The Mirror interivew was interesting in that Cher talked about her lack of freedom and how frustrating this is for her. She talks about not being able to go out at all anymore. I was thinking about this last week because it's ridiculous and serious how rude people have become. I remember how people used to spot icon Katharine Hepburn in New York City when I was living there and there was this understanding not to approach her and to leave her alone. I think we're way too self-absorbed as an American society now and Hepburn would probably be harassed into a hermit if she were still living today. Is there no country where Cher can be anonymous anymore? Or any such country with good shopping? It's like she's become Marie Antoinette and she will need to build a little village to walk around in for the pretense of feeling normal. The lights in the X Factor performance made Cher appear to be locked in a light cage that reminded me of her predicament.
Cher appearing on X Factor (UK) and DeeJay (Italy)
Mr. Cher Scholar promised to help me through the French and Italian interviews last week but we haven't sat down to it yet. Touche pas à mon poste was like The View. Cher said she still wants to do a Carnegie Hall album of standards and a country album. The only thing she liked about the "Woman's World" video was the other women in it...who they picked off the street. She calls P!nk Alecia and says they share management with Tina Turner, Sade and Joe Cocker. She said the recording of "The Greatest Thing" was so convoluted because Gaga broke up with her producer Redone and she didn't want to work with him on her vocal. Cher also talked about her trip to Armenia in the 1990s and how they slept three in a bed it was so cold.
On Le Grand Journal she says she "didn't think to do it" when talking about the new album which is better sounding that to say she forgot. This was an odd show. There was a long question about a book (I need Mr. Cher Scholar's french-speaking skills to decipher this) and the book tied in somehow to the paparazzi. Then there was a weird guy who came on and wanted to kiss her. Good for her that she refused. My feeling is this show was trying to be quirky like Graham Norton and Watch What Happens but failing.
In part one of the Italian DeeJay interview (part two has since mysteriously been taken down), they talk about how people say her name in different countries, how things have changed for women in the music business, what she thinks about being an icon, and why she didn't date Elvis or Marlon Brando.
On the interview with Blake Shelton on Entertainment Tonight, Blake tells a story about what a big fan his Dad was of Cher and how they both felt Blake finally made it when Cher said his name on the Country Music Awards a few years ago. Is Cher wearing Sonny's Sicilian horn necklace?
My friend chart-watching friend Christopher said:
"As I suspected, Cher climbs her way back into the Top Ten this week after all six of last week's Top Ten debuts tumble out of the top ten. I guess Closer to the Truth's staying power lends further credence to Cher's "long legs" in both a figurative and literal sense! Paul Grein over at Yahoo! Music had some extra details regarding the album's performance relative to her past chart achievements:
"Cher's Closer To The Truth rebounds from #11 to #8. This is its third week in the top 10. Of Cher's dozens of albums, either on her own or with Sonny, only three others have logged this many weeks in the top 10. Look At Us (with Sonny) held tight for 14 weeks in 1965; Believe for 11 weeks in 1999; and The Very Best Of Cher for 10 weeks in 2003."
I spoke with Christopher about how the album is accomplishing its feat considering her singles haven't been getting much traction on the radio. He wondered if it might be her appearances on The Voice, a show currently in the Nielsen Top Ten. But I haven't seen the show plug her album even once.
- Cher scholar Dishy sent me this interview from Metro: http://metro.co.uk/2013/10/23/cher-it-was-heartbreaking-when-my-eldest-child-chaz-made-the-transition-4156442/
- Huffington Post has posted her Attitude Award speech: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/21/cher-attitude-awards-_n_4137149.html
- More video of Blake and Cher: http://www.hulu.com/watch/546285#i1,p16,d1
- Cher talks about The Voice on E!
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