Spanish sisterly trio Las Ketchup added the U.K. to its list of European conquests yesterday (Oct. 13) as its novelty hit "The Ketchup Song (Asereje)" (Columbia) went straight to No. 1 on the U.K. sin

Spanish sisterly trio Las Ketchup added the U.K. to its list of European conquests yesterday (Oct. 13) as its novelty hit "The Ketchup Song (Asereje)" (Columbia) went straight to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. The song is already in its fourth week at the top of Music & Media's Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally, fueled by No. 1 positions in Germany, Greece, Denmark, Switzerland, Holland, Norway, Austria, France, and Belgium.

Although "Pop Idol" victor Will Young's double A-sided No. 1 with Gareth Gates, "The Long and Winding Road"/"Suspicious Minds," fell to No. 3, his debut album "From Now On" (S/BMG) opened at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart on sales of 187,000 copies, more than the rest of the top-5 combined.

It's the only new entry in an album top-10 that finds the Rolling Stones holding at No. 2 with "Forty Licks" (ABKCO/Virgin/Decca). In fact, there's only one other new entry in the entire top-40 of the chart, as New Zealand-born rockers the Datsuns arrived at No. 17 with their self-titled V2 debut.

Back on the U.K. singles survey, pre-teen Polydor act S Club Juniors scored its third consecutive No. 2 with "New Direction," following "One Step Closer" in May and "Automatic High" in August. Foo Fighters equaled their highest-ever U.K. chart rating as "All My Life" (RCA) came in at No. 5, matching the position of their first hit, "This Is a Call," in July 1995.

RCA's "ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits" climbs 2-1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, thanks to No. 1 positions in eight markets contributing to the survey. "Forty Licks" arrives at No. 2 on the Europe-wide chart.

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