Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart accomplishments of Elton John and Las Ketchup.
'WORD' UP (AND DOWN): It's the least interesting chart week of the year, as radio tucks away the holiday songs for another 12 months and recaps the year gone by. As a result, there's not much U.S. chart news to report. Eminem is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for a 10th week with "Lose Yourself" (Shadty/Interscope), and his soundtrack album "8 Mile" recaptures the top spot on The Billboard 200.
So let's look overseas for this week's "Chart Beat Bonus." Sitting at No. 4 on the U.K. singles chart is "Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word" (Innocent). Yes, it's the Elton John hit from 1976, only this time it's by the pop group Blue, with Elton listed as featured artist. The single entered the chart at No. 1 two weeks ago, giving John his fifth chart-topper in the U.K. This version of "Sorry" is much bigger than the original, which only went to No. 11 on the British chart.
Here are Elton's five U.K. chart-toppers:
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" [Elton John & Kiki Dee], 1976 (6 weeks)
"Sacrifice" / "Healing Hands," 1990 (5 weeks)
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" [George Michael/Elton John], 1991 (2 weeks)
"Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight," 1997 (5 weeks)
"Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word" [Blue featuring Elton John], 2002 (1 week)
BOOGIE ON SPANISH WOMEN: Swedish chart expert Fredrik Gustafsson reports that the trio of Spanish sisters known as Las Ketchup are No. 1 on the singles chart in his country for the 17th week with "Asereje (The Ketchup Song)" (Epic). That makes "Ketchup" the second-longest running No. 1 in the history of the Swedish singles chart. The record-holder is the 1977 hit "Yessir I Can Boogie" by Baccara -- a duo made up of two females from Spain -- at 20 weeks. What were the odds?