Sandra (German group w/ singer Sandra Cretu; hit: "Maria Magdalena")

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German group, consisted primarily of Sandra Cretu (vocals) and Michael Cretu (producer, composer, arranger, musician).

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Sandra Ann Lauer, commonly known under her stage name Sandra (German pronunciation: [ˈzandʁa]; born 18 May 1962), is a German pop singer, who enjoyed a mainstream popularity in the 1980s and early 1990s with a string of European hit singles, produced by her then-husband and musical partner, Michael Cretu, most notably "(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena" (1985), "In the Heat of the Night" (1985), "Everlasting Love" (1987), "Secret Land" (1988), "Hiroshima" (1990) and "Don't Be Aggressive" (1992). Her albums Into a Secret Land (1988) and Close to Seven (1992) have won Sandra high critical acclaim.

Prior to embarking on a solo career, Sandra was the lead singer of an all-female disco trio Arabesque, which had a massive following in Japan and Russia. Also, between 1990 and 2001, she provided vocals on album releases of the very successful musical project Enigma, which had top 10 hits in North America and United Kingdom. A cult star with a devoted fan base, Sandra remains one of the most popular singers of the 1980s in Continental Europe. During the height of her popularity, she even managed to outsell Madonna in a number of countries around the world. With sales in excess of 30 million records worldwide, Sandra has established her position as the most successful German disco/pop female vocalist.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 The Long Play Sandra 3
1986 Mirrors Sandra 4
1988 Into a Secret Land Sandra 4
1990 Paintings in Yellow Sandra 2
1992 Close to Seven Sandra 1
1995 Fading Shades Sandra 1
2002 The Wheel of Time Sandra 2
2006 Reflections Sandra 1
2007 The Art of Love Sandra 2
2009 Back to Life Sandra 1
2012 Stay in Touch Sandra 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Ten on One (The Singles) Sandra 1
1988 Everlasting Love Sandra 1
1992 18 Greatest Hits Sandra 3
1999 My Favourites Sandra 1
2000 Mirrors / Paintings in Yellow Sandra 1
2000 The Long Play / Fading Shades Sandra 1
2009 The Platinum Collection Sandra 2
2012 So80s Presents Sandra Sandra 1
2016 The Very Best Of Sandra Sandra 1
Love Ballads Sandra 1
The Maxi Singles Collection, Part I Sandra 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Sandra and C.C. Catch Sandra 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Andy mein Freund Sandra Ann 1
1984 Japan ist weit Sandra 1
1985 (I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena Sandra 1
1985 In the Heat of the Night Sandra 1
1986 Innocent Love Sandra 1
1988 Secret Land Sandra 2
1988 Everlasting Love Sandra 3
1988 Heaven Can Wait Sandra 4
1989 Around My Heart Sandra 1
1989 Hiroshima Sandra 1
1989 We'll Be Together ('89 Remix) Sandra 2
1990 (Life May Be) A Big Insanity Sandra 2
1990 One More Night Sandra 1
1992 Don't Be Aggressive Sandra 5
1992 I Need Love Sandra 1
1992 Johnny Wanna Live Sandra 1
1993 Maria Magdalena '93 Sandra 1
1995 Nights in White Satin Sandra 1
1995 Won't Run Away Sandra 1
1999 Secret Land '99 Sandra 1
2001 Forever Sandra 1
2002 I Close My Eyes Sandra 1
2002 Such a Shame Sandra 1
2012 Infinite Kiss Sandra 1
The Way I Am Sandra 1

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