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Cascada
Cascada's lead singer, Natalie Horler
Cascada's lead singer, Natalie Horler
Background information
OriginBonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
GenresEurodance[1]
Years active2004–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitecascada-music.de
Members

Cascada (/kʌˈskɑːdʌ/, Spanish for Waterfall) is a German dance music act founded in 2004 by singer Natalie Horler and DJs/producers DJ Manian and DJ Yanou. They are best known for their hit singles "Everytime We Touch", "What Hurts the Most", "Evacuate the Dancefloor", and "Miracle". Cascada have sold over 3 million albums worldwide in addition to an estimated 15 million digital downloads. Cascada represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden with "Glorious". While being one of the most successful acts of the dance music genre itself, Cascada was named the 3rd most successful German act of the 21st century.[2]

In 2010, Cascada's music was the most downloaded of all time in the dance category after David Guetta.[3]

In 2018, Cascada had more than a billion views on YouTube including over 100 million views for their hit "Everytime We Touch".

Music career[edit]

2004–2005: Early career[edit]

When Natalie Horler was 17, she was doing studio work for various DJs. Eventually, she met Yanou and DJ Manian. Originally, they released music under the name Cascade, but due to Kaskade, another artist with a similar name, threatening legal action, they changed it to Cascada.[4] They simultaneously released music under the names of Siria, 3XM, Phalanx, Manyou, Scarf! and Akira as well but ended those projects due to the success of Cascada. Under Andorfine Records, they produced their debut and hit single, "Miracle", and its follow-up, "Bad Boy", in Germany.[5] This caught the attention of the American dance label Robbins Entertainment. They negotiated a contract and "Miracle" was released in 2004. However, it did not attract much attention, so Cascada offered them "Everytime We Touch".

2005–2007: Everytime We Touch[edit]

Cascada experienced mainstream success in the United Kingdom and the United States almost a year after releasing their second American single, "Everytime We Touch", which interpolates the chorus of a 1992 Maggie Reilly song of the same name.[6][7] The song gained platinum and gold certifications across the globe, being certified platinum by the RIAA.[8][9] Soon after the popularity of the single skyrocketed, an album was recorded and released in a matter of months,[10] and a music video for "Everytime We Touch" was also distributed for promotion.[11]

A total of seven singles were released from the album, four of which have been released in the United Kingdom: "Everytime We Touch", "Truly Madly Deeply" (originally by Savage Garden), "Miracle" and "A Neverending Dream" (originally by X-Perience), all of which gained top 10 status apart from "A Neverending Dream", which charted at #46.[12] The U.S. saw the re-release of "Miracle" shortly after "Everytime We Touch"'s breakthrough, receiving high radio rotation and reaching the lower ends of the U.S. charts.[13] Their album Everytime We Touch has experienced success in the UK Album chart where it remained up in the top forty for twenty-four weeks, peaking at #2.[14][15] The album experienced success on the U.S. charts as well.[16] The success of the album gained them two World Music Award nominations, winning the World's Best-Selling German Artist.[17] Additionally, the album has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

2007–2009: Perfect Day[edit]

At the end of 2007, Cascada released their second album, Perfect Day in the UK and several Northern European countries,[18] followed by the remaining markets in the first quarter of 2008, [19] The album contained cover versions of Avril Lavigne's "Sk8er Boi", Pink's "Just Like A Pill", Patti Smith's "Because the Night" and the Jeffrey Steele song "What Hurts the Most", as well as two tracks, "Endless Summer" and "I Will Believe It", that were previously recorded by Horler and DJ Manian under the discontinued Siria name.[20] However, the U.S. version, which was released last,[19] replaced the Siria songs[21] and the Pink and Avril Lavigne cover versions with three other tracks, because they could not obtain the North American rights.[22] The lead single, "What Hurts the Most", was released in late 2007 and early 2008, along with its B-side, a cover version of Wham!'s "Last Christmas".[23] The single had high success, reaching the top ten in most countries.[24] In the UK and Germany, "What Do You Want From Me?"[25][26] and "Because the Night" were released as a follow-up single.[27][28] In the United States, "Faded" and "Perfect Day" were released as singles, but received little airplay outside of the dance-radio circuit.[citation needed]

