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When the Angels Sing

“When the Angels Sing” is a pop song recorded by German pop group No Angels. It was co-written by Peter Ries and Chiere Thomas-Schmidtmer and produced by Ries for the band’s debut studio album, Elle’ments (2001).

The song was picked as the album’s fourth and final single on a double A-side with a cover version of Donovan’s “Atlantis,” the theme song for Walt Disney’s animated feature Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). Released on November 19, 2001 (see 2001 in music) in German-speaking Europe, the single peaked at number five on the Austrian and German Singles Chart, also reaching number 16 in Switzerland.

Reason (No Angels song)

“Reason” is a pop song written by Thorsten Brötzmann and Alexander Geringas for the No Angels’ debut studio album Elle’ments (2001). Originally entitled “That’s the Reason”, a Brötzmann and Geringas produced and partially re-written version of the song was released as the band’s farewell single on 24 November 2003 (see 2003 in music) before their disbandment in December 2003. While “Reason” peaked at number 9 in Germany, number 12 in Austria and number 28 in Switzerland, the song failed to enter the top 40 of the European charts.

There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)

“There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)” is a 1985 song written and performed by the British musical duo Eurythmics. Released as the second single from their fifth album Be Yourself Tonight, the song features a harmonica solo by the American musician Stevie Wonder. The song became a worldwide success; most notably in Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom, where it became the duo’s only chart-topping single to date.[1]

Ever since the record has been covered by several musical artists, including Brittany Murphy, Fantastic Plastic Machine, Leningrad Cowboys, Luciano Pavarotti, Kylie Minogue, Jessica G. Pilnäs and, most noticeably, German pop group No Angels who scored their second number-one hit in Austria and Germany with their interpretation for the reissue of their album Elle’ments in August 2001.[2][3]

Still in Love with You (No Angels song)

“Still in Love with You” is a song performed by German group No Angels. Penned and composed by Figge Boström and Johan Lindman of Swedish songwriting collective La Carr, it was co-produced by Pontus Söderqvist and Nick Nice for the band’s second studio album Now… Us! (2002). A mid-paced latin pop ballad, it showcases a more mature side from the band, with its instrumentation consisting essentially of flamenco guitars and bongo drums. Lyrically, the track finds the female protagonist thinking deeply over her relationship with her love interest from whom she parted; however, she still pines for him and feels self-conscious for doing so.

A slightly remixed version of the song was released as the album’s second single through Cheyenne Records on August 12, 2002 in most of German-speaking Europe, with a September 2 release in Switzerland. Contemporary critics were generally positive with “Still in Love with You” who declared it brisk and dreamy. In 2003, the track was awarded the NRJ Music Award in the Best German Song category. The single proved to be commercially successful upon its release, charting at number two in Germany, continuing the band’s string of top ten hits. “Still in Love with You” also reached number four in Austria and number ten on the Swiss Singles Chart while it also entered the top forty of the airplay charts in Hungary.

An accompanying music video for “Still in Love with You” was directed by Marcus Sternberg and filmed near Almería in the south-eastern corner of Spain in early July 2002. It features each member of the band in different locations at the Mediterranean Sea as their perform the lines individually. The song was promoted through numerous live appearances, including performances on TV Total, VIVA Interaktiv and The Dome, and was performed on all of the No Angels’s subsequent concert tours.

Something About Us

“Something About Us” is a song by all-female German pop band No Angels. It was chiefly written by band member Vanessa Petruo along with frequent collaborator Thorsten Brötzmann and Alexander Geringas for the group’s second studio album Now… Us! (2002), and created as a response to what the band felt was intense and sometimes unfair and inaccurate media criticism at the time, predominantly resulting from the clichés and prejudices generally associated with their manufactured band image.[1] Produced by Brötzmann and co-producer Jeo, the uptempo track incorporates elements of both the contemporary R&B and dance-pop genre as well as Latin-pop and church music during the ironical bridge.

Released as the album’s leading single on May 6, 2002 in German-speaking Europe, the record achieved major success by becoming the group’s third non-consecutive number-one hit in Austria and Germany within a period of fifteen months. In addition, it reached number three on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart and number eleven in Switzerland, eventually going platinum. The record was generally well received by contemporary critics, who acclaimed the band for the production and inclusion of self-written material, and was nominated for both a 2002 Top of the Pops Awards and the 2003 ECHO Award for Best National Single — Rock/Pop.

