Carlos Santana Returns.

Arista recording artist Carlos Santana makes his eagerly-anticipated return to the charts with SHAMAN, his second album for the label, heralded by the brand new single “The Game Of Love,” featuring multi-platinum singer Michelle Branch, the powerful #1 most-added track this week across the board at top 40 radio (with 125 stations), Hot AC (78 stations), and Mainstream AC (38 stations), it was announced today by Antonio “L.A.” Reid, President and CEO, Arista Records, who also serves as executive producer of the new album.

“The artistry of Carlos Santana has captured millions around the world for many years and he continues his musical and spiritual journey with his new masterpiece, SHAMAN,” says Reid. “Carlos has created some of the most beautiful and stirring instrumentals combined with refreshing, contemporary artist collaborations. We are off to an incredible start with the first single “The Game of Love,” which is poised to become a worldwide hit.”

“The Game Of Love” arrives three years and three months after the release of the most phenomenal album of Santana’s career, Supernatural – which generated an all-time record-breaking nine Grammy awards, spent 102 weeks on the Billboard 200 Album chart (including 12 weeks at #1), produced back-to-back #1 platinum hits with “Smooth” and “Maria Maria,” and has sold an astonishing 25 million albums worldwide.

The video for “The Game Of Love” was shot on location in Chicago by director by Paul Fedor (credits: Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle,” P.O.D.’s “The Youth of a Nation,” Adema’s “Giving In”) and is already getting massive airplay on MTV and VH1.

“The Game Of Love” breathlessly raises the curtain on SHAMAN, produced by Carlos Santana and Clive Davis and executive produced by Antonio “L.A.” Reid. Like Supernatural, the new album is again (in the words of Carlos Santana) a “multi-dimensional” collection, bridging generations and cultures in a musical melting pot of creative partnerships. In addition to Branch, Santana was joined in the studio by fellow Arista artist Dido (“Feels Like Fire”), Citizen Cope (“Sideways”), Placido Domingo (“Novus”), Macy Gray (“Amore’ (Sexo)”), Melkie Jean & Governor Washington (“Since Supernatural”), Chad Kroeger (“Why Don’t You & I”), Alejandro Lerner (“Hoy Es Adios”), Musiq (“Nothing At All”), Ozomatli (“One Of These Days”), P.O.D. (“America”), and Seal (“You Are My Kind”). The Santana band takes the helm on “Adouma,” “Foo Foo,” “Victory Is One,” and “Aye Aye Aye” (a reunion with original `first generation’ Santana drummer MichaelShrieve).

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