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Tokio Hotel Biography

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Birth Place: Magdeburg, Germany
Years Active: 2001–present
Genres: Pop Rock, Teen Pop, Alternative Rock, Emo, Synthrock

Tokio Hotel is a rock band from Germany that formed in 2001 by identical twin brothers singer Bill Kaulitz and guitarist Tom Kaulitz, drummer Gustav Schäfer and bassist Georg Listing. The four met in 2001 after a live show in a Magdeburg-Club, where Listing and Schäfer, who knew each other from music school, watched from the audience while the Kaulitzes played on stage. Under the name Devilish, the band soon began playing in talent shows and small concerts.

The group's debut single, “Durch den Monsun,” peaked on the German Singles chart at #15 in August 2005. It also reached #1 on the Austrian Singles chart. The band released their debut album, “Schrei,” in September 2005. It topped the charts in Germany and Austria, and was certified platinum by the German and Austrian affiliates of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP) in France. In 2006, a third and fourth single, “Rette mich” and “Der letzte Tag,” were released and both reached #1 in Germany and in Austria.

The lead single from Tokio Hotel's second album, “Zimmer 483,” titled, “Übers Ende der Welt,” was released in January 2007. It became Tokio Hotel's fourth single to have reached #1 on the German and Austrian charts. “Zimmer 483” was released in February 2007, and reached the top spot on the German Albums chart. The album's second single, “Spring nicht,” peaked at #3 in and was certified gold in three countries.

Tokio Hotel's first English language album, “Scream,” was released in June 2007 throughout Europe. In Germany, the album was released as “Room 483” in order to emphasize the continuity with their last German album “Zimmer 483.” “Scream” contained English versions of a selection of songs from their German-language albums “Schrei” and “Zimmer 483.” “Monsoon,” the English-language version of “Durch den Monsun,” was the first single taken from the album, and reached #8 in France and in Italy. “Ready, Set, Go!” was released in the U.K., though it failed to enter the Top 40. It spent one week at #77 before dropping out of the chart. It later reached #80 in Canada and #19 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in the United States.

The band returned to their record studio in Hamburg to record their third studio album, “Humanoid,” which was released in October 2009 in Germany and in the U.S. The album was recorded in both German and English with both versions were released simultaneously worldwide. Unlike their previous English-language album, “Scream,” “Humanoid” had no U.K. release in 2009.