The music video for the song was directed by Marcus Sternberg, and won the 2003 ECHO Award in the category Videoclip National. Inspired by the media-critical subtext of the lyrics, the clip features the quintet as printers of the fictional tabloid newspaper called Daily Express, each of them facing rumored page-one catchlines such as alleged bisexuality, incest, and physical aggression. “Something About Us” was performed on several television and award show ceremonies, such as Die Harald Schmidt Show, The Dome and the 11th ECHO Awards.

Someday (No Angels song)

“Someday” is a song performed by all-female German group No Angels. Written and composed by Swedish musicians Thomas Jansson and Niklas Hillbom, it was produced by frequent collaborator Thorsten Brötzmann for the band’s third studio album Pure (2003). A latin-flavored pop song, the midtempo ballad’s instrumentation includes flamenco guitars, castanets and synthesizers. Lyrically, “Someday” speaks of a woman realizing that her relationship has come to an end, though she is hopeful that she and her love interest will be able to resume their romance in another time and place.

The song received a mixed reception from music critics and was released as a single on July 13, 2003, the second song to precede the release of Pure. A moderate success, it reached number 16 in Austria and number 26 in Switzerland, while it charted at number five on the German Singles Chart where it became the No Angels’s seventh non-consecutive top five single. Katja Kuhl directed a music video for “Someday” near the Le Luc Formula One racing track in Var in southeastern France which features a love story between band member Vanessa Petruo and a male racing driver. The band premiered “Someday” during an acoustic concert in Munich club P1.

Rivers of Joy (song)

“Rivers of Joy” is a dance-pop song recorded by German pop group No Angels. It was written by Swedish composers Hans Andersson and Niklas Pettersson and produced by songwriter Peter Ries for the band’s debut studio album, Elle’ments, released in March 2001. An anthemic song about self-empowerment, the track combines elements of gospel music and eurodance with prominent usage of a piano sample.

The composition was released as the album’s second single in German-speaking Europe on April 30, 2001 (see 2001 in music) upon the major success of debut single “Daylight in Your Eyes.” The song reached the top ten in Germany and Switzerland. This however, made “Rivers of Joy” the lowest-charting single of the Elle’ments era, as both singles of the reissue charted significantly higher.

An accompanying music video for “Rivers of Joy” was directed by Robert Bröllochs and filmed in Groß-Gerau, Germany in early April 2001.[1] It featured the group as marble statues, awakening to life in a museum of art.[1]

Reason (No Angels song)

“Reason” is a pop song written by Thorsten Brötzmann and Alexander Geringas for the No Angels’ debut studio album Elle’ments (2001). Originally entitled “That’s the Reason”, a Brötzmann and Geringas produced and partially re-written version of the song was released as the band’s farewell single on 24 November 2003 (see 2003 in music) before their disbandment in December 2003. While “Reason” peaked at number 9 in Germany, number 12 in Austria and number 28 in Switzerland, the song failed to enter the top 40 of the European charts.

One Life (No Angels song)

“One Life” is a song by all-female German pop band No Angels. It was written by American musicians Nasri Atweh, Hakim Bell, Adam Messinger, Akene “The Champ” Dunkley, and group members Nadja Benaissa, Lucy Diakovska, Sandy Mölling, and Jessica Wahls for their fifth regular studio album Welcome to the Dance (2009). Produced by Bell and Dunkley, featuring additional production by The Messengers, consisting of Atweh and Messinger, the anthemic, self-manifesto song was created as a request to celebrate life, featuring autobiographical elements lyrically.[1]

Musically, “One Life” introduced a change in sound for the quartet, as the track took the band’s work further into the contemporary dance-pop and electropop genre predominantly associated with the introduction of the Welcome to the Dance album.[1] Well received by critics, who commended on the group’s musical development, it was premiered live at a concert in St. Pölten, Austria on July 3, 2009 and eventually released as the album’s leading single on CD maxi single and as a digital download on August 21, 2009 in German-speaking Europe.[2]

“One Life” debuted at number fifteen on the German Singles Chart, making it the band’s fifteenth top twenty entry there, and number twenty-nine on the Ö3 Austria Top 40. While it completely failed to chart in Switzerland, the song became the band’s first leading single to miss the German top five on the national chart.[3] The only single release from Welcome to the Dance, it was the last single to feature founding member Benaissa who left the group in September 2010 following her suspended sentence.

