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Lead singer Natalie Horler (2011)
Lead singer Natalie Horler (2011)
General information
Genre (s) EDM , Eurodance , Hands up , Dance-Pop , Electropop
founding 2002
Founding members
Natalie Horler
Producer, DJ

Cascada is a German music group consisting of the two DJs and producers Manuel Reuter and Yann Peifer as well as the singer Natalie Horler . Their style can mainly be classified into the categories of hands up and dance , although the trio increasingly switched to eurodance and electro pop in the 2010s . Internationally, the group from Bonn landed in the top ten in the USA , Canada and Australia . It was also number one in the UK , Sweden , France and the Netherlands . With 30 million records sold, Cascada is one of the world's most successful dance acts.

Cascada represented Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö and took 21st place.

Background / career

2004–2007: Everytime We Touch

The singer Natalie Horler and the producer Manuel Reuter (alias Manian ) founded the group in 2002 in Bonn under the name Cascade , but then renamed themselves Cascada ( Spanish for 'waterfall') for legal reasons .

The first single, Miracle , was released in 2004 on vinyl and on CD compilations. Songs like Bad Boy , Everytime We Touch , How Do You Do , A Neverending Dream or Ready for Love followed. An album ( Everytime We Touch ) and a remix album ( Everytime We Touch - The Remix ) were also released on CD. Cascada made the breakthrough two years later.

With Everytime We Touch , a cover version by Maggie Reilly , Cascada entered the top ten of the US charts on February 21, 2006 . After 31 weeks on the Hot 100, Everytime We Touch went double platinum for nearly two million copies sold . In August 2006, Cascada reached number two in the UK charts and number one in Ireland . In Sweden, Cascadas Song was awarded double platinum and is one of the most successful songs in Swedish chart history . On January 5, 2007, the single was released in Germany through the Universal record company and then also made it into the top ten. The album Everytime We Touch was released again in February 2007 and reached rank 50 in Germany .

In spring 2007 the single Truly Madly Deeply followed , a cover version of the band Savage Garden . In the summer of 2007, the song Miracle was released, which was at the top of the charts in France for several weeks. Due to the success in the United Kingdom and Ireland, a fourth single was released there. The song A Neverending Dream once again made it into the hit lists of both nations. Meanwhile, the title Wouldn't It Be Good rose to 54th place in the Swedish charts only through downloads.

In the UK, Cascada went platinum for 350,000 copies of their album Everytime We Touch sold . Over seven million copies of the debut album and the debut single were sold worldwide, which brought Cascada the World Music Award in the category Best Selling German Artist in Monaco in 2007 , where singer Natalie Horler had previously sung the song live on stage.

2007-2008: Perfect Day

On December 14, 2007, Cascada released their second album, Perfect Day . The first single from the album was What Hurts the Most (a cover of the band Rascal Flatts ) and was released in Germany on January 4, 2008. Before that, the song was released in North America, Great Britain and Sweden. In the USA What Hurts the Most rose to number 52, in Great Britain to ten and in France Cascada reached number two in the charts. What Hurts the Most debuted in Germany in ninth place.

The second single from the album was What Do You Want from Me? . The cover Because the Night followed in summer 2008 . Faded and Perfect Day were released as fourth and fifth singles in the US only. Apart from What Hurts the Most , no single release from the album was successful. After over 23 months of initial release, What Hurts the Most was awarded gold on October 28, 2009 in the US. The Perfect Day album went platinum in the UK for over 300,000 copies.

2009–2010: Evacuate the Dancefloor

The third album of the dance trio, Evacuate the Dancefloor , was released on July 6th, 2009 only in Great Britain, where it went straight to number eight. It ranges from pop , house , R'n'B to dance , but does not contain any cover versions like on previous albums. On July 17, 2009 the album was released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and reached number 21 in the German album charts, making it the most successful album of the band in the home country. In Austria the album made it to number 17 and in Switzerland to number 43 of the charts.

The first single of the same name was released on June 29, 2009 and went straight to number one in the UK . It displaced Michael Jackson, who had recently died, from the top spot. In Germany, Evacuate the Dancefloor made it to number five in the single charts, in Austria to number six and in Switzerland to seven.

On July 26th, 2009 Cascada performed as the opening act for Britney Spears' only concert in Germany in front of 17,000 fans in the o2 World Berlin and also presented new songs.

The song Evacuate the Dancefloor advanced to an international hit after its release and reached number two in Ireland and New Zealand, number four in Canada, number five in France and number three in Australia and Norway, as well as number one in the Dutch Top 40. In the United States made it Evacuate the Dancefloor to position 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was bought over 1,000,000 times by November 2009 and was thus awarded gold. This makes Cascada with Rammstein and Scooter one of the most successful German artists. In total, the single sold four million times worldwide.

