B.o.B's "Adventures" arrives atop U.S. album chart

Wed May 5, 2010 9:54pm EDT
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By Keith Caulfield

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Rapper B.o.B landed at No. 1 on the U.S. pop album chart Wednesday with his debut set, "The Adventures of Bobby Ray."

The album sold 84,000 copies during the week ended May 2,according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks the first time a solo male artist has earned a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with his debut release since August 26, 2006, when Rick Ross' "Port of Miami" opened atop the list with sales of 187,000.

B.o.B's sales total makes this the third straight week when the No. 1 album in the U.S. sold less than 100,000 copies. That's the longest sub-100,000 run at the top since February 2009, when Taylor Swift's "Fearless" spent its last three (of 11) weeks at No. 1.

The 21-year-old B.o.B (given name Bobby Ray Simmons) already has had a taste of No. 1 success on the Billboard charts with the album's lead single, "Nothin' on You" (featuring Bruno Mars), which spent two weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" continued to hang out in the upper region of the chart, staying steady at No. 2 (sales of 76,000). The album has spent all 14 of its chart weeks lodged in the top five.

The previous week's No. 1, the "Glee" TV soundtrack to its "Power of Madonna" episode, fell to No. 10 with 29,000.

Rock band Bullet for My Valentine arrived at a career-high No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with "Fever," which also notched the act's best sales week yet with 71,000 copies. Previously, the U.K. quartet had gone has high as No. 4 with its 2008 set "Scream Aim Fire," which also claimed its then-best sales week (53,000 in its opening stanza).

Two more debuts hit the top 10. Melissa Etheridge's "Fearless Love" bowed at No. 7 with 46,000. It's the singer-songwriter's first top 10 album since 2001's "Skin" topped out at No. 9. Her highest-charting album remains 1995's "Your Little Secret," which also arrived on the chart at its peak: No. 6.   Continued...