Las Ketchup is a Spanish girl group founded by flamenco record producer Manuel "Queco" Ruiz. The group, which consists of sisters Lucía, Lola, and Pilar Muñoz (later to be joined by a fourth sister Rocío), is best known for the 2002 hit single, "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)", a single that sold over seven million copies worldwide.[1] The group's debut studio album, Hijas del Tomate, has sold over two million copies worldwide.

Las Ketchup
Las Ketchup in 2016
Las Ketchup in 2016
Background information
OriginCórdoba, Andalusia, Spain
Genres
Years active
  • 2001–2006
  • 2016
  • 2018–present
Labels
Members
  • Lucía Muñoz
  • Lola Muñoz
  • Pilar Muñoz
Past members
  • Rocío Muñoz

They represented Spain at Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens with the song "Un Blodymary". The group has not released any singles since 2006, but still performs together publicly around Spain and other countries.

History edit

2001–2002: Formation edit

All members of the group are daughters of flamenco musician Juan Manuel Muñoz Expósito, best known by his stage name, El Tomate (Spanish for "The Tomato").

Las Ketchup was originally discovered by the flamenco record producer Manuel "Queco" Ruiz, who signed them to his newly formed, independent Córdoba label Shaketown Music, that he ran together with Manuel Illán.[2]

2002–2005: Hijas del Tomate edit

In the middle of 2002, they had a major flamenco Europop fusion hit with "Aserejé" (released as "The Ketchup Song" in the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries), which reached the top of the charts in many countries, including: Spain, Portugal, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Albania, France, Finland, Turkey, Syria, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Switzerland, Germany, Romania, and Australia. However, it failed to hit the top 40 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The title and part of the lyrics were in Spanish. The hit also had an accompanying dance. The second single was "Kusha Las Payas" and garnered moderate success. The group re-released "The Ketchup Song" later in the same year, with a new video, as a Christmas song.

2006: Un Blodymary and addition of Rocío edit

The group took an extended absence from the public eye to write songs for a new album and, during the same period, Pilar had a baby. In 2006, they were joined by Rocío, a fourth sister, and came back as a four girl group to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. The girls said themselves that Rocío had always been a member of "Las Ketchup", but that had not appeared in the promo material or performances because she was pregnant. They released their second studio album, titled Un Blodymary. The album release was delayed until the beginning of 2006. They planned to release one million copies and their record producer Queco, who also produced and wrote their worldwide single, "Aserejé", indicated that the album displayed their original sound.[citation needed] Their first single from the album was also titled "Un Blodymary" for the Spanish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. The song finished twenty-first with only 18 points.

2016–2017 edit

In 2016, the group performed their hit "The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" as an interval during the first semi-final of the Swedish pre-selection to the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen.[3] In 2017, they performed at the Pal Norte in Monterrey, Mexico.

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
AUT
[4]
DEN
[5]
FIN
[6]
FRA
[7]
GER
[8]
NL
[9]
NOR
[10]
SWE
[11]
SWI
[12]
Hijas del Tomate 22 27 1 18 20 23 13 7 6
Un Blodymary
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles edit

As lead artist edit

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SPA
[14]
AUS
[15]
AUT
[4]
FRA
[7]
GER
[8]
NOR
[10]
SWE
[11]
SWI
[12]
UK
[16]
US
[17]
"The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" 2002 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 54 Hijas del Tomate
"Kusha Las Payas" 12 36 38 76 29
"Un Blodymary" 2006 7 38 82 Un Blodymary
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist edit

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BRA
[26]
"Ragatanga"
(Rouge featuring Las Ketchup)
2002 1 Rouge

Awards edit

– Best New Artist/Group

– Best Pop Album from the New Generation (Hijas del Tomate)

– Most Played Tropical-Salsa Song by a Duo or Group ("The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)")

– Best Pop Album By a Duo or Group with Vocals Hijas del Tomate (Nominated, lost to Bacilos's Caraluna.)

  • 2003 MIDEM (Cannes)

– Best New Artist/Group

  • 2003 Amigo Awards

– Best New Group

– Best New Artist

  • 2004 MIDEM (Cannes)

– Border Breakers (Best-selling album out of its country and within Europe with Hijas del Tomate)

Parodies edit

In 2002, the German comedian Elmar Brandt wrote (using the tune of Aserejé) a Gerhard Schröder parody called "Der Steuersong" (The Tax Song)[27] for the radio program The Gerd Show.

In 2002, a satirical version to the tune of Aserejé by El Grupo Mayonesa circulated in Gibraltar prior to the referendum on a proposal of joint sovereignty, entitled 'Vota Que No, Que No, Que No No No'[28]

In 2003, the Slovak fictional musical duo Krímeš performed in TV show Uragán a satirical version to the tune of Aserejé called "Sereme" (We're Shi*ting).

See also edit

References edit

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  2. ^ "Interview With Javier Portugués". HitQuarters. 11 November 2002. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  3. ^ "No nos habían invitado a México: Las Ketchup". El Universal. 3 April 2017.
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  13. ^ "French album certifications – Las Ketchup – Hijas del Tomate" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
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  15. ^ "Discography Las Ketchup". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
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  17. ^ "Las Ketchup Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  19. ^ "BPI Certified Awards Search" (insert "Las Ketchup" into the "Search" box, and then select "Go"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  20. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank: Las Ketchup" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  21. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Las Ketchup – The Ketchup Song (Asereje)" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  22. ^ "Norwegian single certifications – Las Ketchup – The Ketchup Song (Asereje)" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  23. ^ "(Guld & Platina) ÅR 2003" [(Gold & Platinum) Year 2003] (PDF) (in Swedish). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 January 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  24. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards 2002". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  25. ^ "French single certifications" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  26. ^ "Hot 100 Brasil 1999–2013" (PDF). Ivete Sangalo News. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  27. ^ "Der Steuersong". german.about.com (in German). Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  28. ^ "El Groupo Mayonessa". gibinquirer.net (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 July 2010.
Preceded by Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
2006
Succeeded by