In 1999 it's America's turn. Up & Down and We Like To Party! storm to first place in the Billboard dance charts. Their debut album "Greatest Hits!" reaches USA gold status and the group is nominated for MTV Best Breakthrough of the Year.
The Vengaboys received numerous awards including the TMF Award for Best Dance Act and receive a price for being Hollands' most succesful export 'product' that year. (Yes, we beat the tulips, agricultural products, and cheese..)
And the hits kept coming; Shalala lala, Kiss (When the sun don't shine), Uncle John From Jamaica all reach top 5 in most countries. In their entire history, EVERY vengaboys single released, became a UK Top 40 hit. The group embarked on a world tour through the U.S., Australasia, Japan and South America.
Then, after releasing a ballad as their goodbye single, (Kim: "Hahaha! a Vengaboys ballad, what were we thinking?") the group called it quits and was ready for retirement. Not a real crazy idea after selling 20 million singles and five million albums.
Missing the stage and the applause, the group decided to get back on stage in 2007.