LONDON -- A track based on a cell phone ring tone famed for its ability to infuriate listeners topped Britain's singles charts ysterday, beating the new track from Coldplay to the No. 1 spot.
"Crazy Frog Axel F," inspired by a ring tone based on a 1980s movie theme accentuated with the sound of a man imitating frogs by making the sound of revving mo-peds, was the highest-selling single in the list compiled by The Official UK Charts Company. The chart takes into account sales of CD singles and downloads.
"Crazy Frog Axel F" is the first cell phone ring tone to cross into mainstream music charts, said Gennaro Castaldo, a spokesman for HMV, the British music retailing chain. The track is a reworking of Axel F, Harold Faltermeyer's theme to the "Beverly Hills Cop" films, in which actor Eddie Murphy plays a Detroit policeman named Axel Foley.
The critically acclaimed new single by Coldplay, "Speed of Sound," placed second in the British charts.
"Crazy Frog Axel F" replaced Oasis tune "Lyla" as the No. 1 hit. The weekly singles chart, which has been released since 1952, is based on the sales of 5,600 retail shops across Britain. The Official UK Charts Company didn't say how many copies of "Crazy Frog Axel F" were sold or downloaded, but earlier in the week Castaldo said it was outselling the new Coldplay track by four to one.
The "Crazy Frog" ring tone has grown hugely in popularity among young cell phone users in Europe in recent months.
It is based on a recording by Swedish computer components salesman Daniel Malmedahl, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported on its Web site.
Malmedahl, 24, recorded himself imitating the sound of his friends' two-stroke mo-peds in 1997 and the segment was used on various Web sites.
A fellow Swede, Erik Wernquist, drew an animated frog to go with the sound, called it The Annoying Thing and put it on his Web site for download, the BBC reported. Ring tone company Jamster contacted Malmedahl and Wernquist in 2004 for permission to sell the recording as a download for phones, the BBC said.
The CD single "Crazy Frog Axel F" is released by Gusto Records.