Grammy favorites Santana will spend their second consecutive week, and eighth overall, at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with Supernatural, according to figures released Wednesday (Feb. 23) by SoundScan.
Supernatural, nominated in 11 categories at Wednesday's Grammy Awards, sold 219,143 copies for the week ending Feb. 20, surpassing the 6 million sales mark. It held off rapper/producer Dr. Dre's Dr. Dre 2001 at #2 and Celine Dion's All the Way: A Decade of Song at #3.
Supernatural consists mostly of collaborations with other artists, including the folky "Put Your Lights On" (RealAudio excerpt), written and sung by Everlast.
The rest of this week's top 10, according to MTV News, are Italian dance-pop trio Eiffel 65's Europop at #4, teen pop singer Christina Aguilera's self-titled debut at #5, soul singer D'Angelo's Voodoo at #6, rap-rocker Kid Rock's Devil Without a Cause at #7, rapper DMX's
The Backstreet Boys album will re-enter the top 10 from #12. Ghostface Killah's Supreme Clientele falls out of the top 10 to #18 after debuting at #7 last week.
The week's highest debut will come from British goth-rock veterans the Cure, whose latest dark offering, Bloodflowers, will come in at #16. The album is the band's first studio disc since 1996's Wild Mood Swings. The new album includes songs awash in keyboards and distorted guitar, such as the title track (RealAudio excerpt) and the brooding "Out of This World." The band's other hits include "Lovesong" and "Just Like Heaven."
The next highest debut will be Miami rapper Trick Daddy's latest effort. His The Book of Thugs: Chapter AK, Verse 47, the follow-up to 1998's www.thug.com, will come in at #26.
"The up-North crowd won't say I'm strictly Southern, and the California crowd won't say I'm strictly Southern," the 22-year-old rapper (born Maurice Young) said earlier this month of the album's combination of heavy bass and laid-back grooves. "Some of the same things, no matter where you are, they go on everywhere. Both coasts should be able to understand where I'm coming from."
Other debuts include folk singer Tracy Chapman's Telling Stories at #33, the Who live collection The BBC Sessions at #101, and
R&B group Sonique's Hear My Cry at #120. The Who album features in-concert versions of "My Generation," "Substitute," "The Seeker" and other staples from the storied power-pop band.
The biggest mover this week will be the soundtrack to "The Beach," which moves from #135 to #78. The disc features new songs by techno pioneers Orbital (with Angelo Badalamenti), pop-rockers Sugar Ray and pop group All Saints.