The next single for the German market was Fever and was released on October 9, 2009. The song debuted at number 31 in Germany. In the UK and Ireland, however, Dangerous was released three days later as the follow-up single. Fever was also released in the UK on December 21, 2009 as the third single.

Cascada was nominated for the " 1 Live Krone " in 2009, but could not prevail against their competitors.

At the end of 2009, Cascada's single Evacuate the Dancefloor was in all relevant annual charts.

Cascada's single Fever entered the charts in Australia and New Zealand in January 2010. The band entered the top ten in France for the fifth time with this song.

The song Pyromania premiered on YouTube on February 17, 2010 and was clicked almost 50,000 times in the first two days. In addition to chart entries in Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Bulgaria and the Netherlands, the formation again managed to achieve success outside of Europe. On August 7, 2010 , Pyromania was 93rd in the Canadian charts and entered the top five of the Brazilian dance charts.

Natalie Horler announced that they are working on a fourth album in 2011. In September 2010, a Technicore remix of the song Night Nurse appeared on the Internet , which is on the new long player, but for which there was no release date yet. Robbins Entertainment, Cascada's US record company, announced Night Nurse as a possible successor single to Pyromania . On November 8, 2010, Cascada published Night Nurse on their YouTube channel.

Due to an illness of Natalie Horler in November 2010 all appearances were canceled until the beginning of 2011.

2010–2013: Original Me and other projects

In 2011 Cascada came back with a new single and their fourth album. In March 2011, the video for the new single San Francisco was shot in Toronto, Canada. Lisa Mann directed this. a. has worked with Britney Spears and was choreographed by dancer Luther Brown . The music video was shown for the first time on YouTube and MyVideo on May 6th. San Francisco was released on June 3, 2011 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The song was previously released in Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, France and New Zealand via iTunes .

San Francisco entered the top three of the German iTunes charts on June 8, 2011, less than a week after the German first release. On June 20, 2011, the song went straight to number 13 in the German Media Control single charts. Singer Natalie Horler was a guest at Stefan Raabs TV total and ARD-Morgenmagazin to present her new single and the new album Original Me . She also appeared with San Francisco on the television show The Dome 58.

In addition to San Franscisco , Original Me also released the songs Pyromania and Night Nurse , which were previously released as singles . The album is also available with a bonus CD containing Cascada's Greatest Hits . The next single Au Revoir was available since September 23, 2011.

After Horler's participation in the jury of Deutschland sucht den Superstar , the video for the song Summer of Love appeared for the first time on German television on March 16, 2012 . The single was released on March 30, 2012 and reached number 13 in the German and Swiss charts and ranked 7th in Austria, making it the third top 10 single in Austria for Cascada. The best-of album Back on the Dancefloor followed on April 13th and reached the top 40 in Germany and Austria. It also reached rank 25 in Switzerland and became Cascada's most successful album in Switzerland. On April 10th, Natalie Horler appeared for the third time after 2009 and 2011 at the ARD morning magazine to perform an unplugged version of Summer of Love .

On June 22nd, the single The Rhythm of the Night was released , which is a cover of the Corona song of the same name from 1993 and Cascada's first cover song since 2008. The single reached the top 30 in Germany and Switzerland and advanced to the top 10 in Austria, making it Cascada's second top 10 single in a row.

Horler claims to be working on new songs. Over time, individual videos from a studio session at the end of August were uploaded, for example an unplugged version of the single Ready for Love from their debut album.

On November 30, 2012, another record called It's Christmas Time was released . It is a pure Christmas album and contains eleven cover versions as well as an original title, including Last Christmas , published in 2007 . She announced on Facebook that her father was performing a trombone on two tracks on the album. At the same time, blue art event GmbH announced a new single on November 26, 2012, independent of the Christmas album.

2013: Eurovision Song Contest

Cascada during her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö with the song Glorious

On December 17, 2012, the ARD announced that Cascada would take part in the German preliminary round of the Eurovision Song Contest , Our Song for Malmö , with the single Glorious on February 14, 2013 . Glorious celebrated its radio premiere on January 9, 2013. The accompanying music video, which was produced in the historic town hall in Wuppertal , was officially released on February 1st. On February 11th, Natalie Horler was a guest of the ARD morning magazine for the fourth time and sang Glorious in an unplugged version.

On February 14th, Cascada finally performed on Unser Song for Malmö and won the preliminary round with 30 points, including 12 points from the televoting. After the broadcast, the song entered the top 15 of the German iTunes charts on the same evening and reached number 1 two days later. The morning after the German preliminary round, the group presented their winning title in the dance version of the previous evening in the ARD morning magazine and then flew to Denmark, where she continued her current tour.

