a lovely mashup of "Believe," "I Got You Babe," "Dark Lady," Gypsies Tramps and Thieves," "Song for the Lonely" and "The Beat Goes On."

European Interviews

German- Wetten Dass (German) interview from 1995, part 1 and part 2 and part 3 (she sings a O Holy Night in German!!).

- Wetten Dass from 1999.

- Sanremo (Italian) interview with audience from 1999.

 

 


Cher's Trip to Russia

CherreturnCher was seen at LAX on here way to Russia at the end of May (pic here; Rob in Michigan correctly stated she looked like a Ramone in those pics). To the left, we see her returning via LAX. Fans find her hot to trot in those tight pants. I saw this and was worried she hadn't eaten anything in Russia.

CherWorld has a good set of pictures and video of her performance in Russia, which are great because you can hear Russian fans cheering, talking and singing along.

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Jean Stapleton Dies

Jeancher1Not only did Jean Stapleton appear on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour but she sang with Cher when Cher guest-hosted for a week on The Mike Douglas Show in 1979, the same episode Sonny was on. On that very episode Jean said she loved appearing on The Sonny & Cher show because they wrote sketches to let her be who she felt she really was.

However, their duet on the show was not quite so pleasant. Jean did a full Broadway treatment of the song "My Buddy" and Cher did her usual hip Cher version of the song and the two did not mesh. Unfortunately I can't find links or pictures of them together on Mike Douglas.

I did find this clip of Jean Stapleton's work on the early 1970s Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour hamming it up.

I'll miss Jean Stapleton. And sadly, I feel like she's died twice, the first time when they killed off Edith's character on All in the Family.