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Santana's Africa Speaks album debuts at #3 on Billboard 200

Santana's new studio album, Africa Speaks, has debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 after seling 57,000 units, almost all of them from album sales.

This marks the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame act's highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 since 2005's All That I Am, which peaked at #2.


Africa Speaks becomes Santana's 15th album overall to reach the top 10 of the chart. Four of the group's albums have reached number one, including the 15-times-platinum Supernatural, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

A good portion of Africa Speaks' sales came from a redemption offer where fans buying tickets to the band's upcoming tour also received a copy of the album.

As previously reported, the new record features original songs inspired by modern African music, with lead vocals provided by a Latin Grammy-winning Spanish singer named Buika.


Guitarist Carlos Santana and his band will be launching a new tour called the Supernatural Now trek on Thursday, January 20, in Irvine, California. The Doobie Brothers are the support act for the entire tour.

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