Jelena Petrowna Fischer, better known by her stage name Helene Fischer, is a German pop and schlager singer of Russian descent, born on August 5, 1984.
Fischer established herself as a singer and TV personality in the mid-2000s, and quickly developed a fanbase due to her music as well as through hosting her own annual music event "Die Helene Fischer Show" that had her and other musicians of the schlager genre performing songs. She has been well known and commercially successful since the 2000s, but became the most successful star of her generation in 2013, when she released her hit single "Atemlos durch die Nacht" from her sixth album "Farbenspiel". Both single and album were record-breaking blockbusters, with the album being certified 12 times platinum in Germany and 18 times platinum in Austria as of 2018, becoming one of the best selling German music albums of all time and turning Fischer from another schlager singer to a pop culture icon and megastar overnight. Since then, her records top the charts on a regular basis, often several times in a span of several years. She is also commercially successful in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark.
Fischer's songs usually have upbeat, cheerful dance beats and lyrics about love and relationships. While almost all of her songs have been in the schlager genre for years, her self-titled 2017 album marks a departure from her previous style and features a more modern pop-oriented sound. Fischer does not write her own songs. A lot of Fischer's appeal is also due to her public image, performances and media presence. With music videos set in night clubs, spectacular stadium stage shows including acrobatic stunts, and extensive coverage and airplay in modern media channels, she has a much more youth oriented way of marketing that is more common with pop idols rather than schlager singers, who are traditionally present on TV shows promoting the genre only, and usually aim at older audiences. This caused Fischer to have a big and diverse fanbase consisting of people of all ages and genders.
Critical reception to Helene Fischer's music varies greatly. While she receives mostly positive reviews in her genre, schlager music is general is a genre that receives rather negative reviews. Fischer became the big face of schlager that is beloved by those who love the genre and despised by those who hate it.
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