World Power

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World Power
WorldPower-Snap.jpg
Studio album by
Released15 May 1990
Recorded1989–1990
Genre
Length52:53
Label
ProducerSnap!
Snap! chronology
World Power
(1990)
The Madman's Return
(1992)
Singles from World Power
  1. "The Power"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Ooops Up"
    Released: 1 May 1990
  3. "Cult of Snap"
    Released: September 1990
  4. "Mary Had a Little Boy"
    Released: 10 December 1990

World Power is the debut album by German Eurodance project Snap!, released in 1990 on Bookmark/Ariola Records. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, as the project's musical style and its vocalists, Turbo B and Penny Ford, were well received. It also achieved considerable commercial success with the help of four international top-ten hits, including its best-selling single "The Power".

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album reached number seven on Germany's Media Control Charts,[1] number 25 on Australia's ARIA Charts,[2] number four on the Ö3 Austria Top 40,[3] number 20 on the Topplistan chart in Sweden,[4] number four on the Swiss Music Charts,[5] number 10 on the UK Albums Chart,[6] and number 30 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[7] Although it did not chart on the Dutch MegaCharts,[8] it earned gold certification from the NVPI, for sales in excess of 50,000 copies in the Netherlands.[9] World Power has also been certified gold in Australia,[10] Austria,[11] Sweden,[12] the United Kingdom,[13] and the United States,[14] while it has received platinum certifications in both Germany and Switzerland.[15][16] Worldwide, the album sold in excess of 5 million copies as of June 1992.[17]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[18]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[19]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[20]
The Village VoiceA−[21]

Upon its release, World Power received generally positive reviews from music critics. Chicago Tribune writer Mitchell May called it "a dance record you can listen to", noting that "pulsating synth chords, slashing guitar riffs, thundering drums and the gospel-like wails of Penny Ford combine to give Snap a riveting sound".[19] Greg Sandow of Entertainment Weekly called the album "smart dance/rap, full of surprises".[20] In his consumer guide for The Village Voice, critic Robert Christgau gave World Power an A− rating,[21] indicating "the kind of garden-variety good record that is the great luxury of musical micromarketing and overproduction. Anyone open to its aesthetic will enjoy more than half its tracks".[22] Christgau noted it as "in the great transcultural Technotronic tradition" and described its music as "crazy and radio-ready at the same time. Also funny".[21] In a retrospective review, AllMusic writer Andrew Hamilton perceived rapper Turbo B's enunciation as a flaw, but commended his "energy" and singer Penny Ford's vocals.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Benito Benites (Michael Münzing), John Virgo Garrett III (Luca Anzilotti) and Durron Butler, unless otherwise specified.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Power"B.Benites, J.Garrett, D.Butler5:44
2."Ooops Up"Benites, Garrett, Butler, Penny Ford, Lonnie Simmons, Rudy Taylor, Charlie Wilson, Robert Wilson, Ronnie Wilson6:42
3."Cult of Snap" 5:21
4."Believe the Hype" 4:50
5."I'm Gonna Get You (To Whom It May Concern)" 5:20
6."Witness the Strength" 4:57
7."Mary Had a Little Boy"Benites, Garrett, Butler, Penny Ford4:53
8."Blasé Blasé" 4:30
Reissue bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."Only Human"Butler3:11
10."The Power (Jungle Fever Mix)"Benites, C., Garrett7:23

Personnel[edit]

  • Artwork – Ariola-Studios, Tom
  • Lyrics – Durron Butler (tracks: 3 to 10)
  • Music – Benito Benites, John "Virgo" Garrett III
  • Original sound – Master Musikproduktion GmbH
  • Photography – Markus Löffel
  • Producer – Snap!

Charts[edit]

SinglesBillboard (United States)[38]

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "The Power" The Billboard Hot 100 2
Hot Rap Singles 1
Hot R&B Singles 4
Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1
"Ooops Up" The Billboard Hot 100 35
Hot Rap Singles 3
Hot R&B Singles 18
"Ooops Up"/"Believe the Hype" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 4
1991 "Mary Had a Little Boy" Hot R&B Singles 56
Hot Dance Music/Club Play 4

Certifications[edit]

Certifications for World Power
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[11] Gold 25,000*
Germany (BVMI)[15] Platinum 500,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[9] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[39] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[40] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[12] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[16] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "US Albums Positions to Snap!". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
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  10. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  11. ^ a b "Austrian album certifications – Snap – World Power" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  12. ^ a b "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2021. Scroll to position 549 to view certification.
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  14. ^ a b "American album certifications – Snap – World Power". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Snap; 'World Power')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  16. ^ a b "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Snap; 'World Power')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  17. ^ "New Generation". Billboard Magazine. 27 June 1992. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  18. ^ a b Hamilton, Andrew. "World Power – Snap!". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  19. ^ a b May, Mitchell (9 August 1990). "Snap: World Power (Arista)". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 22 August 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  20. ^ a b Sandow, Greg (1 June 1990). "World Power". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  21. ^ a b c Christgau, Robert (31 July 1990). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  22. ^ CG Grades 1990– : Key to Icons. Robert Christgau. Retrieved on 2010-02-15.
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