Before the contest, negative headlines dominated the international press. Many media and consumers suspected an allegedly strong similarity to last year's winner Euphoria von Loreen . Celebrities also spoke openly of plagiarism. The Institute for Linguistics at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel made an acoustic fingerprint . Phonetician Dr. Tina John stated, “Glorious looks like a copy of Euphoria with small, nifty stylistic changes. At the beginning the vocals are absolutely identical, the chorus uses the same accentuation, the end culminates in an identical combination. The singers even use the same breathing style. ” Breaks, dynamics and beats are largely identical.

After the negative reporting had accumulated and demands for resignation had become loud, the ARD commissioned a detailed report, which was prepared by the expert for plagiarism issues, Matthias Pogoda, who also works as a court expert and consultant. Pogoda's summary was: “It can be summarized that Glorious and Euphoria do not have any significant similarities in terms of copyright. They are only stylistically similar and only show a superficial touch in the arrangement without copyright concerns. ” This confirms the assumption that lawyer Christian Solmecke had previously expressed on request. Thomas Schreiber, ARD's entertainment coordinator, announced that Cascada would start in Malmö for Germany.

Finally, the band competed for Germany in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 on May 18, 2013 in Malmö . Although the bookmakers saw Cascada in the top 10, the formation only achieved 21st place (18 points) with their interpretation. Subsequently, it was speculated whether the moderate performance of the current European economic crisis and the discontent against the Federal Republic was due.

On March 29, 2013, another compilation album, The Best of Cascada , was released, which contains Glorious , the follow-up single The World Is in My Hands and unplugged versions of Glorious and Enemy , a song from the album Original Me (2011). In the summer of 2013, Cascada released the next single, The World Is In My Hands . The music video premiered on July 19, 2013. At the same time, the trio announced that they would be working in the studio again to complete their first acoustic album. Acoustic Sessions was finally released on November 1, 2013; Horler had mainly re-sung acoustic and unplugged versions of hits from previous studio albums as well as a few cover versions of other songs. A new recording by You with Robin Stjernberg, who represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with this song, stands out in particular .

Since 2014: New singles

The new single Blink was released on March 28, 2014 . The "Crew Cardinal Remix" by Blink can be found on the house compilation Top of the Clubs Vol. 62 . The title missed entry into the German top 100 charts and could no longer build on old successes. In the USA, after its release on June 4, 2014, it rose to number two on the DJ chart list and number 16 on the Billboard Dance Charts. On September 26, 2014 Cascada released their follow-up single Madness with the Chicago rapper Tris . This also appeared three days later on the Kontor Top of The Clubs Vol. 64 . On October 6, 2014, the single was a newcomer to number 38 in the German dance charts.

On February 20, 2015, the band released their new single Reason , which was recorded as a demo in 2004 but never used. The song rose to number 15 in the German DJ dance charts. For the first time, several Cascada singles were released in collaboration with the Hamburg label Kontor Records. In June 2016, Praise You and Cassiano released a cover of the song Shackles (Praise You) by Mary Mary . The song Run was released on January 27, 2017 . The title Playground became the official song of the 2017 Men's Ice Hockey World Championship .

Record label and side projects

The band's record label was initially Andorfine Records . The production team later founded their own label ( Zooland Records ), on which they publish their productions. Since 2014, all releases have also been handled by the Hamburg record label Kontor Records. Cascada's singles and albums are released on the major label Universal Music .

In 2004 and 2005 the singles Endless Summer and I Will Believe It were released in the side project Siria , which only consists of Manian and Natalie Horler , which Cascada released again on the album Perfect Day .


  • 2007: Everytime We Touch Tour
  • 2008: Clubland Live Tour
  • 2008: Perfect Day Tour
  • 2009: Clubland Live Tour
  • 2011: Original Me Tour


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placementsTemplate: chart table / maintenance / without sources
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
2006 Everytime We Touch DE50 (10 weeks)
AT31 (12 weeks)
CH48 (11 weeks)

(30 weeks)UK
US67 (16 weeks)
First published: February 21, 2006
Sales: + 7,000,000
2007 Perfect Day DE30 (11 weeks)
AT16 (14 weeks)
CH81 (2 weeks)

(25 weeks)UK
US70 (3 weeks)
First published: December 10, 2007
Sales: + 500,000
2009 Evacuate the dance floor DE21 (7 weeks)
AT15 (8 weeks)
CH36 (11 weeks)

(11 weeks)UK
US155 (1 week)
First published: July 6th, 2009
Sales: + 100,000
2011 Original Me DE41 (1 week)
AT46 (3 weeks)
CH44 (2 weeks)
UK24 (3 weeks)
First published: June 17, 2011

