Ch!pz

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Ch!pz
Origin Netherlands
Genres Eurodance, Dance music
Years active 2003–2011
Labels Universal
Website Ch!pz Fanclub (Dutch)
Members "Rach-L" (Rachel van den Hoogen)
C!lla (Cilla Niekoop)
P3ter (Peter Rost)
Kev!n (Kevin Hellenbrand)

Ch!pz were a Dutch pop music band. They targeted especially at a young audience. The group was formed in 2003, after several rounds of tryouts for the Fox Kids Network. The members of Ch!pz were:

  • Rach-L (Rachel van Hoogen, born November 27, 1983)
  • C!lla (Cilla Niekoop, born December 11, 1985)
  • P3ter (Peter Rost, born April 19, 1984)
  • Kev!n (Kevin Hellenbrand, born February 14, 1985)

Career[edit]

In the Netherlands, many radio stations did not play the Ch!pz' songs because most of the listeners found their songs too childish. However, thanks to promotions on Fox Kids, Ch!pz became one of the most well-known bands in the Netherlands. Within a year and a half, the band had had three singles at the top of the Dutch singles charts. All of their singles went straight to the number 1 position, except Captain Hook and their debut single Ch!pz in Black. Their debut album The Adventures of Ch!pz was released in 2004 in the Netherlands, which went straight to number 1 in the Dutch album chart. In 2005, their second album, The World of Ch!pz was released. Singles from it include 1001 Arabian Nights, One, Two, Three! and Carnival, of which all peaked at the #1 position.

At the beginning of 2005, "Ch!pz in Black", the first single from Ch!pz released in Germany, and climbed to #2 on the German charts. Shortly thereafter, at the beginning of May 2005, their second single, "Cowboy", made it to the second place as well. A week later, it made it all the way to #1 position.

Their videos are all of the same style: The members of the band are in exotic surroundings, and they all wear similar styles of clothing (for example, in Ch!pz in Black, they all wear black outfits). As such, they overcome a horse thief in "Cowboy", aliens who kidnapped their fellow campers in "Ch!pz in Black", a magic lamp thief in 1001 Arabian Nights, and in One, Two, Three! they fight against their evil selves. All of this happens amidst clips of highly stylized dance moves, which inevitably defeat their enemies.

In April 2006, they released a new single in the Netherlands, Gangstertown. Two months after the release of the single, that peaked at #5 in the Dutch Top 40, an EP was also released, Past:Present:Future (Part 1). A music video was shot for "Waikiki Beach" too, but was never released on single. In late September, their latest single "One Day When I Grow Up" was released. The single entered the Dutch charts at #29 and climbed up to peak at #7. A second EP, Past:Present:Future (Part 2), was released in November 2006.

"Cowboy" was released in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2007, while "Ch!pz in Black" is now slated for a March 26 release.

In December 2007, they released a new song, "Make a big splash", entering at number 3.

After that, they made a TV programme named Chipz Dance Xperienz, in which they showed their choreographies. After that, to support the programme, in September 2008 they released "CDX" (Chipz Dance Xperienz), their new CD, preceded by the single "Dance Xperienz".

Ch!pz continued to tour during 2009 and 2010, their last concert being on November 27, 2010. During this time, plans for a new album "The New Adventures Of Ch!pz" was being planned and a new single was also in the works.

Unfortunately, the management did not think Ch!pz new album would be successful and instead decided to cancel the new releases. The members of Ch!pz attempted to gain rights to the Ch!pz name through legal battle but were unsuccessful.

Ch!pz disbanded following this, officially disbanding on January 1, 2011, with the official announcement following January 3, 2011.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

The Adventures of Ch!pz

  • Released: February 4, 2004
  • Label: Universal
  • Chart position: #1 Netherlands, #6 Germany, #9 Austria, #20 Switzerland, #35 Sweden
  • Singles: "Chipz in Black (Who You Gonna Call?)", "Cowboy", "Captain Hook"

The World of Ch!pz

  • Released: April 1, 2005
  • Label: Universal
  • Chart position: #1 Netherlands, #5 Germany, #6 Austria, #12 Switzerland
  • Singles: "1001 Arabian Nights", "One, Two, Three!", "Carnaval"

Past:Present:Future (Part 1) (Mini album part 1)

  • Released: June 23, 2006
  • Label: Universal
  • Chart position: #5 Netherlands
  • Singles: "Gangstertown", "Waikiki Beach"

Past:Present:Future (Part 2) (Mini album part 2)

  • Released: November 11, 2006
  • Label: Universal
  • Chart position: #19 Netherlands
  • Singles: "One Day When I Grow Up", "Christmas Time Is Here"

The H!tz Collection

  • Released: May 4, 2007
  • Chart position: #10 Netherlands
  • Singles: "Studio 54"

Chipz Dance Xperienz

  • Released: September 12, 2008
  • Label: Universal
  • Chart position: #1 Netherlands
  • Singles: "Dance Xperienz"

The New Adventures of Chipz

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[1] Album
NED UK NL 100 BEL SUI AUT GER SWE NOR
2003 "Ch!pz in Black (Who You Gonna Call?)" 1 2 1 40 2 2 2 3 19 The Adventures of Ch!pz
"Cowboy" 1 1 44 ³ 1 37 2 1 1 3 The Adventures of Ch!pz
2004 "Captain Hook" 1 5 3 19 9 14 NR NR The Adventures of Ch!pz
"1001 Arabian Nights" 1 1 1 3 2 3 The World of Ch!pz
2005 "One, Two, Three!" 1 2 1 1 47 31 40 NR The World of Ch!pz
"Carnival" 1 1 1 32 28 28 NR NR The World of Ch!pz
2006 "Gangstertown" 1 5 2 38 58 22* 34 NR NR Past:Present:Future (Part 1)
"Waikiki Beach" (Promo single) Past:Present:Future (Part 1)
"One Day When I Grow Up" 7 2 NR NR NR NR NR Past:Present:Future (Part 2)
"Christmas Time Is Here" 8 4 56 46 73 NR Past:Present:Future (Part 2)
2007 "Studio 54" (Promo single) 8 7 The H!tz Collection
Notes:
  • 1 Singles that were released later in Europe and did not chart in that particular year.
  • ² Officially only released in the Netherlands.
  • ³ Charted in 2007 in the UK.
  • * = Currently charting.
  • NR = Not released (yet).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chart peak positions:

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