So how hot are Santana right now? Facing stiff new commercial competition in the form of new releases from Master P, Stone Temple Pilots, LeAnn Rimes, Alan Jackson and Bush, Santana's Supernatural shocked them all and held onto to nation's No. 1 spot on the album chart for the third week in a row. Supernatural sold 199,000 copies (its best performance yet) for the week ending Oct. 31, according to SoundScan.
Master P's Only God Could Judge Me had to settle for a disappointing No. 2, while STP's No. 4 came in at No. 6 despite the fact their lead singer, Scott Weiland, is currently doing time. Rimes, Jackson and Bush debuted at No. 8, 9 and 11, respectively. To make room, Kid Rock, Christina Aguilera and Juvenile exited the top ten.
The fact is if any of those new superstar albums had mustered blockbuster business (i.e. sold 250,000 copies) they could have knocked off Supernatural. But none did.
Look for Supernatural to finally get the slip next week when the music industry's so-called Super Tuesday releases hit the charts. (Super Tuesday records, usually reserved for the biggest stars, are positioned to hit stores right before the big holiday shopping season begins.) Among those set to debut are Spice Girl Mel C., Mariah Carey, the Counting Crows, Rage Against the Machine, Savage Garden, Jewel (her holiday album), Faith Hill, the Foo Fighters, L'il Wayne and the Roots, among others. Sony label mates Rage and Carey are expected to square off for the top spot.
From the top, it was Supernatural, followed by Master P's Only God Can Judge Me (selling 153,000); Lou Bega's Little Bit of Mambo (135,000); the Backstreet Boys' Millennium (134,000); Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time (120,000); Stone Temple Pilot's No. 4 (120,000); Creed's Human Clay (117,000) LeAnn Rimes' LeAnn Rimes (115,000); Alan Jackson's Under the Influence (113,000); and Limp Bizkit's Significant Other (106,000).