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 number nine on the Billboard 200 albums chart with first-week sales of 82,000 copies. The album has sold 520,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan and more than 1 million copies worldwide.
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 BillboardHot 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 BillboardHot 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.
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".