Lena Meyer-Landrut

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Lena
Lena Meyer-Landrut - September 2013 - Wernigerode
Background information
Birth name Lena Johanna Therese Meyer-Landrut
Also known as Lena
Born May 23, 1991 (1991-05-23) (age 26)
Origin Hanover, Germany
Genres Pop[1]
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician
Years active 2009–present
Labels Universal Music Germany
Website www.lena-meyer-landrut.de

Lena Meyer-Landrut (born 23 May 1991 in Hanover)[2] is a German singer. She won the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song Satellite. After publishing her first Album My Cassette Player she used the stage name Lena.[3]

Biography[change | change source]

Family[change | change source]

Lena Meyer-Landrut grew up in Hanover.[4] She was the only child of her parents.[4] When she was two years old, her father deserted the family. Moreover, she has got political relatives.

School[change | change source]

She absolved the school with the diploma from German secondary school qualifying for university admission in 2010.[5] She began to study African cultures and philosophy in 2011.[6]

Career[change | change source]

Artistic development[change | change source]

Before becoming famous she danced ballet and jazz.[7] 2007 she founded her first school band "Stenorette 2080" and got the first experiences of singing.[8] Thus she wrote her first songs.

Eurovision Song Contest 2010 & 2011[change | change source]

2009 Meyer-Landrut applied for the German contest Unser Star für Oslo, the preliminary decision of the Eurovision Song Contest. She reached the final decision and won the contest with her own song "Satellite".[9] The song entered the first position and sold over 100,000 downloads in its first week. So it became Germany's fastest selling digital release ever.[10] Lena followed her success and won also the Eurovision Song Contest 2010[11] and became famous all over the world. Her album "My Cassette Player" and her single "Satellite" were sold in many Europe countries. One year later she tried to defend her victory and competed against other singers of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. There she reached the 10th position with the song "Taken by a Stranger".[12]

Germany tour 2011[change | change source]

Lena on stage in Frankfurt April 2011

In April 2011 Meyer-Landrut absolvated her first tour (Lena Live Tour 2011). The locations were nine cities: Berlin, Hanover, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Stuttgart and Cologne. She presented 21 songs taken from her albums "My Cassette Player" and "Good News". About 75,000 visitors came to all her concerts.[13][14] Moreover, she had three opening acts.[15][16] The Concert in Frankfurt was recorded because of a DVD. It was released in 9. May 2011 and is called "Good News – Live DVD"

2012[change | change source]

On 24 May, Meyer-Landrut performed as part of the interval act during the second semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. She was joined by the last five Eurovision winners from 2007 to 2011 which included Marija Šerifović, Dima Bilan, Alexander Rybak, and Ell & Nikki, performing a medley of their winning song entries and a rendition of classic "Waterloo".[17]

During the year she announced the work on a new album based on her own songs and collaborations with other artists like Miss Li and Johnny McDaid. On 21 September the single "Stardust" was released as first single from her new album Stardust, which followed on 12 October. Both single and album debuted at No.2 on the German Album and the German Single charts and certified finally for Gold [18]

Since October 2012 she is performing the theme song in the opening credits of Sesamstraße, the German version of Sesame Street.[19] and took part on the children carity album Giraffenaffen with the song Sjörövar Fabbe (Seeräuber-Opa Fabian).

2013[change | change source]

In March Neon was released as the second single from the album Stardust. The single version is a dance remix that is different from the version previously released on the album.

On ECHO Award 2013, Meyer-Landrut was twice nominated (winning "Best National Video" for Stardust) and part of the show program with her single Neon.

In April 2013, Lena went on her second tour through clubs in thirteen German cities. The last concert was streamed live on the Internet. The tour title "No One Can Catch Us Tour" was derived from lyrics of the song Stardust.

The third single from Stardust Mr. Arrow Key was released immediately after the tour. The video is based on tour impressions of artist, band and fans.[20]

Since April 2013 Lena Meyer-Landrut is one of the three coaches of the newly created casting show The Voice Kids. It's the children's version of The Voice of Germeny and aired in April/May. The other two coaches are Tim Bendzko and Henning Wehland.

During Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Lena Meyer-Landrut was jury president and spokesperson of the German jury and presented the German voting results at the Grande Finale on May 18.

