The Music's No Good Without You

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"The Music's No Good Without You"
Single by Cher
from the album Living Proof
B-side "A Different Kind of Love Song"
Released November 27, 2001 (Europe/Canada)
August 13, 2002 (United States)
Recorded 2001
Genre Dance-pop, Euro disco
Length 4:42 (album version)
3:58 (radio edit)
Label Warner Bros/WEA
Writer(s) Cher, James Thomas, Mark Taylor and Paul Barry
Producer(s) Mark Taylor, James Thomas and Jeff Taylor
Cher singles chronology
"Più Che Puoi"
"The Music's No Good Without You"
"Song for the Lonely"
Cher North American singles chronology
"Song for the Lonely"
"A Different Kind of Love Song"/"The Music's No Good Without You"
"When the Money's Gone"/"Love One Another"
Cher European singles chronology
"Più Che Puoi"
"The Music's No Good Without You"
"(This Is) A Song for the Lonely"
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"The Music's No Good Without You" is the first European and second American single by American singer-actress Cher from her twenty-fourth studio album, Living Proof. It was released in the end of 2001 by Warner Bros, and WEA. The song reached top 10 in many countries worldwide expanding Cher's chart success into 5 decades.

Background and composition[edit]

After releasing her album Believe in 1998 and achieving significant success with its singles, mostly with its lead single "Believe", Cher released her compilation, The Greatest Hits in 1999, and later released, in 2000, her first album not sold in stores but exclusively online.[1] Later, in 2001, Cher reunited with the UK-rooted production team of Taylor and Brian Rawlings, who helmed the single "Believe" and much of the ensuing album. Cher also collaborated with Rick Nowels, British musician/producer Chicane, and Norwegian team Stargate. Cher described the album, titled Living Proof, as "a record with a notably positive lyrical tone." She further added, "[...] This had subconsciously become an album filled with love and warmth. It was a pleasant surprise, and it's certainly an appropriate time to put some positive energy out into the world."[2]

"The Music's No Good Without You" was released as the album's first international single, on November 6, 2001.[3] The single was also released as a double A-side single, along with "A Different Kind of Love Song", on August 13, 2002.[4] "The Music's No Good Without You" was written by Cher, James Thomas, Mark Taylor and Paul Barry, while production was done by Taylor, with co-production by Thomas and Jeff Taylor.[5] The song is drenched in hypnotic synth lines and computer-savvy vocal effects.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mostly mixed reviews from music critics. Kerry L. Smith of AllMusic gave a negative review, writing that, "the lingering sense of loss and longing echoing through on tracks like 'The Music's No Good Without You' suggest that maybe Cher isn't the only one left still waiting for something truly magical to happen on this record."[6] Tony Peregrin of PopMatters called it one of the album's imperfections, "where Cher’s voice has been manipulated to such an extent she sounds like the embodiment of a haunted extra-terrestrial, whatever that is."[7]

Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine was more favorable, writing that, "Cher's voice is virtually unrecognizable on the French techno thumper that would have made a brave lead single here in the U.S. as well."[8]

Chart performance[edit]

The song managed to become a top ten hit in Canada, Italy, Romania, Taiwan and the UK while everywhere else it became either a top twenty or a top forty hit. With a peak position of #8 in the UK Singles Chart, Cher became the only female recording artist to have top 10 hits in every decade, beginning in the 1960s (her first top 10 hit was "All I Really Want to Do" in 1965). It was Cher's 12th consecutive and 33rd overall top 40 single in the UK and the last single released until "I Hope You Find It" in 2013.

In the United States the album Living Proof was not released until February 2002 and its lead single was "Song for the Lonely". By the time "The Music's No Good Without You" along with "A Different Kind of Love Song" was released as a single in the United States, Cher was already on tour and because of this the single struggled from a lack of promotion.

"The Music's No Good Without You" was exclusively released as a club single only. The song peaked on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart at number nineteen. It became the first single to reach number 1 in Russia by an American artist, and also went to number 1 in Poland.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

Cher in the music video for "The Music's No Good Without You".

The video for "The Music's No Good Without You" follows the concept of the lyrics of the song. In the music video Cher is an outer space queen who is sad because her lover has left her. Throughout the whole video she writes a letter claiming that she knows he doesn't need her anymore. In the end she places the letter in an empty bottle and sends it floating into space. It appears that this had not been the first letter that she had sent to him because there are dozens of bottles floating in space.

A remix video was made for the "The Music's No Good Without You". The remix video was the entitled Almighty Edit and the remix used for the video was the radio edit of the Almighty mix. The video was officially released by Warner Bros. as a promo only.

In 2001 the video for "The Music's No Good Without You" was commercially released in the UK on a box set which included the video in PAL format. In the box set the song and three promotional pictures were also included.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of all single releases of "The Music's No Good Without You".

Official versions[edit]

  • Main version (4:42)
  • Radio edit (3:59)

Almighty remixes

  • Almighty 12" Mix (8:01)
  • Almighty Radio Edit (3:50)
  • Almighty Video Mix (4:20)

Walter Taieb remixes

  • Walter Taieb Mix (7:40)
  • Walter Taieb Radio Mix (3:49)

Warren Clarke remixes

  • Warren Clarke Club Mixx (9:07)
  • Warren Clarke Vocal Club Mixx (9:14)
  • Warren Clarke Club Instrumental (9:26)
  • Warren Clarke Dub Mixx (7:04)
  • Warren Clarke Radio Mix 1 (3:50) (Promo-only)
  • Warren Clarke Radio Mix 2 (4:10) (Promo-only)


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2001–2002) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 23
Austrian Singles Chart 24
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 28
Canadian Hot 100 5
Czech Airplay Chart 3
Danish Singles Chart 12
Dutch Top 40 21
Dutch Mega Top 50 25
Finnish Singles Chart 19
French Singles Chart 45
German Singles Chart 27
Greek Airplay Chart 11
Irish Singles Chart 25
Italian Singles Chart[18] 4
Norwegian Singles Chart 20
Romanian Singles Chart[19] 5
Scottish Singles Chart[20] 8
Spanish Singles Chart 8
Swedish Singles Chart 13
Swiss Singles Chart 22
Taiwanese Singles Chart 10
UK Singles Chart 8
US Hot 100 Singles Sales (Billboard) 11
US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard) 19
US Hot Dance Singles Sales (Billboard) 2


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