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Lena Meyer-Landrut
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Background information
Also known as Lena
Born (1991-05-23) 23 May 1991 (age 28)
Hanover, Germany
Genres Pop, indie pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 2010–present
Labels USFO, Universal Music Germany
Website lena-meyer-landrut.com


Lena Johanna Therese Meyer-Landrut (born 23 May 1991), known professionally as Lena, is a German singer-songwriter. She represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo and won the contest with the song "Satellite". With her three entries from the German national final Unser Star für Oslo (Our Star for Oslo), Meyer-Landrut set an all-time chart record in her home country by debuting with three songs in the top five of the German singles chart. Both "Satellite" and her first album My Cassette Player debuted at number one in Germany, while the former has been certified double Platinum since, the album has been certified five times Gold for sales of over 500,000 units. Meyer-Landrut represented Germany for the second consecutive time in the Eurovision Song Contest at Düsseldorf in 2011 with the song "Taken by a Stranger".

Early life Edit

Lena Meyer-Landrut was born in Hanover, Germany. She is the granddaughter of Andreas Meyer-Landrut , the Baltic Estonian-born West German ambassador to the Soviet Union in Moscow from 1980 to 1983 and 1987 to 1989 and Hanna Karatsony von Hodos who was of Hungarian nobility. She grew up as an only child, and started taking dancing lessons at the age of five; initially doing ballet and later practising various modern styles, including hip-hop and jazz dance. Meyer-Landrut grew fond of singing and appeared as an extra in a number of German television series; however she never received any formal acting or vocal training. In June 2010 she graduated from IGS Roderbruch Hannover, a comprehensive school , receiving her Abitur diploma.

Career Edit

2009–2012: Unser Star für Oslo and Eurovision Song Contest Edit

Meyer-Landrut decided to take part in the talent show Unser Star für Oslo (Our Star for Oslo), a newly created national television programme to select the German entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo. The show was organised by public broadcaster ARD and private television station ProSieben , as well as entertainer, music producer and former Eurovision entrant Stefan Raab. Among 4,500 entrants, Meyer-Landrut was picked as one of the 20 contestants for the show. Asked about her motivation to apply, she stated, "I like to test myself. I wanted to see how I am perceived, and I wanted to hear what people with knowledge have to say about it. I personally can't judge myself at all."

After her first appearance, performing "My Same" by British singer Adele, Meyer-Landrut received much praise from the show's jury panel and was instantly considered the favourite. The following week, Adele's "My Same" entered the German singles chart at position number 61. Meyer-Landrut reached the final of Unser Star für Oslo, mainly performing lesser known songs of international artists such as The Bird and the Bee, Kate Nash, Paolo Nutini and Lisa Mitchell. Out of her eight cover performances, five of the original songs subsequently charted in Germany, with all but "Foundations" reaching their peak chart position. In the final on 12 March 2010, Meyer-Landrut sang three songs specifically written for the contest, "Bee", "Satellite" and "Love Me". Through televoting, the audience chose "Satellite", written by American Julie Frost and Dane John Gordon, to be her designated song in case she won the show. In a second round of voting, Meyer-Landrut was chosen as Germany's entry for the 55th Eurovision Song Contest, beating the last remaining contestant, Jennifer Braun. The music video for "Satellite" was shot during the night of the final and premiered on German television stations four days later.

Throughout the show, Meyer-Landrut was seen as the clear favourite. One day after winning Unser Star für Oslo, all three of her songs from the finals topped the German iTunes Store sales chart, making her the first singer to achieve that. "Satellite" sold over 100,000 downloads in its first week, becoming Germany's fastest selling digital release ever. Her three songs all entered the top five of the German singles chart, reaching positions number one, three and four, which no artist had ever achieved since charts were first established in Germany in 1959. The song has remained at number one for five consecutive weeks in Germany.

While competing at Unser Star für Oslo, Meyer-Landrut continued to attend school. The last show was held one month before the start of her final exams. Produced by Stefan Raab, it includes the singles "Satellite", "Love Me" and "Bee", as well as two cover songs and eight unreleased titles. Meyer-Landrut is credited as a co-writer for the lyrics of five songs. The album debuted at number one in the German albums chart. It peaked at number one in the Austrian albums chart, number three in the Swiss albums chart.