She is the German voice of Jane in the motion capture animated film Tarzan 3D.[21][22] She also continued her engagement for the charity Giraffenaffen in several audiobooks.[23]

In June she appered in a viral commercial for a shower head (Doosh) invented by her former mentor Stefan Raab. The soundtrack of the commercial, Revolution by Raabs band Dicks on Fire featuring Lena Meyer-Landrut, was later released as Music download in October.[24]

Since autum 2013 she is testimonial for several cosmetics products of L'Oréal.

2014[change | change source]

In March 2014 she continued her coaching work for The Voice Kids [25][26]

Early 2014 she also announced starting principal work on her 4th studio album, including continued work with Israeli-American singer-songwriter Rosi Golan who already wrote the song Stardust.

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER
[27]
AUT
[28]
BEL (FLA)
[29]
DEN
[30]
FIN
[31]
GRE
[32]
NOR
[33]
SWE
[34]
SWI
[35]
EU
[36]
My Cassette Player 1 1 54 40 43 4 7 5 3 5
Good News
  • Released: 8 February 2011
  • Label: USFO, Universal Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 7 15
Stardust
  • Released: 12 October 2012
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Format: CD, digital download, Vinyl
2 14 31
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Singles[change | change source]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
GER
[39]
AUT
[28]
BEL (FLA)
[29]
DEN
[30]
FIN
[31]
NLD
[40]
NOR
[33]
SWE
[34]
SWI
[35]
UK
[41]
2010 "Satellite" 1 2 4 1 1 5 1 1 1 30 My Cassette Player
"Touch a New Day" 13 26
2011 "Taken by a Stranger" 2 18 26 92 29 117 Good News
(and Platinum edition)
"What a Man" 21
2012 "Stardust" 2 14 74 Stardust
2013 "Neon (Lonely People)" 38
"Mr. Arrow Key" 46
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Wins[change | change source]

  • 2010: Eurovision Song Contest 2010 – 1st Place "Satellite" (Germany)
  • 2010: Goldene Henne Honor Award  – "Ambassador of Charm"
  • 2010: SWR3 New Pop Festival  – "Newcomer of the Year"
  • 2010: 1LIVE Krone  – Best Artist
  • 2010: 1LIVE Krone  – Best Single "Satellite"
  • 2011: Goldene Kamera  – Best Music national
  • 2011: Echo  – Best National Newcomer
  • 2011: Echo – Best Female National Artist
  • 2011: Comet – "Best Female Artist"
  • 2011: MTV Europe Music Awards - "Best German Act"
  • 2011: MTV Europe Music Awards – "Best European Act
  • 2012: Echo  – Best Video
  • 2013: MTV Europe Music Awards - "Best German Act"
  • 2013: MTV Europe Music Awards – "Best European Act

Nominations[change | change source]

  • 2010: Comet – "Best Newcomer"[44]
  • 2010: Goldene Henne  – Reader's award of the SuperIllu magazine: Rock/Pop/Schlager[45]
  • 2010: Bravo Otto  – Best Singer
  • 2011: Echo – Radio Echo for Satellit
  • 2011: Echo – Single of the Year  – Satellite
  • 2011: Echo – Album of the Year  – My Cassette Player
  • 2011: Comet – Best Song  – "Satellite"
  • 2011: MTV Europe Music Awards – "Best Worldwide Act"
  • 2011: 1LIVE Krone  – Best Single - Taken by a Stranger
  • 2012: Echo - Best Female National Artist
  • 2012: Echo - Best Video  – Taken by a Stranger
  • 2012: 1LIVE Krone  – Best Single  – Stardust
  • 2012: Bravo Otto  – Best Singer
  • 2013: Echo - Best Female National Artist
  • 2013: Goldene Henne  – Reader's award of the SuperIllu magazine  – Music
  • 2013: MTV Europe Music Awards – "Best Worldwide Act"

References[change | change source]

