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Santana stays No. 1; Strait shoots to 2

Black Rob, Gerald Levert debut in top 10

For the fifth straight week, Santana’s “Supernatural” (Arista) retained its hold on the national music charts’ top spot, shifting more than 340,000 units in the week ending March 12, according to sales data released Wednesday.

Santana’s sales figures nearly doubled that of the week’s highest debut, veteran country vocalist George Strait’s “Latest Greatest Straitest Hits” (MCA Nashville), which sold more than 181,000 copies and copped the No. 2 slot.

Rap artist Black Rob’s “Life Story” (Bad Boy/Artista) and R&B vocalist Gerald Levert’s “G” (East West/Elektra) were the week’s other top 10 debuts, moving more than 177,000 and 122,000 units, respectively.

Flat sales

Destiny’s Child’s “The Writing’s on the Wall” (Columbia) also climbed into the top 10, selling more than 100,000 copies. The R&B group’s disc was the only top 10 album to post a sales increase — up nearly 3,000 copies over the previous week.

Sales were generally flat, however, with 3 Doors Down’s “Better Life” (Republic/Universal) taking the biggest gainer honors with a sales increase of nearly 5,000 units.

Universal Music Group again walked home with the greatest share of the current album market, 27.4%; followed by BMG, 19.5%; Sony, 18%; Warner, 14.8%; and EMI, 6.8%.

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