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Las Ketchup

Las Ketchup
Origin Córdoba, Andalusia, Spain
Genres Flamenco, pop, chill out
Years active 2002- 2006
Labels Altra Moda Music
Members Lucía Muñoz
Lola Muñoz
Pilar Muñoz
Rocío Muñoz

Las Ketchup was a short-lived Spanish family pop girl group, founded by flamenco producer, Manuel "Queco" Ruiz. The group is best known for the 2002 song, "The Ketchup Song" ("Aserejé"), a single that sold over 7 million copies. The group's first album sold over 12 million copies, but the second did not achieve the same success. The group have not released any singles since 2006, but still perform together publicly around Spain and other countries.


  • Career 1
    • 2001-2002: Formation 1.1
    • 2002-2005: Hijas del Tomate 1.2
    • 2006: "Un Blodymary" and addition of Rocío 1.3
  • Discography 2
    • Albums 2.1
    • Singles 2.2
  • Awards 3
  • Parody 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6


2001-2002: Formation

Las Ketchup were originally discovered by the flamenco producer Manuel "Queco" Ruiz, who signed them to his newly formed, independent Córdoba label Shaketown Music, that he ran together with Manuel Illán.[1]

2002-2005: Hijas del Tomate

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 the top of the charts in many countries, including: Spain, Portugal, Colombia, the UK, Italy, Albania, France, Finland, Turkey, Syria, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, 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

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 album titled Un Blodymary. The album release was delayed until the beginning of 2006. They planned to release 1 million copies and their producer Queco, who also produced and wrote their worldwide single "Aserejé", indicated that the album displayed their original sound. Their first single from the album was also titled "Un Blodymary" for the Spanish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. The song finished 21st with only 18 points.




List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)" 2002 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 54
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum[12]
  • BPI: Platinum[13]
  • BVMI: 2× Platinum[14]
  • IFPI AUT: 2× Platinum[15]
  • IFPI NOR: 6× Platinum[16]
  • IFPI SWE: 4× Platinum[17]
  • IFPI SWI: 3× Platinum[18]
  • RIANZ: 2× Platinum[19]
  • SNEP: Diamond[20]
Hijas del Tomate
"Kusha Las Payas" 36 38 76 29
"Un Blodymary" 2006 38 82 Un Blodymary
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


– 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' 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)


In 2002, the German comedian Elmar Brandt wrote (using the tune of Aserejé) a Gerhard Schröder parody called "Der Steuersong" (The Tax Song)[21] 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'[22]

See also


  1. ^ "Interview With Javier Portugués".  
  2. ^ "Discography Las Ketchup". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Discographie Las Ketchup". (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Discographie Las Ketchup". (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Las Ketchup / Single". (in German).  
  6. ^ "Discography Las Ketchup". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Discography Las Ketchup". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Discography Las Ketchup". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Discografie Las Ketchup". (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Las Ketchup" (select "Singles" tab).  
  11. ^ "Las Ketchup Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100".  
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Singles".  
  13. ^ "BPI Certified Awards Search" (insert "Las Ketchup" into the "Search" box, and then select "Go").  
  14. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank: Las Ketchup" (in German).  
  15. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Las Ketchup – The Ketchup Song (Asereje)" (in German).   Enter Las Ketchup in the field Interpret. Enter The Ketchup Song (Asereje) in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  16. ^ "Norwegian single certifications – Las Ketchup – The Ketchup Song (Asereje)" (in Norwegian).  
  17. ^ "(Guld & Platina) ÅR 2003" [(Gold & Platinum) Year 2003] (PDF) (in Swedish).  
  18. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards 2002". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Top 50 Singles Chart: Chart #1351 (Sunday 30 March 2003)".  
  20. ^ "Certifications Singles Diamant – année 2001". (in French).  
  21. ^ "'Der Steuersong'". (in German). Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  22. ^ "El Groupo Mayonessa". (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
Preceded by
Son de Sol
with "Brujería"
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "I Love You Mi Vida"
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