is an electronic music project formed in 1989 by German producers Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti. The act has been through a number of line-up changes over the years, but was most successful fronted by charismatic rapper Turbo B, who performed on the UK number 1 singles "The Power" and "Rhythm Is a Dancer". Their first album World Power
is one of the most successful dance albums of all time, with worldwide sales estimated at 7 million.
Münzing and Anzilotti formed Snap! in 1989 under the aliases Benito Benites and John "Virgo" Garrett III, as they thought that the public had negative preconceived ideas of German music. Their first hit "The Power", a combination of house and hip hop elements, was re-recorded by Turbo B and additional vocals were recorded by Penny Ford (though the woman in the video is Jackie Harris). The single rocketed to number 2 in Germany in March 1990, and spent two weeks at number 1 in the United Kingdom, becoming the first rap single to top the chart. It later reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified platinum.
Jackie left the group shortly afterwards and Penny became its full-time lead singer, recording the second single "Ooops Up", a re-working of "Oops Upside Your Head", a 1980 hit by The Gap Band, with which Penny was a former backing singer. With drum samples from "Paid in Full" by Eric B & Rakim, it was another number 2 hit in Germany and charted at number 5 in the UK. Further hits followed with the oriental-sounding "Cult of Snap" and "Mary Had a Little Boy", based on the nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Their first album World Power
reached #10 in the UK where it was certified platinum, #30 in the U.S. where it was also certified platinum, sold in excess of 7 million copies worldwide, and to this day remains one of the best-selling dance albums of all time.
In 1991 “Colour of Love” released and climbed up to number 9 in Germany and to number 6 in Sweden and France. The two producers insisted that they now went with "Rhythm Is a Dancer" and it was released as the second single in July 1992. With a backing-track inspired by "Automan" by early-80s electronic hip-hop band Newcleus, it went on to become their biggest hit yet, spending six weeks at number 1 in the UK, also topping the charts in France, Germany, Netherlands and Italy, and peaking at number 5 in the U.S. in early 1993.