Cher almost walked away from her greatest hit 'Believe

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.30 - 2023 10:33 AM CET

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Cher's iconic hit 'Believe,' released in 1998, almost didn't see the light of day. In a revealing interview with New York Post, Cher disclosed that she initially disliked the song, finding it to be a mess except for the chorus.

The situation escalated to a point where she had a disagreement with her producer, Mark Taylor, and even walked out during a recording session.

The turning point came when Taylor introduced Cher to the world of autotune, a decision that transformed the song entirely.

Despite her initial unfamiliarity with autotune, Cher was amazed at its effect on 'Believe.' This technological touch, later known as the 'Cher effect,' gave the song its unique and distinctive sound.

Cher's initial skepticism turned into jubilation once she heard the autotuned version of 'Believe.'

The song, which she initially thought wouldn’t work, turned into an ecstatic dance and celebration in the studio. 'Believe' went on to become a massive hit, garnering a plethora of streams and accolades, including a Grammy Award for 'Best Dance Recording' in 2000.

This behind-the-scenes story of 'Believe' highlights not just the creative process of making music but also the serendipitous moments that can lead to the birth of a legendary hit.

Cher's openness to embracing new technology and her producer's persistence paid off, creating a song that continues to resonate with fans worldwide.

Watch Cher's greatest hit right here:

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