DJ Ötzi

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DJ Ötzi
DJ Oetzi.jpg
Background information
Birth name Gerhard Friedle
Also known as DJ Ötzi Junior
Born (1971-01-07) 7 January 1971 (age 46)
St. Johann, Tirol, Austria
Genres Pop, schlager, Eurodance
Occupation(s) Singer, Entertainer
Years active 1999–present
Labels EMI
Website www.universal-music.de/dj-oetzi/home

Gerhard (Gerry) Friedle (born 7 January 1971) is an Austrian entertainer and singer, better known by his stage name DJ Ötzi (pronounced [ˈdiː.dʃeɪ ˈœ.tsi]).[1] Successful mainly in German-speaking countries, he is best known in the English-speaking world for his 2000 single "Hey Baby (Uhh, Ahh)", a cover version of the Bruce Channel song "Hey! Baby". His stage name comes from Ötzi the Iceman, the name given to the 5,300-year-old frozen remains of a mummified man discovered 1991 in South Tyrol's Ötztal Alps. He is one of the most successful Austrian musicians (having sold ~15 million records), together with Udo Jürgens (~100 million records), Falco (~60 million records) and Peter Alexander.[citation needed]

Biography

Early life

DJ Ötzi was born as Gerhard Friedle in St. Johann, Tirol, and is the son of DJ Anton Friedle.[1] Shortly after birth, his mother, age 17-years at the time, gave him up for adoption.[1] He was raised by foster parents and later by his paternal grandparents in the nearby village of Erpfendorf in Tirol.[1] At a young age he suffered from epilepsy, at age 16, his avulsion from home, landed him for a short time homelessness living on the streets.[1] His career arose gradually, first working as a student cook, then on being discovered at a karaoke competition, went on to work as an entertainer (animateur), disc jockey and singer in discothèques around Austria, as well as tourist destinations Majorca and Turkey. Since childhood, he has endured several setbacks in his life, which continued in recent years with doctors diagnosing testicular cancer, that he defeated, only to be confronted in 2002, before the birth of his daughter, with a severe form of conductive hearing loss.[1][2]

Musical career

Debut album and early success

In 1999, he released his debut single, "Anton aus Tirol". The song was a massive hit in German-speaking countries, reaching number-one in Austria and Germany, while it peaked at number two in Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The song spent 75 weeks in the Austrian charts and was number-one for ten weeks. The success of his debut single propelled the release of his debut album, Das Album in 2000.

Second album and international recognition

In July 2000, he released a cover version of Bruce Channel's 1962 song "Hey Baby". This single reached number-one in several English-speaking countries, including Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. He followed up this release with a cover version of "Do Wah Diddy".

Continued success

In 2003, he released a cover version of "A Ram Sam Sam", called the "Burger Dance", which reached number-one in Germany, number 3 in Austria and number 7 in Switzerland.

In 2006, he found success with the Volksmusik-hit "Sieben Sünden", which became a number 2 hit in Austria and "I Am the Music Man" under the pseudonym DJ Ötzi Junior, which reached number-one in Japan.

In 2007, he released "Ein Stern (...der deinen Namen trägt)" with Austrian schlager singer Nik P.. It reached number one in Germany where it stayed for 13 weeks and Austria, number 2 in Switzerland, and number 5 in the European Union, despite the fact that at the time of its release, some of the most popular radio stations in Austria and Germany declined to play the song because its genre did not fit their programme style. The single has sold more than 2 million copies.[3] Spending 106 weeks on the German Singles Chart, it is the first song to be on that chart for two years or longer, and the longest running song ever on that chart.[4]

Discography

Albums

Year Album Peak chart positions
AUT
[5]
AUS
[6]
DEN
[7]
GER
[8]
NOR
[9]
SWE
[10]
SWI
[11]
2000 Das Album (Anton feat. DJ Ötzi) 1 3 7 5
2001 Love, Peace & Vollgas 2 23 23
Never Stop the Alpenpop 19 20 15
2002 Today Is the Day 3 49
2003 Flying to the Sky 72 50
Greatest Partyhits 5 92
2004 Ich war immer der Clown 49
2006 I Am the Musicman (DJ Ötzi Junior)
2007 Sternstunden 2 7 16
DJ Ötzi: The Best 2 17 3
2008 Hotel Engel 1 26 5
2010 Du und ich 7 45 30
2011 Der DJ aus den Bergen 35 34
2012 Simply the Best
(with The Bellamy Brothers)
3 31 38 31
2013 Es ist Zeit 2 7 5
2017 Von Herzen 6 11 18

