|Estimated value:||€25 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||music|
Thomas Anders is a German singer, songwriter and music producer. As a former member of the pop duo Modern Talking, he is commercially one of the most successful singers in Germany.
Known today by his stage name Thomas Anders, Bernd Weidung, who was born in Münstermaifeld on March 1st, 1963, was born in the district of Mörz, where he also grew up. At the age of 7, Anders already had a passion for music and the desire to become a singer. He took piano lessons, won a young talent competition and performed regularly at the “Moselpalast” in Koblenz at the age of 8 with pop and children’s songs.
While still at school, he signed his first record deal with the CBS record company under his stage name Thomas Anders. However, the first record Anders recorded in 1980 did not achieve success. But Anders continued and had a television appearance in 1981 on the TV show “Have you time for me today?” by Michael Schanze, in which he sang the title “You weep for him”. At the same time, after graduating from high school in 1982, he began studying German, journalism and musicology at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, which he discontinued after five semesters because of his music career.
The record company Hansa Musik Produktion became aware of Anders in 1982 and signed him. Solo singles like “I don’t want your life” followed. On behalf of Hansa Musik Produktion, Thomas Anders received an offer from the Hamburg music publisher Intersong to sing the English-language song “Pick up the Phone” in the German version, with Dieter Bohlen producing it. Anders accepted the offer and then recorded the songs “What are you dreaming of”, “What does that matter” and “Endstation Sehnsucht”.
In 1987, Anders retired to the USA for a short time and released several songs there, which were not successful. In 1990 he sang the intro in English for the animated series DuckTales and tried to further build his music career. In 1994 Anders decided to return to Koblenz and release several English language albums. He also had an acting role as a pop star in the television series Kommissar-Beck, for which he sang the theme song. In addition, Anders recorded a Spanish language album with Barcos de Cristal in 1994, which was released in the United States and South America and topped the charts in Argentina.
His platinum charting third solo album Strong from 2010 sold over 1 million copies in Russia after Modern Talking disbanded. Many more albums and single releases as a solo artist followed, such as “Two”, which reached number 11 on the album charts. Looking back on 25 album releases, Anders fulfilled his wish and released the Christmas album “Christmas for you” in 2012. Thomas Anders has been singing in German since 2017. His first German-language album after years of singing in English was called “Pures Leben”.
Anders travels all over the world to perform at concerts. He has already been seen live in metropolises such as New York, Hong Kong, London, Moscow and Tel Aviv.
In 1984, Dieter Bohlen started a Euro disco project as Thomas Anders music producer, for which he teamed up with Anders and founded the duo Modern Talking. With the song title “You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul” both conquered the charts in January 1985. The record sold millions of copies and reached #1 on the charts in 81 countries. Many more hits followed, such as “Cheri Cheri Lady” and awards for the successful duo, with Anders primarily taking on lead vocals and keyboards. In 1987 the successful Euro-Disco-Duo broke up and got back together in 1998. After further successes, however, the final end came in 2003. The reason for this is said to have been major differences and personal conflicts.
“The loser is not the one who falls, but the one who stays down.” This quote from Thomas Anders reflects the life experience he had after 40 years as a musician. On his way to becoming a successful solo artist, Anders encountered several hurdles that he overcame to get to where he is today.
It may be amazing after many years of joint success, but with statements like “Bohlen fools others with his lies and also makes money with it” Anders makes it clear in public that he doesn’t think much of his former duo colleague.
Also amazing is the fact that the famous Nora necklace that Thomas Anders was wearing on Modern Talking at the time wasn’t out of compulsion because of his jealous ex-wife Nora, from whom he separated in 1999. He only wore them to annoy Bohlen.
In addition, in 2006 Anders was named an honorary professor by the National University of Arts and Culture in Kyiv, on the grounds that Modern Talking has shaped the musical tastes of an entire generation.
|Estimated value:||€25 million|