Vengaboys

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Vengaboys
Vengaboys on stage.jpg
The Vengaboys on stage in 2008
Background information
Origin  Netherlands
Genres Eurodance, dance-pop
Years active 1997–2004, 2007–present
Labels Breakin' Records/Violent Music
Website www.vengaboys.com
Members Kim Sasabone
Denise Post-Van Rijswijk
Robin Pors
Donny Latupeirissa
Past members Roy den Burger (1998–2002)
Yorick Bakker (1999–2009)

The Vengaboys are a Dutch eurodance/dance-pop group based in Rotterdam. The brainchild of two Dutch producers Wessel van Diepen and Dennis van den Driesschen (Danski and Delmundo), they enjoyed commercial success in the late 1990s. Their music was ubiquitous throughout European holiday destinations. They are best known for their two UK number one singles, "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!" and "We're Going to Ibiza" and their U.S. Top 40 hit, "We Like to Party". The group consists of lead vocalist Kim Sasabone, vocalist Denise Post-Van Rijswijk and the male vocalist Robin Pors and Donny Latupeirissa. They have sold an estimated 25 million records worldwide[1] and are renowned for being one of the most influential Eurodance pop groups of the early 21st century.[citation needed] On 2 May 2001, The World Music Awards awarded Vengaboys with the award for best selling dance group of the year.[2]

History[edit]

1997–1998: Formation and Up & Down[edit]

Dutch producers Danski and Delmundo initially found success organizing illegal beach parties during the summers.[1] Danski and Delmundo recruited background singers Rachael Carpenter and Olivia Ovington, fronted by singer Kim Sasabone for the music videos, to form a group In 1997. The name Vengaboys was thought up during a recording session for another of Danski and Delmundo's projects, called Nakatomi. The group recorded several single tracks such as their two small Benelux hits "Parada De Tettas" and "To Brazil", which were released as singles before the release of the tracks as a debut album titled Up & Down - The Party Album! in the Netherlands.

1998–1999: Second Line-up and The Party Album![edit]

In 1998, with the addition of the three new members Denise Post-Van Rijswijk, Roy den Burger and Robin Pors to current member Sasabone, the now four piece, they entered the UK chart at number 4 with "Up and Down" and their follow-up "We Like to Party" peaked at number 1 in Belgium[3] and was a Top 10 hit in other European countries, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It reached number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100. Vengaboys re-released their debut album re-titled The Party Album featuring new tracks. In June 1999, "Boom Boom Boom Boom" topped the charts in the UK, New Zealand and the Netherlands. "We Like to Party" was used in a Six Flags advertisement campaign in America, featuring an elderly gentleman (Mr. Six) dancing to the tune and picking up passengers. "The Party Album!" soared to the top of the charts in over 20 countries including the U.K., Canada, Germany, Benelux, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, Poland, Australia and Mexico. "We're Going to Ibiza", a reworking of Typically Tropical's 1975 number 1 hit "Barbados", also reached the top slot in September 1999. Their debut LP spent 30 consecutive weeks on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified gold (500,000 units) in November 1999. "The Party Album!" was once again released under a new name, this time known as "Greatest Hits - Part 1", which featured five new songs. The Remix Album was released in late 1999, featuring new dance remixes of the songs from the Vengaboys' debut record.

2000–2002: Departure of Pors, The Platinum Album and Hiatus[edit]

Shortly before the release of their second album, Pors left the group to pursue a solo career and was replaced by dolphin trainer Yorick Bakker The Platinum Album was released in early 2000, which saw continued success for the group. More UK and Canadian Top 10 hits followed: "Kiss (When the Sun Don't Shine)", "Shalala Lala" and "Uncle John from Jamaica" all charted, with the former going to number one on the Irish Charts. For their fourth single, the group gained a virtual member, the computer-animated Cheekah. The single "Cheekah Bow Bow (That Computer Song)" was not as successful as their previous singles. They released their single "Forever as One" in February 2001 with little promotion. The single charted at 28 in the UK, making it their worst-performing single. Shortly after this release, they replaced Post-Van Rijswijk, who was pregnant, with Lynn Allien and Bakker with Mark Jong a Pin, who released a solo single. The group eventually disbanded for several years. Owing to the fact this fourth line-up did not last long and resulted in no new material, Allien and Jong a Pin have never been officially recognized as former Vengaboys members.

2006–2009: Return on Stage and Line-up changes[edit]

In 2006 they returned to the club scene with new member Donny Latupeirissa a.k.a. Ma'Donny, replacing den Burger as Cowboy and later Pors returning in 2009 to the group replacing Bakker. They have most recently been touring university student union clubs in the UK and Ireland, most notably the UCD 2010 Ball, with an estimated 9000 attendees. Throughout 2008 and 2009, the group continued to tour on a small scale, while various rumors of new tracks including "Partylife" in 2008 and a re-release of old material in 2009 generated publicity.

