The history of duo 2 Unlimited and their path to success
2 Unlimited is a musical duo formed in 1991 by Ray Slingard and Anita Dot. They started their career by signing with PWL Continental records in the form of Pete Waterman. The songs for them were written by Jean-Paul de Coster and Phil Wilde, who wrote the single "Don't Miss The Party Line", which they performed under the name Bizz Nizz in 1990. The song was included in the list of ten hits in Europe. In the same year, they wrote another song - "Get Ready For This", but this time they decided not to perform it themselves, but to give it to someone else.
They already knew Ray - he sang the vocals for Bizz Nizz for the song "Money, money". And Ray was friends with Anita, a club singer from Amsterdam. And so their musical duet was born. Anita and Ray chose the name 2 Unlimited, and in September 1991 they released the song "Get ready for this". The single became an instant hit around the world, peaking at number 2 in the UK and number 38 in the US.
1991 was a busy year for Wilde and de Coster. In addition to "Get Ready For This", they wrote another song "I Guess I Like It Like That" with Kylie Minogue for her album Let's get to it. Moreover, the notes of “Get Ready ...” were clearly felt in the new song, so we can say that the couple really took the single into circulation!
From that moment on, 2 Unlimited was unstoppable! For the next three years, they took their permanent place in the top 10 most popular songs in the world.
In January '92 they released their second single "Twilight Zone", which easily reached the position of their previous song in the UK charts and topped the charts in the Netherlands.
In the same year, the duo released two more songs, "Workaholic" and "The Magic Friend", and again a direct hit in the list of 10 most popular songs in Europe.
However, as it turned out, the “Two Limitless” also had their own limit and they approached it in 1993, releasing their fifth single “No Limit”, the song became the hallmark of the duet and hit the top in 16 countries! Over 3 million copies have been sold. To get to the very top, 1st place, they were not allowed by Whitney Houston's song “I Will Always Love You”, which was released at about the same time, and, as you know, it is not easy to compete with it.
"Tribal Dance", "Faces" and "Maximum Overdrive" in 1993, "Let The Beat Control Your Body", "The Real Thing" and "No One" in 1994 and "Here I Go" and "Nothing Like" The Rain" in 1995. The duet gave out hit after hit. Later, all these compositions were collected into one album called "Hits Unlimited". As they say, "nothing portends a storm." The duo broke up at the height of their fame. After releasing another single, "Jump of Joy", Ray and Anita announced that it was over. Constant disputes about whose contribution to creativity is greater, and other disagreements led to the disintegration of the duet.
But if that was Ray and Anita's limit, then Jean-Paul and Phil, who still owned the 2 Unlimited brand, weren't about to leave the stage! They just took and found two new performers. They were Romy van Ooyen and Marjona Ivaarden. The story of "2 Unlimited" continued.
A new duo dubbed the "new 2 Unlimited" released their first single, "Wanna Get Up", in 1998. In the Netherlands, the song became a hit, but in other countries it was received rather neutrally. After that, two more singles were released - "Edge of Heaven" and "NeverSurrender". She failed. And here we can say that 2 Unlimited really reached its limit, at least at that time. Phil and Jean-Paul took a break. In subsequent years, albums were released recomposing old songs.
Everything remained "quiet" until 2009, when Ray and Anita unexpectedly reunited after a 13-year gap. True, they slightly forgot about some formalities, and performed under the name 2 Unlimited without the consent of Phil and Jean-Paul ... Fortunately, everything worked out, they came to an agreement. Jean-Paul even attended the concert and helped with the preparation of the backing track.
Ray and Anita recorded a brand new single titled "In Da Name of Love", then under the name Ray & Anita they released the song "Still Unlimited" as well as a remix of the songs "Get Ready For This" and "No Limit" (2013 and 2014, respectively), and ... broke up again. This time Anti left the group to start a solo career.
Ray continues to work with Jean-Paul to this day. Singer Kim Verguven was taken to replace Anita. The new duet is active, performing at concerts, where they are met with thunderous applause. Anita speaks highly of her successor and calls Kim a "worthy" replacement. Anita herself mostly performs as a guest singer in European dance shows, one of the latest being "Take Me to Your Rhythm" with none other than Phil Wilde. It turns out that the story continues, and all its participants are quite satisfied with their roles!