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Before the next part, please aswer this poll…..i need to know if i should continue or not.

Here is the link to the last part, part 20.
So, if you love the dance music of the 90s, this is this week the top 5:

5.Jam & Spoon – Stella.

4.Solid Base – The right way.

3.Haddaway – What is love.
Nestor Alexander Haddaway (born January 9, 1965), better known by his stage name Haddaway, is a Trinidadian-German singer, best known to mainstream audiences for his 1993 hit, “What Is Love”.
The son of a German oceanographer and a Trinidadian nurse, Haddaway moved from Trinidad to Europe in the early 1970s with his father when his parents separated. After spending his formative years at boarding school, he moved to the United States to be with his mother.
He attended Eisenhower Junior High and Laurel High School in Laurel, Maryland, ultimately graduating from Meade Senior High School in 1983. While at Meade, he was very active in the school’s jazz, marching, symphonic, and stage bands.
Discovering a love for music, Haddaway performed small engagements with a cover band called “Chance” while he studied political science and history at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
In 1989, then aged 24, Haddaway returned to Europe and settled in Cologne, Germany, where he started playing American football for the Cologne Crocodiles in the German Football League, as well as working as a choreographer, selling carpets and making music in his spare time.
Haddaway’s break came in 1992 when he was signed by German label Coconut Records. His first single “What Is Love” rapidly became popular across Europe, reaching number 2 in Germany and in the United Kingdom. In Germany, the single sold 900,000 copies, in the UK, it was certified Gold for shipment of 400,000 units.It later reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold for shipments of 500,000 units.By the beginning of 1994, worldwide sales of “What Is Love” had already reached 2.6 million.
His second single “Life” hit number 2 in Germany, number 6 in the UK and number 41 in the USA, and its worldwide sales had reached 1.5 million by 1994. The follow-up singles “I Miss You” and “Rock My Heart” were also top 10 smashes across Europe and established him as a successful Eurodance artist. His first LP The Album was also a multi-million seller which reached Platinum status in Germany for shipments of 500,000,and Gold in the UK and France for shipment of 100,000 respectively.
In 1995, he released his second album The Drive, which spawned the UK top 20 hit “Fly Away”, as well as “Catch a Fire” and “Lover Be Thy Name”.
Subsequent albums are more soulful, but since 1998, Haddaway has struggled to repeat the mainstream commercial success of his early hits.
Haddaway appeared on the Comeback reality television show in Germany in 2004. He appeared on a similar UK show, Hit Me Baby One More Time, in 2005 and subsequently appeared on the U.S. version. This exposure led to him scoring a moderate chart hit in Germany with the ballad “Spaceman”.
“What Is Love” enjoyed a resurge in popularity as the theme music for the head bobbing, nightclubbing addicted Butabi brothers (Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan) on Saturday Night Live and the subsequent film A Night at the Roxbury. The song was also featured in a 2008 PEPSI commercial (for diet Pepsi Max) which parodied the Leitmotif and included several stars including LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, and Busta Rhymes, but not Haddaway.

2.Double You – Run to you.

1.Masterboy – Mister Feeling

Well, this is it…hope to see you next week with another five amazing songs !!

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Here is the link to the last part, part 19.
So, if you love the dance music of the 90s, this is this week the top 5:

5.Dr. Alban – No Coke.

4.2 Unlimited – Twilight Zone.

3.Double You – Please Don’t Go.
Double You is an Italian Eurodance group founded in 1985, when William Naraine (singer) started producing demos with Franco Amato and Andrea de Antoni.In 1992 they’ve sold more than three million records and the single “Please Don’t Go” was a success.
In 1991 the boys met the producer Roberto Zanetti. In December of the same year, “Please Don’t Go” was recorded. The song was released in January 1992 and it was an instant hit. Double You toured across Europe and appeared in TV shows around the world.
“Please Don’t Go”, a dance version from a KC and the Sunshine Band song, earned many gold and platinum records in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. The record also sold in North America (top ten maxi sales), in Israel (#12), and in the UK (n° 2 on the Cool Cuts Chart).
The second single, “We All Need Love” was recorded in June 1992, during a European tour and was charted around the world. After this second single, the first album We All Need Love followed, which put together such songs as: “Who’s Fooling Who” (cover of a One Way song and the third single) and “Why (Let’s Make It Christmas)”. They performed the latter together with the original composer and singer of “Please Don’t Go”, Harry Casey, professionally known as “KC”.
At the end of 1993, the recording of the second album, the Blue Album, started. These singles followed: “Missing You”, “Part Time Lover”, “Heart of Glass” and “Run to Me” (the song gave the group the possibility of starting their first tour in North America (1995). They performed in such cities as Miami, Daytona, Orlando and other towns along the east coast.
The group performed in theatres and concert-halls in Brazil, such as the “Metropolitan” in Rio de Janeiro and “Olympia” in São Paulo. In less than three months, the group performed sixty-four shows, attended by more than 350,000 people.
In 1995 a new single “Dancing With An Angel” came out, with the singer Sandra Chambers. A long Italian tour began, lasting eight months. The song was also a success in other countries: Switzerland, Australia, Israel and Latin America, too. The single, “Because I’m Loving You”, was released in different versions. It was a big hit in Spain, Italy, Israel (where it reached # 19), and Brazil and one of the most aired on European radios.
At the beginning of 1996, Andrea de Antoni left the group to undertake his own artistic career. In this period, Double You was in great demand in Brazil,so the new tour started. There they performed in the most important concert-halls of the country. The group dedicated the album Forever to all their Brazilian fans.This new album was produced 50% in Italy and 50% in Brazil. It was released only in that country, selling one hundred and fifty thousand copies.
A single was released in the same year, in Brazil only, under the label Spotlight. It was entitled “If You Say Goodbye”.
William Naraine also took part in several DWA projects: Data Drama, Eclipse, Mission, Funkelectra, Infinity feat Sense, Kaas, Pacific, Space Tribe, Time Machine, Toro, Willy Morales. After a two years rest, spending time in the studio to create new songs for their next album, in spring 1997, the new single, “Somebody”, was released. In 1999, another single was released, called “Desperado”.
In 2000, Double You released a track called “Music (Is The Answer)” followed by a 2001 remix of the hit “Please Don’t Go”. A best of album called Studio Live was released the same year in Brazil. In 2002, Double You released a single entitled “Dance Anymore”. He had worked with Memi P. and Ryo S., produced and performed with other bands such as T-Factory. The same year, his voice was featured by Love Solution for the track “I’ll Be Over You”.
In 2003, Double You did a remake of Bryan Adams hit “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)”, and a cover of U2’s “With or Without You” (that was not released as a single). The band toured in all the main Brazilian cities. In May they did shows in the South and Southeast, including both a presentation in the “Olympia” of São Paulo and their playing at the Caipiriba Dance, in the city of Aparecida. Then they went to Belém, Macapá and Manaus. William Narnine was married in the year 1998,to Izeka Marsh from Egypt.
In 2004, March William Naraine contributed to Vanni G’s single “All My Illusion”. In October he appeared once again on the next single “I Say Yeah”. He also took part to a remix of the single by Promise Land vs Netzwerk Memories, where he made a duet with Sandy. In 2005, Double You released with Artist Don Cartel “Please Don’t Go” 2005 for Record Company Triple B Records. The single hit the Dutch mega top 100 chart at 40 position and Pepsi Chart at 38 position.In November 2007, a live DVD (shot during a concert in São Paulo) and a live CD were released, available in Brazil only.

