‘Supernatural’ stays on top

Celine, Dre see sales hikes, Jagged Edge debuts in top 10

Santana’s “Supernatural” remains the bestselling album in the nation, moving more than 199,000 copies last week, according to sales data released Wednesday.

Santana’s album sales were up nearly 25,000 over last week’s, possibly in reaction to the disc winning best album at the American Music Awards. The Jan. 16 kudocast took place just prior to this week’s sales period, which ended Jan. 23.

Traditionally, the AMAs have had scant sales impact, and with the exception of Santana — and Eurythmics’ “Peace” returning to the chart, spurred by the group’s appearance on the ABC telecast — that would appear to hold true again this year.

Jagged Edge’s “J.E. Heartbreak” was the week’s major debut, landing in the Top 10 with more than 86,000 copies sold.

The rest of the Top 10 remained virtually unchanged, although Celine Dion (up 21,000 units for the place position), Dr. Dre (up 34,000 for the show position) and Christina Aguilera (up 8,000) posted significant sales increases.

Other chart debuts were notched by Enigma’s “Screen Behind The Mirror” (more than 37,000 units) and Madd Rapper’s “Tell ‘Em Why U Mad” (more than 17,000 units).

Other significant gainers included Macy Gray’s “On How Life Is” (up 15,000 units), Creed’s “Human Clay” (up 10,000) and Savage Garden’s “Affirmation” (up 8,000).

Overall album sales dipped slightly to 13 million from the previous week’s 13.3 million units. However, when sales of singles and videos are factored in, the industry posted a 3% increase over the week ended Jan. 16.

Universal Music Group retained the lion’s share of the current album market (29.6%), followed by Sony (18.6%), BMG (18.4%), Warner (11.7%), and EMI (6.6%).

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