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The singer from North Rhine-Westphalia surprisingly scored a mega-hit in America.

NRW’s Kim Petras tops the US Billboard charts with “Unholy”.

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NRW’s singer Kim Petras scored a No. 1 hit in the US with “Unholy”. The music was very popular for German labels.

PANN/LOS ANGELES – Breaking into the US charts must be a dream for many musicians. Kim Petras (30) near Cologne has just done it. His song “Unholy” with Brit Sam Smith hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Friday (October 28).

Sung by: Kim Petras
Birthday: August 27, 1992 (Age: 30)
Single hit: Unholy

NRW’s singer Kim Petras reached number one on the US charts with the single “Unholy”.

The single, with its sinister lyrics, reached number one on the US Billboard charts in its fourth week of release. This puts Kim Petras ahead of popular artists like One Republic and Nicki Minaj with the song.

The video, reminiscent of Moulin Rouge and Lady Gaga, has meanwhile collected more than 30 million views on YouTube:

North Rhine-Westphalia’s Kim Petras tops US Billboard charts

The success of the singer from North Rhine-Westphalia must come as a surprise, at least to German music labels. Because many producers rejected Kim Petras’s music as “too American, too pop,” he revealed in an interview with Die Zeit in 2018.

Kim Petras joins the illustrious list of German artists who have already had a single on the Billboard charts (Choice):

  • Power plant – “Highway” (1977)
  • Scorpion – “Rock You Like a Hurricane” (1984)
  • Snap! – “The Power” (1990)
  • Stack – “Every Time We Touch” (2005)
  • Sam Smith feat. Kim Petras – “Unholy” (2022)
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Singer Kim Petras was born in North Rhine-Westphalia

Kim Petras was born on August 27, 1992 in Cologne. She grew up in Ugerath near Bonn, but moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to pursue her singing career.

When Petras was 15, she appeared on the Vox show “Man Oder Fra?” became known through which he expressed plans for gender reassignment. In 2008, Kim Petras became the world’s youngest transgender woman after undergoing surgery at the age of 16.