2.Masterboy – Show me the colours.

1.Culture Beat – Anything.

See you next week ! :)



Here is the link to the last part, part 18.
So, if you love the dance music of the 90s, this is this week the top 5:

5.La Bouche – You won’t forget me.

4.Solid Base – Mirror, Mirror.
Solid Base was a Swedish Eurodance group.The lead singer in the group was Isabelle Heitmann, who was born in Oslo, Norway in 1972. She had a passion for singing since her childhood, and at the age of 10 she moved to Gothenburg, Sweden. A few years after she had moved to Stockholm, she started to sing in various talent competitions. One day she got a phone call from producer Pat Reiniz asking her to sing for him. She ended up singing for Cool James and Black Teacher on their album. At work she met a man named Niclas Lindberg who recommended her for the Solid Base project.
Rapper Thomas Nordin or Teo T (born 1971) spent his youth living in places like Saudi Arabia, Africa and Indonesia. Once back in Stockholm he dedicated his time to the growing music life of Stockholm. Teo met the producers Jonas Eriksson and Mattias Eliasson and together they formed the idea of Solid Base.
In 1994, Solid Base released their first single “Together”. They then released several other singles and gained success in Europe. In 1996, their debut album Finally was released. It included hit songs like “Mirror Mirror”, “You Never Know” and “Let It Be Sunshine”. Two years later, they released their second album The Take Off where the song “Come’n Get Me” is probably their most well-known.

3.2 Unlimited – No Limit .
2 Unlimited is a Dutch eurodance group formed in 1991.The project is the brainchild of Belgian producers Jean-Paul DeCoster and Phil Wilde, and is fronted by a Dutch duo, rapper Ray Slijngaard and singer Anita Doth.During five years of enormous worldwide popularity, the act scored 16 chart hits, including “Get Ready for This”, “Twilight Zone”, “No Limit” and “Tribal Dance”. During their career, they have sold 18 million records worldwide.
Jean-Paul DeCoster and Phil Wilde met in their hometown of Antwerp,Belgium, and their first collaboration under the name of Bizz Nizz, the single “Don’t Miss The Party Line”, was a substantial hit across Europe, including in the United Kingdom where it reached no. 7 in the national singles chart in April 1990. Its success came as a great surprise to the duo and encouraged them to continue working together.
In early 1991, a 19-year-old Ray Slijngaard was working as a chef at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.Slijngaard was a friend of Quadrophonia rapper Marvin D,and whilst attending one of their gigs he took a microphone and started to rap in order to hype up the unenthusiastic crowd. Marvin was impressed and introduced him to DeCoster and Wilde, who got him to record a rap for “Money Money”, a track that was being planned as a future Bizz Nizz single.Meanwhile, Anita Doth (Dels is her stage name), also 19, was an administrator in the parking ticket division of an Amsterdam police station. In her spare time she performed in a female rap group called Trouble Sisters and she was spotted by Marvin, who asked her to be a backing singer for him. Slijngaard and Doth became good friends.
DeCoster and Wilde created an instrumental track called “Get Ready For This” and they decided that it needed some vocals. They asked Slijngaard for his input and he duly recorded a rap for it. The band was initially meant to be a solo project with Slijngaard fronting the act but then he added female vocals from Doth. They were so pleased with the result that they agreed to work with them as a duo, and thus 2 Unlimited was born.
They were signed to Byte Records (Belgium) and were licensed to many other record labels, including PWL Continental in the UK, run by Pete Waterman of Stock, Aitken & Waterman fame, who had produced dozens of hits for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Rick Astley. However Waterman, deciding that the rap was unsuitable for the UK market, where instrumental rave music had become extremely popular, removed most of the vocals from the track except for the line “y’all ready for this?”, which was sampled from The D.O.C.’s “It’s Funky Enough”.”Get Ready For This” was an instant hit, peaking at no. 2 in the chart and was the twelfth best-selling single of 1991, earning a silver sales certificate. It went on to reach no. 4 in Belgium, no. 10 in the Netherlands and no. 2 in Australia. It also worked its way up to no. 7 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.
A follow-up single, “Twilight Zone”, followed in January 1992 also reached no. 2 in the UK, selling 234,000 copies. It topped the chart in the duo’s homeland and was certified gold, and it was also a hit in the United States where it charted at #49 on the Hot 100 (and #5 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart). To capitalise on this success, the album Get Ready!, featuring the two singles and seven other brand new tracks including two ballads, was released on 24 February. Two further singles were released, “Workaholic” and “The Magic Friend”, which helped the album go on to sell 2.6 million copies worldwide.
“Tribal Dance” was released as a single shortly before the album No Limits hit stores in May. Three further singles were issued: “Faces”, which was considerably different in pace to previous releases, “Maximum Overdrive” and a re-recorded version of “Let The Beat Control Your Body”. In France, the title was changed to “Let The Bass Control Your Body” to avoid any confusion with the slang word “bite” (meaning “penis”). “Throw The Groove Down” was released after this, but not as a full single release. Alternatively, the American label Radikal Records issued a limited edition titled “The U.S. Remixes”.
The No Limits album was even more successful than the first, selling in excess of 3 million copies. At the MIDEM convention, 2 Unlimited were presented with 80 platinum and gold awards from 26 different countries, as well as winning “World’s Best-Selling Benelux Act” at the World Music Awards 1993.
On 11 July 2012 it was announced that Ray & Anita will be working again with De Coster under the name 2 Unlimited. Both Ray & Anita confirmed the news on their Facebook pages and posted a link to their new official website.

