Saturday, March 26, 2011

Chicago Schlager Saturday: Andrea Berg

Believe it or not, this woman is the biggest selling recording artist in German history. Andrea Berg is the current mega-superstar in the Central European Schlager constellation.

She has managed to combine the soothing predictability of Schlager-pop with a kind of earthy sensuality. Her sultry voice has a seductively soft, ethereal quality, which she combines with an almost slutty, biker chick stage persona.

Believe me, it's unlike anything you see in the USA today.

And Andrea Berg enjoys genuine superstar status in Germany. When she returned to her native village near Stuttgart for her wedding several years ago (her 2nd), the streets were lined with 10,000 fans and the Polezei had to cordon off the village square.

Berg, a 45-year-old former nurse, sings songs with mundane titles and simple themes such as Give Me a Star and Hold My Heart in Your Hand. According to the tabloid Bild, "she loves sexy outfits and, looks like a hot rock chick, dressed either in a leather suit, or a scantily clad butterfly outfit."

With 10 million sales under her belt, she is the most popular German artist of all time. Her best-of album has been in the top 100 for 342 weeks.

When the average German wants to chill out after a hard day at the office, he or she is as likely to put on an Andrea Berg CD as to open a beer, or perhaps do both.

Du Hast Mich Tausendmal Belogen -- (translated: You lied to me a thousand times)

Read more about Andrea Berg and other Schlager music personalities at:The Chicago Schlager Music Review

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