An extract on #nostalji
Hatice Yldz Levent was born on August 9, 1958 in Istanbul to Yaar and Fatma Levent. Her family originally comes from a Black Sea town in Kastamonu. Her father Yaar was a taxi driver. She married in 1975, when she was just 17 years old. However, this was short lived when she and her husband divorced after she gave birth to their firstborn son. She got a job at a cosmetics company and also pursued classical musical training at this time.
In 1990, she decided to become a professional singer and took the professional name 'Muazzez Ersoy' after signing a record contract with Elenor Plak. Muazzez Abac and Blent Ersoy are two of the leading singers of modern Turkish classical music. Her first album called 'Seven Olmaz ki' was released after one year. Her success kept increasing with her later albums 'Hereyim Sensin', 'Sizi Seviyorum' and 'Sensizlik'. In 1995, she released a series of albums named 'Nostalji' (Turkish for "Nostalgia"). The second chapter of the 'Nostalji' series, called 'Nostalji 4-5-6', was released in 1998, and is among the most popular Turkish musical albums ever made with over 5 million sales in Turkey.
In August 2005, Rammstein revealed the name of their next studio album: Rosenrot. Their first single from the album, "Benzin", was released on 5 October, with its video premiere on 16 September. Rosenrot was released worldwide on 28 October. Directly following the release, the album continued the success of its predecessor, Reise, Reise, placing on top 10 charts in 20 countries.
16 December 2005 marked the release of the title track on Rosenrot. The video for "Mann gegen Mann" was released on 6 February 2006, with the single being released on 3 March. On 19 February 2006, Rammstein had an asteroid named after them, 110393 Rammstein.
On 17 November, the first Rammstein Live DVD since Live aus Berlin from 1998 was released. Vlkerball shows concert performances by the band in England, France, Japan and Russia. The Special Edition is extended by a second DVD, which contains the documentaries "Anaconda in the net" by Mathilde Bonnefoy and the "Making of the album Reise, Reise" by the band's guitarist Paul Landers. The limited edition was released as a large black-and-white photo-book with photos by Frederic Batier, who had accompanied the band through their recent tours. The photo-book edition contains two DVDs and two live albums.