Living Proof (Cher album)

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Living Proof
Studio album by Cher
Released November 19, 2001
(See release history)
Recorded 2000–2001 (London, England, United Kingdom)
Genre Dance-pop, Euro disco
Length 50:17 (Europe)
49:05 (U.S.)
Label WEA (Europe)
Warner Bros (North America)
Producer Rob Dickins, Johan Aberg, Nigel Butler, Chapman, Chris Cox, Anders Hansson, Tony Moran, Bruce Roberts, Wayne Rodriguez, Stargate, Mark Taylor
Cher chronology
not.com.mercial
(2000)
Living Proof
(2001)
The Very Best of Cher
(2003)
Singles from Living Proof
  1. "The Music's No Good Without You"
    Released: 27 November 2001
  2. "Song for the Lonely"
    Released: March 19, 2002
  3. "Alive Again"
    Released: June 11, 2002
  4. "A Different Kind of Love Song"
    Released: August 13, 2002
  5. "When the Money's Gone"
    Released: February 4, 2003
  6. "Love One Another"
    Released: February 4, 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
entertainment.ie 2/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[6]

Living Proof is the 24th album by American singer-actress Cher, released in November 2001 in Europe by WEA Records. In the United States, the album was released on February 26, 2002 by Warner Bros. Records where it debuted at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart with sales of 82,000 copies in its first week. The album has sold 520,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan[7] and more than 1 million copies worldwide.[8]

Album information[edit]

The lead single in Europe and Australia was "The Music's No Good Without You", while the United States received "Song for the Lonely". "The Music's No Good Without You" received major success in the UK, becoming a top ten hit, making Cher one of the few artists to have a top 10 hit in 5 consecutive decades. "Song for the Lonely" peaked at number 85 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart (one of four songs from the album to top the U.S. dance chart). "Alive Again" and "A Different Kind of Love Song" were follow-up singles. "A Different Kind of Love Song topped the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play and chart on the Hot 100 at #105. Despite not being released as a single "When the Money's Gone" charted on the Hot 100 at #112.

The third American single was "When the Money's Gone"/"Love One Another", earning Cher a Grammy nomination - Best Dance Recording for "Love One Another". She lost the award to Kylie Minogue's song "Come into My World".

Shortly after the release of the album Cher won many awards including Bambi Best International Pop Act Award in Germany, Dance/Club Play Artist of the Year Award and the Artist Achievement Award for her contribution to music at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards. Living Proof became her eighth consecutive album to be certified at least Gold in the United Kingdom.

In Australia, prior to the release of the album, earlier unedited versions of "Alive Again", "Rain Rain" and "Love So High" were released on CD as a sampler for promotional use only. These versions have been positively received by Cher fans, and have spread through forums and file sharing networks. The scarce sampler CD also included "The Music's No Good Without You" and "A Different Kind of Love Song".

The tracklist varied in certain parts of the world. "You Take It All", "The Look" and "When You Walk Away" were available on the European, Japanese and American versions respectively.

Track listing[edit]

Original version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Music's No Good Without You"   Cher, James Thomas, Mark Taylor, Paul Barry 4:42
2. "Alive Again"   Nick Bracegirdle, Ray Hedges, Tracy Ackerman 4:19
3. "(This Is) A Song for the Lonely"   Taylor, Barry, Steve Torch 4:01
4. "A Different Kind of Love Song"   Johan Aberg, Michelle Lewis, Sigurd Rosnes 3:51
5. "Rain, Rain"   Shelly Peiken, Guy Roche 3:34
6. "Love So High"   John Capek, Marc Jordan 4:33
7. "Body to Body, Heart to Heart"   Diane Warren 3:58
8. "Love Is a Lonely Place Without You"   Taylor, Barry, Torch 3:53
9. "Real Love"   Cher, Tor Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen, Hallgeir Rustan 3:54
10. "Love One Another"   Billy Steinberg, Marie-Claire Cremers, Rick Nowels 3:44
11. "You Take It All"   Stuart McLennan, Bracegirdle, Brian Higgins 4:53
12. "When the Money's Gone"   Bruce Roberts, Donna Weiss 3:44
13. "The Look" (Japanese bonus track) Taylor, Barry 4:24

American version[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Song for the Lonely"   Taylor, Barry, Torch 4:02
2. "A Different Kind of Love Song"   Aberg, Lewis, Rosnes 3:52
3. "Alive Again"   Bracegirdle, Hedges, Ackerman 4:19
4. "The Music's No Good Without You"   Cher, Thomas, Taylor, Barry 4:42
5. "Rain, Rain"   Roche, Peiken 3:34
6. "Real Love"   Cher, Rustan, Eriksen, Hermansen 3:54
7. "Love So High"   Capek, Jordan 4:33
8. "Body to Body, Heart to Heart"   Warren 3:58
9. "Love Is a Lonely Place Without You"   Taylor, Barry, Torch 3:53
10. "Love One Another"   Steinberg, Cremers, Nowels 3:44
11. "When You Walk Away"   Warren 4:21
12. "When the Money's Gone"   Roberts, Weiss 3:44

American Reissue[edit]

In the United States, later pressings of the album contained the radio edit versions of "Song for the Lonely" (3:23) and "A Different Kind of Love Song" (3:33). It is unclear exactly when this happened, but the only way to identify the reissue is by looking at the CD's matrix which reads "RE-1".

Credits[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Design[edit]

  • Jeri Heiden – art direction
  • Barrie Goshko – art direction
  • Michael Lavine – photography
  • Kevyn Aucoin – make-up
  • Serena Radaeli – hair

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Release format Country Release date Label
Regular album Japan November 6, 2001 WEA
Regular album Australia November 12, 2001 WEA
Regular album United Kingdom November 19, 2001 WEA
Regular album France November 20, 2001 WEA
Regular album Germany November 23, 2001 WEA
Regular album Canada November 27, 2001 WEA
Regular album USA February 26, 2002 Warner Bros.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Living Proof (Cher album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  3. ^ Jim Farber (2002-03-15). "Living Proof Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  4. ^ "Cher - Living Proof". entertainment.ie. 2001-11-22. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  5. ^ Barry Walters (2002-02-28). "Living Proof". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  6. ^ Sal Cinquemani (2002-01-21). "Cher: Living Proof". Slant Magazine. 
  7. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (2012-12-03). "Cher's Next Album Due Out in Late March". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  8. ^ Rahman, Ray (2012-12-04). "Cher announces release date for new album". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-07-31. 
  9. ^ "Chartifacts". ARIA. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g "Cher - Living Proof - swisscharts.com". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Cher, Living Proof". charts.de. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Chart Stats - Cher - Living Proof". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 24 Jul 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  13. ^ Living Proof (Cher album) at AllMusic
  14. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/299062/cher/chart?f=412
  15. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Cher; 'Living Proof')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  16. ^ http://www.mediafire.com/view/?zk8m9cakf4z2t6y
  17. ^ "Certifications 2001". IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  18. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Cher; 'Living Proof')". Hung Medien. 
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Cher – Living Proof". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Living Proof in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Cher – Living Proof". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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