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Haddaway

Haddaway in 2004
Background information
Birth nameNestor Alexander Haddaway
Born(1965-01-09) January 9, 1965 (age 47)
Port of Spain, Trinidad
OriginMaryland City, Maryland, U.S.A.
GenresDance, electropop, electronic, pop
OccupationsMusician
Years active1992–present
LabelsArista
Coconut
Razor and Tie
 
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Haddaway

Haddaway in 2004
Background information
Birth nameNestor Alexander Haddaway
Born(1965-01-09) January 9, 1965 (age 47)
Port of Spain, Trinidad
OriginMaryland City, Maryland, U.S.A.
GenresDance, electropop, electronic, pop
OccupationsMusician
Years active1992–present
LabelsArista
Coconut
Razor and Tie

Nestor Alexander Haddaway (born January 9, 1965), better known by his stage name Haddaway, is a Trinidadian-German singer,[1][2] best known to mainstream audiences for his 1993 hit, "What Is Love".

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Early life

The son of a German oceanographer and a Trinidadian nurse, Haddaway moved from Trinidad to Europe in the early 1970s with his father when his parents separated.[citation needed] After spending his formative years at boarding school, he moved to the United States to be with his mother.

He attended Eisenhower Junior High and Laurel High School in Laurel, Maryland, ultimately graduating from Meade Senior High School in 1983. While at Meade, he was very active in the school's jazz, marching, symphonic, and stage bands.

Discovering a love for music, Haddaway performed small engagements with a cover band called "Chance" while he studied political science and history at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.[3]

In 1989, then aged 24, Haddaway returned to Europe and settled in Cologne, Germany, where he started playing American football for the Cologne Crocodiles in the German Football League, as well as working as a choreographer, selling carpets and making music in his spare time.

Musical career

Logotype used by Haddaway throughout his career.

Haddaway's break came in 1992 when he was signed by German label Coconut Records. His first single "What Is Love" rapidly became popular across Europe, reaching number 2 in Germany and in the United Kingdom.[2] In Germany, the single sold 900,000 copies,[2] in the UK, it was certified Gold for shipment of 400,000 units.[4] It later reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold for shipments of 500,000 units.[2] By the beginning of 1994, worldwide sales of "What Is Love" had already reached 2.6 million.[2]

His second single "Life" hit number 2 in Germany, number 6 in the UK and number 41 in the USA, and its worldwide sales had reached 1.5 million by 1994.[2] The follow-up singles "I Miss You" and "Rock My Heart" were also top 10 smashes across Europe and established him as a successful Eurodance artist. His first LP The Album was also a multi-million seller which reached Platinum status in Germany for shipments of 500,000,[5] and Gold in the UK and France for shipment of 100,000 respectively.[4][6]

In 1995, he released his second album The Drive, which spawned the UK top 20 hit "Fly Away", as well as "Catch a Fire" and "Lover Be Thy Name".

Subsequent albums are more soulful, but since 1998, Haddaway has struggled to repeat the mainstream commercial success of his early hits.

Haddaway appeared on the Comeback reality television show in Germany in 2004. He appeared on a similar UK show, Hit Me Baby One More Time, in 2005 and subsequently appeared on the U.S. version. This exposure led to him scoring a moderate chart hit in Germany with the ballad "Spaceman".

"What Is Love" enjoyed a resurge in popularity as the theme music for the head bobbing, nightclubbing addicted Butabi brothers (Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan) on Saturday Night Live and the subsequent film A Night at the Roxbury. The song was also featured in a 2008 PEPSI commercial (for diet Pepsi Max) which parodied the Leitmotif and included several stars including LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, and Busta Rhymes, but not Haddaway.[7]

Personal life

Haddaway now lives in Kitzbühel, Austria, and he also has a home in Cologne, Germany.[8]

Discography

Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
GER
[9]
AUT
[10]
FIN
[11]
NL
[12]
NOR
[13]
SWE
[14]
SWI
[15]
UK
[16]
US
[17]
Haddaway51218165329111
The Drive
  • Release date: 26 June 1995
  • Label: Arista Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
32275410
Let's Do It Now
  • Release date: 28 December 1999
  • Label: Arista Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
My Face
  • Release date: 3 September 2001
  • Label: Arista Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Love Makes
  • Release date: 2 July 2002
  • Label: ZXY Music
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Pop Splits
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums

TitleDetails
All the Best: His Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 10 April 2001
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Best of Haddaway: What Is Love
  • Release date: 5 January 2004
  • Label: BMG Special Products
  • Formats: CD, music download

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
Album
GER
[25]
AUT
[26]
FIN
[27][28]
FRA
[29]
IRE
[30]
NED
[31]
SWE
[32]
SWI
[33]
UK
[16]
US
[34]
1993"What Is Love"21111121211Haddaway
"Life"22153312641
"I Miss You"1811416132136179
1994"Rock My Heart"101241191217109
1995"Fly Away"2516123289141420The Drive
"Catch a Fire"383014172039
"Lover Be Thy Name"6517
1997"What About Me"24Let's Do It Now
1998"Who Do You Love"93
"You're Taking My Heart"
2001"Deep"Love Makes
2002"Love Makes"81
2003"What Is Love" (remix)514992Non-album song
2005"Spaceman"67Pop Splits
2007"Follow Me"Non-album songs
2008"I Love the 90's" (with Dr Alban)
2009"What Is Love 2009"6037549
2010"You Gave Me Love"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References

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