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Updated: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:15:00 GMT | By Colleen Last
Cher: "When I was young I thought I'd be dead by now"

Cher speaks exclusively to MSN as she releases her first album in over a decade

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Five decades after she began her career, Cher is back with new music and a new tour.

The 67-year-old is releasing a single, 'Woman’s World', and album, Closer to the Truth, and said she feels better than ever.

“When I was young I thought I’d be dead by now,” she admitted to MSN. “I thought I’d be dead before now! It never occurred to me that I'd be actually still be doing this.”

But she says her comeback hasn’t been without its challenges, as the music industry is unrecognisable to what it was in 2001 when her last album was released. “When I came in, the record industry was a different thing – companies were great, they spent a lot of time, they had a lot of money, it was a completely different business,” she recalled. “It's hard getting used to everything being new.”

“Staying out for 11 years, everything changed in that amount of time - even the recording process is different,” Cher explained. “The last time I did it, you had a producer who came in and recorded you and that was it. Now you've got someone who does your voice, and they give your voice over to someone who does the track. So many people are involved; it’s just a very different thing.”

Her trick to adapting? “You either jump in and swim, or you jump in and sink.”

The new release, Cher’s 26th studio album, has seen her collaborate with Pink, Timbaland and Jake Shears from the Scissor Sisters, and has resulted in one of her best recordings. “I worked with people that I've never worked with. You don’t know how far you can go with people you don’t know, but I always say how I feel.

“I'm pretty vocal. I think I'm a good collaborator but I really need to be a collaborator, I don't want to be someone who just stands at the mic and then walks away.”