Marianne Rosenberg has been on stage for over fifty years. She achieved cult status in the 70s, above all with her hit “He belongs to me”, further heartbreak titles followed – then a reorientation. Today Rosenberg is back in Schlager Olympus and more successful than ever.

If you zip through the country’s big hit shows today, you’re rarely missing: Marianne Rosenberg (67). But that was not always so. After her big hits in the 1970s, Rosenberg changed her image and turned her back on hits – a decision she hasn’t regretted to this day. On the contrary.

When we asked Marianne Rosenberg for an interview, she had just taken a little break. “It’s always important for me to be able to reflect and to feel what really moves me,” she explains. Self-reflection seems to be particularly important to her – and also being able to reinvent yourself again and again. She did that after her great successes such as “He belongs to me”, “Marleen” or “I’m like you”.

“In the ’70s, others wrote the music and lyrics for me, so I was a singer or performer. I’ve been writing more and more myself since the 80s and see myself as a musician,” she explains to “It’s a completely different feeling when I no longer have to work out access to the songs, but when it comes out of myself. It’s more intimate and honest, for me and for my audience.” And more diverse, because Marianne has tried quite a few things over the course of her career.

After her hit “Mr. Paul McCartney” – at that time the native Berliner was just 15 years old – Marianne’s repertoire was dominated by heartache titles. Most of the time it was about longing and lovesickness, she was often portrayed as the loser in the lyrics. Then in the 1980s the break: the musician suddenly made films and recorded records with stars of the Neue Deutsche Welle. In 1982, for example, she sang with Kai Hawaii (54), singer of the group “Extrabreit”, as “Duo Infernal”.

Rosenberg didn’t stop at English-language songs either, at times even commuting back and forth between Berlin and California – also between the individual genres: Schlager, pop, jazz, she even dared a little excursion into punk. That changed Marianne, made her more self-confident. “The first step was emancipation from a system in which the men ruled everything for the little girl. The next step was always looking for new challenges and not having to repeat past successes. And today I’m completely with myself, work independently and know exactly what I want – and what I don’t want.” And this mindset finally catapulted her to the top again.

“In the 50 years that I’ve been on stage, there have always been great moments and highlights – and I measure them not only by commercial success, but also by whether I had the courage to implement musical ideas that were a new challenge for me. The fact that the audience was often small didn’t make it any less valuable for me,” reflects Marianne Rosenberg in the interview. Three years ago she experienced a second high point in her career and has been surfing on an almost never-ending wave of success ever since. “In 2020 I was able to conquer number one in the official charts for the first time with my album ‘In the Name of Love’. That made me a bit proud and also showed me that I’m on the right track with the right team – and that I can stay true to myself,” the musician states modestly.

By the way, she still has stage fright after more than 50 years of stage presence – the nervousness has even increased over the years. The reason? “If your audience and music are important to you, then your own standards are high – and so is the fear of not doing yourself justice.”

And what awaits us in the new year? “Since it’s really bad for me to do nothing, I also used the little break to work on ideas for new songs,” reveals Marianne, adding: “The fans can look forward to a new Rosenberg album, which I’ll be releasing in the course of the year of the year will write and produce and release in the coming year. In addition, there will probably be one or two small surprises, but I can’t tell you anything yet…” We’re excited.

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