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Studio album by No Angels
Released 12 March 2001
Recorded 2000–2001
Length 46:45
No Angels chronology
Now ... Us!
Singles from Elle'ments
  1. "Daylight in Your Eyes"
    Released: 5 February 2001
  2. "Rivers of Joy"
    Released: 30 April 2001
  3. "There Must Be an Angel"
    Released: 12 August 2001
  4. "When the Angels Sing"/"Atlantis"
    Released: 19 November 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Intro (acceptable)[1]
laut.de 2/5 stars[2]

Elle'ments is the debut studio album by German girl group No Angels. It was first released by Polydor–Zeitgeist and Cheyenne Records on 12 March 2001 in German-speaking Europe. After winning the inaugural season of the reality talent contest Popstars in late 2000, Polydor consulted a small team of German-based musicians to work with the quintet, including Thorsten Brötzmann, Peter Ries, Leslie Mándoki, and Peter Plate. Elle'ments is a pop record with an inclusion of styles such as dance, R&B, latin and rock. Conceptually, the album centered on the idea of the classical elements, and during that time was compared to the Spice Girls' Forever (2000) era.

Upon its release, Elle'ments became an instant smash hit. The album peaked at number one in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, and was eventually certified 7× Gold in Germany and platinum in both Austria and Switzerland as well as by the European International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). It became Germany's top-selling album of 2001, selling over 500,000 million copies in its first six month of release. In total, Elle'ments sold 1.1 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the biggest-selling girl group albums in music history and one of the most successful German albums of all time.

The album yielded the record-breaking number-one hit single "Daylight in Your Eyes," and produced another three singles, including "Rivers of Joy", "When the Angels Sing" and the number-one remake of Eurythmics' 1985 single "There Must Be an Angel," the latter of which appeared on Special Winter Edition reissue of the album. In fall 2001, the No Angels embarked on their first concert tour, the Rivers of Joy Tour, in support of the album.


The members of No Angels were formed through on the RTL2 channel's first series of Popstars, a reality talent show which set about producing a five-piece girl group.[3] After several elimination rounds, Nadja Benaissa, Lucy Diakovska, Sandy Mölling, Vanessa Petruo and Jessica Wahls were chosen, and signed a recording contract with Polydor.[3] With the final members of the group in place, the program followed the group during its recording sessions, photo and music video shoots and other promotional commitments such as showcases and instores.[3] For their English language debut album, the band worked a small group of German-based music producers, including Thorsten Brötzmann, Peter Ries, Leslie Mándoki, and Rosenstolz member Peter Plate, many who later became frequent collaborators.[3]

Style and lyrics[edit]

Elle'ments takes influence from a number of different genres, such as Europop, teen pop, electro, and dance, and combines elements from pop rock, drum and bass, and contemporary R&B.[4] The album received comparisons to artists such as Britney Spears, Destiny's Child, and the Spice Girls.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

In March 2001, No Angels released Elle'ments in German-speaking Europe where it became an unprecedented success due to the sheer volume of interest in the group.[5] The album debuted at number one on the Austrian, German, and Swiss Albums Charts, making the band the first act ever to simultaneously top the albums, singles, and airplay charts – along with "Daylight in Your Eyes" – in all three territories.[6] In Germany, Elle'ments peaked at number one for three consecutive weeks in which it passed the sales mark of 500,000 units.[6] By August 2001, it had reached double platinum status, indicating sales in excess of 600,000 copies.[7] Following the release of its Special Winter Edition in October, Elle'ments re-entered the top ten at number seven.[8] In total, the album spent 74 consecutive weeks within the top 100 of the German Albums Chart and was eventually certified tripe platinum and 7× Gold by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) for domestic sales in excess of 1.05 million copies.[9] It was the highest-selling album of 2001 in Germany.[10]

In Austria, Elle'ments charted four non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Ö3 Austria Top 40 Longplay chart.[11] It was certified platinum by IFPI Austria, indicating sales in excess of 40,000 units,[12] and became the fifth highest-selling album that year.[13] In Switzerland, the album sold further 40,000 copies and also was awarded a platinum certification by IFPI Switzerland.[14] It spent four non-consecutive weeks at number-one on the Swiss Hitparade and was ranked ninth on the Swiss year-end albums chart.[15] Elle'ments also debuted at number six on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart,[5] and peaked at number five in its third week of release.[16] Altogether, the album became the 41st biggest-selling album of 2001 in Europe – the only entry for any international Popstars winner that year – and was certified platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for shipments of one million copies.[17][18] In total, the album sold 1.1 million copies worldwide, becoming the most successful girl group album in German music history as well as the biggest-selling product to emerge from the Popstars reality television franchise.[5][17] In 2013, Elle'ments was ranked among the twenty best-selling German albums of all time.[19]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Elle'ments.[20]

