.

B.o.B Follows Hot 100 Streak With Number One Album

Bullet for My Valentine, Melissa Etheridge enter the Top 10, Hole debuts at 15

May 5, 2010 1:03 PM ET

In the span of just a few months, B.o.B has gone from being one of Rolling Stone's Best New Artists of 2010 to Billboard 200 top seller: The stoner MC's debut album The Adventures of Bobby Ray hit Number One its first week on shelves, selling 84,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard.biz reports that B.o.B has become the first male artist since Rick Ross in 2006 to land atop the Billboard 200 with his debut album in its debut week. As Rolling Stone previously reported, B.o.B has also topped the Hot 100 for two straight weeks with "Nothin' on You."

Lady Antebellum's Need You Now stayed strong at Number Two once again while Bullet for My Valentine enjoyed their best debut yet as Fever entered the chart at Number Three with 71,000 copies sold. Melissa Etheridge's latest, Fearless Love, also scored a Top 10 debut, coming at Number Seven, followed by Miranda Cosgrove's Sparks Fly at Eight. Last week's champion, Glee's The Power of Madonna soundtrack, dropped to tenth place. Courtney Love's new Hole album Nobody's Daughter missed the Top 10 entirely, premiering at Number 15 with 22,000 albums sold.

B.o.B's accomplishment comes with some deflating news, however: For the third straight week, the Number One album failed to surpass 100,000 copies sold, marking the longest such stretch since February 2009.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com