Cher Explains Vocal Effects That Fuel "Believe"

A lot can happen in ten years.

Back in 1989, Cher was firmly lodged in the top ten of the singles chart with her down-homey ballad "Just Like Jesse James." Now, a decade later, she's back on the "Billboard" singles chart with the electro-hit "Believe," her first top ten U.S. hit since "Jesse James."

This week, the resurgent dance diva Cher inched up to number three with the track, which features a vocal effect that the song's producers call "metrovision."

"When we finished 'Believe,' the choruses were really good and the verses were really not. They just kind of laid there, so we started screwing around with the computer," Cher told MTV News recently of the evolution of her current hit. "We had a pitch machine, and we got it up really high, and it does that little thing to the vocals, so between squashing the first part of the vocal and the pitch machine on the second part,

we got something that we thought was interesting." [28.8 RealVideo]

Apparently all the tinkering worked, as the U.S. is just the latest country to catch onto the global hit that is "Believe" [28.8 RealVideo]. While song was released in the U.K. late last year, it sold enough in the closing days of the year to become 1998's biggest selling single there, where has also become the best-selling single ever by a solo female artist.