Wolfgang Boss is a German music executive, producer and president of A&R for Sony Music Entertainment company. Wolfgang holds the position of Sony Music’s Executive President A&R globally since 2012. With more than 100 gold and platinum certifications Wolfgang Boss is one of the most successful A&R executives of the 2000´s.
Biography and musical career
Boss entered the music world during his university studies. After working as a DJ, he became a club manager and established his own house music club, MACH 1. This brought him into regular contact with international DJs and artists in the house scene. In 2003 his Berlin-based company Mach 1 Records GmbH became a partner in the newly founded house label, Ministry of Sound Germany. Just one year later Boss’s new label MACH 1 scored two number-one hits with Dragostea Din Tei (Haiducii) and Obsessión (Aventura). The latter held the top spot on the German charts for seven weeks.
In 2005 Boss teamed up with German producer Reinhardt "Voodoo" Reith to create the music for their Crazy Frog project. The single "Crazy Frog" by Axel F became the most sold single worldwide in 2005 topping the charts in more than 30 countries.
In 2006 Boss worked with Konrad von Löhneysen from Ministry of Sound Germany to produce an album for Goleo VI, the official mascot of the FIFA World Cup in Germany. The single GOLEO IV presents Bob Sinclar: Love Generation became the most sold single in Germany in 2006 topping the German charts for 11 weeks.
In 2007 Boss accepted an offer from Universal Music and founded B1 Recordings as a joint venture with Universal Music Germany.
Releasing hits by artists such as Milow (Ayo Technology), Stromae (Alors on Danse), Edward Maya (Stereo Love), Pitbull (I know you want me) and Klingande (Jubel), B1 Recordings frequently topped the charts.
B1 Recordings´ release of the single "Ai Se Eu Te Pego!" by Brazilian artist Michel Teló, which came out at the end of 2011, was a worldwide hit, reaching no 1 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and it was the most downloaded song in Germany at the time. Two more releases of B1 are in the Top 10 of the most downloaded songs in Germany ever: Gotye´s "Somebody That I Used to Know", and Israel Kamakawiwo`ole (IZ) "Over The Rainbow".
In 2014 Boss accepted an offer from Sony Music and moved B1 Recordings as a joint venture over to Sony Music Entertainment Germany. He has also partnered up with the Sony Music International Team in London, where he currently holds the position of Executive Vice President A&R Sony Music Group.
In 2018, B1 Recordings released the track "In My Mind" by Lithuanian Producer Dynoro which went to #1 on Spotify, Apple Music, and Shazam in 13 countries – ranking Shazam’s global No.1 for eight weeks – was #1 in the German charts for almost three months and 2018’s most successful song, reached #1 in US dance radio, and ranked at #5 in the UK single charts. Billboard’s Critic’s Picks listed “In My Mind” as one of the 30 Best Dance/Electronic Songs, the track amassed up to 800 million streams and sold 3.3 million copies altogether.
At the German ECHO 2011 music awards on 25 March 2011, Boss and Jon de Mello received the Hit of the Year ECHO for Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. The Hawaiian singer, often known simply as IZ, recorded the song three years before his death in 1997. Boss bought the rights to release the single in Europe in 2010. Over the Rainbow topped the German charts for four months in late 2010 and early 2011, selling over 800,000 copies, which made it the top-selling single of 2010. The single overtook Lady Gaga’s Poker Face on the German all-time download chart, making it the most downloaded song of all time in Germany at that time. The song and the corresponding album Facing Future have also enjoyed success outside Germany. In France, for example, the single reached number one and the album went platinum.
- Speedy feat. Lumidee: Sientelo, 2003 (No.2 in France, Gold Single, No.9 in Germany)
- Haiducii: Dragostea din tei, 2004 (No.1 in AUT + CH, No.2 in Germany, Platinum Single)
- Aventura: Obsessión, 2004 (No.1 in Germany, Platinum Single)
- Aventura: We Broke the Rules, 2004 (Top 10 in D, Gold Album)
- Crazy Frog: Axel F, 2005 (No.1 in 30 countries, Multi-Platinum)
- Crazy Frog: Popcorn, 2005 (No.1 in 6 countries, Platinum)
- Crazy Frog presents Crazy Hits, 2005 (Gold Album)
- Goleo presents Bob Sinclar: Love Generation, 2006 (No.1 in Germany, Platin Single)
- Goleo presents Lumidee: Dance!, 2006 (No.3 in Germany)
- David Tavaré: Hot Summer Nights, 2007 (No.2 in France, Platin Single)
