Daniel Küblböck

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Daniel Küblböck
A brown-haired man with a beard and multiple tattoos performing on stage in a white shirt. He is holding a black microphone.
Daniel Küblböck in concert in September 2016
Born
Daniel Dominik Küblböck

(1985-08-27)27 August 1985
Disappeared9 September 2018 (aged 33)
Labrador Sea about 185 km north of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada[1]
StatusMissing, presumed dead
Other names
  • Daniel K.
  • Daniel Kaiser-Küblböck
OccupationSinger
Years active2002–2018
Musical career
GenresPop
InstrumentsVocals
Associated actsDieter Bohlen

Daniel Dominik Kaiser-Küblböck (born 27 August 1985; disappeared 9 September 2018) was a German pop singer and actor who achieved celebrity status in 2002 as a participant in the first season of television talent show Deutschland sucht den Superstar (DSDS), the German version of Pop Idol, in which he came third. In September 2018 he went missing at sea off Canada while travelling on a cruise ship.

Career[edit]

Daniel Küblböck rose to stardom from late 2002 when he participated in the first season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar (DSDS). He gained the most viewer votes in three of the nine rounds of the competition and received the second-most votes in a further three rounds. He finished the show in third place.[2]

After DSDS, Küblböck signed a contract with BMG. By June 2004 he had released four successful singles and one album. However, after appearing in Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus! (the German version of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!), his later releases proved less popular.

In August 2004, the motion picture Daniel – Der Zauberer (Daniel The Wizard), directed by Ulli Lommel, was released, which starred Daniel as a fictionalized version of himself. The film was critically panned and bombed at the box office.

In 2005, he appeared in the sixth season of the German version of Big Brother, and in 2015, he took part in the eighth season of the German version of Let's Dance, where he finished sixth, together with his dancing partner Otlile Mabuse. In 2013, he wanted to participate in the German national final for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with his new song Be A Man, but was rejected by the jury.

Personal life[edit]

Daniel Küblböck had four siblings.[3] He had German and Italian ancestors. Küblböck completed his Hauptschule education in 2001. His older brother Michael, who was described as a neo-Nazi in German tabloids, died on 3 January 2013 in Berlin due to a heroin overdose.[3]

In 2010, he came out as homosexual, after previously describing himself as bisexual.[4]

On 24 February 2004 Küblböck was injured when he collided with a truck while driving a car without a licence. He was fined €25,000 and sentenced to eight hours of community service.

Entrepreneurial activity[edit]

Küblböck invested the proceeds from his album Positive Energie amounting to around one million euros in a solar plant in Lower Bavaria, which brought him high profits.[5] In September 2003, he launched a perfume line for boys and girls in three fragrances under his name.[6]

2018 disappearance[edit]

Küblböck was a private passenger on the cruise ship AIDAluna that left Hamburg on 29 August 2018 bound for New York City. At around five o'clock in the morning (local time) on 9 September he jumped overboard. The vessel was in open waters about 185 km north of St. John's in the Labrador Sea. The water temperature was about 10 °C (50 °F).

The Canadian Coast Guard launched a search operation,[7][8][9] assisted by the cruise ships AIDAluna and MS Zuiderdam.[10] On 10 September the search was abandoned.[11][12] Under German law, a person missing at sea cannot be declared dead until six months has elapsed.[13]

See also[edit]

DSDS performances[edit]

Albums, singles, and DVDs[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
GER[14] AUT[15] SWI[16]
2003 Positive Energie 2 11 13 GER: Gold[17]
2005 Liebe Nation 54 - -
2008 From Zero to Sexy (Live) - - -
2009 Jazz Meets Blues... Wenn zwei sich verlieben - - -
Leise rieselt der Schnee - - -
2010 Best of 2003–2010 - - -
Schrebergarten - - -
Küblböckische Weihnacht – 24 Termine - - -
2011 Schrebergarten Live - - -
2012 El tiempo (Live) - - -
Diez años Kúblbóck – Ich versteh’ nur Spanisch - - -
Diez años Kúblbóck – Ich versteh’ nur Spanisch – Live - - -
2014 Die Küblböck Show Live - - -
2016 Jesus is My Lover - - -

