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Herbert Grönemeyer Unveils New Single 'Will I Ever Learn' Featuring Antony Hegarty

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 Written by Elliott Batte
Herbert Grönemeyer Unveils New Single 'Will I Ever Learn' - Featuring Antony Hegarty

German pop rock superstar Herbert Grönemeyer has unveiled his new video/single ‘Will I Ever Learn’ - featuring none other than Antony and the Johnsons star Antony Hegarty.

Herbert Grönemeyer is, it’s probably safe to say, the biggest selling artist you’ve never heard of. In his native Germany, he has outsold Michael Jackson, beating Thriller to the #1 spot upon its release. His 2002 album ‘Mensch’ is certified gold 21 times over in Germany, making it the biggest selling LP in that region of all time. Through his humanitarian work, he’s made good friends with Bono and, in 2005, TIME magazine awarded him the title of European Hero to recognise his impressive philanthropic efforts.

Film buffs might also recognise him from his role in Wolfgang Petersen’s epic ‘Das Boot’, or his cameo in the Ian Curtis biopic ‘Control’, directed by Anton Corbijn, whom Grönemeyer later teamed up with to score the George Clooney film The American. But it’s his four-decade spanning, chart-topping career that has made him the most loved performer in the German-speaking world.

New single ‘Will I Ever Learn’, released on his own Grönland label, marks Grönemeyer’s first foray into the UK market and features Antony and the Johnsons’ frontman Antony Hegarty sharing vocal duties on an appropriately Hegarty-esque track. Though the song’s constitution is little more than soft piano, cello and delicately picked acoustic guitar, the powerful vocal pairing of Grönemeyerand Hegarty counteracts the sparse instrumentation in this stunning UK debut, surely set to make a name for the German star over here on British shores.

Grönemeyer’s forthcoming album ‘I Walk’ (due for release on Monday 24th September) held the working title of ‘Das English Album’ – for it is a tribute to the country that Herbert sought refuge and comfort in, following the deaths of both his wife and his brother within three days of each other. Prepare to welcome Herbert Grönemeyer into your heart as so many Germans - young and old - have done.

You can check out a video teaser below.

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