Dru Hill singer Sisqo may have unleashed a dragon, but he hasn't slain the dragon on top.
Latin-rock band Santana's Supernatural will continue its phenomenal streak of success this week by spending its sixth consecutive week at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
But Sisqo's Unleash the Dragon will breathe some fire of its own, moving up four spots to #2. The album's sultry "Thong Song" is #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"The song started off as a joke; it turned out to be a hit, and now I'm laughing all the way to the bank," the singer said at the Soul Train Awards earlier this month.
The rest of this week's top 10 will be: rapper/producer Dr. Dre's Dr. Dre 2001 at #3; soul singer Macy Gray's On How Life Is at #4; hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's BTNHResurrection at #5; rapper Black Rob's Life Story at #6; R&B girl-group Destiny's Child's The Writing's on the Wall at #7; Kid Rock's Devil Without a Cause at #8; country singer George Strait's Latest Greatest Straitest Hits at #9; and pop singer Christina Aguilera's self-titled debut at #10.
Supernatural sold more than 300,000 copies for the fourth week in a row. Last week, the number was 307,665, beating Unleash the Dragon by more than 150,000, according to SoundScan data released Wednesday (March 22). Supernatural's current hit, "Maria Maria" (RealAudio excerpt), is #2 on the Hot 100 singles chart. The album has sold 7.7 million copies.
The week's highest debut comes from hip-hop duo Dead Prez, whose Let's Get Free will land at #73. Rappers stic.man and M-1 are known for their militant politics and adulation of slave-revolt leader Nat Turner and '60s African-American figures. Titles on the album, the group's debut, include "We Want Freedom," "Police State" and "Propaganda."
Behind Dead Prez comes another first-time artist, R&B singer Sammie, whose debut album, From the Bottom to the Top, will come in at #86. TLC collaborator Dallas Austin produced and wrote six songs on the album. Its first single, "I Like It" (RealAudio excerpt), is a skittering, joyful party song.
Sammie, 13, said on Wednesday that he's taking his early stardom and the demands on his time in stride, most of the time.
"When people hassle you for autographs or a picture [at school] when you're trying to get an education, it's crazy," he said.
The soundtrack to "The Million Dollar Hotel," the film written by U2 singer Bono, will debut at #104. The album contains several new U2 songs, including "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" (RealAudio excerpt), whose lyrics were written by author Salman Rushdie. Bono contributed three solo songs to the album.
Other debuts this week will include: guitarist Joe Satriani's electronica-influenced Engines of Creation at #90; pop veteran Elton John's The Road to El Dorado at #105; '80s hair-metal holdovers Poison's Crack a Smile ... and More! at #131; and former 2 Live Crew head and free-speech champion Luke's Luke's Freak Fest 2000 at #140.