Does anybody know Dieter Bohlen outside of Germany/Austria/SUI?
To those who do: what do you think of him, what's his reputation in your country?
He is a super star in Germany and has had international success as a singer & producer but I'm wondering if anybody knows him in France, UK, US, Australia .........
Dieter Bohlen is one of the most successful producers in the world. He produced 18 # 1 hits in Germany till today and sold more than 160 million CDs! He was certified with gold and platinum status many hundred times. He had # 1 hits in many countries world wide like SWE, NOR, BEL etc. and Top Ten hits in FRA, UK, ITA, ESP ...
Bohlen was one half of of the pop duo Modern Talking
as producer, songwriter and composer. Modern Talking belongs to the Top Ten of the most successful bands ever (like The Beatles, Rolling Stones etc.), they sold more than 120 million CDs from 1984-1987 and 1998-2003. Their songs peaked in the top ten in most European countries.
He also wrote Songs for Dionne Warwick, Chris Norman, Smokie, Engelbert Humperdinck, Al Martino, Errol Brown, Les McKeown, Bonnie Bianco, Peter Alexander, Nino de Angelo, C.C.Catch, Blue System, Roy Black, Andrea Berg, D.J. Ötzi, Marianne Rosenberg, Mary Roos, Yvonne Catterfeld, Mark Medlock, Roger Whittaker, Wildecker Herzbuben, Touché, Alexander Klaws
and many many more.
Bohlen has also released five books. Two of these are autobiographical and describe his career, romantic involvements and experiences with singers. The first book was an unprecedented success in Germany. It is one of the bestselling books in history.
In 2006 a comedy movie called "Dieter - Der Film" was published and Dieter Bohlen himself released the soundtrack to that movie. Bohlen had great success with soundtracks and had the bestselling soundtrack for a German TV-series in 1989 for "Rivalen der Rennbahn". He also had a # 1 hit with "Midnight Lady" (performed by Chris Norman) in 1985 for one episode of the German crime show "Tator". The song became a major hit in central Europe.
In recent years he's got several advertisement deals and is one the best earning people in international pop business.
He has also been a judge the talent show "Das Supertalent
", the German version of "Britain's Got Talent". He is the only judge to be in all the show's series. Same as in "Deutschland sucht den Superstar
" - the German version of "Idol". He's in the jury for 8 straight years and had 10 # 1 hits with stars from that show.
Bohlen won many awards like the ECHO, Goldene Stimmgabel, Otto and is the only foreigner ever given the title People's Artist of the USSR (in 1989).
Bohlen is also famous in Germany for his personal life. He was married a three times and has got five children. In 1996, he married model and singer Verona Feldbusch
but divorced her after thirty days, propelling Verona to celebrity status (she went on to be one of the most famous celebreties in Germany for a few years). Bohlen and his longtime friend Nadja ab del Farrag both confirmed that Bohlen suffered a penile fracture at one of their encounters. Later, Bohlen lived with the 1979 born model Stefanie Küster until 2006. They have one son, Maurice, born mid-2005. He met his current girlfriend Carina in Spain at one of the casting events for "Deutschland sucht den Superstar".
Bohlen made his Abitur with 17 and studied business economics.
But even with his wide success Bohlen is one of the most controversial people in Germany and was often critisized for his fatuitous and simple music. He was also often blamed for plagiarism but never got convicted by a German court. Since the Modern Talking comeback in 1998 he is more in the public than ever and with 57 years he is one of the brightest stars in Germany.