Pharao

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Pharao
Origin Munich, Germany
Genres Eurodance
Years active 1994–2001
Labels Dance Pool
Past members Kyra Pharao
Deon Blue

Pharao was a German Eurodance act produced by Alexander Hawking and DJ Stevie Steve. The band was fronted by Egyptian-Indian singer Kyra Pharao (Claudia Banerjee) (born 17 January 1971) and the American rapper Deon Blue (born 20 January 1970). Pharao released two studio albums, Pharao (1994) and The Return (1998).

Musical career[edit]

Their debut single "I Show You Secrets" reached #6 on the German single Media Control Charts within weeks of its release[1] eventually earning them a gold disc.[2] The single also charted in other European countries including Switzerland and Austria.[3] Their second single "There is a Star" was another hit reaching #8 in the German official singles chart,[1] which earned them another gold disc.[2] "There is a Star" was also successful in countries such as Switzerland and Sweden,[4] and peaked at #43 in the UK Singles Chart.[5] Their debut album, Pharao, reached #23 on the German album chart.[1] Their third single "World of Magic" was not quite as successful as the first two singles; however, it entered the Top 30 both in Germany[1] and Sweden.[6]

In 1997, after almost two years of silence, they released their second album, albeit without Deon Blue, who by then had left the band.

The first single "Temple of Love" from that album peaked at #36 on the German singles chart,[1] and reached #7 on the Finnish singles chart amongst others.[7] Their follow-up single, "Once Upon A Time", did not chart in Germany. Pharao's second album The Return was released in the beginning of 1998, but despite the band's efforts, it did not achieve the chart success of their previous album.

According to their former management agency, Pharao disbanded in 2001.[8]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUT
[9]
CAN
Dance

[10]
FIN
[11]
GER
[12]
NED
[9]
SUI
[9]
SWE
[9]
UK
[5]
U.S.
Dance

[13]
1994 "I Show You Secrets" 5 10 3 6 6 14 35 Pharao
"There is a Star" 16 7 3 8 43 12 14 43
1995 "World of Magic" 28 22
1997 "Temple of Love" 7 36 The Return
"Once Upon a Time"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Pharao's_German_single_chart_positions" charts-surfer.de.
  2. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Pharao)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  3. ^ "Pharao's_"I_Show_You_Secrets"_single_chart_positions" dutchcharts.nl.
  4. ^ "Pharao's_"There_is_a_Star"_single_chart_positions" dutchcharts.nl.
  5. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 425. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ "Pharao's_"World_of_Magic"_single_chart_positions" dutchcharts.nl.
  7. ^ "Pharao's_"Temple_of_Love"_single_chart_positions" dutchcharts.nl.
  8. ^ "Pharao". Danceartistinfo.com. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  9. ^ a b c d Intl peaks
  10. ^ Canadian dance peaks
  11. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  12. ^ German peaks
  13. ^ US peaks
  14. ^ a b German certifications

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