Haddaway

Real Name:
Alexander Nestor Haddaway
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Alexander Nestor Haddaway (born January 9, 1965 in Trinidad) is an early nineties eurodance singer who hailed from the unusual location of Trinidad & Tobago. Haddaway's 1993 self titled debut CD spawned several hit singles, most notably the No.1 smash 'What is Love?'. His second album 'The Drive', released in 1995, was more of the same. Further releases found only marginal success.

The son of a Dutch oceanographer and a Trinidadian nurse, Haddaway moved from Trinidad to Europe in the early 1970s with his father when his parents separated. After spending his formative years at boarding school, he moved to the United States to be with his mother.

His high school years were spent in Maryland City, Maryland, where he graduated from Meade Senior High School in 1983. While at Meade, he was very active in the school's jazz, marching, symphonic, and stage bands.

Discovering a love for music, Haddaway performed small engagements with a cover band called "Chance" while he studied political science and history at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

In 1989, then aged 24, Haddaway returned to Europe and settled in Cologne, Germany, where he started playing American football for the Cologne Crocodiles in the German Football League, as well as working as a choreographer, selling carpets and making music in his spare time.

Haddaway's break came in 1992 when he was signed by German label Coconut Records. His first single "What Is Love" rapidly became popular across Europe, reaching number 2 in Germany and in the United Kingdom, where it sold more than 500,000 copies. It later reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

His second single "Life" hit number 2 in Germany, number 6 in the UK and number 41 in the USA; "I Miss You" and "Rock My Heart" were also top 10 smashes across Europe and established him as a successful Eurodance artist. His first LP The Album was also a multi-million seller.

In 1995, he released his second album The Drive, which spawned the UK top 20 hit "Fly Away", as well as "Catch a Fire" and "Lover Be Thy Name".

Subsequent albums are more soulful, but since 1998, Haddaway has struggled to repeat the mainstream commercial success of his early hits.

Haddaway appeared on the Comeback reality television show in Germany in 2004. He appeared on a similar UK show, Hit Me Baby One More Time, in 2005 and subsequently appeared on the U.S. version. This exposure led to him scoring a moderate chart hit in Germany with the ballad "Spaceman".

"What Is Love" enjoyed a resurge in popularity as the theme music for the head bobbing, nightclubbing addicted Butabi brothers (Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan) on Saturday Night Live and the subsequent film A Night at the Roxbury. The song was also featured in a 2008 PEPSI commercial (for diet Pepsi Max) which parodied the Leitmotif and included several stars including LL Cool J, Missy Elliot, and Busta Rhymes, but interestingly not Haddaway.

On the 2010 Eminem album Recovery, a sample of the song "What Is Love" is used for the track "No Love" featuring Lil Wayne.
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Albums

35 011 6 The Album — Haddaway Haddaway The Album (Album) Coconut, BMG 35 011 6 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
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RL 1-4 The Sign / Haddaway — Haddaway Ace Of Base / Haddaway Ace Of Base / Haddaway - The Sign / Haddaway(LP, Transcription) AFRTS, United States Department Of Defense RL 1-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
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74321 28260 4 The Drive — Haddaway Haddaway The Drive (Album) Coconut, BMG Bertelsmann Music Group 74321 28260 4 Bulgaria 1995 Sell This Version
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74321 50590 4 Let's Do It Now — Haddaway Haddaway Let's Do It Now (Album) BMG, Coconut 74321 50590 4 Poland 1998 Sell This Version
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TER 20001-2 My Face — Haddaway Haddaway My Face (Album) Terzetto TER 20001-2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
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ZYX 20620-2 Love Makes — Haddaway Haddaway Love Makes (Album) ZYX Music ZYX 20620-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
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0162173COC Pop Splits — Haddaway Haddaway Pop Splits (Album) Coconut, Edel 0162173COC Europe 2005 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

74321 140992 What Is Love — Haddaway Haddaway What Is Love (Maxi, Single, EP, Comp) Coconut 74321 140992 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
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74321-15537-7 Just A Dream / What Is Love — Haddaway Donna De Lory / Haddaway Donna De Lory / Haddaway - Just A Dream / What Is Love(7", Promo) MCA Records, Ariola 74321-15537-7 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
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74321 17535 2 I Miss You — Haddaway Haddaway I Miss You (Maxi, Single) Coconut 74321 17535 2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
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190 459.2, 190459 2 Life — Haddaway Haddaway Life (Maxi, Single) Coconut 190 459.2, 190459 2 France 1993 Sell This Version
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74321-17015-7 Life / Dreamer — Haddaway Haddaway / Coldcut Haddaway / Coldcut - Life / Dreamer(7", Jukebox) Ariola, Arista 74321-17015-7 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
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ASCD-2685 Stir It Up — Haddaway Haddaway Stir It Up (Single, Maxi) Arista ASCD-2685 US 1993 Sell This Version
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74321 19412 2, 74321-19412-2 Rock My Heart — Haddaway Haddaway Rock My Heart (Maxi, Single) Coconut 74321 19412 2, 74321-19412-2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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CDX-1503 Fly Away / The First, The Last, Eternity — Haddaway Haddaway, Snap! Haddaway, Snap! - Fly Away / The First, The Last, Eternity(CD, Single, Promo) Ariola CDX-1503 Mexico 1994 Sell This Version
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74321 31305 2 Lover Be Thy Name — Haddaway Haddaway Lover Be Thy Name (Maxi, Single) Coconut 74321 31305 2 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
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BVCP-8806 Fly Away — Haddaway Haddaway Fly Away (Maxi, Single) Coconut, Coconut BVCP-8806 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
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190 992.2 Catch A Fire — Haddaway Haddaway Catch A Fire (Maxi, Single, EP) Coconut 190 992.2 France 1995 Sell This Version
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74321 42091 2 What About Me — Haddaway Haddaway What About Me (Maxi, Single) Coconut 74321 42091 2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
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CDME 7432215309925 Who Do You Love — Haddaway Haddaway Who Do You Love (Maxi, Single) Coconut CDME 7432215309925 Mexico 1998 Sell This Version
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74321 57399 2 You're Taking My Heart — Haddaway Haddaway You're Taking My Heart(CD, Maxi) Coconut 74321 57399 2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
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74321 69423 1 The Millennium Mixes — Haddaway Haddaway The Millennium Mixes (Maxi) Coconut, BMG 74321 69423 1 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
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CDM 720-015-8 Deep — Haddaway Haddaway Deep (Maxi) Terzetto CDM 720-015-8 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
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ZYX 9514-8 Love Makes — Haddaway Haddaway Love Makes (Maxi, Single) ZYX Music ZYX 9514-8 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
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1075105 Spaceman — Haddaway Haddaway Spaceman (Maxi, Single) Coconut 1075105 France 2005 Sell This Version