Where Are They Now? 1999's Biggest Pop ActsFind out what New Radicals, Lou Bega, Backstreet Boys, Limp Bizkit and more are up to these days
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Then: In 1999, German-born David Lubega (a.k.a. Lou Bega) took Perez Prado's 1949 instrumental "Mambo No. 5" and recut it as an irresistible dance-pop jingle. It became an unlikely hit, topping charts around the world. Here in the U.S., the song might have owed some of its success to the lyric "a little bit of Monica in my life," which felt particularly timely just a few months after Bill Clinton's impeachment crisis.
Now: Everything about Lou Bega screamed one-hit wonder. "Mambo No. 5" captured a moment in time, and when that moment went away, so did Lou. But he didn't give up that easy – in 2005, he released "Return Of 'A Little Bit' (Mambo No. 2005)," a new version of his signature hit. Needless to say, it didn't recapture the magic of the original. Bega's last album was primarily released in Germany; he remains available for corporate bookings.