2009–2010: Evacuate the Dancefloor[edit]

On 29 June 2009, "Evacuate the Dancefloor" was released in the UK. The release, just four days after the death of Michael Jackson, was expected to chart below Jackson's old hits, which sold heavily after his death. Instead, it debuted at No. 1, above Jackson's "Man in the Mirror". The song went on to the top five in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand, as well as top ten in many more. The song was released in the U.S. in late September release, and peaked at 25 in seventeen weeks, making it the group's second top-forty hit.

Cascada's logo

The song has become a club staple, used in many dance-oriented video games, and even nominated for an MTV Video Music Award. The album, also named Evacuate the Dancefloor, was released a week later on 6 July in the UK and Germany. The album continued Cascada's progression into electro-pop, the change was welcomed by mainstream audiences and fans, yet many fans still missed the euro-pop feel they considered integral to the Cascada project. The album itself did not mirror the success of the single, yet it did chart in the top ten of many countries, including the UK where it went on to sell 100,000 copies. "Dangerous" and "Fever" were follow-up singles released from the album, the former in the UK, and the latter in the US, Australia, and the rest of Europe, neither experiencing success in terms of radio spins, digital, or physical sales. Nevertheless, the group toured extensively to promote the album, even opening for Britney Spears during a stop in Germany.

2010–2011: Original Me[edit]

A new single "Pyromania" was released in 2010, continuing their new electropop sound. A second single, "Night Nurse", was released along with a music video featuring Horler in full body paint of various colors in many scenes. This single was never actually released until a year later on 16 December 2011 when it got an exclusive release in the U.S.

On the weekend of 26 March, Cascada shot two music videos for the upcoming singles "San Francisco" and "Au Revoir". Both videos were directed by Lisa Mann and choreographed by Luther Brown, and both singles were featured on the album Original Me which was released on 20 June 2011 (UK),[29] and 29 November 2011 in the US.

After the release of the album, Horler posed for Playboy Deutschland in July 2011,[30] to mixed reactions from fans and critics. On 1 September 2011, US label Robbins Entertainment announced on their message board that Cascada and Robbins have amicably parted ways, and Cascada were released from the label, citing creative differences as the reason for their departure. It was also announced that Original Me would still be released, under their Zooland label.[31][32]

2012–2013: The Best of Cascada, Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and Acoustic Sessions[edit]

On 7 January 2012, Horler joined the jury of German singing contest Deutschland sucht den Superstar.[33] On 16 March 2012, the music video for "Summer of Love" premiered in Germany.[34], followed by the compilation album Back on the Dancefloor.

In early June 2012, a video clip of Horler performing a cover of Corona's "The Rhythm of the Night" surfaced online.[35] "The Rhythm of the Night" was released on 22 June 2012 in Germany and in the USA.[36][37]

On 30 November 2012, Cascada released a Christmas Album, It's Christmas Time, which included a cover version of Wham!'s "Last Christmas" and a brand new track, "Somewhere At Christmas Time".[38] Natalie Horler's uncle, David Horler played the trombone on two of the tracks.[39]

Cascada represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

On 8 February 2013, Cascada released the single "Glorious". A week later, they won the German qualification for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with this song. On 18 May 2013, Cascada earned 18 points in the Eurovision Final, putting them in 21st place in a field of 26 contestants.

Around that time, Cascada released heir second greatest hits album, The Best of Cascada, on 29 March, and the single "The World is in My Hands" on 2 August.[40] They also returned to the studio to work on an acoustic album, which was released as Acoustic Sessions on 1 November 2013.[41] The album comprises acoustic versions of the band's hits as well as a few cover versions of other songs, most notably "You" performed by both Natalie and Robin Stjernberg.

