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Hi Gary,

I love reading your Chart Beat section and I wonder if you could help me out. As the "Burlesque" soundtrack should soon pass 500,000 in sales, what are Cher's top-selling albums and singles are since the advent of Nielsen SoundScan tabulation in 1991?


Stephen Nield

Hi Stephen,

The "Burlesque" soundtrack has totaled sales of 497,000, according to SoundScan. As it's averaged approximately 3,000 in sales in recent weeks, it's possible that the set will hit the half-million mark next week.

In the meantime, here's a recap of Cher's five best-selling albums and downloads during the SoundScan era.

3.6 million, "Believe" (released in 1999)
2.8 million, "The Very Best of Cher" (2003)
964,000, "Heart of Stone" (1989)
955,000, "If I Could Turn back Time - Cher's Greatest Hits" (1999)
598,000, "Love Hurts" (1991)

Digital Songs:
394,000, "If I Could Turn Back Time" (released in 1989)

375,000, "Believe" (1999)
372,000, "I Got You Babe" (Sonny & Cher) (1965)
226,000, "After All" (with Peter Cetera) (1989)
212,000, "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" (1971)

"Believe," released before the dawn of the digital era, has sold 1.8 million physical singles, Cher's top sales sum for the configuration.

More importantly than sales figures, Cher recently saved a Kenyan school facing eviction.

"While watching TV from her hotel room in Europe, Cher heard a story on Sky News about a Kenyan school that was losing its lease and was being evicted," an entry reads on her official website. "The school, serving the poorest of the poor, could not raise enough money to buy its own land or build a new school on rented land.

"Cher immediately called the school's pastor and offered to help by funding the necessary five acre land purchase. She hired an architect and a builder to construct a new school for the children on the new land, the Shikimana School."

Read more about the icon's cleverly-titled philanthropic "Cher Cheritable Foundation" here.