PRLog - Nov. 19, 2012 - LOS ANGELES -- Over the course of the past three decades, Herbert Groenemeyer has established himself as Germany’s most successful recording artist of all time, with album sales surpassing 18 million copies, and two of his albums, 1984’s 4630 Bochum and 2002’s Mensch, becoming the biggest German-language releases in history. But for audiences in the United States -- and, in fact, to the English-speaking world at large -- his forthcoming album I Walk will be an introduction to an artist whose music is fervent, personal and passionate.
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For this album, which will be released on February 26, 2013 on Grönland Deutschland/
Coinciding with the February release of I Walk will be American concerts in New York and Chicago and a public television special will air in those markets during pledge weeks in December 2012 and again in January 2013. In December, the special will air on New York's WLIW on December 3 (9:30 PM) and again on December 8 (10:00 PM) and on Chicago's WTTW on December 9 (8:00 PM). January airing will be announced shortly.
As one writer put it, Herbert Groenemeyer is “the biggest selling artist you’ve never heard of.” Before he embarked on a musical career, he was seen on film screens in the breakout German film Das Boot, and more recently (2007), he was in the Anton Corbijn film Control. In 2010, he wrote the evocative score for Corbijn’s arresting film The American starring George Clooney. But those intermittent appearances on the U.S. cultural radar are footnotes in the context of his musical career in Germany beginning with the 1984 release of 4630 Bochum. That album topped the German charts, quickly becoming the country’s third biggest-selling album of all time.
Over the course of the next fifteen years, his music became more political, addressing the Kohl government’s policies, and the impact from the fall of the Berlin Wall. 1993’s Chaos went to number one, and on his tour that year he played to well over a half-million fans. The next year, he became the first non-English-
Working on an English-language album, Groenemeyer says, was less about dissatisfaction with his status outside the German-speaking world than about the challenge, the opportunity for self-discovery. “I have to find my own challenges,”
1. Mensch (feat. Bono)
2. All That I Need
3. Will I Ever Learn (feat. Antony Hegarty)
4. Keep Hurting Me
5. To The Sea (feat. James Dean Bradfield)
6. Because Of You
7. Before The Morning
8. I Walk
9. Airplanes In My Head
10. Behind The Glass
11. Same Old Boys
12. The Tunnel