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Las Ketchup

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Las Ketchup is a Latin Grammy Award nominated 4-girl group comprised of sisters Lola, Pilar, Lucía and Rocio Muñoz from Córdoba in Andalucia, Spain. They are the daughters of Juan Muñoz, a flamenco guitarist known as El Tomate (The Tomato). Prior to Rocio's recent addition to the group in 2006, the other three girls had success with their worldwide hit "Aserejé (or The Ketchup Song)".

In the summer of 2002 they had a major flamenco Europop fusion hit with "Aserejé" (released as "The Ketchup Song" in the UK and other countries), which reached or almost reached the top of the charts in many countries including Spain, UK, Italy, Greece, France, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Romania, Argentina, Poland, Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, India, Australia and the U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico. However, it failed to chart on the U.S. Billboard. Eventually Las Ketchup would be a tiny memory in the United States. Still worldwide, the trio became instant rivals to another Spanish female trio, Lunae, who released their debut single in Europe at the same time in 2003. The title and part of the lyrics were in Spanish. The hit also had an accompanying dance. The sound of the lyrics in the chorus resembled the first few lines of the song Rapper's Delight by the Sugarhill Gang.

The name of the group is a reference to their father Juan Muñoz, a flamenco guitarist known as El Tomate (The Tomato). This also explains why their debut album carried the title Las hijas del Tomate (Tomato's daughters).

The group sold over 12 million copies with the first album, but the second did not achieve the same success.

The winners of Brazilian reality show Popstars, who called themselves Rouge, released their own version of The Ketchup Song called Ragatanga, a duet with Las Ketchup translating the lyrics from Spanish to Portuguese. The song, the second single for Las Ketchup, was a big hit and went to number 1 in the Brazilian charts. The dance also became popular with preteens and teens in Brazil and the song was one of the main reason Las hijas del Tomate sold 1 million copies (Diamond Disc in Brazil).

Las Ketchup are coming back as a 4-girl group, with a new album titled Bloody Mary. Their long absence was due to them writing the songs for the album and Pilar's pregnancy. The album release was delayed till the beginning of 2006. They are planning to release 1 million copies and their producer "Queco", who also produced and wrote their world-wide single "Asereje", promises that this album retains their original sound. Their first single will be titled "Bloody Mary" like the name of the CD. This song was the Spanish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. The song did not perform as well as expected, ending 21st with only 18 points.

- Most tropical-salsa song played by Duo or Group ("The Ketchup Song" (Aserejé))
- 2003 Latin Grammy Award

- Best Pop Album By a Duo or Group with Vocals Las hijas del Tomate (Nominated, lost to Bacilos Caraluna.)
- 2003 Record Fair MIDEM (Cannes)

- Breakers of borders (Best-selling Album out of its country and inside of Europe with "Las hijas del Tomate")

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



 


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