2.Dr. Alban – Hello Africa.

1.Jam & Spoon – Right in the night.
Jam & Spoon was a German trance duo from Frankfurt. The group consisted of composers and producers Rolf Ellmer (aka Jam El Mar – classically trained composer) and Markus Löffel (a DJ, stage name: Mark Spoon). They also worked under the pseudonyms Tokyo Ghetto Pussy, Storm and Big Room. Under these pseudonyms, the credits on the albums are listed as Trancy Spacer and Spacy Trancer.
Jam & Spoon’s first album, BreaksUnit1, was released in 1991. They had their first hit with the 1992 song “Stella”. It was widely played, remixed and bootlegged in the dance club community for years after its release. The pair also remixed the singles “The Age of Love” and “Go”. Their first international and commercial success came in 1994, with the singles “Right In the Night” “Find Me” and “Angel”. These tracks featured vocals by the singer, Plavka Lonich. The albums Tripomatic Fairytales 2001 and Tripomatic Fairytales 2002 were released in 1994, followed by Disco 2001 (1995) as Tokyo Ghetto Pussy, Kaleidoscope (1997), Stormjunkie (2000) as Storm, and finally Tripomatic Fairytales 3003 (2005).
In 2000 they remixed “The Chase,” a 1979 Giorgio Moroder track. Credited to ‘Giorgio Moroder vs. Jam & Spoon’, the song reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. In June 2002, “Be.Angeled” peaked at #4 on that chart.
Markus Löffel died of a heart attack in his Berlin flat, on 11 January 2006 at the age of 39.
In September 2006, a two compact disc set entitled Remixes & Club Classics was released to celebrate Mark Spoon. It is the first compilation of the duo’s collected works, and featured an exclusive track “Be.Angeled – Tribute to Mark Spoon”, performed live at the 2006 Love Parade in Berlin.

See you next week ! :)



Here is the link to the last part, part 16.
So, if you love the dance music of the 90s, this is this week the top 5:

5.Fun Factory – Doh Wah Diddy.

4.Basic Element – I´ll never let you know.

3.Ace of Base-Beautiful Life.

2.DJ BoBo – Take Control.

1.MC Sar and the Real McCoy – It’s on you

See you next week ! :)


Here is the link to the last part, part 15.
So, if you love the dance music of the 90s, this is this week the top 5:

5.La Bouche – Sweet Dreams.

4.Reel 2 Real – I Like To Move It.
Reel 2 Real is an American house music and reggae-influenced duo which had seven Top 10 hits on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the 1990s.
The duo’s core member is producer and DJ Erick Morillo from New York City, who spent a portion of his childhood living in Colombia and also in Union City, New Jersey. The first release as Reel 2 Real was The New Anthem which spent a week at No. 1 in 1992.
Although it peaked at No. 8 on the dance chart, Reel 2 Real is best known for the dancehall reggae-influenced house track I Like to Move It, which featured Trinidad and Tobago native and toaster Mark Quashie, also known as the Mad Stuntman. The song peaked at number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994. It was successful in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number 5 on the singles chart, and in France and the Netherlands it peaked at number-one. The song would later be used in 2005 animated film Madagascar, and was covered by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen but produced by Morillo, making it a hit once again in 2005 with it becoming the film series’ theme song. In all, The Mad Stuntman was featured on four of Reel 2 Real’s top 10 dance hits. Later singles featured Barbara Tucker, Charlotte Small, and Proyecto Uno. The Reel 2 Real alias was abandoned.

