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        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.
Although they enjoyed less mainstream notoriety in the United States,
multiples of their songs have become popular themes of U.S. sporting events,
particularly the NHL.

        Jean-Paul DeCoster and Phil Wilde met in their hometown of Antwerp,
Belgium, and their first collaboration under the name of Bizz Nizz resulted
in a single called "Don't Miss The Party Line" which entered the top-10 in
the UK. The two then decided to continue to work together.

        They initially had created an instrumental track they called "Get
Ready for This" and they decided that it needed some vocals. De Coster
recalls:

        "That 12-inch single became a club hit, and we invited Ray Slijngaard
to have a go at it. We had worked with him on "Money Money", an unreleased
single by Bizz Nizz. By September he returned the tape to us. To our surprise,
he had also added a female vocals of a certain Anita Doth, a traffic warden
from Amsterdam. He told us she was a good friend of his out of the city's
nightlife. Ray discussed the possibility of forming a duo to front the
project."

        They were so pleased with the result that they agreed to work with
them as a duo, and thus 2 Unlimited was born.

Get Ready! (1991~1992)

        They were signed to Byte Records (Belgium) and were licensed to many
other record labels worldwide, including PWL Continental in the UK, ZYX in
Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Scorpio in France etc.. Their first single,
"Get Ready For This" was well received in their home market, the Netherlands
where it managed to peak at No.10. It also peaked at No.8 in Belgium, and
managed to climb to No.2 in Germany, Australia and the UK. The single worked
its way up to No. 38 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart only three after its
original release. A follow-up single, "Twilight Zone", followed in January
1992 which topped the chart in the Netherlands. It also charted well in
numerous markets including No.2 in the UK. In the United States, it peaked at
No.49 on the Hot 100 (and No.5 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart). To capita-
lize on this success, the album Get Ready! was released on 24 February, 1992,
which featured the first two singles and seven other brand new tracks inclu-
ding two ballads. Two further singles were released from the album, "Work-
aholic" and "The Magic Friend". In the U.S., the album received a Gold
certification for sales of 500,000 units in 1995.

No Limits (1993~1994)

"No limit"

        2 Unlimited's lead single, "No Limit" from the act's second album,
was released in January 1993 and the repetitive nature of the song helped it
become their most successful single ever, and by far the best remembered by
the general public even now. The single topped the charts in Austria, Belgium,
Finland, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and in
the United Kingdom. In Germany the single was certified Platinum for sales of
500,000 units. The track received modest airplay in North American radio
stations, reaching the top-25 in the U.S Dance charts. By 1996, Worldwide
sales for the single "No Limit" had reached 2.3 million units.

"Tribal Dance"

        Was released as a single shortly before the album No Limits hit the
stores in May 1993. The "Tribal Dance" was very successful also entering the
top-5 in Austria, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden,
Switzerland and in the UK. In Germany, "Tribal Dance" was certified Gold for
sales of over 250,000 units. Three further singles were issued from the
second album, "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"). The full length album entitled No Limits was more successful than
the predecessor entering the top-5 album charts in Austria, Australia,
Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland. In the UK, the album
climbed all the way to the top of the album chart.[8] By 1996, the album's
total sales had reached 3 million units including 592,000 units in the GSA
region (Germany, Switzerland, Austria).

        Despite their phenomenal success in the UK the duo were enjoying,
they were criticized heavily by the music industry and the British press
dubbed them "2 Untalented".

Real Things (1994~1995)

        In May 1994, the duo's tenth single "The Real Thing" was released and
it proved that their fans were still interested as they sent the single to
No.1 in their home market, the Netherlands as well as into the top-5 in
Belgium, Germany and Norway. While their third album, called Real Things shot
to No.1 in the Netherlands and the UK, it also managed to land in the top-5
in Austria, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. The album was certified
gold in the UK for sales of over 100,000 units. Real Things was their first
album that the UK label, PWL made no changes to.

        In 1994, 2 Unlimited had their biggest audience ever, performing in
front of 500,000 people.

        Their second single, "No One", despite being a straightforward pop
record didn't prevent their fans from sending it to No.2 in the Netherlands
on the sales chart.

        In March 1995, while their follow-up single, "Here I Go" was another
top-5 hit in their homeland, their commercial success seemed to be declining
elsewhere as the single made it in the top-20 only in Austria, Belgium and
Sweden. The fourth and final single was the ballad "Nothing Like the Rain"
which was not quite as successful and did not receive a release in many
territories including the UK release.

Hits Unlimited (1995~1996)

        In October 1995, 2 Unlimited released their first compilation album
Hits Unlimited, prompting rumours that they were about to split up. The first
single, "Do What's Good For Me" from the album entered the top-5 in Finland,
and the top-20 in the Netherlands and the UK. Despite their insistence that
they were planning a world tour, in April 1996, shortly after the release of
the single "Jump for Joy", both Slijngaard and Doth announced that 2 Unlimited
was over.

        It later emerged that after having spent so much time together they
were no longer getting on as well as they once had, and there was disagreement
about the future sound of 2 Unlimited. They had asked for more creative input
and they also felt that they were not getting a fair share of the huge amount
of money being earned by the project. As no agreement was reached, they each
went their separate ways before a final single "Spread Your Love" was released
in June 1996.

II (1998~1999)

        As they still owned the rights to the name "2 Unlimited", DeCoster
and Wilde recruited two new (again Dutch) singers, Romy van Ooijen (b. 18
November 1971) and Marjon van Iwaarden (b. 18 June 1974), in order to
capitalise on previous success. "Wanna Get Up" did well in the Netherlands,
reaching no. 10 and the single, which was remixed by Sash! for UK release,
reached number 38.