2010–2011: Comeback and The Best of Vengaboys[edit]

In the spring of 2010, The Vengaboys confirmed via their website,[4] Twitter[5] and at their live gigs that their comeback single will be called "Rocket To Uranus" and feature singer-songwriter Pete Burns and American celebrity Perez Hilton, who co-wrote the song. It was only released in their home country in June 2010. The world premiere was confirmed via the band's Twitter account, announcing the premiere on 4 June on the Dutch radio station Radio 538.[6] The video premiered on 6 June at the Dutch television station TMF,[7] and in 2D and 3D formats on their own website and YouTube channel. They were due to release a Best of in Australia on 9 December 2011.[8] In 2012, JJ Van Zon briefly replaced Donny Latupeirissa for a short time as the Cowboy. November 2012, Ma'Donny returned to the group to reclaim his role as Cowboy. Also in 2012, Vengaboys began performing a cover of T-Spoons song "Sex On The Beach" in their live shows, but it is unknown if the song will be released officially by Vengaboys in the future.

2012–present: Hot, Hot, Hot and 2 Brazil[edit]

In early April 2013, It has been announced through their official Twitter and Facebook pages that a new music video is in the works. The latest single will be entitled "Hot, Hot, Hot", a cover of the 1983 hit originally by 'Arrow' as small hints of the song was posted on their Twitter account. The song will be released on 8 July 2013, no international release has been announced yet. The song was performed during their National Tour in Australia back in January and live footage of the track has been uploaded via YouTube. Also, Sasabone announced that she has become pregnant. As of July 25, "Hot, Hot, Hot" was released with an unsuspected announcement on their Official Facebook and Twitter pages. The single features 13 remixes. The single was released Worldwide except France on iTunes.[9] The group continues to maintain a busy tour schedule, with most shows based in Europe and Australia. On January 2014, Pors mentioned in an interview in Dubai that the group will continue to tour in Europe and are currently working on future shows in the Middle East and India, along with performing their greatest hits, their latest single, "Hot, Hot, Hot" and reportedly new unreleased tracks. He also stated that releasing new material is on their agenda for 2014. In May 2014 a new Remix from her Single "To Brazil" re titled "2 Brazil" has been announced and released.

2014 South Africa Tour Announcement[edit]

They have announced via their website and probably soon to break via MyCityByNight [10] that they are travelling on their much anticipated tour to South Africa in December.[11] The band is beyond excited.

Members[edit]

Member 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kim Sasabone
(1997–2002, 2006–present)
Denise Post-Van Rijswijk
(1998–2002, 2006–present)
Roy den Burger
(1998–2002)
Donny Latupeirissa
(2006–present)
Robin Pors
(1998–1999, 2009–present)
Yorick Bakker
(1999–2002, 2006–2009)

Other Members:

  • Olivia Ovington (Background singer for their early tracks early 1997, to support lead singer Kim Sasabone)
  • Rachael Carpenter (Background singer for their early tracks early 1997, to support lead singer Kim Sasabone)
  • Lynn Bartels (2002–2004) (Replacement for then pregnant Post-Van Rijswijk, but the band was already on hiatus and no material had been released)
  • Mark Jong a Pin (2002–2004) (Replacement for Bakker, but the band was already on hiatus and no material had been released)
  • JJ van Zon (Brief replacement for Latupeirissa in 2012, but no material had been released)
  • Kim Ley (Brief replacement for then pregnant Sasabone in 2013, but no material had been released)
  • Cheekah (A digitally animated robot featured in the video clip Cheekah Bow Bow, released in September of 2000, Cheekah said to be the 5th member of the group, but no other material had been released)

Discography[edit]

Main article: Vengaboys discography

Awards[edit]

Preceded by
Unknown
World Music Awards Best Selling Dance Group
May 2, 2001 - October 12, 2003
Succeeded by
T.A.T.u.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Vengaboys". The Eurodance Encyclopædia. KDJ Eurodance Ltd. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  2. ^ "Music Industry Awards". Encyclopedia Fun Trivia. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  3. ^ [1] Ultratop.be
  4. ^ Home. Vengaboys. Retrieved on 2012-04-29.
  5. ^ Vengaboys (@vengatweets) op Twitter. Twitter.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-29.
  6. ^ "Vengaboys: The #WORLDPREMIERE of #Roc ...". Twitter. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  7. ^ "Vengaboys: And for tv addicts: the fu ...". Twitter. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  8. ^ Best Of (Australian Tour Edition): Vengaboys: Music. Chaos.com (2011-12-09). Retrieved on 2012-04-29.
  9. ^ New Single Announcement
  10. ^ http://www.mycitybynight.co.za/
  11. ^ http://www.vengaboys.com/schedule/

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