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|Birth name||Andrea Zellen|
|Also known as||Andrea Berg|
|Born||January 28, 1966|
|Origin||Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany|
|Years active||1995 - present|
|Labels||White, Jupiter Records, Bertelsmann Music Group|
Biography and career
Berg was born in Krefeld. As a child she would experiment with performing short sketches at carnivals and other celebrations. She later played with a band, and also worked backstage on stage set-up and drove the band's van. During this time she supported herself working as a nurse in the intensive care and oncology departments of a hospital.
Berg's musical career began in 1992 when the producer Eugen Römer obtained a cassette of her performing. He was enthused by her voice, and within a week the first tracks had been recorded for her debut album Du bist frei ("You Are Free"), which contained the singles "Kilimandscharo" and "Schau mir noch mal ins Gesicht". Römer also produced her second album, Gefühle ("Feelings"), which proved her commercial breakthrough. The singles from the album, "Wenn du mich willst, dann küß mich doch" and "Einmal nur mit dir alleine sein", were hits. The album also featured one of her most popular songs, "Die Gefühle haben Schweigepflicht".
In 1997, she released her third album, Träume lügen nicht ("Dreams Don't Lie"), which reached #71 on the German album charts. The first single, "Warum nur träumen", was a #1 hit on some radio playlists and stayed in the charts for 15 weeks.
In summer 1998 the birth of her daughter Lena-Maria was followed by the release of the album Zwischen tausend Gefühlen ("Between a Thousand Feelings"), with twelve songs. The singles from this album were "Diese Nacht soll nie enden", "Insel der Nacht" and "Jenseits der Zärtlichkeit" (1999).
The next album was Weil ich verliebt bin ("Because I'm in Love") in 1999, with the single "Vielleicht ein Traum zu viel". This reached #3 in the ZDF-Hitparade in November 1999. Berg also reached #3 in "Hits of the Year" in January 2000 and was #1 for several weeks in the German airplay charts.
In October 2001, a best-of was released, featuring twelve of her most popular songs. The album went seven-times platinum and was in the German top 100 albums chart for a record-breaking stay of over 336 weeks. 2.1 million copies have been sold.
She has sometimes had as many as four releases in the German charts simultaneously.
She won the ECHO award in the German-language Schlager category in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007. From 2002 to 2007, she won Germany's prestigious Goldene Stimmgabel six times consecutively, as well as the Amadeus Austrian Music Award for best Schlager album in 2004 and 2005. Her CD Nah am Feuer went gold.
The 2006 album Splitternackt ("Stark Naked") went straight to #1 in Germany and remained there for several weeks.
The hit "Du hast mich tausendmal belogen" reached #2 in the GEMA chart of collected international sales.
Berg is known not only for her music but also increasingly for her stage outfits. She favours short miniskirts, suspenders, and knee-highs. She has been quoted (in the Neue Post) as saying "When you reach 40 you do have to make an effort to keep the men looking in your direction". ("Wenn man auf die 40 zugeht, muss man sich eben anstrengen, damit die Männer einem noch hinterherschauen.")
From 2002 to 2004, Berg was married to the schlager singer Olaf Henning. In 2007 she married Ulrich Ferber, a sports agent and hotelier. They currently live together with her daughter in Aspach, Baden-Württemberg.
Her new album, released October 2010, Schwerelos received platinum after 6 days. It went straight to No. 1 in Germany and Austria.
- Studio albums
|1992||Du bist frei||49||40||–||–||–|
|1997||Träume lügen nicht||71||–||–||–||–|
|1998||Zwischen tausend Gefühlen||86||–||–||–||–|
|1999||Weil ich verliebt bin||–||–||–||–||–|
|2001||Wo liegt das Paradies||42||–||–||–||–|
|2002||Nah am Feuer||18||26||–||–||–|
|2009||Zwischen Himmel & Erde||1||1||–||–||9|
- Compilation albums
|2007||Die neue Best of||4||1||–||7|
|2013||My Danish Collection||–||–||1||–|
(selective charting singles)
|2001||"Du hast mich tausendmal belogen"||96||–||–||Wo liegt das Paradies|
|2006||"Aba Heidschi Bumbeidschi"||46||65||–||Dezembernacht|
|2010||"Ich liebe das Leben"||81||–||–||Schwerelos|
|"Du kannst noch nicht mal richtig lügen"||91||73||–|
DVDs / Blu-Rays
|2004||Eine Reise durch die Seele||51||–||–|
|2006||Live – Das große Konzert in Oberhausen||–||–||–|
|2009||Das Konzert – Zwischen Himmel und Erde||–||1||–|
|2011||Schwerelos – Touredition||–||2||3|
|2012||Andrea Berg - Abenteuer live!||–||–||–|
- "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Andrea Berg; 'Best Of')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Andrea Berg; 'Nah am Feuer')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Andrea Berg; 'Schwerelos')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- "Andrea Berg discography". austriancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- "Andrea Berg discography". dannishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
- "Andrea Berg discography". hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
- Official website (German)
- Biography at musicline.de (German)
- Chart performances of her albums (German)