        The album II, was released in April 1998. It wasn't as successful as
previous studio albums, nor were the subsequent singles "Edge Of Heaven" and
"Never Surrender". In 1999, both van Ooijen and van Iwaarden left 2 Unlimited.

Remixes (2000~2006)

        In 2000, Byte Records released the remix singles "No Limit
(Millennium Remixes)" and "Twilight Zone (Millennium Remixes)". A remix album
was to be released that year but some master tapes were stolen from Byte, and
taken to Russia where they were released as a bootleg compilation. Also in
this year, 2 Unlimited made their first appearance on the eurodance compila-
tion Dancemania series, specifically its Speed sub-series, with their song
"Twilight Zone"'s "B4 Za Beat Mix".

        In 2001, Byte finally released it "Greatest Hits Remixes" featuring
many new remixes. Some of the remixes from the stolen master tapes released
in Russia were not included. The album was released solely in Japan. In 2002,
Trance Remixes: Special Edition was released in Japan featuring many more
new remixes not included in the previous compilation. In recent years, many
"best of" compilations have been released in various territories, often with
new remixes. Most notably, ZYX Records in 2003 released "No Limit 2.3", and
it was a moderate hit, reaching no. 41 in the German singles chart. It was
promoted by a new duo, D‚bora Remagen and James Giscombe[24] they were being
lined up as a 2 Unlimited "version 3". They still perform, mainly in Eastern
Europe, although are not allowed to use their own voices. This due to
copyright issues. A new CD and DVD set containing all the duo's video-clips
called The Complete History was released in 2004 along with a single, "Tribal
Dance 2.4" (originally released on 12" vinyl in November 2003 as Tribal Dance
2.3). 2005 saw the release of "The Refreshed Album" in Mexico featuring
stunning artwork, but the same remixes found on previous remix albums. In
2006, the DVD was re-packaged with a different CD Greatest Remix Hits, which
was released in Australia. The following years would see this package
re-released in Argentina, Denmark, Sweden, Asia and South Africa.

Reunions (2009~2012)

        Having both continued to perform their old hits separately in
nightclubs and university student unions around the world, the original
performers Slijngaard and Doth reunited on 11 April 2009, to perform together
for the first time in 13 years at the "I Love The 90s" concert in Hasselt,
Belgium. According to a radio interview with Slijngaard, Jean-Paul DeCoster
didn't give permission for the duo to perform under the name 2 Unlimited;
however Phil Wilde attended the gig and provided help with preparing backing
tracks.

        On 30 April 2009, Slijngaard and Doth performed five songs at the
Radio 538 Queen's Day concert at Museumplein in Amsterdam. On 8 June, they
were awarded "Most Popular Act of the 1990s", based on number of weeks in the
Dutch Top 40, and on 25 September, they performed as a support act for Milk
Inc at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp. During an interview on Dutch television in
2009, both Slijngaard and Doth admitted they had a relationship with each
other during the era of 2 Unlimited.

        On 29 December 2009, it was announced that the duo would release a
new single in 2010 called "In Da Name Of Love", as Ray & Anita. It was
released as a CD single in the Netherlands through Spinnin' Records on 22
January 2010. It reached No.6 on the Dutch Top-40 sales chart.

        On 30 April 2010, a new single was presented during the Dutch
Queensday called "Still Unlimited" (still under Ray & Anita).

Comeback (2012~present)

        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.

        On 30 March 2013, Slijngaard and Doth performed their first full
concert as 2 Unlimited with their band in Belgium at Antwerps Sportpaleis.

        The duo released a remixed version of their very first single,
"Get Ready for This" on 28 October 2013. The song has been remixed by DJ Steve
Aoki and was included on their Greatest Hits album.

        In 2014, 2 Unlimited gave concerts at ten festivals that together made
up Acceleration 2014, which combined top class car and bike racing with music
and entertainment.

        However, on April 20, 2016, 2 Unlimited announced that Anita Doth
would be leaving the band at the end of 2016 to embark on a solo career. Doth
will be replaced with another singer. Who the replacement would be, was yet to
be announced, but Doth has said that she thinks the new singer is a worthy
replacement.

        On 13 August 2016, Kim Vergouwen, being Anita's replacement, was
revealed to the public via Ray Slijngaard's Facebook page.

Discography
-----------

Studio albums:
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Get Ready!

Released: February 24, 1992
Label: Byte Records, ZYX
Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
US: Gold[39]
No Limits
Released: May 10, 1993
Label: Byte Records, ZYX
Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl

Real Things

Released: June 6, 1994
Label: Byte Records, ZYX
Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl
SWI: Gold

II

Released: May 25, 1998
Label: Byte Records
Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl

Compilation albums:
------------------

Hits Unlimited

Released: October 30, 1995
Label: Byte Records, ZYX
Formats: CD, Cassette, Vinyl

The Complete History

Released: February 9, 2004
Label: ZYX
Formats: CD, Cassette

Singles

"Get Ready For This"                    1991
"Twilight Zone"                         1992
"Workaholic"
"The Magic Friend"
"No Limit"                              1993

No Limits

"Tribal Dance"
"Faces"
"Maximum Overdrive"
"Let the Beat Control Your Body"        1994
"The Real Thing"
"No One"
"Here I Go"                             1995
"Nothing Like the Rain"
"Do What's Good For Me"
"Jump for Joy"                          1996
"Spread Your Love"
"Wanna Get Up"                          1998
"Edge Of Heaven"
"Never Surrender"
"No Limit 2.3"                          2003
"Tribal Dance 2.4"                      2004

Remix albums:
------------

Power Tracks                            1993
Greatest Hits Remixes                   2001
Trance Remixes (Special Edition)        2003
Greatest Remix Hits                     2006

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