2014–present: Focus on touring and new singles[edit]

On 28 March 2014, Cascada's new single, titled "Blink", was released in Germany with the video premiering on the same day.[42] The track was originally recorded by pop group U.V.U.K.[43] In April 2014, the single was released in Australia and France, and also began receiving airplay in the UK. Eventually, "Blink" was released in the UK as track on a Clubland compilation.

According to a 2014 interview, the group had no plans to release a 5th studio album but were working on a new single.[44] For this single, titled "Madness", Cascada collaborated with Manchester-based rapper Tristan 'Tris' Henry.[45] The single was released on 26 September 2014 worldwide,[46] with the video premiering on YouTube on 30 September.[47] On 20 February 2015, the band released a re-work of "Reason",[48] a song originally released in 2004 under the previous alias 'Diamond'. The video was shot in Mallorca and premiered on 20 February 2015.[49]

On 28 May 2015, Horler took a short break due to her pregnancy. All upcoming shows were canceled; fans were rest-assured that new music was "in the works" and photos showed Horler in the studio during the summer.[50] In September 2015, Horler gave birth to her daughter, Jamie.[51] Cascada returned to the stage in December 2015, with upcoming shows in Norway, Austria and Germany. On New Year's Eve, the group performed in London along with The X Factor contestant Fleur East.[52]

For the better part of 2016, Horler was busy touring parts of Norway and the United Kingdom, while also working the studio with Yanou on new material.[53] Brazilian producer Cassiano collaborated with Cascada on a cover version of "Praise You" by Mary Mary, which was released on 10 June 2016.[54][55][56]

After a two-year break from releasing music, Cascada released a new single "Run" on 27 January 2017.[57] During a recent interview, Horler stated that they plan to release singles instead of a full album, and they already had a new song lined up for release.[58] On 20 April, Cascada released "Playground", the official song of the 2017 Ice Hockey World Championship held in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France.[59] Natalie Horler performed the song for the opening ceremony on 4 May 2017. The lack of promotion following this event contributed to a new commercial failure.

A new single entitled "Back For Good" was released on 20 July 2018.[60] In a collaboration with DJs Hardwell and Maurice West, a remix of "Everytime We Touch" was released on 6 August 2018.[61] 16 August saw the release of "Like the Way I Do", with an accompanying music video. A ballad version titled "Yanou's Candlelight Mix" was released 6 March 2020.

On 3rd September 2020, Natalie confirmed on social media that a new single titled “I’m Feeling It (In The Air)” was to be released on 2nd October 2020.[clarification needed][citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Tours[edit]

  • 2007 : Everytime We Touch Tour
  • 2008 : Clubland Live Tour
  • 2008 : Perfect Day Tour
  • 2009 : Clubland Live Tour
  • 2011 : Original Me Tour
  • 2018 : Wild Nights Tour - Australia only (June)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2006 International Dance Music Awards Best New Dance Artist Solo[62] Won
Best High Energy/Euro Track Everytime We Touch Nominated
Napster Awards Most-Played Dance/Electronic Recording[63] Won
2007 World Music Awards World's Best Selling Female Pop Artist[64] Nominated
Best-Selling German Artist Award Won
2008 European Border Breakers Award (EBBA) Best European Border Breaker- Germany[65] Everytime We Touch Won
International Dance Music Awards Best High Energy/ Euro Track[66] Truly, Madly, Deeply Nominated
Best Dance Artist (Solo)[66] Nominated
2009 Best Dance Artist (Solo)[67] Won
2010 Best High Energy/Euro Track[68] Evacuate the Dancefloor Nominated
Best Pop Dance Track[68] Nominated
Best Artist (Group)[68] Won
Comet Best Female Artist Evacuate the Dancefloor Won
Urban Music Awards Best Dance Act Won
MTV Video Music Awards Best Dance Music Video Evacuate the Dancefloor Nominated
2011 International Dance Music Awards Best Commercial Dance Track[69] Pyromania

Nominated

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Preceded by
Roman Lob
with "Standing Still"
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
2013
Succeeded by
Elaiza
with "Is It Right"