3.Imperio – Veni vidi vici.
Imperio was an Austrian trance act formed in 1994 by producer Norbert Reichart.hey released their first album “Veni Vidi Vici” in 1995 which was performed by Manuela Ray (singer) and Michael Harris (rapper). Four singles were released from this album. They released their second album “Return To Paradise” in 1996 which was performed by M.Ray & Lawrence Madia.All has begun during a long drive to Italy. Producer Norbert Reichart had always been a great fan of old roman movies, such as Ben Hur, and he has always loved their monumental sound. He was always fascinated by the aura, the outfit and the way of living, which prevailed in ancient Rome. While Norbert was driving on the highway to the south, he grasped for his cigarettes. Suddenly the print ‘Veni Vidi Vici’ on the packet caught his eye. The idea to make a dancefloor song with these three words was born!After having arrived at home, he immediately started working. The instrumental version was finished soon, but the vocals were still missing. This problem was solved by chance. Some days later Norbert met Manuela Ray in the disco Dorian Gray in Frankfurt. Legend says that Manuela, a girl from Vienna who was visiting a friend in Frankfurt, was dancing happy and lively to her favourite rhythm, and Norbert thought: ‘SHE is the right one !’.Then Norbert asked Manuela if she was also able to sing and instead of giving him an answer she turned round and went away; she thought he had wanted to give the come-on to her in quite a stupid manner! A lot of persuasiveness was necessary to convince her that Norbert was not joking. Then Manuela got interested in the whole story and two days later she was already in Norbert’s studio: she listened to the instrumental version, read her text, started to sing and her voice was perfect…

After that Norbert begun the search for a suitable rapper, what turned to be a quite difficult thing. According to some sources, Norbert finally found him two months later in a very big disco in Budapest and his name was Paulo Martins, a portuguese rapper. Actually, first Imperio rapper was called Michael Harris aka “The Juice”, and he had come from the US to Germany in 1994 as a GI where we worked in the kitchens, then he met Norbert Reichart. Before joining Imperio, he used to perform in groups called Cosmic Breakers and Fendis Five.Single Veni Vidi Vici sold over 250,000 copies. It came along with a videoclip shot in October 1944 in Cologne, Germany. Apart from Manuela’s vocals and Michael raps, it was also said to feature male vocals by Tyrone Vincent. Then came Quo Vadis, once again with a nice video shot February 1955 in Munich (Germany) at Bavaria Film Studios, on the set of sci-fi movie Enemy Mine.The first album Veni Vidi Vici was released in 1995. All tracks were written by N. Reichart, except track V (Agnus Dei) which had been originally written by August Södermann (1832-1876) and revised by N. Reichart. It was produced, recorded, mixed & engineered by N. Reichart at NR-Recording Studios. All songs were published by EAMS Musikverlag. All vocals were credited to Manuela Ray & Michael Harris, nothing about a rapper called Paulo Martins (maybe he was just a dancer for stage appearances ? On early promo pictures, one could see 3 artists). Additional vocals were done by Tini Kainrath, John Freeman, Jahn Weib, Sara Valdemarin, N. Reichart himself, Bernd Taubel, and Lynne Kieran. Saxophone was played by Klaus Dickbauer, church choir was done by Union Chor Lambach, and strings by K&K String Quartett.Manuela Ray and Michael Harris were also vocalists for another N. Reichart project : Decadance. They appeared on 2 singles : Latin Lover and Save My Soul.Even though everyone thought that Imperio would remain forever with their original members, Paulo suddenly had to leave the group because of his dedication to his family and to his studies back in Portugal. The name of the new male part of Imperio was Lawrence Madia, a good-looking and talented dancer.The new single from Imperio was first planned for Autumn 1998 and was regularly postponed. After the single the 3rd album would be released. Finally after more than 3 long years of silence, Imperio will be back on the 23rd of January 2001. During the MIDEM in Cannes, the new Imperio single was introduced to the music industry. Finally it’s not Last Pharao as it was announced previously but a track entitled Voices Of Eternity. The faces of the project have changed too. Imperio is now making the video to the new single, the album is coming in May 2001.

Voices Of Eternity was to be available together with cool remixes. The project said they were just waiting for the approval by the record company, which was preparing a big marketing and promotion campaign. Actually nothing was ever released during the year 2001.

2.E-Rotic – Max don’t have sex.

1.Culture Beat – Mr.Vain.

See you next week ! :)



Here is the link to the last part, part 14.
So, if you love the dance music of the 90s, this is this week the top 5:

5.Heat Hunter – Life Goes On.

4.Mr. President – I give you my heart.

3.E-rotic – Fred come to bed.
E-Rotic was a German eurodance project. They are mostly known for their use of sexual topics and innuendo in their music. Some of the female vocalists who fronted E-Rotic over the years also fronted Missing Heart vocals.
Originally comprising Lyane Leigh and American-born Raz-Ma-Taz (Richard Michael Smith), the project started in 1994 and recorded throughout the rest of the 1990s. In June 1995, “Max Don’t have Sex With Your Ex” peaked at number 45 in the UK Singles Chart. However, by June 1996, both members of the group had left due to a disagreement between Leigh and producer David Brandes. E-Rotic now composed of Jeanette Meier and Terence d’Arby (not to be confused with Terence Trent D’Arby). Lyane Leigh continued to provide vocal work for several albums until 1999 due to contract, but she and Raz-Ma-Taz formed their own group in the meantime, known as S.E.X. Appeal. In October of the same year, d’Arby was replaced by Ché Jouaner.
In 1999, E-Rotic (Jeanette Meier) tried to enter the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 representing Germany but ended in sixth place in the pre-selection.Christensen left in 2001, and the new vocalist was Yasemin Baysal, previously of the group Das Modul. However, both Jouaner and Baysal left in 2002, and the new vocalist and rapper would be Lydia Madawjewski (who had been providing vocals since Lyane Leigh’s departure in 1999) and Robert Spehar. However, it has been revealed that the actual rap performer for the group in the studio has actually been the producer David Brandes.

2.DJ Bobo – Freedom.

