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We're going to Ibiza revived as a protest hit in Austria scandal



 Four members of the Vengaboys as they were in 2001 pose to the crowd mid-performance Image copyright
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The Vengaboys, seen at the peak of their popularity
                

A 20-year-old Eurodance hit by Dutch group Vengaboys has a new lease of life thanks to Austria's political scandal.

We're Going to Ibiza, which celebrates partying on the Balearic island, is top of the iTunes charts in Austria and has climbed the Spotify charts too.

The song's revival follows an Austrian government crisis over a secret video of two far-right politicians appearing to offer shady deals in an Ibiza villa.

Young anti-government protesters in Vienna chanted the song last weekend

The way charts are measured has changed since 1

999, and although it was top of the iTunes downloads chart in Austria it was well down the Spotify list at 73.

It was placed at Four on the company's "Viral 50" playlist.

Vengaboys credited German TV satirist Jan Böhmermann with their unexpected resurgence.

The popular satirist tweeted the music video on 17 May as the political scandal was emerging, with a raised eyebrow emoji and the European flag, and has since called for the Vengaboys to perform in Vienna.

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Media caption The video, from, 2017, was recorded in a villa in Ibiza

Austria's government falls apart

The "Ibiza-gate" secret video culminated in the collapse of Austria's so-called "turquoise-blue" coalition, named after the colors of the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and center-right People's Party (ÖVP)

The video was recorded in 2017, weeks before the election that brought the far right to power.

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In the footage, released last Friday by German media, fa r-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache appears in public offerings to a woman in Russian oligarch's case if she is a big stake in an Austrian newspaper.

After he resigned, the ensuing political row prompted all his father right ministerial colleagues to leave the government. They were replaced by technocrats on Wednesday

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is now set to vote on no confidence on Monday.


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