Veteran singer Cher has issued an onstage threat to younger rivals JENNIFER LOPEZ, Britney Spears and CHRISTINA AGUILERA - challenging the pop babes to "top this, you b****es".

The I GOT YOU BABE hitmaker - who is in the midst of her LIVING PROOF farewell tour - was playing a gig in New York when she taunted her young contemporaries.

The 57-year-old has been buoyed by the news her tour has so far grossed $130 million (GBP81 million) after over 140 shows, while her new compilation CD, THE VERY BEST OF CHER, has sold over 1 million copies.

RAY WADDELL, a writer for America's Billboard magazine, says, "Hundred million dollar tours don't come along every day.

"Last year (02), she was the second highest-grossing tour in the world, behind Paul McCartney."

19/06/2003 14:01