Saturday, October 27, 2012

Haddaway

Haddaway (born Nestor Alexander Haddaway on January 9, 1965 in Port of Spain, Trinidad) is a dance singer that is known for his one-hit wonder status in the United States. Haddaway was born to a German oceanographer and a Trinidadian nurse.

He moved from Trinidad to Europe in the early 70s with his father after his parents separated.

After spending time in boarding school, Haddaway moved to the United States to live with his mother.

He attended Eisenhower Junior High and Laurel High School in Laurel, Maryland. He graduated from Meade Senior High School in 1983 where was very active in the school's jazz, marching, symphonic, and stage bands.

While studying political science and history at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Haddaway performed at small engagements with a cover band called Chance.

In 1989, 24-year-old Haddaway returned to Europe and settled in Cologne, Germany where he played American football for the Cologne Crocodiles in the German Football League along with working as a choreographer, selling carpets and making music in his spare time.

In 1992, Haddaway got his big break when he was signed to German record label, Coconut Records.
In 1993, Haddaway released his debut single, "What is Love" became a hit, topping the charts in Switzerland, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, France, Finland, Belgium, and Austria. In the U.K., the song peaked at #2 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.

In Germany, the song peaked at #2 on the Media Control Charts and is the 7th best-selling single of all time in Germany.

In the U.S., the song peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October of 1993, #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart,#4 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, and #15 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart.

The song experienced a revival when it was featured on "Saturday Night Live" in the "Roxbury Guy" sketches starring Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan. The sketches were later made into the 1998 film "A Night at the Roxbury" where the song was featured in the film and soundtrack. 
During that same year, Haddaway released his self-titled debut album (also known as "The Album" internationally), which peaked at #9 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.

In the U.S., the album charted at #111 on the Billboard 200 chart and topped Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
The second single from the album, "Life (Everybody Needs Somebody to Love)" peaked at #6 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. In Germany, the song also peaked at #2 on the Media Control Charts.

In the U.S., the song peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1994, #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #14 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart.
The third single from the album, "I Miss You" peaked at #9 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks and in Germany, the song peaked at #18 on the Media Control Charts.

The song charted moderately in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The fourth and last single from the album, "Rock My Heart" peaked at #10 in Germany on the Media Control Charts.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #9 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. In the U.S., the song peaked at #25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart under the title, "Stir it Up\Rock My Heart."
In 1995, Haddaway released his sophomore album, "The Drive" which made the charts in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Finland, and Switzerland.
The first single, "Fly Away" peaked at #25 in Germany on the Media Control Charts and #20 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for 3 weeks.

The song also topped the charts in Finland and peaked at #9 on the Dutch Top 40 chart. The song was also moderately successful in Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, France, and Ireland. 
The follow-up single from the album, "Catch a Fire" peaked at #38 in Germany on the Media Control Charts and #39 on the U.K. Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 2 weeks.

The song was also moderately successful in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, and Switzerland.
The last single from the album, "Lover Be Thy Name" peaked at #65 in Germany on the Media Control Charts and #17 in Finland.
In 1998, Haddaway released his third album, "Let's Do it Now" which failed to make the album charts at all.
The first single from the album, "What About Me" managed to peak only at #24 in Austria, but failed to chart anywhere else.
The follow-up single from the album, "Who Do You Love" only managed to peak at #93 in Germany on the Media Control Charts, but once again, it failed to chart anywhere else.
The last single from the album, "You're Taking My Heart" flopped, failing to make any of the music charts internationally at all.
In 2002, Haddaway released his fourth album, "Love Makes" which failed to make any impact on the album charts.
The first single from the album, "Deep" flopped, failing to make the music charts internationally at all.
The title song managed to peak at #81 in Germany on the Media Control Charts, but failed to chart anywhere else. 
In 2003, a remixed version of "What is Love" managed to peak at #51 in Germany on the Media Control Charts, #49 in Austria, and #92 on the U.K. Singles chart. 
In 2004, Haddaway appeared on the German reality TV show, "The Comeback" and a year later in 2005, he appeared on the U.K. reality show, "Hit Me Baby One More Time" and subsequently appeared on the U.S. version of the show.

The exposure led to Haddaway scoring a moderate chart in Germany with the song, "Spaceman" where it peaked at #67 on the Media Control Charts.
During that same year, Haddaway released his fifth album, "Pop Splits" which didn't appear to make the album charts.
In 2011, Haddaway released his sixth album, "Got Be" which is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

These days, Haddaway continues to release music and perform live. He resides in  Kitzb├╝hel, Austria and has a home in Cologne, Germany.

To see the music video for "What is Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhrBDcQq2DM

To see the music video for "Life," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6qNr34qSqA

To see the music video for "I Miss You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJ-FRJysjkA

To see the music video for "Rock My Heart," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-eh88te2d8

To see the music video for "Fly Away," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThT3R6-2fys

To see the music video for "Catch a Fire," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr2fBaxNqLc

To see the music video for "Lover Be Thy Name," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HGAqik8s1c

To see the music video for "What About Me," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Zi8BDycz5g

To see the music video for "Who Do You Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZI2Iz_sxFY

To see the music video for "Spaceman," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyrhMjLD0Iw

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