B.o.B has worked his sorcery once again, scoring a third-straight top 10 hit with his latest single, “Magic,” which entered Billboard’s Hot 100 this week. The song, featuring Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, is from B.o.B’s debut, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, and follows “Nothin’ on You” and “Airplanes” as breakout hits for the upstart artist.
The 2010 Video Music Awards nominee and performer broke out “Magic” during his recent “MTV Unplugged” showcase, which premieres September 1 on MTV.com. His performance of “Magic,” during which he sings the chorus in place of Cuomo, will also be in video rotation on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits and MTV Jams after the premiere.
The Atlanta MC is the latest in a series of artists to headline the “Unplugged” series; other alumni include Eric Clapton, Nirvana, Jodeci, Alicia Keys and, in April, Trey Songz .
In addition to “Magic,” Bobby Ray also performed “Letters From Vietnam,” “Airplanes” (with Melanie Fiona taking over for Hayley Williams), “Nothin’ on You” (Robin Thicke filled in for Bruno Mars), “The Kids” (featuring Janelle Monáe) and a cover of MGMT’s “Kids.”
B.o.B and Justin Bieber were announced as the latest VMA performers last week, joining Kanye West, Drake and Usher on the Los Angeles stage. B.o.B is also nominated for five Moonmen, including Video of the Year and Best Male Video.
“It’s very special to me. I think it’s a lot more special than the success of the singles, because this reflects the work I’ve put in over the years and the word of mouth I’ve helped create,” B.o.B told MTV News about his nominations. “It’s definitely amazing. I’m trying to find the words to explain it, but I can’t. It’s inexplicable. I’m a real simple man, so, you know, I accept every gift with generosity and gratitude.”
Don’t miss B.o.B’s “MTV Unplugged,” premiering September 1 on MTV.com.