Following her success in Germany, Meyer-Landrut has said she would enjoy pursuing a singing or acting career, but explained, "I'm not fixated on doing music my whole life." She stated she originally planned to study acting after graduating school, but now is unsure "if time allows". She has said her musical influences include Adele, Kate Nash, Vanessa Carlton, as well as the singer Clueso and German pop rock band Wir sind Helden.<

Representing a "big four" country, Meyer-Landrut automatically qualified for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Germany received a wild card during the running order draw, allowing the German representatives to pick the country's position for the final. They chose position 22 out of the 25 spots. Meyer-Landrut arrived one week before the show in Oslo, where she completed five rehearsals of her song "Satellite". Prior to the final, she was considered one of the favourites. Bookmakers regarded her second favourite behind Azerbaijan's Safura, while Google projected she would win based on search volume in the participating countries. According to Norway's Aftenposten she received the most media attention of all participants.

The final was held on 29 May 2010 at Oslo's Telenor Arena. Appearing fourth from last, Meyer-Landrut wore a simple black dress and performed on a bare stage with four backing singers. Her pared-back presentation was a break from recent Eurovision trends, as it did not feature any form of choreography, dancers or elaborate stage show. "Satellite" received a total of 246 points, giving Germany its first win since 1982, and the first victory as a unified country. The song won over Turkey's entry "We Could Be the Same" with a margin of 76 points, at that time the second-biggest in Eurovision history, second only to Alexander Rybak's margin of 169 points in the 2009 contest (it would later be beaten by Loreen's victory in 2012, sporting a margin of 113 points). "Satellite" was awarded the maximum of 12 points nine times and received points from all but five countries.

The BBC called "Satellite" the first "contemporary pop hit Eurovision has produced in decades", ushering in "a new era for the annual music jamboree". Meyer-Landrut's victory received much attention in Germany and the show was seen by 15 million viewers on German television (a 49.1 percent market share). She returned to Hanover the following day, where she was greeted by 40,000 people. In June, "Satellite" regained the top spot in the German singles chart for one week and also peaked at number one in Denmark, Finland, Norway Sweden and Switzerland. It also topped European Hot 100 singles chart, being the first Eurovision song to achieve this.

In June 2010 in the German dubbed version of the computer-animated film Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage, Meyer-Landrut provided the voice for the character originally spoken by Isabelle Fuhrman.<

In January 2011, the TV-Show "Unser Song für Deutschland" was held and Meyer-Landrut's 2011 Eurovision song was determined via televoting. All twelve songs Meyer-Landrut performed during that show were recorded on her second studio album Good News which was released on 8 February 2011. The album reached Gold status in Germany within one week after its release.

On 18 February 2011, the "Unser Song für Deutschland" final was held and it was decided through televoting that Meyer-Landrut would perform the entry "Taken by a Stranger" in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.

In April 2011, she went on her first German tour in the largest concert halls in Berlin, Hanover, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Leipzig, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Cologne.

In May 2011, Meyer-Landrut attempted to defend her title in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. She also appeared in the opening performance of the show, less than an hour before she came on stage to represent Germany.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
GER AUT BEL
(FL)
DEN FIN GRE NOR SWE SWI
My Cassette Player
  • Released: 7 May 2010
  • Label: USFO, Universal Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 1 54 40 43 4 7 5 3
  • BVMI: 5× Gold
Good News
  • Released: 8 February 2011
  • Label: USFO, Universal Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 7 15
  • BVMI: Platinum
Stardust
  • Released: 12 October 2012
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Format: CD, digital download, Vinyl
2 14 31
  • BVMI: Gold
Crystal Sky
  • Released: 15 May 2015
  • Label: Universal Music
  • Format: CD, digital download, Vinyl
2 25 40
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
GER AUT BEL
(FL)
DEN FIN NLD NOR SWE SWI UK
2010 "Satellite" 1 2 4 1 1 5 1 1 1 30
  • BVMI: 2× Platinum
  • IFPI DEN: Gold
  • IFPI SWE: Gold
  • IFPI SWI: Platinum
My Cassette Player
"Touch A New Day" 13 26
2011 "Taken by a Stranger" 2 18 24 92 29 117 Good News
"What a Man" 21
2012 "Stardust" 2 14 74
  • BVMI: Gold
Stardust
2013 "Neon (Lonely people)" 38
"Mr. Arrow Key" 46
2015 "Traffic Lights" 14 48 67 Crystal Sky
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Promotional singlesEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
GER AUT SWI
2010 "Bee" 3 26 27 My Cassette Player
"Love Me" 4 28 39

Other charted songsEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
GER
2011 "Push Forward" 15 Good News
"Maybe" 53
"A Million And One" 55
"Mama Told Me" 58
"Satellite" (Rockabilly Version) (with Stefan Raab) 24 Grand Prix Clubhits
2012 "Time" 52 Stardust (Single)
2013 "Revolution" (with Dicks on Fire) 63 Hits Total
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