It was released as the lead single from the album on October 19, 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. It earned Cher a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest female solo artist to top the Billboard Hot chart, Hvis Lyset Tar Oss - Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss became the highest-selling single by a solo female artist in the United Kingdom.
It is one of the bestselling singleswith sales of over 11 million copies worldwide. The music video, directed by Nigel Dickhas Cher - Believe performing in a nightclub. Cher has performed the song a number of times, including four of her concert toursmost recently the Here We Go Again Tour in It has been Cher - Believe by a number of artists, and has been featured in several elements of popular culture.
Scholars and academics noted the way in which Cher was able to re-invent herself and remain fresh and contemporary amidst the more teen pop -based music of the period. They also credited "Believe" for restoring Cher's popularity and cementing her position as a pop culture icon.
The single incorporates the work of six different songwriters, two producers and executive producer Rob Dickinsthe erstwhile chairman of Warner Bros, but according to Mark Taylor the creation of "Believe" was a "strange one".
Producer Mark Taylor said "everyone loved the chorus but not the rest of the song". Warner chairman Rob Dickins asked the production house Dreamhouse to work on the song.
Taylor said Killing Me Softly - Various - Morning Has Broken goal was to make a Cher dance record without alienating her fans. Though Cher - Believe is not credited as a songwriter,  Cher Cher - Believe she contributed some lyrics: "I was singing [the song] in the bathtub, and it seemed to me the second verse was too whiny. It kind of pissed me off, so I changed it.
I toughened it up a bit. Cher's voice is altered by a pitch correction speed that is "set too fast for the audio that it is processing. In interviews at the time, he claimed to be testing Cher - Believe his recently purchased DigiTech Talker. Taylor said about the effect that "this was the most nerve-wracking part of the project, because I wasn't sure what Cher would say when she heard what I'd done to her voice", but that when she heard it she said, "It sounds great.
Billboard gave the song a positive review, saying that the song is "the best darn thing that Cher has recorded in years". Entertainment Weekly called this song "poptronica glaze, the soon-to-be club fave The song, recorded and released inpeaked at number one in 21 countries worldwide. She Cher - Believe set a mark for longest gap after her first number one song " I Got You Babe " released in with her then-husband Sonny Bono, and beat the record held by former The Beatles ' lead guitarist, George Harrisonwho first hit the top of the charts in with The Beatles' " I Want to Hold Your Hand ", and almost 24 years later he had his last number-one song, " Got My Mind Set on You ".
The success of the song not only expanded through each country's singles chart, but also most countries' dance charts. In the United States "Believe" spent 23 weeks on the U. The official music Gros-Porcs-Thunistes Song - Various - co I/O e.p. for "Believe", directed by Nigel Dickfeatures Cher in a nightclub in a double role as a singer on stage while wearing a glowing headdress and as a supernatural being in a cage with auto-tuned voice surrounded by many people to whom she is giving advice.
The video largely revolves around a woman who is in the club looking for her boyfriend and is heartbroken when she Cher - Believe him with another woman. The version on The Very Best of Cher: The Video Hits Collection is slightly different from the previous version the version that is also included on the Mallay Believe Bonus VCD with Cher - Believe scenes towards the end that were not in the original video.
There are also two 'rough' versions of the video as the song was released in the UK and Europe before a video was completed. The first is a compilation of scenes from the videos of Cher's previous singles "One by One" and "Walking in Memphis" and the second includes a brief scene of the Believe video where Cher sings the chorus while the rest of the video is composed of scenes from "One by One".
Three official remix videos exist for this song. Two of the remix videos were created by Dan-O-Rama in Both follow different concepts from the original unmixed video. Cher - Believe of showing the significance of the lyrics the videos mostly show Cher with different colored backgrounds and people dancing.
Cher - Believe third video entitled Wayne G. Remix was released by Warner Gothika 2011 Trailer - Various - Gothic Visions III. Cher performed the song during the Do You Believe? While she would lip-sync the entire song on various television programs, she would only lip-sync the synthesized verses when performing on her Believe and Farewell tours, the Colosseum shows and on Cher - Believe edition of VH1 Divas Live.
Sincethe song has been the encore Pas De Doute - Mylene Farmer* - LAutre. all of Cher's concerts until her Dressed to Kill Tourwhere the encore is the ballad " I Hope You Find It ", a second single from her 25th studio album Closer to the Truth. VH1 placed "Believe" at 60 in their list of Greatest Dance Songs in  and at 74 in their list of Greatest Songs of the 90's in In addition, it was featured repeatedly in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode Living Conditions when Buffy's roommate plays it on repeat while ironing her jeans, driving Buffy crazy.
It was also referenced in an article by The Onion that alluded to the song's ubiquity in the late s. A cover by Correatown Cher - Believe used in Grey's Anatomy season 12, episode 4. In on season 8 of American Idol Adam Lambert arranged and sang a slow ballad version of this in Hollywood week. This was likely why he was requested to sing this at the Kennedy Centre Honors.
In Ella Henderson performed an acoustic piano rendition of the song during the bootcamp stage of the ninth series of The X Factor UK earning praise from all judges and reducing Nicole Scherzinger to tears.
A similar version was included on the iTunes deluxe version of Ella's album Chapter One. On December 7,Jeffery Austin performed a stripped down, slower version of the song during the Top 9 live semifinals of The Voice in season 9 of the show and in Februarycontestant Taylor Alexander auditioned with a country version of the song in season 12 of U.
The Voice. On January 13,independent artist Madilyn Bailey released her version of the song accompanied by video. Cher and most of the audience gave him a standing ovation.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mark Taylor Brian Rawling. A second sample of "Believe". It is noted for its use of a sound effect on the vocals using the then newly invented Auto-Tune softwarewhich became known as the "Cher effect".
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