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUT
[12]
GER
[13]
SWI
[14]
UK
[15]
FRA
[16]
AUS
[17]
IRE
[18]
SWE
[19]
DEN
[20]
NL
[21]
1999 "Anton aus Tirol" (as Anton featuring DJ Ötzi) 1 1 2 2 Das Album
2000 "Gemma Bier trinken" (as Anton featuring DJ Ötzi) 12 15 37 55
"Hey Baby (Uuh, Aah)" 4 11 1 1 1 1 3 2 65 Love, Peace & Vollgas
2001 "Do Wah Diddy" 9 29 75 9 14
"Love, Peace & Vollgas" 43 82
"X-Mas Time" 7 54 51 Singles only
"Hey Baby" (unofficial World Cup remix) 10
2002 "Don't Ha Ha" (featuring Captain Jack) 15 59 Love, Peace & Vollgas
"Live Is Life (Here We Go)" (feat. Hermes House Band) 16 15 26 50 2 28 30 46 11 61 Today Is the Day
"Today Is the Day" 19 39
2003 "Ramalamadingdong" 37 Flying to the Sky
"Burger Dance" 3 1 7
2004 "Not Without Us" 10 20 97 Singles only
"Tanz den Rehakles" 43 37
"Känguru Dance" 15 19
2005 "Servus die Wadln / La Ola Walzer" 27 40
2006 "7 Sünden" (featuring Marc Pircher) 2 30 79
"I Am the Musicman" (as DJ Ötzi Junior) 12 24 The Musicman
2007 "Ein Stern (...der deinen Namen trägt)" (featuring Nik P.) 1 1 2
  • IFPI AUT: 2× Platinum[22]
  • BVMI: 4× Platinum[23]
  • IFPI SWI: Gold[25]
Sternstunden
"I will leb'n" 6 7 44
2008 "Noch in 100.000 Jahren" 4 10 49 Hotel Engel
2009 "Tränen" (with Kate Hall) 12 24
2010 "Fang das Licht" (with Karel Gott) 31 57 Singles only
"Ich will mit dir fliegen" 49 43 Du und Ich
2011 "Lieb ich dich" 79
"I sing a Liad für dich" 27 35 Der DJ aus den Bergen
"Ring the Bell" 35 48
2012 "Du bist es" 38 36 Es ist Zeit
2013 "Wie ein Komet" 21 33
"Tirol" 27
2016 "Geboren um dich zu lieben" (featuring Nik P.) 6 11 29 Von Herzen
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Das zweite Gesicht des DJ Ötzi" [The second face of DJ Ötzi]. DIE WELT, WELT am SONNTAG (in German). Berlin: Axel Springer SE. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  2. ^ "DJ Ötzi erlitt schweren Hörsturz" [DJ Ötzi suffers severe loss of hearing]. derStandard.at (in German). Vienna: STANDARD Medien AG. 2002-09-14. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  3. ^ Sternregister
  4. ^ Chartsurfer.de. " Dauerbrenner Top 100 Auswertung (ab Monat 06/1959)". Chartsurfer.de. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  5. ^ [1] DJ Ötzi in the Austrian albums chart
  6. ^ [2] DJ Ötzi in the Australian albums chart
  7. ^ [3] DJ Ötzi in the Danish albums chart
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2007.  DJ Ötzi in the German albums chart (search)
  9. ^ [4] DJ Ötzi in the Norwegian albums chart
  10. ^ [5] DJ Ötzi in the Swedish albums chart
  11. ^ [6] DJ Ötzi in the Swiss albums chart
  12. ^ [7] DJ Ötzi in the Austrian singles chart
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2008-06-24.  DJ Ötzi in the German singles chart (search)
  14. ^ [8] DJ Ötzi in the Swiss singles chart
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2008-06-24.  DJ Ötzi in the British singles chart (search)
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2008-06-24.  DJ Ötzi in the French singles chart (search, incomplete)
  17. ^ [9] DJ Ötzi in the Australian singles chart
  18. ^ Search for Irish peaks Archived 3 June 2009 at WebCite
  19. ^ [10] DJ ötzi in the Swedish singles chart
  20. ^ [11] DJ Ötzi in the Danish singles chart
  21. ^ [12] DJ Ötzi in the Dutch singles chart
  22. ^ a b c d "Gold & Platin". IFPI (Austria). Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  23. ^ a b c d "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (DJ Ötzi)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  24. ^ "Certified Awards Search: DJ Otzi". BPI. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  25. ^ "AWARDS 2007". IFPI (Switzerland). Archived from the original on 8 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 

External links

  • DJ Ötzi's official homepage (in German) at Universal Music GmbH
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