Tim Bendzko

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Tim Bendzko
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Tim Bendzko 2017
Background information
Born (1985-04-09) 9 April 1985 (age 31)
Berlin, Germany
Genres Pop
Labels Sony Music
Website www.timbendzko.de

Tim Bendzko (born 9 April 1985) is a German singer-songwriter.[1][2] He achieved nationwide recognition with his song "Nur noch kurz die Welt retten" and becoming the winner on the Bundesvision Song Contest.


Bendzko grew up in the Köpenick region of Berlin.[3] As a teenager, he attended a sport gymnasium and played at the first FC Union Berlin football. Later he studied Protestant theology and non-Christian religions. His musical career began with guitar lessons, which he decided to start taking when he was 11 or 12 years old.[4] At age 16, he wrote his first songs. After taking his Abitur, he studied Protestant Theology and non-Christian religions at the Free University of Berlin. He ended his studies after 5 semesters without getting a degree.[3] He then worked temporarily as an auctioneer in the car trade.[5]

In 2009, he registered for the talent compeititon Söhne gesucht of Söhne Mannheims. As a winner of the talent competition, he performed in the summer of 2009 before 20,000 spectators at the Berlin Waldbühne, one of Europe's largest concert venues.[6] Then he devoted himself entirely to his music. He received a recording contract with Sony Music and performed as an opening act for Silly on their 2010 tour.

On 17 June 2011, he released his debut album Wenn Worte meine Sprache wären ("If words were my language"), from which the single Nur noch kurz die Welt retten ("Just quickly save the world") was released on 27 May 2011. The album reached number four in the German charts[7] and the single number two.[8] The single, written by Tim Bendzko, Mo Brandis and Simon Triebel, was certified 3x Gold in Germany for sales of more than 450,000 copies. It was also awarded Platinum status in Switzerland and Gold in Austria. The music video was produced by Hagen Decker in Los Angeles. The album, which sold over 500,000 copies in Germany alone, was certified 5x Gold in Germany, Platinum in Switzerland and Gold in Austria.[5]

Bendzko performed as the opening act in Cologne and Leipzig on Elton John's tour of Germany, as well as being the support act for Joe Cocker during his Hard Knocks tour. On 29 September 2011, he came back to his hometown of Berlin for the Bundesvision Song Contest 2011 with the title track of his Album, Wenn Worte meine Sprache wären and won the competition. On 10 November 2011 he won the newcomer Bambi award.


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications[9]
Wenn Worte meine Sprache wären
  • Release date: 17 June 2011
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
4 11 13
  • Austria: Gold
  • Germany: 5× Gold
  • Switzerland: Platinum
Am seidenen Faden
  • Release date: 24 May 2013
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 4 7
  • Germany: 2× Platinum
Immer noch Mensch
  • Release date: 21 October 2016
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 13 10


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
Nur noch kurz die Welt retten 2011 2 8 4
  • Austria: Gold[9]
  • Germany: 3× Gold[9]
Wenn Worte meine Sprache wären
Wenn Worte meine Sprache wären 5 15 33
  • Germany: Gold[9]
Ich laufe 2012 47 53
Sag einfach Ja 42
Am seidenen Faden 2013 11 27 65 Am seidenen Faden
Programmiert 32
Unter die Haut
(featuring Cassandra Steen)
16 49 59 Am seidenen Faden – Unter die Haut
Keine Maschine 2016 14 71 59 Immer noch Mensch


  1. ^ "Biografie: Bendzko, Tim" (in German). SWR3. 4 July 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.energy.de/musik/lesen/article/tim-bendzko-im-energy-startalk/
  3. ^ a b Rebecca Schindler (2011-09-27). "Ich verstehe meine Songs erst nach einem halben Jahr". Der Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  4. ^ "11 Fakten über... Tim Bendzko" (in German). Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  5. ^ a b de:Tim Bendzko
  6. ^ "Tim Bendzko führt Download-Charts an" (in German). Media Control. 29 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Bendzko,Tim / Longplay". musicline.de. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Bendzko,Tim / Single". musicline.de. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c d Auszeichnungen: DE AT CH
  10. ^ Germany
  11. ^ a b Austria
  12. ^ a b Switzerland
  13. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Yvonne Catterfeld / Single" (in German). musicline.de PhonoNet. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 

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