Who loves German music?

Germany’s music lovers are lazy or tired of buying always the same sound. Or lazy of buying new CDs at all. Why do you spend money for music? Cause you are crazy about it, you want to listen to it again and again, you want to own it. Mostly you need no longer then a few days and you are looking for some new stuff. That’s how the music market all over the world works. It doesn’t work so well right now in Germany. We do have an almost static Top 15 this week. The newest song inside the Top 15 is number 2 – Sweat by Snoop Dogg vs David Guetta which is in the list for four weeks. A complete month without any attracting new release.

Highest new climber to the upper regions sits at 16 with Aloe Blacc jumping 17 places and finally pushing his Loving You Is Killing Me to Top 20 status. In its fourth chart week the track shows as a real successor of huge hit I Need A Dollar that climbed up to number 4 last autumn. The new track appears at some compilations such as BRAVO Black Hits 24 or the soundtrack of Germanys Next Top Model. Due to that TV show the track finally attracts some more people than it could as a pure CD single. By the way – CD market in Germany seems more and more under pressure. The Aloe Blacc single is not available everywhere. Even the biggest online seller amazon only lists the digital download version. That is a reason too why the track does not show up higher in the list. The rule of chart compiling media control of counting the amount of money spent on musci sales turns into a clear detriment for online singles. Probably this policy will be skipped very soon.

Almost the same story to tell about German production. We had to welcome in the last few weeks a lot of new German music – but the most successful track is still Strobo Pop by Die Atzen mit Nena which goes no higher than number 18 this week.
Number 2 of the German only list is occupied by Jupiter Jones and their first single hit Still. The band had some TV appearances – all outside the classic music industry shows. Finally they also appearedin the soap opera Hand aufs Herz (To be honest / Hand on your heart) which reaches a more younger audience. That constant presence made the single Still kind of a slow burner. In its seventh chart week the track reaches the Top 20 – right at number 20.


The TV performance at INA’s night – unplugged

Back as one of the three most popular (most sold) German tracks is Berlin City Girl by Berlin culcha candela. The track slides one place down in the official chart to number 32.It is already the14th chart week.

Talking bout German music we should have a look to the album charts. Highest new entry there are The Baseballs. Their second album Strings’n’stripes enters the list at number 6. Sounds good isn’t it? But let’s have a look outside Germany. In Austria the album starts at number 3, in Switzerland even at number 1. Topping the story their debut album Strike hit the list in the UK at number 4 – Germany only saw it at number 6. You probably know what I am going to tell you: German music is not that popular in Germany as it is outside. No wonder the single of The Baseballs Hello only enters the list at 100. In Austria it already climbed to number 41, Switzerland reports number 68. The original by Martin Solveig + Dragonette reigns in Germany still at number 11.

New entry at number 18 of the album chart are Frida Gold. Their debut single Zeig mir wie du tanzt (Show Me How You Dance) was highly promoted in November last year. Now the album Juwel (Jewel) follows and can gain number 18. Simoultaneously the second single Wovon sollen wir träumen (Of What We Should Dream Of) is climbing back the singles list to number 48.

Back in the charts after a one year break is the most successful act of the past two decades Scooter. Friends Turbo is the 45th chart entry for the trio. As they were a closed phenomenon always existing completely besides all trends and hypes they finally start to self-reference. Friends Turbo is nothing less than a cover of their number 3 hit Friends released in 1995. The honour of bringing Scooter back to life (although they never were dead in between) goes to a Dutch movie which just now came to German theatres: New Kids Turbo. The movie broke end of last year the Dutch record of people watching it at the very first weekend. In Germany the movie shot to number 1 at the first week too. So – be aware Friends Turbo jumping up the list in two weeks also. Meanwhile Scooter does have an 18th consecutive year at least one chart hit per year.


„Friends Turbo” and the Original of 1995