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.