Artists: Tokio Hotel

tokio_hotel13.jpgTokio Hotel is a highly successful German pop band, formed in 2001 in Magdeburg, Germany.

Identical twin brothers, Bill Kaulitz (b. September 1, 1989) and Tom Kaulitz (born 10 minutes before his brother) performed in small shows and talent shows as children. They later met schoolmates, Gustav Schäfer and Georg Listing and their similar tastes in music led them to create a band called Devilish. They played small shows since 2001 and by 2003, were approached by a music executive, Peter Hoffman. They were signed to the Universal music label in Hamburg, Germany and changed their name to Tokio Hotel (Tokio for the city of Tokyo, and "Hotel" because they toured and slept in hotels a lot).

Their first single "Durch den Monsun" (Through the Monsoon) quickly gained popularity after its release, appearing on the German music charts at #15 on August 20th and reaching #1 on August 26th 2005; it reached #1 on the Austrian music charts as well. Their second single was "Schrei" (Scream), which climbed to #5 of the German charts. They released their debut album Schrei on the 19th September of 2005; lead singer Bill Kaulitz,wrote the majority of the songs. In early 2006, their third single "Rette mich" (Rescue Me) was released, and it reached #1 as well. Their first single from "Zimmer 483" (their second album) called "Übers Ende Der Welt" (About the End of the World) was released January 26th, 2007. It has also reached #1. The "Zimmer 483" album was released on February 23rd, 2007. A deluxe addition of the album is available as well. The "Zimmer 483" tour was supposed to start in March, but was delayed by two weeks because the band members wished to use a new stage. However, all of the tickets bought for the tour are still valid.