Carlos Santana says, "Radio is a friendly spirit to me." It would be fair to call that an understatement. After just a year-and-a-half break, the artist who holds the record for the longest-running Ni

Carlos Santana says, "Radio is a friendly spirit to me." It would be fair to call that an understatement. After just a year-and-a-half break, the artist who holds the record for the longest-running Nielsen BDS-based No. 1 in Adult Top 40 history -- "Smooth" featuring Rob Thomas -- is hitting the charts again, this time with "Into the Night" featuring Nickelback's Chad Kroeger.

The lead single from new collection "Ultimate Santana," due Oct. 16 on Arista, is climbing fast on the Adult Top 40 chart. Besides Kroeger, "Ultimate Santana" also features Jennifer Lopez and Baby Bash on a new track and finds Tina Turner updating Michelle Branch's vocal on "The Game of Love," which in 2002 conquered adult top 40 and AC.

Still based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the warm, soft-spoken Santana says of "Into the Night," "In the '60s, we needed songs that would transport us into a place of wonderment. This is a song like that. It's a song about angels and how they constantly translate your inner voice, preventing you from negative thoughts and fear. So it's got something spiritual to it, but it also has strength. It's not wishy-washy."

Santana says he enjoyed reteaming with Kroeger; their first collaboration, 2003's "Why Don't You & I," rode the crest of the Adult Top 40 chart for nine weeks and was a top five hit on the AC and CHR/Top 40 lists.

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