1.C-Block – So strung out.
C-Block were a German platinum-selling hip-hop group, founded in 1995 by music producers Frank Müller, Ulrich Buchmann and Jörg Wagner. Fronted by Anthony “Red Dogg” Joseph and James “Mr.P” White the group is widely acknowledged as one of the most successful acts in the history of European hip hop culture.C-Block were one of the most well-known hip hop acts in Europe in the 1990s, who along with Down Low and Nana, signified the rise of the American-influenced rap music in Europe.
Since producer-driven, vocalist-fronted musical projects such as Snap! and C+C Music Factory had remarkable success in the early 1990s, producers Frank Müller, Ulrich Buchmann and Jörg Wagner decided to put together such a group in 1995.
The Persian Gulf War had ended in 1991 and former American soldiers who had decided to remain in Germany were all over the country. Some of them were musicians who hadn’t had a chance to capitalize off their talent back home and were willing to try a musical career in Europe. Anthony “Red Dogg” Joseph and James “Mr.P” White met in such circumstances and were recruited by Frank Müller to become part of his newly-created musical project.
They chose the name “C-Block” and released their debut single, “Shake Dat Azz”, a collaboration with Chicago rapper A.K.-S.W.I.F.T. in late 1996, which made a lasting impression on their European fan base. However, their greatest hits were only ahead of them at the time. “So Strung Out”, featuring Raquel Gomez-Rey[1][2], a more rap-oriented single, was released as their sophomore effort and catapulted the group to European superstardom. Based on a Soul Searchers sample, already made famous by Eric B. & Rakim and Run-DMC, called “Ashley’s Roachclip”, “So Strung Out” was a soulful ode to drug victims across the world and had a lasting impact in the European rap community.
Unfulfilled plans of a solo career made Mr.P leave the group in late 1997, being replaced by until then less visible project members Theresa “Misty” Baltimore and Preston “Goldie Gold” Holloway who had only recorded backing vocals and choruses for the C-Block debut album, “General Population”, released in 1997. They all quit the project after the more pop-oriented, less successful second album, ironically called “Keepin’ It Real”.
Mr.P returned to the group and tried to make a comeback with newly-recruited r&b singer Jeanine Love, but the released singles failed to make an impact commercially or critically and the group officially disbanded in late 2000.
Frank Müller, one of the creators and producers of the group, released the group’s third, shelved, album in late 2010 on the Internet.

See you next week ! :)



Here is the link to the last part, part 13.

So, if you love the dance music of the 90s, this is this week the top 5:

5.La Bouche- Be My Lover.
La Bouche  was a Eurodance/dance-pop duo formed by Frank Farian in Frankfurt, Germany in 1994, originally consisting of Melanie Thornton and Lane McCray, scoring two major worldwide hits in the mid-1990s with “Be My Lover” and “Sweet Dreams”.
Primarily produced by long time friend, Frankfurt-based Techno DJ Ulli Brenner, their debut single “Sweet Dreams” was released in 1994 and was a pan-European and Australian hit. It was followed by “Be My Lover” in 1995, which peaked at number one in Germany and Australia, while also reaching the Top 10 in fourteen European countries. It also peaked at number 27 in 1995 and number 25 in 1996 in the UK Singles Chart when re-issued in that year.
While still with the group Thornton had some American chart success as featured vocalist on the Le Click hit “Tonight Is The Night”, which reached number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was included on the U.S. release of La Bouche’s album Sweet Dreams, which was released in 1996, and peaked at number 28 on the Billboard 200. It was certified double-platinum by the RIAA and sold over 8 million copies worldwide.
“Be My Lover” went to number 1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1995 and climbed to number 6 on the Hot 100 in early 1996. It was then re-released in the UK and reached a new peak of number 25. It went on to win the ASCAP award for the “Most Played Song in America”, and sold 6 million copies worldwide. “Sweet Dreams” also went to number 13 in the U.S. “Fallin’ in Love”, a cover of the 1975 Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds song, and “I Love To Love” were also hit singles taken from the album.The first single from their second album S.O.S. was called “You Won’t Forget Me“. Released in 1998, it reached number 48 on the Hot 100.
In 1997 La Bouche recorded a cover version of the Elton John song “Candle in the Wind 1997″ also known as “Goodbye England’s Rose” for their album “A Moment Of Love” in a gospel version featuring guest vocalists Chilli, Christin Sargent, Freda Goodlett, Rejime, The Jackson Singers, Joan Faulkner, Ma Belle & No Mercy.
In 2000, Thornton left the group to pursue a solo career. She was replaced by singer Natacha Wright and a single was released entitled “All I Want” in April of the same year. It failed to chart, and Farian decided to put the group to rest. During this time Thornton as a solo singer was climbing the German charts with her hit, “Love How You Love Me”.
Towards the end of 2001, Thornton was asked to record “Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming)” for a Coca-Cola Christmas TV commercial to be shown on German television. While promoting it, and a re-release of her solo album Ready To Fly, she was killed in a plane crash near Zurich on November 24, 2001. After her death, the single went on to become her biggest hit, reaching number 3 on the German singles chart.
In April 2002, Farian compiled songs from Thornton’s album along with selections from the first and second La Bouche albums into a best of collection entitled The Best of La Bouche (feat. Melanie Thornton).
In November 2002, one year following Thornton’s death, Farian prepared a tribute single entitled “In Your Life”, a song which had been previously unreleased. Farian combined her vocals with Kayo Shekoni from Le Click, who provided additional vocals to complete the mix. The single was released worldwide in 2002 and in the U.S. in 2003. It peaked at number 9 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.
In 2007 a 3-track EP was released on iTunes under the name ‘Le Click’ titled “Let’s Click: 90’s Dance Classics.” These are 3 tracks from the S.O.S & A Moment Of Love album recording sessions that didn’t make the cut.

4.Fun Factory – I love you.

3.Mc Sar and the real mccoy – Run Away.

2.Nana – Darkman.

1.DJ Bobo – Love is the price.