No Angel (It’s All in Your Mind)

“No Angel (It’s All in Your Mind)” is a song recorded by all-female German pop band No Angels. The song was written by Pete Kirtley and Tim Hawes from Jiant along with Liz Winstanley and produced by Perky Park and Nik Hafemann for the band’s third studio album Pure (2003). The mid-tempo pop track incorporates minor pop rock and soft rock elements. Lyrically, it deals with picture-perfect illusions in a relationship.

The song was released as the album’s lead single along with a cover version of Shocking Blue’s “Venus” on April 22, 2003 in German-speaking Europe. It marked the group’s first release without fifth band member Jessica Wahls following her break from the band due to maternity. Contemporary music citics gave the song a generally positive reception. Commercially, “No Angel (It’s All in Your Mind)” was an instant success: It debuted at number-one on the German Singles Chart, the group’s fourth single to do so. It also peaked at number ten in Austria and reached number seven on a composite European Hot 100 Singles chart.

The group premiered the song at the Bravo on March 8, 2003.

Maybe (No Angels song)

“Maybe” is a song performed by all-female German pop group No Angels. It was written and composed by Pelle Ankarberg, Niclas Molinder, Maryann Morgan, and Joacim Persson and originally recorded by American-Norwegian pop singer Trine Rein, featuring strings by violinist Andreas Ljones. An uplifting rock pop song that features a heavy guitar riff sample, it incorporates an uncredited sample of The Beatles’ 1969 number-one record “Come Together”, while its lyrics revolve around relationship that is built upon contingence and hesitancy.

In October 2006, Rein and Ljones qualified for the Melodi Grand Prix 2007 with the song, the television show in which the Norwegian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 was chosen. It eventually finished the contest in the final round, losing to Guri Schanke’s “Ven a bailar conmigo”. The same year, “Maybe” was also recorded by the re-formed No Angels for their fourth studio album, Destiny (2007). Produced by frequent collaborators Twin from Redfly Music, it was selected as album’s second single and released on June 15, 2007 in German-speaking Europe, where it reached number 36 on the German Singles Chart and number 62 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40 chart, becoming one of the band’s lowest-charting single up to that date.

Life Is a Miracle (song)

“Life Is a Miracle” is a dance-pop song recorded by the German pop group No Angels as the theme song of the soundtrack for the 2008 Warner Bros. animated feature Kleiner Dodo (see 2008 in film). Co-written by Martin Fliegenschmidt, Michelle Leonard, Frank Kurt Meyer, Dieter Müller-Christ, Claudio Pagonis, it features production from Tinseltown and Out Now Music.

The song was written specifically for the Kleiner Dodo film by Tinseltown and Out Now Music, who composed the music, with lyrics from British songwriter Michelle Leonard. The theme was then recorded by all-female pop band No Angels, whose version is played during the closing credits.[1] “Every song, we decide to pick up is something special […] and it was fun to record [the track] because it has such a great refrain […],” band member Jessica Wahls told during an interview with HiB on the red carpet of the film premiere in Cologne.[2] A music video for the song was released via internet to promote the film and its soundtrack. The video consists of the No Angels performing in the recording booth, as well as various clips of scenes from throughout the film.

Let’s Go to Bed (No Angels song)

“Let’s Go to Bed” is a song performed by German pop group No Angels. It was written by Mousse T. and frequent collaborator Errol Rennalls for the band’s second studio album Now… Us! (2002), while production was handled by the former. Musically, the track is a mid-paced pop song that is set in retro style. It contains heavy elements of psychedelic soul and funk music, with its instrumentation led by a bass guitar. “Let’s Go to Bed” contains lyrics that reference to a celebration of sexual lust and conquest, leading up to a desire to invite a love interest to come to bed.

The song was well received by contemporary music critics, who noted it the album’s standout track and felt it was a breakaway from the Europop genre widely associated with the group; they also praised its production. On November 4, 2002, a beat-heavy remix of “Let’s Go to Bed” was released as the album’s third single in German-speaking Europe by Polydor. It became the No Angels’s first single to miss the top ten on the German Singles Chart when it peaked at number twelve. In Austria, the song barely reached the top fifty, while in Switzerland, the funk track failed to chart on the Swiss Singles Chart. Altogether, it sold more than 100,000 copies Europe-wide but emerged as the band’s lowest-selling single before their disbandment in 2003.

The single’s accompanying music video was directed by Marcus Sternberg and filmed inside the New Trade Fair building in Leipzig in early October 2002. It features the girls in black dresses seductively dancing in front of architecture by Gerkan, Marg and Partners and Ian Ritchie Architects. Mousse T. makes a cameo appearance in the video.

