Die Fantastischen Vier have done it again: twelve years after their legendary unplugged concert in a cave, the rap quartet have pulled the plug again. Plus: we report on the award-winning pop chanteuse Anna Depenbusch. Our video clips include the electronic boy wonder Boys Noize and the Berlin trio Marteria, Yasha & Miss Platnum.
In July Die Fantastischen Vier made music history. They were the first band worldwide to play an unplugged concert for a well-known music broadcaster. To do so, the successful rappers went back to where they’d already triumphed with an acoustic gig - a millennia-old cave in the Sauerland region. Now the album of their concert has shot to the top of the charts.
A slight woman with a big voice: recently Anna Depenbusch won the Fred Jay Award, a prize for musicians producing songs in German. Now she’s also received the German Chanson Prize. On her new album "Sommer aus Papier" the Hamburg born singer has traded her piano for a ukulele to chase away the blues on dark autumn days.
Rapper Marteria has teamed up with colleagues Yasha and Miss Platnum from the German capital to make a record together. What’s emerged is the mini-album "Lila Wolken". The title song has been holding its own in the top five on the German singles charts for about two months and it’s now gone gold: a clear case of a PopXport hit.
The British monthly DJ Mag has chosen Alexander Ridha, alias Boys Noize, as one of the world’s top 100 DJs. Acts like Depeche Mode, the Black Eyed Peas and Snoop Dogg have let the German DJ remix their tracks. Boys Noize has now released the single "Ich R U" from his third studio album. The offbeat video has earned him high praise.
And as always the best of the new releases...
...plus the latest news from the German pop world.
In each edition of PopXport, we play a video clip where your challenge is to identify a detail.
This time the question is: What are the women doing in the water?
c) pearl diving
We're giving away CDs by Boys Noize, Marteria, Yasha & Miss Platnum, Anna Depenbusch and the Fantastischen Vier.
Finally we name the winning song of our popXport ranking. Viewers picked their favorite song from the ten most successful German hits of all time. And the song that came out on top is "Wind of Change" by the Scorpions. The iPod goes to Florencia Mercedes Defranco in Argentina. Congratulations!
“Wind of Change“ by the Scorpions is the winner of PopXport’s prize draw. Viewers were asked to choose their favorite from our list of the ten most successful German pop hits. The hard rockers from Hanover came out just ahead of Nena’s “99 Red Balloons.” It was some 20 years ago that the Scorpions scored a world hit with their revolutionary anthem.