AARP Rewards is here to make your next steps easy, rewarding and fun! Learn more. The album was an unexpected project that cropped up during an already busy season. Over the summer, she tweeted the journey of making Dancing Queen. Cher, at 72, has lost none of the strength or range in her husky contralto. Her famous use of processed vocals is in heavy supply, but more for effect than necessity.
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Dancing Queen is the twenty-sixth studio album by American singer and actress Cher , released by Warner Bros. Records on September 28, It is Cher's first album in five years, following Closer to the Truth The album contains cover versions of songs recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA , with the title referencing their song " Dancing Queen ". The album follows Cher's appearance in the musical film Mamma Mia! The album received acclaim from music critics , and was a success commercially, debuting at number three on the US Billboard with first-week sales of , copies, becoming Cher's highest debut sales week for an album in the United States. Dancing Queen also debuted at number one on the US Top Album Sales chart with , pure copies, making it Cher's first number one album on that chart. The album also peaked within the top ten of charts in another 18 countries, with nine of those being top five entries. After previously appearing in Mamma Mia!
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Commonly referred to by the media as the "Goddess of Pop" ,  she has been described as embodying female autonomy in a male-dominated industry. Cher is known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and for having worked in numerous areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances throughout her six-decade-long career. She emerged as a fashion trendsetter by wearing elaborate outfits on her television shows. She subsequently garnered critical acclaim for her performances in films such as Silkwood , Mask , The Witches of Eastwick , and Moonstruck , the latter of which won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. She made her directorial debut with a segment in the abortion-themed anthology If These Walls Could Talk , which received widespread critical acclaim after premiering on HBO. Cher reached a new commercial peak in with the dance-pop album Believe , whose title track won her the Billboard Music Award for Hot Single of the Year and became the biggest-selling single of all time by a female artist in the UK. It features pioneering use of Auto-Tune to distort her vocals, known as the "Cher effect". In , Cher returned to film for her first on-screen role since 's Burlesque , starring in the musical romantic comedy film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Inspired by the film, the album Dancing Queen debuted at number three on the Billboard , tying with 's Closer to the Truth for Cher's highest-charting solo album in the US.