Tokio HotelTokio Hotel is a German pop/rock-band from Magdeburg, Germany.
Composed of Bill & Tom Kaulitz, Gustav Schäfer and Georg Listing.
Starting PointTwins Bill Kaulitz and Tom Kaulitz (born ten minutes before his brother) had been performing since the age of 9. After putting on a show in their hometown of Magdeburg in 2001, Bill and Tom met Gustav Schäfer (born September 8, 1988) and Georg Listing (born March 31, 1987). Their similar taste in music led to the creation of the band 'Devilish'. In 2003, the group was approached by music producer Peter Hoffmann and were soon after signed with Sony BMG in Hamburg. They were then known as 'Tokio Hotel' (Significance: 'Tokio' for the lively and engaging city of Tokyo and 'Hotel' for the band's constant touring around the country). Assisted by professionals, Bill co-wrote the majority of the songs on their album, Schrei (Scream).
CareerThe music video of their debut single Durch den Monsun (Through the Monsoon) has been playing on German television since July of 2005. The band quickly gained a multitude of fans after its release. The single appeared on the German music charts at #15 on August 20th and reached #1 on August 26th. It also climbed to #1 on the Austrian music charts. Second video was 'Schrei'...This video also climbed to #1 all over Europe.They released their album Schrei in September of 2005. In early 2006, their third music video Rette Mich (Save Me) was released. This version of the song was different from the original version on their first album because of Bill's now propubescent voice and some instrumental differences. Rette Mich made it to the #1 spot as well. The rerelease of their first album was initiated by Bill's voice change and was released with three new songs ('Schwarz (Black), 'Beichte' (Confession) and 'Thema nr. 1' (Topic #1) in March 2006 titled Schrei: So Laut Du Kannst (Schrei - Noch Lauter Edition) (Scream: As Loud As You Can (Scream - Even Louder Edition)). In september 2006 they released their fourth and last single from their album Schrei: 'Der letzte Tag' (The last day) this song also made it into the number one position.
Popularity, controversy, and criticismTokio Hotel is largely popular among teenage girls, of whom most are drawn by the sex appeal of the lead singer of the band, Bill Kaulitz and his twin brother Tom. There has been controversy about Bill's androgynous look (long unconventional dyed hairstyle, black nail polish, unconventional wardrobe), in spite of the fact that the young Kaulitz has made it clear that he is simply an artist expressing himself through his music as well as through his choice of clothing. There has also been controversy about Bill and Tom's weight and concern that their 'unhealthy' underweightness might cause complications for themselves as well as send a bad message to their fans. Furthermore, the band members have been criticized for being 'too young and immature' and for having their music composed and arranged by their production company for them. It is also said that Bill Kaulitz copied his hair style from Japanese singer Miyavi.
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