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Tim Bendzko
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Tim Bendzko 2017
Background information
Born (1985-04-09) 9 April 1985 (age 35)
East Berlin, East Germany
LabelsSony Music

Tim Bendzko (born 9 April 1985) is a German singer-songwriter.[1][2] He achieved nationwide recognition with his song "Nur noch kurz die Welt retten" and becoming the winner on the Bundesvision Song Contest.


Tim Bendzko live at Leverkusener Jazztage 2017
Tim Bendzko live at Leverkusener Jazztage 2017

Bendzko grew up in the Köpenick region of Berlin.[3] As a teenager, he attended a sport gymnasium and played with the FC Union Berlin club football up to the "B" age level, around 16. His musical career began with guitar lessons, which he decided to start taking when he was 11 or 12 years old.[4] At age 16, he wrote his first songs. After taking his Abitur, he studied Protestant Theology and non-Christian religions at the Free University of Berlin. He ended his studies after 5 semesters without getting a degree.[3] He then worked temporarily as an auctioneer in the car trade.[5]

In 2009, he registered for the talent compeititon Söhne gesucht of Söhne Mannheims. As a winner of the talent competition, he performed in the summer of 2009 before 20,000 spectators at the Berlin Waldbühne, one of Europe's largest concert venues.[6] Then he devoted himself entirely to his music. He received a recording contract with Sony Music and performed as an opening act for Silly on their 2010 tour.

On 17 June 2011, he released his debut album Wenn Worte meine Sprache wären ("If words were my language"), from which the single Nur noch kurz die Welt retten ("Just quickly save the world") was released on 27 May 2011. The album reached number four in the German charts[7] and the single number two.[8] The single, written by Tim Bendzko, Mo Brandis and Simon Triebel, was certified 3x Gold in Germany for sales of more than 450,000 copies. It was also awarded Platinum status in Switzerland and Gold in Austria. The music video was produced by Hagen Decker in Los Angeles. The album, which sold over 500,000 copies in Germany alone, was certified 5x Gold in Germany, Platinum in Switzerland and Gold in Austria.[5]

Bendzko performed as the opening act in Cologne and Leipzig on Elton John's tour of Germany, as well as being the support act for Joe Cocker during his Hard Knocks tour. On 29 September 2011, he came back to his hometown of Berlin for the Bundesvision Song Contest 2011 with the title track of his Album, Wenn Worte meine Sprache wären and won the competition. On 10 November 2011 he won the newcomer Bambi award.


Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Wenn Worte meine Sprache wären
  • Released: 17 June 2011
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
4 11 13
Am seidenen Faden
  • Released: 24 May 2013
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 4 7
  • BVMI: 2× Platinum[12]
Immer noch Mensch
  • Released: 21 October 2016
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 13 10
  • Released: 18 October 2019
  • Label: Jive, Sony Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
3 18 26


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Nur noch kurz die Welt retten" 2011 2 8 4
  • BVMI: 3× Gold[12]
  • IFPI AUT: Platinum[13]
  • IFPI SWI: Platinum[14]
Wenn Worte meine Sprache wären
"Wenn Worte meine Sprache wären" 5 15 33
"Ich laufe" 2012 47 53
"Sag einfach Ja" 42
"Am seidenen Faden" 2013 11 26 65 Am seidenen Faden
"Programmiert" 32
"Unter die Haut"
(featuring Cassandra Steen)
16 49 59 Am seidenen Faden – Unter die Haut
"Laut und bunt" 2015 Shaun the Sheep Movie Soundtrack
"Keine Maschine" 2016 14 71 59 Immer noch Mensch
"Hoch" 2019 10 40 Filter
"Nur wegen dir"


  1. ^ "Biografie: Bendzko, Tim" (in German). SWR3. 4 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b Rebecca Schindler (27 September 2011). "Ich verstehe meine Songs erst nach einem halben Jahr". Der Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  4. ^ "11 Fakten über... Tim Bendzko" (in German). Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b de:Tim Bendzko
  6. ^ "Tim Bendzko führt Download-Charts an" (in German). Media Control. 29 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Bendzko,Tim / Longplay". Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Bendzko,Tim / Single". Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Discographie Tim Bendzko". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Discographie Tim Bendzko". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Discographie Tim Bendzko". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Austrian   certifications – Tim Bendzko" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  14. ^ a b "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community". - Swiss Charts. Retrieved 22 July 2019.

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