World Power

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World Power
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 15, 1990
Snap! chronology
World Power
The Madman's Return

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".


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 60,000 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
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.

1."The Power"Benites, Garrett, Toni C. (Colandreo)5:44
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
9."Only Human"Butler3:11
10."The Power (Jungle Fever Mix)"Benites, C., Garrett7:23


  • 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!


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[23] 25
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[24] 4
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[25] 11
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[26] 7
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[27] 2
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 20
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 4
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 10
US Billboard 200[31] 30

SinglesBillboard (United States)[32]

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


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Germany (BVMI)[33] Platinum 500,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[34] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[35] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[36] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  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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  32. ^ – Artist Chart History – Snap! – Singles
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