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Cher was Persuaded by Her Manager to Release New Album

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Upcoming Releases, Pop,

CherCher thought she would never release another album.

The 67-year-old singer, whose career spans more than five decades, had no plans to record new music but was persuaded by her manager. And Cher has been surprised by the reaction to her 25th studio album, Closer To The Truth - her first release in 10 years.

"I just never thought I'd make another record. I thought it was too late and I was done with music. But then my manager said I should have another go. I was singing really well, so I thought 'I'll start it and see what happens,' and here we are," the "If I Could Turn Back Time" singer said.

The iconic singer admits she is still shocked she's as popular as she ever has been: "It has surprised me. All I'm here to do is entertain people and my fans vary in ages."

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Cher To Tour This Year

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Concerts / Tours, Pop,

CherCher will tour this year. The "If I Could Turn Back Time" hitmaker - who has previously claimed she would never go on the road again - is "shaking" with excitement about her new run of concerts, which will begin in September.

In a series of tweets, the 65-year-old singer wrote, "OH MY GOD !!!! JUST SAW THE SETS 4 THE SHOW!!! I CANT SHOW U CAUSE YOUD NEVER 4GIVE ME ! THERES SO MUCH MAGIC I AM BREATHLESS ! No s--t im shaking ! The whole set/Look chamges 4 every song! I mean COMPLETING CHANGES! Tour starts in sept.! First dates Kansas Now i REALLY DO NEED TOP 10 FAVORITES ! Its Scary 2 ! (sic)"

Despite her previous statement about retiring from touring - even having a three-year long Farewell Tour which ended in 2005 - she has since performed at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for nearly three years.

She also took a starring role and marked her return to singing in 2010 movie Burlesque alongside Christina Aguilera and Stanley Tucci.

Her last album Living Proof was released in 2001 and spawned singles "The Music's No Good Without You" and "Song for the Lonely."

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No Cher Number for James Franco at Oscars, Actor Upset

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Performances, Videos, Covers,

James Franco is upset “for me and Cher” following the decision to cut his version of the singer’s “You Haven’t See the Last of Me” from this year’s Oscars. He released a short clip of himself singing via Twitter, and in it he himself calls his singing “a little growly.” You can hear him in the video above.

But don’t let that fool you. His co-host Anne Hathaway says the Oscar nominee “has a lovely singing voice,” though she won’t say whether or not they’ll be singing together during the show.

The 83rd Academy Awards will air later this month on ABC -- and if there are any musical numbers, we’ll let you know about it! Follow Albumista on Twitter to get all the latest gossip, videos and rumors.

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Michael Jackson Remembered By Stars

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Michael Jackson memoriesWe gve you a look at celebrities mourning Michael Jackson on Twitter, but many have released longer statements as well. Madonna says she “can’t stop crying” about the death of Michael Jackson.

The singer has been sobbing uncontrollably since she heard the 50-year-old Jackson had passed away yesterday after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home. She said: “I can’t stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired . The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever! My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless.”

Singer Sir Elton John was halfway though his annual White Tie and Tiara Ball when he heard about Michael’s death. He broke the news to his guests - including Liz Hurley, Hugh Grant, Lily Allen and Kelly Osbourne - before dedicating his song Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me to Michael. Nearly half of his guests left after they found out about the death.

was one of the first to express her grief about the pop icon’s passing. In a statement issued last night, she said: “I was so excited to see his show in London. We were going to be on tour in Europe at the same time and I was going to fly in to see him. He has been an inspiration throughout my entire life and I’m devastated he’s gone!”

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