Goodbye to Yesterday (No Angels song)

“Goodbye to Yesterday” is a song by all-female German pop group No Angels. It was written by Pelle Ankarberg, Joacim Persson, Niclas Molinder, and David Jassy and produced by Sweden production team Twin for the band’s comeback record, their fourth studio album Destiny (2007). The No Angels’s first release after a three-year hiatus, the song also marked their first commercial release to feature the group’s second lineup, which excluded original band member Vanessa Petruo. Musically, “Goodbye to Yesterday” is a piano-led pop ballad with elements of rock pop; the song’s lyrics are about the breakdown of a relationship which the female protagonist refuses to start all over again.

The song was released as the album’s first single on March 16, 2007 in German-speaking Europe. Following a three-year absence from the charts, the group reached number four on the German Singles Chart with it, which marked a departure from the number-one successes of previous lead singles. Additionally, “Goodbye to Yesterday” entered the top twenty in Switzerland and on a composite Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart, as well as the top thirty of the Austrian Singles Chart, resulting in a total of 30,000 sold copies. “Goodbye to Yesterday” was promoted on several television and award shows such as the 2007 Echo Awards, TV Total, and The Dome and later included in the encore set of their 2010 An Intimate Evening with No Angels tour.

Feelgood Lies

“Feelgood Lies” is a dance-pop song performed by German pop band No Angels. It was written by Pelle Ankarberg, Charlie Dore, Niclas Molinder, Maryann Morgan and Joacim Persson for the group’s third studio album Pure (2003). Co-produced by production team Twin and Ankarberg, the song was picked as the album’s third and final single.

Released on September 22, 2003 (see 2003 in music) in German-speaking Europe, following the official announcement of the group’s disbandment in the year of 2003, “Feelgood Lies” peaked at number 3 in Germany, number 12 in Austria, and number 29 in Switzerland.

Disappear (No Angels song)

“Disappear” is a song recorded by all-female German pop group No Angels, taken from Destiny Reloaded (2008), the reissue of their fourth studio album Destiny (2007). It was written by Norwegian singer-songwriter Hanne Sørvaag along with Danish musicians Remee and Thomas Troelsen, the latter of which also handled production on the track. A mid-paced pop song that is built on a ticking clock sample, the song is influenced by elements of Europop and synthpop. Its instrumentation consists essentially of synthesizers and keyboards. Lyrically, it finds the protagonist thinking deeply over her relationship with her love interest from whom she parted; however, she still pines for him and feels self-conscious for doing so.

A shortened version of the song served as Germany’s entry for the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade, having earned tight 50.5% of the audience vote over solo singer Carolin Fortenbacher at the national pre-selection show, Grand Prix Vorentscheid, in March 2008. In the final show of the ESC, on 24 May 2008, the song finished 23rd (out of 25) in the final voting, having earned a total of fourteen points only.[2] Released as a single on 29 February 2008 in German-speaking Europe, the song reached number 4 on the German Singles Chart, where it became the band’s biggest-selling single since their reformation in fall 2006.[3][4] “Disappear” also reached the top 30 of the Hungarian Airplay Chart, the top 40 of the Ö3 Austria Top 40 and peaked at number 21 on the composite Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart.[5]

A music video for the single, directed and produced by Daniel Lwowski, was filmed inside a castle in Potsdam in January 2008 and stars German actor Oliver Mommsen in a supporting role. It deptics the band as ghost-like entities, who are awakened when a foreigner visits heir home. Throughout the video, each of them tries to approach him in different ways. “Disappear” was performed on several television such as Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel, Unsere Besten and Music Idol. It was later featured on their compilation albums, Very Best of No Angels (2008).

