Cher takes on Miley Cyrus with first album in 12 years

Cher takes on Miley Cyrus with first album in 12 years

PARIS - At 67, Cher is one of a generation of 1960s performers holding out against retirement, and she says she has no plans to make room for younger singers like 20-year-old Miley Cyrus.

"I've noticed... (with) my mother's generation and my grandmother's generation, that at a certain age they would just kind of move aside," the US singer told reporters in Paris, where she was promoting her first album in 12 years.

"In my generation - especially in music - if you can move us out you can get in, but if you can't, we're still there. Any other generation would have moved aside to let newer kids come in but we're not giving up," Cher said.

The album cover of "Closer to the Truth" features the singer and actress in a suitably age-defying blonde wig and skimpy lace dress.

'We're not giving up, kids'

Some 49 shows are planned in the United States to promote the album with the option of more depending on "how I feel about it", she said.

Cher waded into the Cyrus debate last month when she criticised the singer and "Hannah Montana" star's provocative performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.

But she told reporters in Paris she had now modified her views. "I'm not a fan but I respect her because she's very smart," Cher said.

"In the beginning I thought this is really bad. I didn't like it because I didn't think it was professional.

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