Santana's Supernatural Leaves Other Albums In Dust

Grammy-winning LP almost triples sales from previous week, selling nearly 400,000 more copies than Dr. Dre's #2 album.

The sales of Santana's Supernatural nearly tripled in the wake of the Grammy Awards, leaving the other top pop albums of the moment in its dust.

One week ago, the LP generated nine Grammys, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year — "Smooth" (RealAudio excerpt), written by Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas and Itaal Shur. It will stay at #1 on this week's Billboard 200 albums chart. That marks its third consecutive week at #1 and its ninth week in that position.

In his remarks after the Grammys, bandleader Carlos Santana paid tribute to some of his musical heroes, including John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Mahalia Jackson.

"I learned a lot from a lot of musicians about dignity and harmony and grace," Santana said. "It feels so great to touch people's hearts more than anything."

Supernatural's total sales exploded to 583,071 copies for the week ending Feb. 26, up from 219,143 the week before, according to SoundScan data. The week's sales total is not uncommon for major summer releases in the first week on the shelves, but it's a remarkable figure for an album that's been out 37 weeks. Supernatural outsold the #2 album, rapper/producer Dr. Dre's Dr. Dre 2001, by almost 400,000 copies.

The rest of this week's top 10 are: teen pop singer Christina Aguilera's self-titled debut at #3; rapper Kid Rock's Devil Without a Cause at #4; Italian dance-pop trio Eiffel 65's Europop at #5; soul singer Macy Gray's On How Life Is at #6; Celine Dion's 1990s retrospective, All the Way: A Decade of Song; country trio the Dixie Chicks' Fly at #8; the compilation 2000 Grammy Pop Nominees at #9; and rapper DMX's ... And Then There Was X at #10.

The albums by Aguilera, Gray, Kid Rock and the Dixie Chicks all seemed to benefit from the artists' Grammy exposure.

Aguilera won the award for Best New Artist. Although fellow nominee Gray lost that award, she presented another and was praised by host Rosie O'Donnell during the telecast. On How Life Is will enter the top 10 for the first time.

Kid Rock performed an energetic medley that began with his Lynyrd Skynyrd–inspired ballad "Only God Knows Why" and ended with a cover of Grand Funk Railroad's "We're an American Band." The Dixie Chicks performed and also gave a tearful acceptance speech upon winning the Best Country Album Grammy for Fly.

The week's highest debut will be the soundtrack to the Madonna comedy "The Next Best Thing," which will come in at #34. The album includes Madonna's techno cover of Don McLean's 1971 folk-rock hit "American Pie" (RealAudio excerpt of Madonna version). It also includes songs from Moby, Aguilera and Groove Armada.

Two other chart debuts are posthumous releases. The self-titled debut album from Bronx (N.Y.) hip-hop collective D.I.T.C., which will enter the chart at #141, features performances by rappers Big L and Big Punisher. Group member Big L was killed in Harlem, N.Y., in February 1999. The 698-pound Big Punisher, whose mentor was group member Fat Joe, died on Feb. 7. No official cause of death for Big Punisher has

been released, but he showed signs of heart failure.

INXS singer Michael Hutchence's posthumous solo debut, also self-titled, will just make it onto the chart at #200. Hutchence was recording the album at the time he committed suicide in Australia on Nov. 22, 1997. The song "Slide Away" features vocals by U2's Bono.

Andy Gill, who co-produced the Hutchence album with Danny Saber of Black Grape, said the album sounds "a bit darker than INXS, sort of like an interesting mix of grainy, gritty, almost industrial things with almost symphonic, orchestral sounds."

The post-Grammy sales push wasn't confined to the top 10. Sting's Brand New Day will catapult to #29 from #81. The album's sales more than doubled, from a little more than 20,000 copies to more than 42,000. The ex-Police frontman and songwriting veteran, who performed on the program, won two awards, Best Pop Album for Brand New Day and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the album's title track.

Jazz singer Diana Krall's When I Look in Your Eyes, a nominee for Album of the Year, also will leap forward, from #114 to #56.

Latin singer Marc Anthony's self-titled effort will leap 10 places, to #18 from #28, a 13,000-sales jump to 62,000-plus. His salsa-tinged performance at the Grammys was part of a section dedicated to Latin artists that also included Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer and pop star Ricky Martin. Anthony, an established Latin star for several years, became a crossover success last year with his top-10 pop hit "I Need to Know" (RealAudio excerpt).

Others will make more modest leaps. Country singer Faith Hill's Breathe will jump to #16 from #19, following her Grammy rendition of the album track "Let Me Let Go." Martin's self-titled album will creep up to #51 from #45.

The Best of Santana — a greatest-hits album with "Black Magic Woman," "Oye Como Va" and other classic-rock staples — also got a substantial sales boost. The collection will rise to #82 from #147.

Last year, sales of Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill doubled after Hill won five Grammys, from 122,451 to 234,622. But the album actually fell a spot, from #2 to #3, as it was outsold by the debuts of TLC's Fanmail (#1) and Eminem's The Slim Shady LP (#2).