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album Certifications
GER[14] AUT[15] SWI[16] THAI[18]
2003 "You Drive Me Crazy" 1 4 10 1 Positive Energie GER: Gold 150.000[citation needed]
"Heartbeat" 2 5 11 - Positive Energie
2004 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" 7 29 37 - -
"Teenage Tears" 16 46 - - -
2005 "König Von Deutschland" 29 67 - - Liebe Nation
2007 "Born In Bavaria" 54 - - - -
2010 "Bodenmais [moacht's eich auf]" - - - - Best of 2003-2010
2012 "El tiempo" - - - - Diez años Kúblbóck – Ich versteh’ nur Spanisch
"No destroces mi corazón" - - - - Diez años Kúblbóck – Ich versteh’ nur Spanisch
2013 "Berlin" - - - - Diez años Kúblbóck – Ich versteh’ nur Spanisch
"Amo el mar (Sommer Mix)" - - - - Diez años Kúblbóck – Ich versteh’ nur Spanisch
"Ein Stück von dir" - - - - -
2014 "Angel" - - - - Jesus is My Lover
2015 "Save My Heart" - - - - Jesus is My Lover

DVDs[edit]

  • My Life Is Magic (2004)
  • Live on PE Tour 2003 (2004)
  • Jazz Night (2007)
  • Back to the Roots (2008)
  • Jazz Meets Blues... wenn zwei sich verlieben (2009)
  • Schrebergarten Berlin (2011)
  • Diez años Kúblbóck – Ich versteh’ nur Spanisch – Live (2013)

As member of DSDS allstars - season 1[edit]

Year Format Title Chart positions
GER[14] AUT[15] SWI[16]
2003 Album United 1 1 1
2003 Single "We Have a Dream" 1 1 1

As member of "4 United"[edit]

(project with Gracia Baur, Nektarios Bamiatzis and Stephanie Bruckmeyer)

Year Format Title Chart Positions
GER[19] AUT[20]
2004 Single "Don't Close Your Eyes" 18 50

Filmography[edit]

Films

TV Series

Bibliography[edit]

  • Küblböck, Daniel in collaboration with Julia Boenisch (2003). Ich lebe meine Töne. Munich: Random House, 223 pages. ISBN 3-8090-3021-X.
  • Küblböck, Daniel (2007). Daniel Küblböck - My Way: Konzertbildband August 2005 bis Dezember 2006. Positive Energie GmbH, 103 pages.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Daniel Küblböck weiter vermisst – „Aidaluna“ setzt Reise fort. In: tagesspiegel.de, 9. September 2018, abgerufen am 9. September 2018.
  2. ^ "Ließ sich von Millionärin adoptieren: Das turbulente Leben von Daniel Küblböck". FOCUS Online (in German). FOCUS Online Group GmbH. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Neonazi-Bruder von Daniel Küblböck ist gestorben". Die Welt (in German). 4 January 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Küblböcks Herz "schlägt für Jungs", nicht für Uschi". queer.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  5. ^ Daniel Küblböck ist Ökostrom-Millionär. In: spiegel.de, 2 April 2011.
  6. ^ Duften wie Küblböck Spiegel-online, 25 August 2003, accessed 18 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Daniel Küblböck auf Kreuzfahrtschiff vermisst". spiegel.de. 2018-09-09. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  8. ^ AIDAluna: Daniel Küblböck wird auf Kreuzfahrtschiff vermisst. In: abendblatt.de, 9 September 2018.
  9. ^ Pressestatement. AIDA Cruises Press Release, 9 September 2018
  10. ^ "Daniel Küblböck bei Kreuzfahrt vermisst: Sprung über Bord?". augsburger-allgemeine.de. 2018-09-09. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  11. ^ Küstenwache stellt Suche nach Küblböck ein. In: faz.net, 10 September 2018.
  12. ^ "News – Daniel bleibt vermisst..." daniel-kueblboeck.de (in German). Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  13. ^ Markus Brauer (12 September 2018). "Wie und wann kann ein Vermisster für tot erklärt werden?". Stuttgarter Nachrichten (in German). Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  14. ^ a b c "Daniel Küblböck - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  15. ^ a b c Steffen Hung. "Discographie Daniel K." austriancharts.at. Archived from the original on 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  16. ^ a b c Steffen Hung. "Discography Daniel Küblböck". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Daniel Küblböck; 'Positive Energie')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  18. ^ "Was macht eigentlich...? - Poparazzi". New.de.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  19. ^ "4 United - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  20. ^ Steffen Hung. "4 United - Don't Close Your Eyes". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2010-09-02.

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