Welcome to the Dance

Welcome to the Dance is the fifth regular studio album by all-female German pop group No Angels, released by Polydor and Universal Music Domestic throughout German-speaking Europe on September 11, 2009. The band’s second post-reunion effort following their reformation as a quartet in 2007, it was written, produced and recorded in Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York between the years of 2008 and 2009, featuring production by Nasri, Hakim Bell, Bill Blast, Adam Messinger, and Aaron Pearce, among others.[1]

After releasing lukewarm-received comeback album Destiny (2007) and their performance at the ESC 2008, the band collaborated with a range of American and Canadian producers and songwriters on the album. Pursuing a new musical direction, Welcome to the Dance took the group’s work further into the dance and electronic genre, introducing a more international sound.[2][3][4] However, upon release, the album received generally mixed reviews by critics, who criticized the band for their missing individuality.[5]

Commercially, the album underperformed, becoming the group’s lowest-charting and -selling effort to date.[6] In Germany, it debuted and peaked at number twenty-six, becoming the band’s first regular album neither to reach the top ten nor the top twenty.[6] The album’s leading track “One Life,” still made it to the top twenty on the German Singles Chart.[6] A second single, titled “Derailed,” was actually scheduled for a November 27 released but scrapped for unknown reasons.[6][7][8]

Daylight in Your Eyes

“Daylight in Your Eyes” is the debut song by all-female German pop group No Angels. It was written by Tony Bruno and Tommy Byrnes and initially recorded by American rock band New Life Crisis. Their version appeared on MTV’s Party to Go Remixed compilation, released in 2001, but as their record company, Tommy Boy Entertainment, folded soon after, their original recording failed to receive a wider release, and the song was eventually sold separately abroad. There it was re-recorded by Columbian pop singer Victoria Faiella for her Epic Records debut.

In 2001, Faiella’s producer Peter Plate offered the newly created pop group No Angels to re-record “Daylight in Your Eyes” for their debut studio album Elle’ments (2001) following their participation in the first installment of the German adaption of the reality television program Popstars. Released as the band’s debut single on February 5, 2001 in German-speaking Europe and the following months in the United Kingdom and the United States, the single became a major international hit, reaching number-one in Austria, Estonia, Germany, and Switzerland, making it the No Angels’ most successful single release to date.[1][2]

The song became the best-selling single of the year 2001 in Germany,[3] and emerged as one of the best-selling German recordings of the decade, ranking fifth on the highest-selling singles of the 2000s in Germany.[4] It was nominated for an Amadeus Austrian Music Award and awarded the 2002 ECHO Award for Single of the Year (National). “Daylight in Your Eyes” received a Platinum certification from the Bundesverband Musikindustrie for shipping half a million copies,[5] and has since been covered by various artists.[6]

Atlantis (song)

“Atlantis” is a folk-pop song written and recorded by Scottish singer/songwriter Donovan. It was released as a single in 1968 (see 1968 in music) and became a worldwide success; becoming a No.1 hit in Switzerland in 1969 (see 1969 in music),[1] No.2 in Germany and South Africa, No.12 in Canada, and No.4 in Austria. In the United States, where it served as the b-side to “To Susan on the West Coast, Waiting,” it reached No.7, whilst in the singer’s native country the single managed only a modest No.23 placing.

In 2001, Donovan and German pop band No Angels re-recorded the track for the closing credits of the Walt Disney Feature Animation picture Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). Included on a concomitant album for the German-speaking music market,[2] it was once more released as a single and re-entered the top five in Austria and Germany.[1]

Amaze Me

“Amaze Me” is a song performed by all-female German pop group No Angels. It was written by British songwriters Steve Mac and Karen Poole, and produced by Boogieman and Roland Spremberg for the band’s comeback album, their fourth full-length studio album Destiny (2007). Musically, the song is a pulasting hymn-like pop ballad. Lyrically, “Amaze Me” is an ode to love. Still amazed by her lover, the female protagonist sings that she feels happy their relationship has lasted through good and bad times over the years.

Released to positive reviews by music critics, the song was released as the album’s third single as a double A-single along with the Womack & Womack cover “Teardrops” on October 19, 2007 in German-speaking Europe. The song reached number 25 on the German Singles Chart, but failed to enter the national charts elsewhere, eventually becoming one of the group’s lowest-charting singles. Slightly more successful than its predecessor “Maybe” however, it managed to reach the composite Billboard Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart.

All Cried Out (Alison Moyet song)

“All Cried Out” is a song by English singer-songwriter Alison Moyet. It was written by Moyet and producers Jolley & Swain for her debut studio album Alf (1984). Released as the album’s second single in the autumn of 1984, the track peaked within the top ten on both the Irish and the UK Singles Chart, also reaching the top twenty in Switzerland.

In 2002, it was re-recorded and released as a single by German pop band No Angels for their album When the Angels Swing. In 2003, German electro-industrial act Wumpscut reworked the track on their 2003 studio album Preferential Legacy, while English singer-songwriter Fink released his version on the acoustic soul album Biscuits for Breakfast in 2006.

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