Awards and nominations

Award category (Song title) Result
2006 International Dance Music Awards Best New Dance Artist Solo victory
Best High Energy / Euro Track Everytime We Touch Nominated
Napster Awards Most-played dance / electronic recording victory
2007 World Music Awards World's Best Selling Female Pop Artist Nominated
Best-Selling German Artist Award victory
2008 European Border Breakers Award (EBBA) Best European Border Breaker- Germany Everytime We Touch victory
International Dance Music Awards Best High Energy / Euro Track Truly, Madly, Deeply Nominated
Best Dance Artist (Solo) Nominated
2009 Best Dance Artist (Solo) Nominated
2010 Best High Energy / Euro Track Evacuate the dance floor Nominated
Best pop dance track Nominated
Best Artist (Group) Nominated
2010 Comet Best artist Evacuate the dance floor victory
MTV Video Music Awards Best Dance Music Video Evacuate the dance floor Nominated

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Cascada on α , last accessed on September 24, 2010. (English)
  2. Cascada on , last accessed on September 24, 2010. (English)
  3. Everytime We Touch on α, last accessed on September 24, 2010. (English)
  4. Ireland's Singles Top 50 from August 17, 2006. α, last accessed on September 24, 2010. (English)
  5. Top 100 of all singles in the Swedish charts since 1975, last accessed on September 24, 2010. (English)
  6. Wouldn't It Be Good on, last accessed on September 24, 2010. (English)
  7. ^ Cascada - Winner of the World Music Awards . Musik Base, November 5, 2007, last accessed September 24, 2010.
  8. What Hurts the Most on α, last accessed on September 27, 2010. (English)
  9. Cascadas Gold and Platinum Awards on, last accessed on September 27, 2010. (English)
  10. Evacuate The Dancefloor on α, last accessed on September 27, 2010. (English)
  11. International chart placements by Evacuate The Dancefloor on, accessed on September 27, 2010. (English)
  12. English charts: Cascada at number 1, hanging out from King Of Pop in England ., July 7, 2009, last accessed on September 27, 2010.
  13. a b website of the band, section discography, singles, accessed on September 27, 2010.
  14. Fever on α, last accessed on September 29, 2010. (English)
  15. Fever and Cascadas other singles in the French charts., last accessed on September 29, 2010. (French)
  16. Video of Pyromania on YouTube.
  17. Top 100 of the Canadian Singles Charts from August 7, 2010. α, last accessed on September 29, 2010. (English)
  18. Video of the announcement of a fourth album. YouTube.
  19. ^ Robbins Message Board. Cascada - Night Nurse. ( Memento of December 15, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Robbins Entertainment's news portal, September 7, 2010, last accessed on September 29, 2010. (English)
  20. Sven Kuschel: Concern for the singer - vocal cord surgery: Cascada under the knife! In: BILD digital GmbH & CO. KG, November 12, 2010, accessed on November 14, 2010 .
  21. San Francisco by Cascada - Song Analysis ( Memento from August 7, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  22.  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  23. New "Cascada" music video plays in the Wuppertaler Stadthalle Westdeutsche Zeitung (online) on February 3, 2013
  26. sh: Plagiarism allegations against "Glorious": Cascada is said to have stolen her ESC song. In: Focus Online . February 17, 2013, accessed October 14, 2018 .
  27. Reviewer: Cascada song "Glorious" is not plagiarism. In: Spiegel Online . February 25, 2013, accessed June 9, 2018 .
  28. Cascada's "Glorious" no "Euphoria" plagiarism ( Memento from March 5, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  29. Cascada's "Glorious" probably not a "Euphoria" plagiarism ( Memento from March 5, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  34. Sales of Everytime We Touch (album) ( Memento June 29, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  35. Cascada AATW Artist Profile ( Memento from May 10, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) In:
  36. Interview with Energy Arizona FM ( Memento of the original from July 12, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . (Not currently available online.) Energy Arizona FM, accessed January 27, 2008. (MP3 format, English) @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  37. ^ Napster Announces Winners of Digital Music Awards ., December 19, 2006, accessed on January 7, 2008. (English)
  38. ^ Press report of the World Music Awards 2007 ( Memento of February 28, 2008 in the Internet Archive ). World Music Awards, November 4, 2007, accessed January 27, 2008. (Word document)
  39. ^ Winners list of the European Border Breakers Award . ( Memento of January 17, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) European Border Breakers, accessed on January 15, 2008. (English)
  40. a b List of nominees and winners of the IDMA 2008. Winter Music Conference, last accessed on September 29, 2010. (English)
  41. ↑ List of nominees and winners of the IDMA 2009 . Winter Music Conference, accessed September 29, 2010. (English)
  42. a b c List of nominees and winners of the IMDA 2010. Winter Music Conference, accessed on September 29, 2010. (English)