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Willst du mit mir gehn ("Do You Want to Go with Me") is a studio album by German pop singer Nena, released in 2005. It's a two-CD set, with the first CD more energetic and the second more meditative. The album reached No.2 in Germany, while the single "Liebe ist" reached No.1. The other singles were title track and "Lass mich".

Willst du mit mir gehn
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Studio album by
Released21 March 2005 (2005-03-21)
Length42:06
LanguageGerman
LabelWarner
ProducerUwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen
Nena chronology
Nena feat. Nena
(2002)
Willst du mit mir gehn
(2005)
Cover Me
(2007)
Singles from Willst du mit mir gehn
  1. "Liebe ist"
    Released: 28 February 2005
  2. "Willst du mit mir gehn"
    Released: 13 June 2005
  3. "Lass mich"
    Released: 7 October 2005

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Artistically Willst du mit mir gehn is arguably the most significant studio album in Nena's career since it ended the dominance of her discography by the 1980s songs which had both made her famous in the first place and then rekindled her career at the start of the new millennium. Although since 2002 Nena had had modest chart success as a featuring artist with Tok Tok, Sam Ragga Band and WestBam,[1] she had not been a contemporary force with new material in her own name. In 2005 Willst du mit mir gehn, and in particular its first two tracks to be released as singles, changed that for the remainder of the decade and beyond.

Singles and chart positionsEdit

"Liebe ist"Edit

"Liebe ist" was written by Nena and lyrically is a straightforward celebration of a loving relationship which musically alternates between slow, intimate verses and its uptempo, anthemic chorus.[2]

In contrast to Nena's other German No.1 single, "99 Luftballons", which stalled at No.2 for a massive seven weeks before reaching the top position,[3] "Liebe ist" entered at No.1 on 14 March 2005.[4] This, being 22 years after "99 Luftballons", set a new record, which still stands, for the longest span between first and last number one in German chart history. After just one week on the top slot, "Liebe ist" was displaced for a week by Sarah Connor's "From Zero to Hero", returned to the No.1 position the following week before once again being knocked off by the Sarah Connor song.[5]

Title trackEdit

Throughout her career, Nena's songs have typically been written by various combinations of past and present band members. The title track to Willst du mit mir gehn was jointly written by Nena and the keyboard player from the former band, Jörn-Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen, the same combination that had written a number of the band's most successful 1980s tracks including "? (Fragezeichen)".[6] Like "Liebe ist" the song has a positive message (about moving forwards and not looking back).[7] Musically it is very different, being a high-energy, disco track, which immediately installed itself as a permanent feature and highlight of Nena's live concerts. The promotional video unveiled the look which Nena was to stick to for the next few years – longer straighter hair, black and white striped dress and Converse trainers.[8] During the summer of 2005, the single yo-yo'd in the German charts, peaking at No.6.[9]

A third single "Lass mich" was released from the album in October 2005 but only peaked at No.44, its sales probably undermined by the success of the album which reached No.2 on the German album charts, achieving triple gold status.[10] (See :de:Nena/Diskografie § Studioalben).

Track listingEdit

Disc 1: Rot — Standard edition[11]
No.TitleLength
1."Willst Du mit mir gehn" (Do You Want To Go With Me)3:45
2."Lass mich" (Let Me)3:29
3."Und jetzt steh ich hier und warte" (And Now I'm Standing Here Waiting)4:47
4."Liebe ist" (Love Is)4:55
5."Ich komm mit dir" (I Come With You)4:08
6."Immer weiter" (Always Going On)4:13
7."Ohne Liebe bin ich nichts" (Berlin Version) (Without Love I'm Nothing)3:43
8."Vitamine" (Vitamins)4:07
9."Wir fliegen" (We're Flying)3:47
10."Neues Land" (New Land)4:55
11."Der Anfang" (The Beginning)8:27
Disc 1: Rot — Deluxe edition (bonus track)[11]
No.TitleLength
12."Ich will was Neues" (Berlin Version) (I Want Something New)3:14
Disc 2: Orange — Standard edition[11]
No.TitleLength
1."Ja kann man denn da überhaupt was machen"/"Ich will was Neues" (Can You Do Anything There At All/I Want Something New)9:04
2."Es ist noch nicht zu spat"/"Das ist der Anfang" (It's Not Too Late Yet/That's The Beginning)7:37
3."Ohne Liebe bin ich nichts" (Without Love I'm Nothing)3:14
4."Machs doch" (Just Do It)11:06
5."Hey Pauli ein neuer Ton" (Hey Pauli A New Tone)3:40
6."Wenn die Sonne scheint" (When The Sun Shines)4:39
7."Das verträgt sich nicht mit uns" (That Doesn't Harmonise With Us)3:47
8."Hochzeit je t'aime" (Wedding I Love You)6:38
9."Die Tür geht zu" (The Door Is Closing)3:46

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[19] 1× Gold 15,000*
Germany (BVMI)[20] 3× Gold 300,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[21] 1× Gold 20,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official German Charts". Charts.de. Media Control GfK International GmbH. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Lyrics and credits for "Liebe ist"". Nena.de. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Official German Charts, 1983". Charts.de. Media Control GfK International GmbH. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Official German charts 2005". Charts.de. Media Control GfK International GmbH. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Official German charts, April 2005". Charts.de. Media Control GfK International GmbH. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Lyrics and credits for "? (Fragezeichen)"". Nena.de. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Lyrics and credits to "Willst du mit mir gehn"". Nena.de. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Video to "Willst du mit mir gehn"". Nena.de. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Official German charts, 11 July 2005". Charts.de. Media Control GfK International GmbH. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Official German charts". Charts.de. Media Control GfK International GmbH. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  11. ^ a b c "Willst du mit mir gehn – Standard edition". iTunes.Apple (DE). Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Nena – Willst du mit mir gehn" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Nena – Willst du mit mir gehn" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Nena – Willst du mit mir gehn" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Nena – Willst du mit mir gehn". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Ö3 Austria Top 40 - Album Charts 2005". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts (2005)". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 2015". Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Nena – Willst du mit mir gehn" (in German). IFPI Austria.
  20. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Nena; 'Willst du mit mir gehn')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  21. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Nena; 'Willst du mit mir gehn')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.

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