Elle'ments – Standard edition[21]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Daylight in Your Eyes" Thorsten Brötzmann 3:30
2. "When the Angels Sing"
Peter Ries 3:42
3. "Promises Can Wait"
  • Ries
  • Dawn Faith Schönherz
Ries 3:21
4. "You Could Be the First" Ralf Lübke
5. "Cold as Ice"
  • David Brunner
  • Christopher Cousins
  • Marc Klammer
Brötzmann 4:04
6. "Rivers of Joy"
  • Niklas Pettersson
  • Hans Andersson
Ries 3:28
7. "Be My Man (The Plan)"
Mandoki 3:28
8. "Go Ahead And Take It"
  • Brötzmann
  • Ulrich Wehner
Brötzmann 2:50
9. "Couldn't Care Less"
  • Franciz & LePont
Peter Ries 3:33
10. "Faith Can Move a Mountain" Julian Feifel Mandoki 3:28
11. "Cry for You"
Ries 4:49
12. "Send Me Flowers" Axel Breitung Brötzmann 3:49
13. "That's the Reason"
Brötzmann 3:15

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Laszlo Bencker – various instruments
  • Christoph Leis-Bendorff – vocal assistance
  • Thorsten Brötzmann – keyboards, production
  • Joan Faulkner – vocal assistance
  • Nico Fintzen – keyboards
  • Stefan Hansen – keyboards
  • Lines Hutter – engineer
  • Jeo – mixing
  • Stuart Jones – assistant engineer
  • Söhnke Kirchner – mixing
  • J. Quincy Kramer – mastering
  • Bernhardt Kühmstedt – photography
  • Tony Laketos – sax
  • Ralf Lübke – guitar
  • Anja Mähnken – vocal assistance
  • Leslie Mándoki – various instruments, production
  • Patrik Majer – production
  • Plate & Sommer – production
  • Ronald Reinsberg – art direction
  • Peter Ries – production, mixing
  • Ossi Schaller – guitar
  • Marion Schwaiger – vocal assistance
  • Mike Streefkerk – engineer
  • Peter Weihe – guitar
  • Stefan Zeh – assistant engineer
  • Martin Zehetbauer – engineer
  • Ulf Zwerger – engineer

Leftover tracks[edit]

  • "Don't Hesitate" (appeared on the 2001 Magix Video Maker DVD/CD-ROM)[23]
  • "Let Me Be the One" (Magix Video Maker)[23]
  • "Nitelife" (Magix Video Maker)[23]
  • "So Wanna Be with You" (produced by Thorsten Brötzmann) (appeared on the 2004 compilation album History of Popstars)[24]
  • "Wherever You Go" (Magix Video Maker)[23]



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[12] Platinum 40,000*
Germany (BVMI)[9] 7× Gold 1,050,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[14] Platinum 40,000^
Europe (IFPI)[18] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition Format Label
Austria 12 March 2001[21]
  • Standard
  • limited
Digital download, CD
Austria 1 October 2001[21]
  • Special winter
Digital download, CD

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Intro review
  2. ^ laut.de review
  3. ^ a b c d Schaertl, Marika (2001-02-19). "Holger, der Engel-Macher". Focus (in German). Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  4. ^ a b Dobler, Eberhard (2001-03-12). "Keine Frage, wir befinden uns auf internationalem Pop-Niveau.". laut.de. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  5. ^ a b c "Hits of the World". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2001-04-14. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  6. ^ a b Williamson, Nigel (2001-04-14). "Hits of the World". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  7. ^ "RTL II informiert: NO ANGELS erhalten Triple Gold und Doppel Platin für "Daylight In Your Eyes" und "ELLE'MENTS"". RTL2. Presseportal. 2001-09-07. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  8. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2001-10-20. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  9. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (No Angels; 'Elle'ments')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  10. ^ a b "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts (2001)". Offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  11. ^ "Now... Us!". Austriancharts. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  12. ^ a b "Austrian album certifications – No Angels – Elle'ments" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter No Angels in the field Interpret. Enter Elle'ments in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  13. ^ a b "Jahreshitparade Alben 2001" (in German). austriancharts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  14. ^ a b "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards ('No Angels')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  15. ^ a b "Jahreshitparade 2001" (in German). swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  16. ^ a b "Hits of the World". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2001-03-31. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  17. ^ a b Sexton, Paul (2001-12-29). "Dido Rolls Snake Eyes in Europe's Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  18. ^ a b "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2001". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 
  19. ^ Feierabend, Peter; Zang, Karsten (2013-01-01). "DuMont Bildband 65 Jahre Bundesrepublik Deutschland: Eine Zeitreise in Bildern". DuMont. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  20. ^ Elle'ments (Media notes). No Angels. Polydor Records. 2001. 
  21. ^ a b c "Elle'ments by No Angels". Amazon (DE). Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  22. ^ "Elle'ments (Special Winter Edition) by No Angels". Amazon (DE). Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  23. ^ a b c d "Magix Video Maker". Amazon.de. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  24. ^ "History of Popstars". Musicload.de. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  25. ^ "No Angels - Elle'ments". austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  26. ^ "No Angels - Elle'ments". charts.de. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  27. ^ "No Angels - Elle'ments". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  28. ^ "Jahreshitparade Alben 2002" (in German). austriancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-12-06. 
  29. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts (2002)". Offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 

External links[edit]

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No Angel by Dido
Mutter by Rammstein
Austrian Albums Chart number-one album
25 March — 7 April 2001
22 April — 28 April 2001
Succeeded by
Mutter by Rammstein
Mutter by Rammstein
Preceded by
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German Albums Chart number-one album
26 March — 15 April 2001
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Swiss Albums Chart number-one album
25 March — 14 April 2001
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