21-year old rapper B.o.B bounces in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with his debut set, "The Adventures of Bobby Ray," selling 84,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks the first time a solo male artist has earned a No. 1 album on the chart with their debut release since Aug. 26, 2006, when Rick Ross' "Port of Miami" opened atop the list with 187,000.
B.o.B's 84,000-start makes it the third straight week were the No. 1 album in the U.S. sells less than 100,000 copies. That's the longest sub-100,000 run at the top since February of 2009, when Taylor Swift's "Fearless" spent its last three (of 11) weeks at No. 1. B.o.B (given name Bobby Ray Simmons) has already had a taste of No. 1 success on the Billboard charts, as the album's lead single "Nothin' On You" (featuring Bruno Mars) spent two weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" continues to hang out in the upper region of the chart, as it stays steady at No. 2 (76,000; down 8%). The album has spent all 14 of its chart weeks lodged in the top five. Meanwhile, last week's No. 1, the "Glee" TV soundtrack to its "Power of Madonna" episode, falls to No. 10 with 29,000 (down 70%).