In the track “Airplanes” from his just-released CD, “B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray,” Atlanta rapper Bobby Ray Simmons, aka B.o.B., imagines that “I just dropped my new album, on my first week I did 500,000.” Well, the 21-year-old hip-hop newcomer didn’t come close to that number, but he did nevertheless make it to the top of the national sales chart his first week out.
Simmons’ album sold 84,000 copies, helped along by the presence of a number of high-profile guests including no less than Eminem, who joins in on a bonus track version of “Airplanes” along with Paramore singer Hayley Williams. Among his other partners are fellow rapper T.I., Lupe Fiasco, Rivers Cuomo, Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars and Ricco Barrino.
It was considerably more impressive than the lackluster first-week response to the latest outing for Courtney Love’s band Hole, which came in at No. 15 with sales of just 22,000 for “Nobody’s Daughter,” according to Billboard/Nielsen SoundScan. That mirrors the critical response to the new collection, which garners a 59 out of a possible 100 on Metacritic.com’s aggregate of reviews from major publications and music websites.
Rolling Stone said “’Nobody’s Daughter’ isn’t a true success — but it’s a noble effort,” while, writing for The Los Angeles Times, Margaret Wappler said: “The biggest problem with ‘Nobody’s Daughter’ is the mostly standard hard rock licks provided by her too-merry band of youngsters. These boys don’t sound like they’ve lived through anything, much less Love’s torrid brand of ‘this.’”
Among other new Top 10 entries are Bullet for My Valentine’s “Fever,” opening at No., 3 with sales of 71,000 copies; Melissa Etheridge’s “Fearless Love,” at No. 7 with sales of 46,000; and Miranda Cosgrove’s “Sparks Fly,” landing right behind Etheridge at No. 8 after selling 36,000 copies.
Country trio Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” continues strongly at No. 2, and should crack the 2-million total sales mark this week if the album keeps on the pace it’s been on lately. Last week’s top-selling album, The "Glee" cast’s “Power of Madonna,” tumbled to No. 10 with sales of 29,000 copies, a second-week sales drop of 70%.