We have a brand new album charts star… his name is B.o.B, who lands atop the Billboard 200 this week, beating out previous chart toppers Usher and others.
The 21-year-old rapper enters the album charts at no. 1 this week with his debut set, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, selling 84,000 copies in its first week. According to Billboard, it marks the first time a solo male artist has earned a no. 1 album on the chart with their debut release since August 2006, when Rick Ross’ Port of Miami opened atop the list with 187,000.
It’s also the third straight week that a no. 1 album sold less than 100,000 copies. The rapper’s lead single, “Nothin’ On You” (featuring Bruno Mars), spent two weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart previously.
Later, Usher’s Raymond v Raymond descends a slot to no. 6 with 48,000; the Black Eyed Peas hit no. 16 with The E.N.D., selling 20,000 copies; Monica’s Still Standing came in at no. 19 with 18,000; and Ludacris’ Battle of the Sexes closed out the top 20 with 17,000.
That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending May 2) totaled 5.46 million units, down 1% compared to the sum last week (5.54 million) and down 11% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.17 million).