It has been almost two years since Cher stepped off that helicopter and serenaded the world with her cover of “Fernando” in Best Picture shoulda-been Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.
Oh, simpler times!
Shortly after the film hit theaters, Cher released an entire album of ABBA covers, appropriately titled Dancing Queen. Featuring classics like “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,” “SOS,” and “One of Us,” 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.
Two months later she took to Twitter asking her followers what songs they would like her to tackle if there were to be a Dancing Queen Vol. 2.
When asked for an update on the new set of songs, Cher told a Twitter fan that she is currently recording the next batch of ABBA songs, even revealing that we should expect “Voulez-Vous” and “Chiquitita (en español)” on the album.
Cher has now blessed us with that Spanish language version of “Chiquitita,” and she is donating the proceeds from the single to UNICEF.
“When everything changed in the world I wanted to help. This seemed like the right time to complete it,” the legend said in a statement. “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. Now, more than ever, it’s critical that we prioritize every child around the world as if they were our own.”
This is not the first time the ABBA classic tune has raised money for UNICEF. The Swedish group performed the song at a UNICEF event back in 1979. They donated half of the royalties from the song to the fund until 2014 when the four ABBA members agreed to donate 100% of the royalties to UNICEF.
According to Rolling Stone, Cher has also pledged $1 million through her new CherCares Pandemic Resource Initiative “which will distribute the money to various charities that will support the ’chronically neglected and forgotten’ who are suffering the most from the pandemic.”
A music video for “Chiquitita” will premiere on UNICEF’s COVID-19 Virtual Special, streaming at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT on the UNICEF Won’t Stop site and UNICEF’s YouTube.
“UNICEF called and I told them I would donate my proceeds from the song like ABBA did with their Spanish version,” 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.”