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AURAL ORGASM: CHER – CHIQUITITA

After quenching our gay thirsts with some fierce ABBA covers, Cher has graced our presence yet again, this time with a Spanish language version of the Swedish quartets hit “Chiquitita,” and get this – she’s donating the proceeds from the single to UNICEF.

It should also be noted that ABBA performed Chiquitita 40 years ago at a UNICEF benefit and donated half the proceeds from the song to the charity, until 2014, when all four members agreed to donate 100% of the proceeds.

As far as why Cher decided to choose Chiquitita as the charity song of choice, “I knew I wanted to do something,” Cher told Billboard this week. “I actually started learning and rehearsing the song when I was in England last year but didn’t record it then. It was difficult!”

“When everything changed in the world I wanted to help,” Cher continued in a statement.

“This seemed like the right time to complete it. I’ve long admired UNICEF, especially their work educating young women. The actress Audrey Hepburn was a hero of mine and I was so proud when she became their first Goodwill Ambassador in 1988.

A video for Cher’s new version of ‘Chiquitita’ will air Saturday during the UNICEF’s COVID-19 Virtual Special – streaming at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on unicefwontstop.org and youtube.com/uincefusa.

Cher told Billboard, “I shot my part of the video at home and they later sent me the final cut with children from around the world in it. It’s such a beautiful, optimistic experience. It’s great when you can see anything positive now because all of the turmoil we are in.”

And finally, Cher also spilled some tea to a fan on Twitter about her upcoming album, revealing that she is currently recording the next batch of ABBA songs, even revealing that we would expect “Voulez-Vous” and “Chiquitita (en español)” on the album. Dancing Queen debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, tying for the icon’s highest-charting solo album ever, and went on to hit the top spot, so it makes sense that she would be recording a follow-up.

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