See you next week. :)



Here is the link to the last part, part 12.
So, if you love the dance music of the 90s, this is this week the top 5:

5.Fun Factory – Pain.

4.Culture Beat- Crying In The Rain.
Culture Beat is a German Eurodance project formed in 1989 by Torsten Fenslau. The act has gone through a number of line-up changes over the years; they achieved the most success whilst fronted by singer Tania Evans and rapper Jay Supreme. Their 1993 single “Mr. Vain” was a number-one hit in 11 European countries, and the act is thought to have sold more than 10 million records worldwide.
Torsten Fenslau, who initially had a desire for becoming an architect, had been working as a deejay at the Frankfurt nightclub Dorian Gray for the past 11 years, when he decided to form Culture Beat.His first single, the ambient house track “Der Erdbeermund”, with a spoken vocal in German by Jo van Nelsen, peaked at number 11 on the German singles chart. Versions in English and French were also released (titled “Cherry Lips” and “Les lèvres cerises”, respectively).
Shortly afterwards, Torsten recruited New Jersey-born rapper Jay Supreme and singer Lana Earl to front the act, Culture Beat. While the second single “I Like You” reached number 22 in the Netherlands, their fourth single “No Deeper Meaning” managed to reach as high as number 5 in the Netherlands and number 3 on the Canadian RPM Dance Chart. They released their first album, Horizon, in 1991 which went with only minor success.
Lana was replaced by British singer Tania Evans in 1993, and the act took a harder Eurodance sound. “Mr. Vain” became their biggest hit to date, reaching number-one in 13 countries including Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom. It was also their first mainstream hit in the United States, peaking at No.17 on the Hot 100. The single was certified three times Gold in Germany for selling over 750,000 units, it also managed to reach a Gold status in several other countries including US.
Subsequent singles “Got to Get It” and “Anything” were also pan-European hits, and their second album Serenity was awarded at the ECHO award for being the Best-selling German Act Abroad, with more than two million copies sold. This also got Torsten Fenslau nominated in the same year at the Echo for being the Best Producer of the Year, who also walked away as a winner.
On November 6, 1993, Culture Beat’s founder Torsten Fenslau was killed in a car accident in Messel (district of Darmstadt) at age of 29. His brother Frank took over the act as a manager.The group returned the act in 1995 with a third album called Inside Outpreceded by a single of the same title “Inside Out” which reached number 5 in Germany and number 32 in the UK.
In 1997, Frank decided to take Culture Beat in a different musical direction diverging the act from Dance genre and transitioned into Pop. He also replaced Tania with Kim Sanders, who had previously scored a hit with “Impossible” by Captain Hollywood Project. Jay Supreme remained with the act for a short time after Tania’s departure, but during recording of the next album he decided to leave the group and the Rap-vocals on the next album (only a few tracks contained Rap) were produced by rapper Next Up. Although, in 1998, the album Metamorphosis managed to reach No.12 at home, it was a minor chart success as it remained in the top-20 of the album chart for only four weeks, and spent overall 10 weeks appearing on the chart.Three years later, Jacky Sangster replaced Kim as the fourth female lead singer for Culture Beat. The single called “Insanity” was released in 2001 which flopped in Germany; however, reached No. 1 in Israel. In 2003, to commemorate ten years since the release of the group’s biggest hit, a new version of “Mr. Vain” was issued in Germany and reached No.7 in the singles chart. In 2004, a Greatest Hits package was released ahead of a planned new album with Jacky as vocalist, but was canceled before “Can’t Go on Like This (No No)” was released. This single had minor success as well.
In May 2008, a new single, “Your Love” was finally released in Germany through Superstar Records, a special remix by D&K only available digitally. Jacky performed at the “Back 2 the 90s” event in Riga, Latvia on November 21, 2008, alongside Ace of Base, Haddaway, Dr Alban and 2 Unlimited.

3.Real McCoy – Love & Devotion.

2.Basic Element – This must be a dream.

1.Masterboy – Land of dreaming.

See you next week ! :)


Here is the link to the last part, part 11.
So, if you love the dance music of the 90s, this is this week the top 5:

5.whigfield – Saturday night.
Sannie Charlotte Carlson (born 11 April 1970), best known as Whigfield and also as Naan, is a Danish Eurodance singer best known for the song “Saturday Night” which was a worldwide hit during the summer of 1994. Singles from her following albums were also very popular across Europe and Asia in the mid 90’s.
She rose to prominence when her single “Saturday Night” became the summer smash hit of 1994, thanks to extensive play in the clubs of the Mediterranean and the fact that it had a dance which many found easy to learn. It was also the single which prevented Wet Wet Wet from reaching a record-equalling 16th week at number 1 in the UK. She became the first ever non-UK or American artist to debut at No.1 in her first week in the UK Singles Chart. Her music was also very successful in Australia, Brazil, Venezuela, Canada, Italy, France, India, the Netherlands, the Nordic countries and The Philippines where it became a smash hit song in the middle of 1994. Along with Ace of Base and Los del Río it is one of the most commercially successful songs of the 1995 Eurodance phenomenon. Her role in the Eurodance scene has been very significant and has played an important role in music coming from Italy and Scandinavia.[citation needed]
Later singles include “Think of You“, “Close To You“, “Last Christmas“, “Gimme Gimme” and “Sexy Eyes“. “Gimme Gimme” and “Sexy Eyes” reached #14 and #6 in Australia, respectively, and they were the only two significant charting hits in that country.
Like the group Milli Vanilli, Whigfield was accused of not singing her own songs. This was because she did all her live performances lip synching (miming to a backing track). “Saturday Night” was produced by Larry Pignagnoli and Davide Riva, two Italian producers known for a variety of Eurodance projects, who usually worked with vocalists such as Daniela Galli (better known as Dhany), Annerley Gordon (aka Ann Lee) and Sandy Chambers. Another Pignagnoli project, Ally & Jo, featured a similar voice to Whigfield’s but different faces in the CD cover and led to the accusations.
In October 2007, Whigfield released All In One, a greatest hits album with past hits being resung with newer, modern beats. The album included updated versions of “Think Of You”, “Gotta Getcha”, “Sexy Eyes”, “Givin All My Love”, “No Tears To Cry”, “Was A Time”, “Close To You”, “Out Of Sight”, “Another Day”, and her biggest hit “Saturday Night”. The album also includes two new songs, “Rainbow” and “Right in the Night”, a cover version of Jam & Spoon’s track. On 18 December, she released her first single in three years, “Think of You”, which contains mixes from Mathieu Bouthier & Muttonheads and Gabry Ponte. A second single “Right In The Night” was released in May 2008, which peaked at #4 on the Eurodance.com Interactive Chart. A third single was released “Saturday Night (Klm Mixes)” in late 2008 which contains 20 new mixes.
However successful Whigfield became on the international marketplace, the only place where she has yet to achieve major commercial success, is the United States. Although she placed both “Saturday Night” and “Another Day” on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1995, with “Night” peaking at #19 and “Day” coming in at #21, respectively. In the years 1994-1997 Whigfield sold more records than Oasis and Blur combined,although in a 1998 interview she accepted that she was not a bigger influence on mainstream music than either band.

