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Emo Bands > Tokio Hotel

Tokio Hotel

Tokio Hotel Biography
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Tokio Hotel Biography

Magdeburg, Germany is home to the spectacular Cathedral of Magdeburg and the only Football Club in East Germany to have won a European club football championship among other things. But what sets this historical city apart from the rest of Germany is that it was the starting point for one of the fastest-rising bands in the whole world. A band that formed with a few teenagers who dreamed big and wanted to become world famous: Tokio Hotel.

Bill Kaulitz Tokio Hotel
Tokio Hotel lead vocalist, Bill Kaulitz.

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When identical twin brothers Bill and Tom Kaulitz performed on stage at a club in their hometown of Magdeburg, they had no idea they would meet their future band mates after the show. Already friends from music school, drummer Gustav Schäfer and bass-guitarist Georg Listing saw the Kaulitz brothers on stage and decided to team up with them to form Devilish. With Bill on the vocals and Tom on the guitar, the quartet were soon discovered and taken under contract by Sony BMG in 2003. With a new moniker and a team of people to aid them in their musical journey, Tokio Hotel began their quest towards superstardom. However, right before the release of their first album, Sony BMG terminated Tokio Hotelˇ¦s contract. Luckily, in 2005, they found a new home in Universal Music Group.

Tokio Hotelˇ¦s debut album Schrei, which was released on Sept. 19, 2005, was a major success. Their first single, ˇ§Durch den Monsunˇ¨ immediately shot them into glory. Not only did the song reach #1 on the charts, they also built a gigantic fan base of young teenage girls. With other hit singles such as ˇ§Rette Michˇ¨ and ˇ§Der letzte Tag,ˇ¨ the album not only peaked at #1 on the German and Australian charts but it also sold over a million copies worldwide. The band later released a partly re-recorded and expanded version of the same album entitled Schrei ˇV so laut du kannst.

In 2007, the band released its second album, Zimmerman 483. The album was also a major success; selling 375,000 copies in only 2 months and peaked at #1 and #2 on the German and Australian charts respectively. The albumˇ¦s lead single ˇ§Übers Ende der Welt" also peaked at #1 on the charts. The success of the album showed that the band was not just a trend and was capable of consistently coming out with good songs. ˇ@

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Bill and Tom Kaulitz performing live.

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Tokio Hotel released its first English language album in 2007 also. Entitled Scream, English for Schrei, the CD consisted of songs from their prior albums translated into English. Although reviews were the album were not excellent, the band managed to nab the award for Best New Artist in the United States. In 2009, the band released Humanoid after some delays. The album was recorded in both English and German and reached #1 on the charts in Germany while peaking at #35 on the Billboard 200 charts in the United States.

Since its inception in 2001, Tokio Hotel has already won over 40 awards and sold millions and millions of albums worldwide and itˇ¦s starting to seem as if nothing can stop them. With their music reaching countries as far as Canada and the United States, the German based band undoubtedly shows that music can take one anywhere.

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