Santana’s “Supernatural” (Arista) maintained its stranglehold on the top spot of the national music charts, moving more than 440,000 units in the week ending March 5, according to sales data released Wednesday.
In a week that generally saw disc sales decline following post-Grammys spikes, five albums posted Top 10 debuts, led by Bone, Thugs-N-Harmony’s “BTNHResurrection” (Epic), which placed second on sales of more than 280,000 copies, and the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Machina: The Machines of God” (Virgin), which came in third with more than 165,000 units sold.
‘Truth’ tops rockers
While rapper Beanie Sigel’s “Truth” (Def Jam) placed fifth, selling more than 155,000 copies, veteran jazz rocker Steely Dan’s long-awaited “Two Against Nature” (Warner Bros.) and hard rockers AC/DC’s “Stiff Upper Lip” copped the sixth and seventh slots on sales that exceeded 141,000 and 130,000 units, respectively.
Other notable debuts were posted by the Bloodhound Gang’s “Hooray for Boobies” (Geffen), which came in at No. 19 on sales of more than 80,000, and Oasis’ “Standing on the Shoulder of Giants” (Epic), which topped 55,000 copies and placed at No. 24.
Posting the biggest sales increases of the week were Sisqo’s “Unleash the Dragon” (Def Soul/Dragon), up 22,000 units; the boy-band sendup soundtrack to “2Gether: Music From the MTV Original TV Movie” (TVT), up 16,000 units; and Macy Gray’s “On How Life Is” (Epic) and Drama’s “Causin’ Drama” (Atlantic), which both racked up 6,000-unit bumps.
Universal Music Group walked home with the biggest share of the current album market, 26%, followed by BMG, 18.5%; Sony, 18.4%; Warner, 14.1%; and EMI, 8.1%.