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Parent organization
Sony Music

Country of origin

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Parent company
Sony Music Entertainment

Self-distributed (1972-1979) Ariola Records (1979-1987) Bertelsmann Music Group (1987-2002) Sony BMG (2002-2008) Sony Music Entertainment (2008-present)

Boney M, Modern Talking, Frank Farian, C C Catch, David Bowie

The 1st Album, Nightflight to Venus, Let's Talk About Love, Ready for Romance, Take the Heat off Me

Hansa Records (also known as Hansa, Hansa Musik Produktion or Hansa International) was a record label founded in the 1960s based in West Berlin, West Germany.



The label's most successful act commercially was the West German-based band Boney M. with million-selling hits like "Rivers of Babylon", "Brown Girl in the Ring" and "Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord". David Bowie mastered Low and recorded Heroes at their studio in West Berlin. After a decline in sales both domestically and internationally in the mid 80s, Hansa was eventually purchased by Bertelsmann Music Group, who merged them with several other labels like Ariola Records to form BMG Berlin Musik GmbH/BMG-Ariola, later to become part of international conglomerate Sony Music Entertainment.

Artists signed, recorded and/or released on Hansa

  • Kent: Röd
  • The Action
  • Alphaville
  • Aneka
  • Angletrax
  • Blue System
  • Boney M.
  • Bonnie Tyler: Bitterblue (1991), Angel Heart (1992), Silhouette In Red (1993)
  • C. C. Catch
  • Child 1978
  • Chilly 1983
  • David Bowie: Low (1977), Heroes (1977)
  • Depeche Mode: Some Great Reward (1984)
  • Elton John: West Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, 1969–76
  • Eruption
  • Falco
  • Frank Farian
  • Giorgio Moroder 1966-1972
  • Iggy Pop: The Idiot and Lust for Life (both 1977)
  • Japan
  • John Parr: Westward Ho (1990)
  • La Mama
  • Les McKeown
  • Milli Vanilli
  • Modern Talking
  • Morris
  • Münchener Freiheit: "Wachgeküsst"
  • Die Prinzen
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees
  • Amii Stewart
  • The Cure: released by Hansa before they finished recording an album
  • The Hollies 1967-1973
  • The Sugarhill Gang
  • The Troggs 1966-1969
  • The Twins (group)
  • U2: Achtung Baby
  • Xhol Caravan: "Electrip"
  • Viola Wills
  • Gilla
  • Liz Mitchell
  • References

    Hansa Records Wikipedia

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