Sunday, August 19, 2007

Tokio Hotel

Tokio Hotel is a pop/rock band found in 2001 in Magdeburg, Germany. The twins, Bill and Tom Kaulitz (born in Magdeburg, Germany on 9/1/89) have been performing since the age of 9. After a show in Magdeburg, Bill and Tom met Gustav Schäfer (born 9/8/88) and Georg Listing (born 3/31/87). Their tastes in music soon paved the way to the formation of the band 'Devilish'. 'Devilish' never got signed by a record company but produced one demo.
Bill Kaulitz once appeared in the German Talent Show StarSearch in 2003, where he performed "It's Raining Men".

Later in 2003, the group was signed by Peter Hoffmann by Sony BMG in Hamburg. The band was soon called Tokio Hotel (German for Tokyo Hotel) because of the liveliness of the city, and because of the constant touring. Bill Kaulitz co-wrote the majority of the debut album Schrei (Scream) with the help of professionals. Their first single Durch den Monsun (Through The Monsoon) was a success as it hit #1 on the German music charts in 8/26/05. It also hit #1 on the Austrian music charts. Their second single Schrei (Scream) reached #5 on the German music charts and their third single, Rette Mich (Rescue Me), reached #1. Their fourth and last single of their debut album Schrei called Der Letzte Tag (The Last Day) reached #1 too.

Their sophomore album Zimmer 483 (Room 483) was released on 2/23/07. They released their first single from their sophomore album in 1/6/07, called Übers Ende der Welt (Over The End Of The World; but actually called Ready, Set, Go). It reached #1. Their second single from the sophomore album Spring Nicht (Don't Jump) premiered at VIVA Live on 3/12/07 and was released on 4/7/07.

An English album is anticipated to be released on May 21st, and a tour in United States is expected to take place in the autumn of 2007.

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