Celal Türer runs a post office in Pforzheim. On weekends the amateur musician provides the entertainment at Turkish weddings. But his heart truly beats for German Schlager music. He's even made a video clip of his latest song, entitled "Julia".
Helene Fischer is the ultimate German pop queen, wildly successful nationwide. Should anyone plan to sell decals or compression hosiery using her name, they better think twice — her name is registered as a trademark.
A new film shows the dark side of pop art icon Nico, a singer and Andy Warhol's muse. Nico, 1988 depicts the tormented final years of the German-born model's life.
Germany's biggest Schlager festival came to Hamburg at the weekend. DW profiles this uniquely European music genre, which combines traditional folk, Johann Strauss waltzes and pop sensibilities with kitschy stage antics.
Previous winners include "Dwarsdriewer" ("obstructionist"), "Ackerschnacker" ("mobile phone") and "Lämmerhüppen" ("disco"). Low Saxon is a regional language spoken by some 3 million people in Germany.
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