Thursday, September 22, 2011
News Round-up: Cher's New Album
As the release of Cher's new single approaches us, I take a look at details of her upcoming album.
Cher's new album, which is planned for release around January/December, will be her 25th solo studio album. It will be her first since 2001's Gold-certified 'Living Proof'.
The star has reportedly been working with Timbaland, Diane Warren, J-Roc, RedOne and Lady Gaga for the album.
One track which has been widely publicised is the album's lead single, 'The Greatest Thing'. Written by Lady Gaga and produced by RedOne, the ballad was originally set for release at some point this month.
Cher recently shared that she sings the first verse, whilst Gaga sings the second and they sing the chorus together.
Cher has confirmed on Twitter this past week that the song's release is still scheduled for this month. She said that there is "tiny tweaking" to do to the track, but reassured us that it will take very little time.
A video for the single has not yet been confirmed. When asked about it, Cher said, "Video? No word yet! Maybe in pipeline but I haven't heard."
Timbaland has confirmed that he has been working on multiple new songs for Cher. Cher recently revealed that she had received a "hot" demo song from Timbaland.
Months ago, the successful music producer revealed on Twitter that he was working on projects for Cher, and for Ne-Yo. He spoke about the Cher songs, saying that they "Are comin out dope". He went on to thank colleagues Keithin Pittman and Jim Beanz, who were both involved in the making of the tracks.
Beanz is signed to 'Timbaland Productions' and is said to be currently working alongside Timbaland as a vocal producer, and more recently, as a song writer.
Someone else who is signed to 'Timbaland Productions' and is confirmed to be working on the album is music producer J-Roc.
Real name Jerome Harmom, J-Roc confirmed to 'Weerai Music' that he would be co-producing Cher's new album. Though he is best known for producing pop, R&B and Hip-Hop, he described his new tracks with Cher as "high energy dance music".
The exact genre of the new Cher album has changed repeatedly. Cher stated years ago that she would release an album of 1960's covers. When that never happened, it was later believed that her new album would be a rock album. This then changed to country. Although sources indicate the new album will now be a dance album, the ballad genre of the first single indicates the album may feature multiple genres.
Several sources have highlighted songwriter Diane Warren's involvement on the album. Of course, Warren has worked with Cher on many occasions. In fact, she has received songwriting credits on every Cher studio album since 1987's 'Cher,' with the one exception being 1995's 'It's A Man's World' (which hosted only male songwriters, hence the title).
Warren is most prolific in Cher's career as the songwriter of hits 'If I Could Turn Back Time', 'Love & Understanding', 'Save Up All Your Tears' and co-songwriter of 'Just Like Jesse James'. She recently received a Golden Globe Award as the songwriter of the 2010 Cher song 'You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me'.
A 2012 world tour has been speculated, supposedly in support of the album. In fact, Cher has repeatedly suggested that a tour may take place. When asked about a tour, the star simply replied, "I will try but the road is a bitch".