Thanks to the success of his singles “Nothin’ on You” and “Airplanes,” the Atlanta rapper’s debut album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, will bow at #1 on next week’s Billboard albums chart, with sales of more than 84,000 copies. He’s only the second hip-hop artist to debut in the top spot in 2010 (Ludacris did it back in March with his Battle of the Sexes album) and only the third since September of last year, when Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 dominated the landscape.
Following behind B.o.B is unstoppable country juggernaut Lady Antebellum, who sold just under 76,000 copies of their Need You Now album. Coming in at #3 — the week’s second-highest debut — are Welsh rockers Bullet for My Valentine, whose third album, Fever, sold close to 71,000 copies. Justin Bieber’s My Word 2.0 is next at #4, selling more than 69,000 copies, and AC/DC’s Iron Man 2 soundtrack lands at #5 with sales of about 52,000 copies.
Rounding out the top 10 are Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond (#6, 48,000), Melissa Etheridge’s new Fearless Love (#7, 46,000), Miranda Cosgrove’s new Sparks Fly (#8, 36,000), the ubiquitous Now 33 (#9, 30,000) and last week’s top seller, the “Glee” cast’s Power of Madonna (#10, 29,000).
Outside the top 10, notable debuts include Hole’s first album in more than a decade, Nobody’s Daughter, which bows at #15 with sales of close to 22,000 copies, Daddy Yankee’s Mundial at #29, with sales of more than 13,000 copies, and Sons of Sylvia, who, fresh off their appearance on “American Idol,” moved more than 12,000 copies of their debut, Revelation, to open at #33.