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Do (singer)

Dominique Rijpma van Hulst (born 7 September 1981 in Valkenswaard near Eindhoven, Netherlands) is a singer known by her stage name Do (pronounced "dough"). She is best known for singing the vocals of DJ Sammy's world-wide top 10 hit in 2002 - 2003, "Heaven", a cover of the '80s hit by Bryan Adams. The remixed candlelight-version of Heaven was the most played song of 2001 in the U.S.A, which was possibly due to an unauthorized remix dedicated to the victims of 9/11. She has released two albums, Do and Follow Me.

Early life

Do was born Dominique Rijpsma van Hulst in 1981 in Valkenswaard, a town in the south of the Netherlands. Although she had been singing throughout most of her early years, Do never considered a music career. She was a gifted tennis player and at the age of 15 she started preparations to compete in the Wimbledon tennis tournament, but was forced to end her tennis career early because of an injury.

Her first musical performance in café Old Dutch in Valkenswaard led to a record label deal with Sony Music BMG.

Music career

Before she even released a single she was a supporting act for the tour of 5ive and Montell Jordan in the Netherlands. The first single Do released was the song Real Good. Although the music video was played a lot on the Dutch music channel TMF, it wasn't a hit song in the Netherlands. Later in interview she says that "It wasn't my sound, and I hated the video. Thankfully it wasn't a hit, 'cause I don't want people to remember me from that song". After that Do collaborated with DJ Sammy and Yanou, who is also her producer. The song was a cover of Bryan Adams song Heaven. It became an international hit. It reached the number 1 spot in several countries, including the United Kingdom. A candlelight remix version was made with a slower, piano instrumental. During this time, she had some problems with the credits of the song. Everywhere she went, she was asked if she was DJ Sammy because the song (in accordance with most dance songs) was credited to DJ Sammy, and she was the main focus in the video.

Do

Do's self titled debut, Do, was released in 2004, and reached the #3 spot in the Netherlands. The first single from the album, "Voorbij", a duet with Marco Borsato, reached number 1. She also had top 10 hits in the Netherlands with her next two singles, "Love Is Killing Me" (which reached the #6 spot) and "Angel By My Side" (which reached the #10 spot). A specially recorded version of "Angel By My Side" was used as the title song for the 2004 Dutch film "Ellis in Glamourland".

The fourth single was planned to be a cover of the Cyndi Lauper song "I Don't Want Be Your Friend". The plan fell through - Do's management didn't get the rights to release it as a single.

The album received the golden status (40,000 copies) in the Netherlands just before Christmas. Although Do's former international success with "Heaven" her album wasn't released in other countries, the reasons are unknown. To end the year, she recorded a Christmas song with Trijntje Oosterhuis on the order of Sky Radio. It was called "Everyday Is Christmas". Due the airplay it reached the #7 spot in the Dutch Top 40.

After the tsunami disaster in Indonesia, Do joined several Dutch artist to record a song for the victims of the Tsunami. The song "Als Je Iets Kunt Doen" (If You Can Do Something) reached the #1 spot in the Netherlands, and stayed there for several weeks. All the profits of the song went to the victims of the tsunami disaster.

She has also made a few film appearances, including doing the voice of "Cappy" in the Dutch-spoken version of the multi-million dollar film, Robots. Other accomplishments include that she is the only female artist to have two different versions of the same song, "Heaven", on Billboard charts at the same time, peaking at number 8.

Follow Me

Do's second album, "Follow Me" was released in the Netherlands on June 19, 2006. The first single was also called 'Follow Me'. The song was written by Bryan Adams and had already been recorded by Melanie C in 1999. The single peaked at #39 in the Dutch Top 40 but did better in the Megacharts Top 50, peaking at #17. The album debuted in the Dutch Megacharts Album Top 100 on #8 and peaked there for two weeks. The album contains 12 songs. The album meant a lot to Do, who's friend worked on the album with her before passing away.

The second single of Follow Me was 'Beautiful Thing'. This song did better in the charts than Follow Me and it peaked at #23. It stayed in the Top 40 for 9 weeks. The video for Beautiful Thing was shot in Bonaire just like the third single of the album Sending Me Roses which was only released as a digital track. The two videos form a story.

In 2006, Do did a tour called Follow Me theatertour.

The fourth single from the album was "I Will". It was released in February 2007. The song was re-recorded in Sweden. However, no video was made and the song failed to chart.

Discography

Albums

Year Album Chart positions
NL
2004 Do

3
2006 Follow Me

8

Singles

Year Single Chart positions
NL(top40) NL(mega) UK US(hot100) US(maxi) GER FR
2000 "Real Good"
  • Album: -

-
-
-
-
-
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-
2002 "Heaven" ft. DJ Sammy & Yanou

#5
#1
#1
#5
#1
#5
#5
2002 "On and On (Do song)"

#40
#38
-
-
-
-
-
2003 "Heaven (Candlelight Mix)"

#4
#2
-
-
-
-
-
2004 "Voorbij ft. Marco Borsato"

#1
#1
-
-
-
-
-
2004 "Love Is Killing Me"

#7
#6
-
-
-
-
-
2004 "Angel By My Side"

#7
#8
-
-
-
-
-
2004 "Everyday Is Christmas"

#3
#1
-
-
-
-
-
2005 "Als Je Iets Kan Doen"
  • With Artiesten voor Azië (Artists for Asia), a one-time benefit song for the victims of the Asian Tsunami

#1
#1
-
-
-
-
-
2006 "Follow Me"

#39
#18
-
-
-
-
-
2006 "Beautiful Thing"

#17
#6
-
-
-
-
-
2006 "Sending Me Roses"

-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2006 "I Will"

-
-
-
-
-
-
-

Awards and Nominations

Award Category About Result
2004
Dutch Musical Awards Best Big Musical Cast of Cinderella Nominated
2006
TMF Awards Holland Best Dutch Female Artist Herself Nominated
2005
TMF Awards Holland Best Dutch Female Artist Herself Nominated
2004
Edison Awards Best New Artist Herself Nominated
BMI Pop Award U.S.A Best Pop Herself Won
TMF Awards Holland Best Dutch Female Artist Herself Won
2003
World Music Awards Monte Carlo, Monaco Best Dutch Female Artist Herself Won
Dancestar Awards Miami, USA Best single of the year DJ Sammy & Yanou Ft. Do - Heaven Won
TMF Awards Holland Best New Act Herself Won

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