- Eisblume: Eisblumen, 2009 (No.3 in Germany)
- Pitbull: I know you want me, 2009 (Top 10 in Germany)
- Milow: Ayo Technology, 2009 (No.2 in Germany, Platinum Single)
- Milow: Milow, 2009 (No.3 in Germany, Platinum Album)
- Stromae: "Alors on danse", 2010 (No.1 in Germany, Platinum Single)
- Edward Maya: Stereo Love, 2010 (No.3 in Germany, Platinum Single)
- Israel Kamakawiwo`ole: Over the Rainbow, 2010 (No.1 in Germany, No.1 in France, Platinum Single)
- Israel Kamakawiwo`ole: Facing Future, 2010 (Platinum Album in Germany + France)
- Avicii: Penguin / Fade Into Darkness, 2011
- Milk & Sugar feat. Vaya con Dios: Hey Nah Neh Nah, 2011 (Top 10 in Germany, Gold Single)
- Milow: You & Me, 2011 (No.3 in Germany, Gold Single)
- Milow: North & South (Album), 2011 (Gold Album)
- Lucenzo & Don Omar: Danza Kuduro, 2011 (No. 1 in Germany, Platinum Single)
- Gotye: Somebody that I used to know, 2011 (in collaboration with Vertigo Berlin)(No. 1 in Germany, Platinum Single)
- Gotye: Making mirrors, 2011 (in collaboration with Vertigo Berlin) (Gold Album)
- Michel Teló: "Ai Se Eu Te Pego!", 2011 (No. 1 in Germany, Austria + Switzerland) (No 1 selling single 2012) (Platinum)
- Gusttavo Lima : "Balada", 2012 (No.1 in Austria + Switzerland, Platinum Germany)
- Triggerfinger : "I Follow Rivers", 2012 (No.1 Austria, Platinum Germany)
- Major Lazer : Get Free, 2012
- Arash & Sean Paul : "She Makes Me Go", 2013 (Gold Single Germany)
- Wankelmut & Emma Louise : "My Head is a Jungle", (Platinum Single Italy, Top 5 UK)
- Stromae : "Papaoutai", 2013 (Gold, Germany)
- Family of the Year : "Hero", 2013 (Gold, Germany)
- Klingande : "Jubel", 2013 (6 weeks at No.1 in Germany, Platinum)
- Alle Farben: She Moves (Far Away), 2014 (Platinum Single Germany)
- Bakermat: One Day (Vandaag), 2014 (Platinum Single Germany, Gold Single France)
- Kygo: Firestone feat. Conrad Sewell, 2014 (Platinum Single in Germany)
- Kygo: Stole The Show feat. Parson James, 2015 (Platinum Single in Germany)
- Deorro: Five More Hours feat. Chris Brown (in cooperation with Ultra Music), 2015 (Gold Single in Germany, Top 10 in 10 countries, Top 40 in 40 countries)
- Paul Kalkbrenner: 7, 2015 (#1 Album in Germany, Switzerland & Austria | Gold Album in Germany)
- Anna Naklab: Supergirl feat. Alle Farben & YOUNOTUS, 2015 (Platinum Single in Germany, Gold Single in Spain)
- Sigala: Easy Love, 2015 (Gold Single in Germany)
- Sigala: Sweet Lovin, 2015 (Gold Single in Germany)
- Julian Perretta: Miracle, 2016 (Gold Single in Germany)
- Era Istrefi: Bonbon, 2016 (Gold Single in Germany)
- Yall: Hundred Miles, 2016 (Gold Single in Germany)
- Alle Farben: Bad Ideas, 2016 (Platinum Single in Germany)
- Alle Farben: Please Tell Rosie, 2016 (Platin Single in Germany)
- Martin Garrix feat. Bebe Rexha: In The Name Of Love, 2016 (Platinum Single in Germany)
- Alle Farben: Bad Ideas, 2016 (Platinum Single in Germany)
- Kygo & Selena Gomez: It Ain't Me, 2017 (Platinum Single in Germany)
- Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa: Scared to be Lonely, 2017 (Platinum Single in Germany)
- Alle Farben: Little Hollywood, 2017 (Platinum Single in Germany)
- Kygo & Ellie Goulding: First Time, 2017 (Platinum Single in Germany)
- J Balvin & Wily William: Mi Gente, 2017 (Platinum Single in Germany)
- Martin Garrix & David Guetta: So Far Away, 2017 (Gold Single in Germany)
- Kygo & Miguel: Remind Me To Forget, 2018
- Kygo & Imagine Dragons: Born To Be Yours, 2018
- El Chombo: Dame Tu Cosita, 2018 (No.1 watched video worldwide on YouTube for 4 weeks)
- Dynoro & Gigi D`Agostino: In My Mind, 2018 (No.1 Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Sweden, Top 10 global Spotify charts, 2x Platinum in Germany, Single Of The Year in 2018 in Germany, Diamond Single in France)
- Alle Farben & Ilira: Fading, 2018
- Sigala & Ella Eyre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana: Just Got Paid, 2018
- Gaullin: Moonlight, 2018 (Gold Single in Germany & France)
- YouNotUs & Janieck & Senex: Narcotic, 2019 (Gold in Germany & The Netherlands)
- Sigala & Becky Hill: Wish You Well, 2019
- Maitre Gims & Maluma: Hola Senorita, 2019
- SAINt JHN - Roses (Imanbek Remix), 2019 (2x Platinum in Germany, 1x Platinum in Ireland, Silver certified in the UK, Gold Single in France, Sweden & Denmark, #1 Official Ireland Charts, #2 Official UK Charts, #3 Global Shazam Charts)
- Regard - Ride It, 2019 (Certified Gold in UK, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Switzerland, 4x Platinum in Ireland, 2x Platinum in Australia and Netherlands and Platinum in Belgium, New Zealand & Finland)