The Baseballs

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The Baseballs
European Border Breakers Awards 2011 - Public Choice Award winners The Baseballs - by René Keijzer.jpg
Background information
Origin Berlin, Germany
Genres Rock and Roll, rockabilly
Years active 2007–present
Labels JMC Music and Warner Music
Website www.the-baseballs.com
Members Sam (Sven Budja)
Digger (Rüdiger Brans)
Basti (Sebastian Raetzel)
Back-up band
Lars Vegas (guitar)
Klaas Wendling (upright bass)
Jan Miserre (piano)
Tomas Svensson (drums)

The Baseballs are a German rock and roll band founded in Berlin in 2007. They became popular with 50s and 60s style rock cover versions of modern hits such as "Umbrella" by Rihanna, "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé Knowles, "Hot n Cold" by Katy Perry and "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen. The band members are only credited by their nicknames (Sam, Digger and Basti).[1] Their version of "Umbrella" was a hit in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Iceland, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and Norway and charted in all seven countries.[2][3][4][5][6]

Musical career[edit]

Their debut album, Strike!, was produced by JMC Music[7] and released in May 2009 in Germany, Switzerland and Austria,[8] in October 2009 in Finland,[9] in December 2009 in Sweden,[10] in February in Norway[11] and in March 2010 in The Netherlands. It reached No. 15 in Austria, No. 6 in Germany, No. 2 in Switzerland and the Netherlands, No. 1 in Finland, No. 1 in Sweden and No. 1 in the Norwegian album charts. In the UK it was released on Rhino Records UK on 17 May 2010.[2][3][12][13][14]

The band re-released the album in 2010 as Strike! Back! The lead single is a rockabilly version of Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars." The video features the band rocking a 1950s prom.[15]

In the UK, The Baseballs have appeared on ITV1's The David Dickinson Show, Magic Numbers and This Morning. In Ireland, The Baseballs have appeared on RTÉ's The Late Late Show.[16] In Australia the group appeared on Channel 9's Hey Hey It's Saturday [17] In New Zealand they appeared on TVNZ's Good Morning [18]

In 2010 the band supported guitarist Jeff Beck on his "Emotion and Commotion" tour as his opening act.[19]

On 6 June 2011, The Baseballs released their second album titled Strings 'n' Stripes. It included new singles tracks such as Candy Shop, Hello and Paparazzi. [1]

On 1 August 2011, The Baseballs released together with General Mills – the producer of the ice cream Häagen-Dazs – within an advertising campaign with Cosma Shiva Hagen a free download of the song "Wha Wha" – which was written especially for the campaign. The track is freely available and can be downloaded from the German site of the brand Häagen-Dazs.[20]

On 25 May 2012, The Baseballs released their first live CD/DVD, "Strings 'n' Stripes Live".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
GER
[21]
AUT
[22]
BEL (Vl)
[23]
DEN
[24]
ESP
[25]
FIN
[26]
FRA
[27]
NLD
[28]
NOR
[29]
SUI
[30]
SWE
[31]
UK
[32]
2009 Strike! 6 5 1 5 29 1 24 2 1 2 1 4
2010 Strike! Back 82 19 10 43
2011 Strings 'n' Stripes 5 3 10 29 2 4 1 4 74
2012 Good Ol' Christmas
  • Released: 11 February 2012
  • Label: Warner
  • Formats: CD
25 22 10
2014 Game Day
  • Released: 7 March 2014
  • Label: Warner
  • Formats: CD
22 17 5

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
GER
[40]
AUT
[41]
SWI
[42]
FIN
[26]
SWE
[31]
NOR
[43]
ICE
[44]
NLD
[28]
UK
[45]
ESP
[46]
2009
"Umbrella" 43 58 9 1 19 6 22 3 124 38 FIN: Platinum[47] Strike!
"Hot n Cold" 68 65 52 7 99
2010 "Last In Line" 13 Strike! Back!
"Chasing Cars"
2011 "Candy Shop" Strings 'N' Stripes
"Hello" 100 41 68
"This is a Night (Het is een Nacht)" (feat. Guus Meeuwis) 69
"Wha Wha" Promotional[20]

Awards[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2010 EMMA Awards Best selling Album Won
ECHO Awards Best National Newcomer[48] Won
2011 EBBA Awards European Border Breakers Award Won
EBBA Awards Public Choice Award Won
ECHO Awards Most successful Act on foreign country, national[49] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official biography
  2. ^ a b The Baseballs in the German charts
  3. ^ a b The Baseballs in the Swiss charts
  4. ^ The Baseballs in the Austrian charts
  5. ^ The Baseballs in the Finnish single chart
  6. ^ "Umbrella" in the Swedish charts
  7. ^ Switzerland charts
  8. ^ Official discography (German)
  9. ^ Warner Music News (Finnish, accessed 17 November 2009)
  10. ^ Swedish release.
  11. ^ Norwegian release.
  12. ^ Strike! on the Finnish album chart
  13. ^ "Strike!" on the Swedish album chart
  14. ^ "Strike!" on the Dutch album chart
  15. ^ http://www.covermesongs.com/2010/08/the-baseballs-go-rock-and-roll-prom-with-snow-patrols-chasing-cars.html
  16. ^ "Hector to join Tubridy on Late Late Show". RTÉ News. 15 October 2010. 
  17. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E45n-JTnZHw The Baseballs - Umbrella "Hey Hey It's Saturday"
  18. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EarOOyF6-jU The Baseballs interview - TVNZ's "Good Morning"
  19. ^ "On Tour with guitar legend Jeff Beck in October | The Baseballs". thebaseballs.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  20. ^ a b Häagen-Dazs.de Häagen-Dazs-Song as a free Download
  21. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Baseballs,The / Longplay". musicline.de. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  22. ^ "austriancharts.at - Austria Top 40 - Hitparade Österreich". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  23. ^ "ultratop.be - ULTRATOP BELGIAN CHARTS". ultratop.be. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  24. ^ "danishcharts.com". danishcharts.com. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  25. ^ "spanishcharts.com". spanishchars.com. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  26. ^ a b "Musiikkituottajat - Tilastot - Suomen virallinen lista - Artistit". ifpi.fi. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  27. ^ "lescharts.com". lescharts.com (in French). Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  28. ^ a b "dutchcharts.nl - Discografie The Baseballs". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  29. ^ "norwegiancharts.com - VG-LISTA". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  30. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  31. ^ a b "swedishcharts.com - Discography The Baseballs". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  32. ^ "Chart Stats - Baseballs". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  33. ^ The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  34. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (The Baseballs; 'Strike')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  35. ^ "Warner Music Germany - News - The Baseballs". warnermusic.de. 12 December 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  36. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – The Baseballs – Strike" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. 
  37. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2010" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  38. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (The Baseballs; 'Strike!')". Hung Medien. 
  39. ^ "Austrian album certifications – The Baseballs – Strike! Back" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter The Baseballs in the field Interpret. Enter Strike! Back in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  40. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Baseballs,The". musicline.de. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  41. ^ "austriancharts.at - Austria Top 40 - Hitparade Österreich". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  42. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  43. ^ "norwegiancharts.com - Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  44. ^ Icelandic Singles Chart
  45. ^ Chart Log UK 2010 Weekly Updates (scroll down to Baseballs - artists in alphabetical order)
  46. ^ "spanishcharts.com - Spanish charts portal". spanishcharts.com. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  47. ^ The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  48. ^ "ECHOPop.de". ECHO Awards. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  49. ^ "ECHOPop.de". ECHO Awards. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 

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