Apparently, the number one single in France is called “Coup de Boule,” or, “Head-Butt.” And, the unlikely subject of the song is none other than Zinedine Zidane’s infamous act during the final World Cup game. The song was created as a joke by two brothers who run a commercial jingle company. The Times in London has the story:
“We were depressed and couldn’t work,” Sébastien Lipszyc, 31, said. “Franck came up with the idea of joining in all this reaction. Our jokes became lyrics and it was finished in half an hour.”
The trio sent their track to fifty friends over the internet that Monday and three hours later they heard it on Skyrock, one of the biggest French radio networks.
The next day they were besieged by mobile telephone companies. By Wednesday, Warner had outbid two recording companies to market it. They shot a video on the Saturday in the Charlety stadium in Paris. It features a referee giving an unseen player a red card.
More than 150,000 copies of the single have been sold since it came out last week and it has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.