Grammys levitate ‘Supernatural’

Dixie Chicks 'Fly' into top ten

Santana’s one-two combination of winning eight Grammys and performing live on the telecast kept “Supernatural” (Arista) on top of the national charts, according to sales data released Wednesday.

Santana’s album sold more than 580,000 copies in the week ending Feb. 27, more than double his previous week’s chart-topping figures.

The week’s second-largest sales increase came from the various artists’ “2000 Grammy Pop Nominees” (RCA) collection, which moved 39,000 more units than the week-previous.

Other artists who saw major Grammy-fueled chart jumps were double-Grammy winners and telecast performers the Dixie Chicks, whose “Fly” (Monument/Sony) soared into the Top 10 , selling 33,000 units more than the week-previous; and Sting, whose “Brand New Day” (A&M/ Interscope) saw a 22,000 unit increase.

While TLC’s twin-Grammy wins increased sales of “Fan Mail” (LaFace/Arista) by 12,000 copies, Diana Krall’s telecast performance bumped sales of “When I Look in Your Eyes” (Verve) by 15,000 units.

Other artists who rode telecast performances to five-digit sales increases: Kid Rock, whose “Devil Without a Cause” (Lava/Atlantic) jumped 17,000 units; Marc Anthony, whose self-titled disc (Columbia), climbed 13,000 units; and the Backstreet Boys, whose “Millennium” (Jive) moved up 10,000 units.

While Macy Gray — who was nominated for two Grammys, but neither won nor performed on the telecast — managed to increase weekly sales of “On How Life Is” (Epic) by 31,000 units, the week’s biggest non-Grammy-related success story belongs to Destiny’s Child, whose “The Writing’s on the Wall” (Columbia) jumped 18,000 units.

Powered by Madonna vocal contributions, the soundtrack to her latest movie, “The Next Best Thing” (Warner Bros.), was the week’s highest debut, coming in at No. 34 and moving more than 41,000 units.

Universal Music Group retained the lion’s share of the current album market (26.3%), followed by BMG (22.3%), Sony (16.8%), Warner (12%), and EMI (6.6%).

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