Fred Bronson reports on the latest accomplishments by Las Ketchup, Eminem, and Santana.
CATCHING UP WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD: The three sisters from Spain known as Las Ketchup finally have a No 1 hit in the U.S., though not on the Hot 100. Their eponymous debut album leads the Top Latin Albums chart for the second week, while on Hot Latin Tracks, their song "Asereje" (Sony Discos) moves 2-1.
On the Hot 100, the English-language version "The Ketchup Song (He Hah)" (Sony Discos/Columbia) ambles 57-54, based solely on airplay. The label has chosen not to release a single of "The Ketchup Song," so sales that could propel it to No. 1 on the Hot 100 will never happen. That strategy of not releasing a single may be paying off on the album chart, where the CD takes greatest gainer honors for sales, advancing 84-65.
'LOSE' IS A WINNER: He made his Hot 100 debut three years, seven months, and one week ago. Now, his eighth chart entry is his first No. 1 hit. Eminem, who has been No. 1 on singles charts across the globe, moves 2-1 with "Lose Yourself" (Shady), from his film "8 Mile."
Until this year, Eminem only had one top-10 hit to his credit: "The Real Slim Shady" peaked at No. 4 in June 2000. Now, for the first time in his career, he's had three top-10 hits in a row. "Without Me" spent five weeks at No. 2, beginning the week of June 29 and "Cleanin' Out My Closet" reached No. 4 the week of Sept. 21.
Getting down to trivial matters, the Eminem song is the first No. 1 title in the rock era to begin with the word "Lose." Two chart-toppers started with "Lost": "Lost in Emotion" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, and "Lost in Your Eyes" by Debbie Gibson. The highest-ranked song to have "Lose" as the first word in its title before the Eminem hit was "Lose Her," which went to No. 69 in 1962 for Bobby Rydell.
BACK ON TOP: Some 32 years after its first No. 1 album, Santana racks up its fourth-chart-topper, as "Shaman" (Arista) opens in pole position. It's the first of Santana's 25 chart albums to debut at No. 1. The group's self-titled first album peaked at No. 4. Its follow-up, "Abraxas," spent six weeks at No. 1 in the final quarter of 1970. A year later, "Santana III" had a five-week reign. In 1999, Santana made its label debut for Arista and promptly went to No. 1 with "Supernatural," which bested all predecessors by spending 12 weeks on top.