*On the strength of his hit debut single “Nothin’ on You,” rapper B.o.B landed at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart Wednesday with his debut set, “The Adventures of Bobby Ray.”
The CD 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 Rick Ross did it on August 26, 2006, with “Port of Miami.”
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, born Bobby Ray Simmons, already spent two weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with the album’s lead single “Nothin’ on You” (featuring Bruno Mars). Below, the pair performs the track on “Ellen.”