Beginning in 1982, Nena became one of the most successful pop stars Germany had ever seen, especially given the unique success of the German-language version of the single "99 Luftballons" in the U.S. in 1984. The song was a worldwide smash, although by 1985 sales of Nena records and concert tickets had dropped. Splitting with her band, she continued as a solo artist from 1989 forward, composing songs mostly alone or with a few hand-selected musicians. In the '90s, she was also seen regularly on German TV and delved into the arena of children's music. In 2002, her 20th anniversary album, Feat. Nena: Live, provided a second breakthrough and led to a string of Top Ten studio albums in Germany. ~ Alan Severa & Marcy Donelson
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