Cher Earns Highest-Charting Solo Album Ever on Billboard 200

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"Believe" it: Cher has earned her highest-charting solo album ever on the Billboard 200.

The diva's new studio album, "Closer to the Truth," also logs her highest debut ever (solo or otherwise) with its arrival at No. 3. It sold 63,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Warner Bros. Records effort is her first album since 2002's "Living Proof."

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Until this week, Cher had never gone higher than No. 4 with her solo albums -- reaching that peak with both "Believe" in 1999 and "The Very Best of Cher" in 2003. As half of Sonny & Cher, she only went higher once -- with 1965's No. 2-peaking "Look at Us." The album -- which contained the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single "I Got You Babe" -- was stuck in the runner-up slot for eight weeks behind the Beatles' "Help!"

During the new album's release week, Cher played NBC's "Today" show (Sept. 23) and "The Late Show With David Letterman" (Sept. 24). On the latter program, she was the only guest for the evening and also performed the album's second single, "I Hope You Find It."

"Closer to the Truth" was led by the single "Woman's World," which became Cher's eighth No. 1 on the Dance Club/Play Songs chart in August.

Check out @Keith_Caulfield's video chat with Cher below:

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