  1. http://www.urb.com/reviews/cd/feature.php?ReviewId=707
  2. http://www.stern.de/kultur/musik/interview-lena-meyer-landrut-an-kampf-zu-denken-liegt-mir-nicht-1550854.html
  3. http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/panorama/Neues-Album-von-Lena-Meyer-Landrut-auf-dem-Markt-id7796001.html
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.ad-hoc-news.de/lena-meyer-landrut-zwischen-grand-prix-und-schulbank--/de/Boulevard/Musik/21126433
  5. http://www.haz.de/Nachrichten/Panorama/Themen/Lena-Unser-Grand-Prix-Star/Lena-feiert-ihr-Abitur
  6. http://www.ksta.de/html/artikel/1314707460438.shtml
  7. http://www.eurovision.de/teilnehmer/lenameyerlandrut100.html
  8. http://www.faz.net/themenarchiv/2.1194/lena-meyer-landrut-im-gespraech-und-dann-war-ich-ploetzlich-weiter-1984541.html
  9. http://www.dwdl.de/nachrichten/25206/lenas_satellite_am_dienstagabend_auf_fnf_sendern/
  10. http://www.media-control.de/index.php?option=com_k2&id=939&lang=de&task=download&view=item
  11. http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=18063&_t=GERMANY+WINS%2C+SEE+FULL+RESULTS!
  12. http://www.esctoday.com/news/read/16802
  13. http://www.neuepresse.de/Nachrichten/Kultur/Uebersicht/9000-feiern-Lena-in-Hannover-hier-Fotos
  14. http://www.abendblatt.de/kultur-live/article1864074/Lena-traf-nicht-jeden-Ton-aber-den-Nerv.html
  15. http://www.mediabiz.de/musik/news/kleinstadthelden-supporten-lena/303672
  16. http://www.presseportal.de/pm/16574/2025973/brainpool_tv_gmbh
  17. Roxburgh, Gordon (24 May 2012). "Second Semi-final: We have our ten qualifiers". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  18. Lena Stardust Certification
  19. "Alles neu bei der Sesamstraße". Sesamstraße (in German). 24 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  20. "Mr. Arrow key will be the next single". 18 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  21. "Der Dschungelkönig in 3D Bald kommt Tarzan in 3D ins Kino". TV Movie (in German). 8 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  22. "Animations-Abenteuer "Tarzan 3D" kommt erst im Februar 2014 in die Kinos". Hitfilms (in German). 29 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  23. "Facebook announcement by the publisher Oetinger Media". Oettinger Media (in German). 31 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  24. "Lena Collaborates with Dicks on Fire for New Single "Revolution"". wiwibloggs.com. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  25. "The Voice Kids". ProSiebenSat.1 Media. http://www.prosiebensat1puls4.com/download/angebote/38/38.pdf. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  26. Steck, Melanie (12 January 2014). "Strate ersetzt Bendzko in der neuen Staffel". Berliner Zeitung. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  27. "Charts.de: Lena (Albums)" (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved 2011-05-25. 
  28. 28.0 28.1 "Austrian Charts > Lena Meyer-Landrut" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  29. 29.0 29.1 "Flamish Charts > Lena Meyer-Landrut" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  30. 30.0 30.1 "Danish Charts > Lena Meyer-Landrut". Danishcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  31. 31.0 31.1 "Finnish Charts > Lena Meyer-Landrut". Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  32. "Greek Charts > Lena Meyer-Landrut". Greekcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  33. 33.0 33.1 "Norwegian Charts > Lean Meyer-Landrut". Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  34. 34.0 34.1 "Swedish Charts > Lena Meyer-Landrut". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  35. 35.0 35.1 "Swiss Charts > Lena Meyer-Landrut". Swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  36. "European Top 100 Albums: Week of May 29, 2010". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  37. 37.0 37.1 "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Lena Meyer-Landrut)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Lena)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  39. "German Charts > Lena Meyer-Landrut" (in German). Charts.de. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  40. "Dutch Charts > Lena Meyer-Landrut" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  41. Peak positions for UK:
  42. "Swedish Gold and Platinum Awards for 2010" (PDF) (in Swedish). Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  43. "swiss certifications 2010" (in German). Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  44. COMET 2010: Nominierungen stehen!. Viva.tv. 29 March 2010. Accessed 24 April 2010 (in German)
  45. Goldene Henne

Other websites[change | change source]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Norway Alexander Rybak
with "Fairytale"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
2010
Succeeded by
Azerbaijan Ell & Nikki
with "Running Scared"
Preceded by
Alex Swings Oscar Sings
with Miss Kiss Kiss Bang
Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest
2010, 2011
Succeeded by
TBD