Trisanna brings you ten facts about the German pop queen which we’re sure you didn’t know before.
1Helene Fischer is the most successful German pop singer by a long way. But she wasn’t born in Germany at all – her birthplace was Krasnojarsk in Russia, the third largest city in Siberia.
2Helene is a woman of superlatives. She’s sold more than 10 million albums to date, and won seventeen ECHOs, seven Goldene Henne awards, three Bambis and two Golden Cameras – a record in each category.
3Helene came to Germany when she was six. Her first experiences on the stage were in theatre and musical courses which she took at her school in Wöllstein, in the German state of Rheinland-Palatinate.
4In 2003, Helene Fischer took her “Bühnenreifeprüfung” acting qualification at the Stage & Musical School Frankfurt – since then, she’s entitled to call herself a state-certified musical performer.
5Helene didn’t get her first record contract on her own initiative. It was her mother who sent a demo CD to artists’ manager Uwe Kanthak. He then ensured she could produce her first album, “Von hier bis unendlich” (“From here to eternal”).
6 Helene Fischer didn’t make it to number one in the charts with her very first album. She had to wait until her fifth studio album, “Für einen Tag” (“For one day”), to reach the top of the German charts on 14 October, 2011.
7Between 2009 and 2018, Helene Fischer won the ECHO music prize no less than seventeen times. She only went home empty-handed in 2011 and 2017. This makes her the record-holder for the most number of ECHOs.
8Helene Fischer doesn’t only sing in German, by the way. When she performs live, she also sings songs as diverse as Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” or “Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer” – in English.
9Helene is worth a lot to her fans – and a lot of money, too. As part of a charity event for the “Wir helfen Kinder” children’s foundation, a meet & greet with Helene Fischer was auctioned for 20 000 euros – paid by a bidder from Arnsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia.
“Atemlos durch die Nacht” (Breathless through the night) was more than just a number one hit. In the run up to the football World Cup, Helene Fischer’s most successful song grew into one of the German national football team’s favourites. After the team won the world championship title in Brazil, they were greeted by Helene Fischer on the fan mile in front of the Brandenburg Gate on 15 July, 2014. She sang “Atemlos durch die Nacht“, of course.