4.Basic Element – The Ride.
Basic Element is a Swedish eurodance group formed in 1993. The group returned in 2005 and is still releasing new material.
From Malmö in Sweden the group originally consisted of rapper/singer Peter Thelenius (Petrus), and keyboardist Cesar Zamini, accordion Branko Nuss, and vocalist Zetma Prembo. Later vocalists were Saunet Sparell, Marie Fredriksson (not to be confused with the Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson) and Andrea Myrander. Currently, the band exists out of Peter Thelenius and Jonas Wesslander.
Peter Thelenius and Cesar Zamini started the group in 1992, searched for a singer through the employment office and found Zetma. In 1993, they made a record deal with EMI Records, thus releasing their first single “Move Me“. In 1994, “Move Me” was followed up by hits like “The Promise Man“, reaching number 1 in the Swedish charts.
In 1995, Zetma left the band (because of her pregnancy) and Saunet Sparell replaced her. The new album “The Ultimate Ride” (including the singles “The Ride” and “The Fiddle“) was released. Also, Peter and Caesar started to have disagreements about the band’s future, this causing Cesar to leaving the band. Peter has since then continued with the band itself. The group’s third album (“Star Tracks”) sounded and became more like the 1970s disco. Then Sparell left because, she sais, Thelenius only cared about being famous,[1] so the project was put on ice. In 1997, Peter released a solo album (“Trust Then Pain”) under the name “Petrus”. In 1998, Basic Element returns with a new album (which includes the original eurodance sound) and Marie Fredriksson (not to be confused with the singer of Roxette) as the new singer.
From 1999, the two members took a long break from Basic Element, but in 2005, the group returned with a remake of their 1995 hit “This must be a dream“, and with Mathias Olofson as a new member of the band. In February 2006, they released a new single called “Raise the Gain” with a slightly different sound. On 7 February 2007, the group released its comeback album “The Empire Strikes Back“. Later in 2007, Marie Fredriksson left the group and was replaced by Andrea Myrander as a singer and Jonas Wesslander as a rapper. In 2008 another album, called “The Truth“, was released. The band has also released a new song called “Got U Screaming” (2010). In January 2011, it was announced on the group’s home page that Andrea Myrander had officially left. A few months later, in May 2011, a new single called “Turn Me On” was announced during a concert. It was posted on YouTube on May 27.
In April 2012 Basic Element signed a deal with a Swedish record label called Family Tree and on April 24 a song called “Shades” (featuring Max C and Taz) was posted on YouTube. It was announced that it will be released as a single in June. The group is still lacking a female singer and the song is thus only featuring male vocals. The single is possibly also marking a change of style as it differs significantly from other material released after the comeback in 2005. A YouTube commenter describes it as a mixture of Avicii, Swedish House Mafia and “We Found Love” by Rihanna and Calvin Harris. Vocalist Max C was featured on Swedish House Mafia member Axwell’s single “I Found You”. Basic Element will also be the opening act for Avicii on the yearly “Russens dag” event at Tusenfryd, Norway.

3.Masterboy – Is this the love.
Masterboy was a German eurodance group that formed in 1990. They are one of the most representative group for 90’s “high energy” eurodance phenomenon, when this genre crossed over from dance clubs to the pop music arena. Famous songs by Masterboy include “Feel the Heat of the Night“, “Anybody“, “I Got to Give It Up“, “Generation of Love“, “Everybody Needs Somebody” and “Is This The Love“.

2.Fun Factory – Celebration.

