Hasselhoff : music :: Soccer : sports

  • Saturday, July 22, 2006 9:00pm
  • Life

The World Cup has come and gone. And Americans have largely forgotten all about soccer.

The same thing happens pretty much every time David Hasselhoff releases an album. We just don’t seem to get it here, but the folks in Germany go nuts.

“The Hoff” has had six platinum-selling albums since 1989, when he released “Looking for Freedom,” which became something of an anthem as the Berlin Wall came down. But his popularity has translated to the States about as successfully as … well, something that doesn’t translate well.

But he’s not feeling sorry for himself. He’s laughing all the way to the Swiss Bank.

“I’m a big punching bag,” he said Friday, while he was in town discussing NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” on which he’s a judge. “I just kind of go with the flow. I mean, you know, it’s — my success has brought me so much.”

He listed Broadway as his greatest achievement, even beyond being a pop singer.

But he was just offered a spot opening the “European Music Awards,” which he said reaches 500 million people, and his latest single, “Jump in My Car,” is pushing the Top 10 in London.

“And if it breaks over here, fine,” he said. “If it’s not, I love London. I love Europe. I love the world. It’s fun, you know. I’m more interested right now in developing my own musical. I’m working on ‘David Hasselhoff, the Musical.’ That kind of puts it all together in perspective.”

It certainly does.

And he wasn’t joking.

“No actually, I was offered to go on tour in Australia starting last December with just a concert and they came up with an idea of doing …” Yep. A musical. “The answer is yes.”

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