25 May 2005
A novelty song by the ringtone 'Frog' has outsold the new Coldplay single 'Speed Of Sound' by four to one in the UK.
Crazy Frog's cover of the 80s song "Axel F" is making Coldplay's chances of hitting number 1 on the UK singles chart fairly slim, despite original expectations for 'Speed of Sound' to debut at the top spot.
A spokesperson for UK's HMV said: "Music purists might not be too happy at the prospect of the Crazy Frog outselling Coldplay.
"It shouldn't come as that much of a surprise when you consider its huge novelty appeal and the massive amount of exposure its currently getting."
He added: "Kids obviously find it cute and cool, but students and even office workers seem to be drawn to its rather kitsch, ironic appeal.
"The only real issue is whether the record label can press enough copies to keep up with the huge demand that we're seeing right now."