Hansa Records (also known as Hansa, Hansa Musik Produktion or Hansa International) was a record label founded in the 1960s based in Berlin, Germany.
The label's most successful act commercially was West German based band Boney M. with million-selling hits like "Rivers of Babylon", "Brown Girl in the Ring" and "Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord". David Bowie mastered Low and recorded Heroes at their studio in West Berlin. After a decline in sales both domestically and internationally in the mid 80s, Hansa was eventually purchased by BMG, who merged them with several other labels like Ariola Records to form BMG Berlin Musik GmbH/BMG-Ariola, later to become part of international conglomerate Sony BMG Music Entertainment.
The legendary Hansa Studio is located in the heart of Berlin, directly on Potsdamer Platz. In a Berlin office building, built in 1912, brilliant recordings have been made since the early sixties from countless artists like David Bowie, Depeche Mode, U2, R.E.M., Peter Maffay, Nina Hagen and Udo Jürgens. As times changed, so did the Hansa Studio and in the nineties the decision was made to reduce the number of studios. Today, one can produce music in the active Studio 1 with recording studio space of ca. 200 sq m. that is flooded with daylight and equipped with classic analogue and digital equipment. Surrounded by singular music history, the spirit of hits from past decades and the typical recording studio charm of the seventies.
Sublabels: Der Andere Song, Fleet, Hansa International, Rocktopus.