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9 April 1980

Born Thomas Hübner in Erfurt he took up the name Clueso, after Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther. Initially he worked as a hairdresser apprentice with a passion for music on the side. In 1998 he got to know his future manager Andreas Welskop and gave up his hairdressing apprenticeship. His first vinyl ‘Clüsolo’ was released the same year. In 1999 he moved to the 10vor10-Studios in Köln with Welskop. A year later he signed a label contract at Four Music and released ‘Text und Ton’ in 2001. Around that time he performed with Curfew at the MTV HipHop Open in Stuttgart and at Beats for Life in Köln. In 2002, Clueso moved back to Erfurt and recorded the Rowdy-Club-Tape 2002. One year later, he started producing his second album Gute Musik with Blumentopf, Steer M, Tilmann Jarmer, Delhia, Tim Neuhaus and Jürgen Kerth. The album was finished by 2004 and was completely in German. Next to that Clueso switched to singing rather than rapping. In 2005, Clueso represented Thuringia with the song ‘Kein Bock zu geh'n’ at the Bundesvision Song Contest. The same year he was the partner of Start Ab, the "biggest non-commercial remix contest in Europe".

On May 19 in 2006, his third album ‘Weit weg’ was brought out, where also the song Chicago was to be found. In conjunction with the STÜBAphilharmonie, a Thuringian orchestra, Clueso gave a concert in the Fritz-Club in the former Postbahnhof in Berlin on February 3 in 2007, where he performed his songs together with the orchestra and his band in an arrangement for more than 70 instruments. This concert was also released on DVD, entitled Clueso Live or Clueso- Weit weg-Live. In May and June 2007, Clueso was the opening act of Herbert Grönemeyer's 12-Tour and in the same year he was nominated by 1 live for the 1 live radio listener's award, the 1LIVE Krone, in the category Best Live Act. In September 2007, the single Lala, a song, which was especially recorded for the movie Leroy, was released. On February 14 in 2008, Clueso again represented the Federal State of Thuringia in Stefan Raab's Bundesvision Song Contest. With his song Keinen Zentimeter, he came second, only one point behind the winner. On May 30 in 2008, his fourth album So sehr dabei and his second single out of it Mitnehm were released. The third single from this album,Niemand an dich denkt, followed in October 2008. In December 2010 Clueso released a book "Clueso. Von und über" (Clueso. Made By and About). The fifth studio album "An und für sich" ("In and of itself") was released on March 25, 2011. Same year Clueso collaborated with Udo Lindenberg performing the song “Cello" on the album "MTV unplugged – Live im Hotal Atlantic". The song was released as a single also reaching number 4 in the German charts. It is the best sold track naming Clueso as artist so far. With singer Wolfgang Niedecken and his band BAP he recorded the single ‘All die Augenblicke’ available as download only The benefits went to Niedeckens Afrika-Projekt. In 2014 he released his album ‘Stadtrandlichter’ which hit the number one spot in the charts the moment it went on sale.

On the web:

- Clueso's official website: http://www.clueso.de/

If you like this, you probably like.. / european counterparts:

- Tiziano Ferro (Italy)

What do we think:

DB: Clueso moves between traditional pop and hiphop-urban music. This initially lead to both musical camps not fully understanding what to do with this hip young guy. It apparently didn't bother Clueso who continued to sculped his albums picking up singing (he actually has a really nice voice) and dancemusic elements on the way. And actually that mix up of styles is what Clueso is giving his interesting edge. Without that he is and interesting but safe, socially aware and radio friendly singer. With those edgy elements he stirs things up and gives it an extra energy. His 2011 album is his best untill now with still a sort of underground urban feel about it. The danger for Clueso is that the more populair he gets, the safer..


♪♪♪ - Text und Ton – 2001

♪♪♪ - Gute Musik - 2004

♪♪♪ - Weit Weg - 2006

- So Sehr Dabei - 2008

- Clueso & STÜBA Philharmonie – 2010

♪♪♪- An und für sich - 2011

♪♪♪ - Stadtrandlichter - 2014

♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided


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