1.MC Sar & The Real Mccoy-Another Night.
Real McCoy, originally known as M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy, is a German Eurodance group, best known for their early ’90s singles “Another Night” and “Run Away”, which were both Top 10 hits worldwide.
Real McCoy is the brainchild of German rapper and producer Olaf “O-Jay” Jeglitza. After having released a few limited edition 12″ singles in Germany under various project names (e.g. The Alliance, The Admirers on his own label “Freshline Records” (founded 1988 by Frank “Quickmix” Hassas & O-Jay), their first major breakthrough came in December 1989 when a cover of the Technotronic hit “Pump Up The Jam” went to #16 on the German singles chart. Juergen Wind joined the production team before the single was released.
At this point, the act was faceless so for the second single, the original track “It’s On You”, singer Patsy Petersen and ‘rapper’ Shampro were enlisted to join the group. O-Jay felt uncomfortable being the frontman, so Shampro mimed O-Jay’s raps. The single, on its release in 1990, climbed to #11 in Germany. An album On The Move was also released.
They released 4 more singles (“Don’t Stop”, “Make A Move”, “Let’s Talk About Love”, and “No Showbo”) but none was able to achieve the same success of “It’s On You” or “Pump Up The Jam – Rap”. So things went a little quiet for a while until they hooked up with David Brunner, Head of A&R at Hansa Records, in 1992. Their production company “Freshline” signed an exclusive contract with Hansa at the end of 1992. Brunner was impressed by a song called “Another Night” but was dissatisfied with Petersen’s vocals.
Convinced he had a hit on his hand, Brunner persuaded Freshline to let Hansa release a new version of “Another Night” with Petersen (miming Karin Kasar’s vocals) and O-Jay to become the male part of the duo “M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy”. Another Night was a #18 hit in Germany in 1993 and all over continental Europe, followed by the album Space Invaders but then Clive Davis at Arista Records in the U.S. showed some interest. He had already had success taking Ace of Base to the States and now wanted to do the same with a re-branded Real McCoy.
A new video was made, another singer Vanessa Mason was found to form a trio and the single shot to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1994, also reaching #1 on Radio & Records magazine’s CHR/Pop Airplay chart. It was also re-released in the United Kingdom, where it had only reached #61 the previous year. This time it was far more successful and within three weeks had climbed to #2, selling more than 312,000 copies and also reached #1 in Australia. The follow-up, “Automatic Lover”, reached #52 on the Billboard Hot 100, #10 in the UK, and #5 in Australia. “Run Away” became the follow-up single to “Automatic Lover”; it became the group’s second #1 single in Australia and also got to #3 in the U.S. in early 1995 (and #6 in the UK). A freshened-up U.S. album called Another Night was released, with some new tracks, also with vocals by Karin Kasar, and Real McCoy were awarded Best New Act at the American Music Awards in 1995.
“Love and Devotion” was a #11 hit in the UK in April of that year, and “Come and Get Your Love”, a cover of the song by Redbone, peaked at #19 on both sides of the Atlantic ending a great year for the act. Shortly afterwards, Petersen left the act and was replaced by Lisa Cork.
The album “Another Night” is an adaptation of the German release “Space Invaders” but with fewer eurodance tracks (which were completely left unfeatured) than the original German album and a few new down-tempo tracks such as “If You Should Ever Feel Lonely [Deep In The Night]“, and the singles “Come And Get Your Love” and “Sleeping With An Angel”.
Two of those tracks “Streetfighter” and “Je Suis Amoreux” can be found on the Canadian release of “The Remix Album”.
In 1997, Real McCoy returned with a new single and album called “One More Time”, this time with Mason and Cork actually performing on the record. The album was co-written with American songwriter/producer Brent Argovitz who brought Cork into the band. The single itself was released in many nations around the world on vinyl and CD-maxi singles with a total of 18 remixes amongst all the releases. “One More Time” (the single) peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became a Top 20 hit on both Rhythmic/Dance format radio and on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. However, “One More Time” completely missed the UK Singles Chart. A few other singles were released such as a cover of the Shania Twain hit, “If You’re Not In It For Love (I’m Outta Here)” and “I Wanna Come With You” (which “Bubbled Under” the Hot 100). The album also featured a track penned by Billy Steinberg and Chris Kusch provided the piano melody on the album track “Take A Look At Your Life”. Unfortunately One More Time (the album) failed to replicate the success of “Another Night”. Before long the group disbanded.
Although the group decided to stop recording together, a completely new line-up were hired to form a “new” Real McCoy in 1999, much like the producers of 2 Unlimited had done a year earlier. Jason, Gabi and Ginger recorded a brand new version of the 1990 hit “It’s On You” still featuring O-Jay’s raps in an updated form, which was released only in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In 2000, they also released a new song titled “Hey Now”, the first Real McCoy tune to feature a rap not using O-Jay. Both singles failed to chart.
O-Jay went on to produce and re-mix for several German artists such as Yvonne Catterfeld, B3, Daniel Küblböck and ATC.
In 2003, O-Jay released a solo CD single under the A45 record label (Germany) with several mixes of his winning eurodance formula called “Nite to Remember”, a song very reminiscent of the Real McCoy tracks with his rap and female vocals.
Several “greatest hits” compilations have been issued in recent years, and O-Jay started his own weblog in 2004, in which he finally revealed that the group’s biggest hits had in fact been performed by Karin Kasar. He has also speculated that yet another Real McCoy group was being lined up without his permission, but so far they have not been launched. O-Jay still performs under the name Real McCoy and collaborated with Ich Troje to represent Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. The song, “Follow My Heart”, failed to qualify for the grand final.
In early 2007, O-Jay started a new record label, Phears Music, with a distribution partnership with SonyBMG in Germany. He also released a brand new physical and digital single “People Are Still Having Sex”, a cover of Latour’s 1980’s house hit, in anticipation of a new album and tour for Real McCoy.
In July 2008, “Another Night” was listed on place 91 in “The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs” list. In late 2008, O-Jay inked a new exclusive deal with Sony Music Germany for Real McCoy.
In July 2009, Real McCoy performed in Halifax, Canada and Toronto, Canada with the band formation of O-Jay, Debbie, and Gemma. These were their first set of performances in over a decade and also used live vocals on backing instrumental tracks. The setlist consisted of “One More Time”, “Run Away”, “Come And Get Your Love”, “Two Hearts” (the new single), and “Another Night”.
In August 2009, Real McCoy performed in Engelberg, Switzerland (DJ BoBo and Friends concert).

See you next week !! :)



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