Atlantic Records Rapper and T.I. Protégé Will Bow at #1, Bullet for My Valentine, Melissa Etheridge Debut
April 28, 2010
Atlanta-born Bobby Ray Simmons, better known as B.o.B, looks to top the HITS album sales chart next week with his Grand Hustle/Atlantic debut, B.o.B. Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray. Based on one-day sales reports and the abacus employed by our crack(ed?) retail department, the album is headed for between 80-85k in sales, which should put it comfortably on top.
A prodigy of T.I., whose label he records for, B.o.B’s debut is being fueled by the smash single, “Nothin’ on You,” featuring Bruno Mars, which has already sold 1.6 million downloads. Aside from T.I., the album features contributions from an eclectic cast that includes Eminem, Janelle Monae and Lupe Fiasco, as will as alternative stars Paramore’s Hayley Williams and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo.
Next highest debut appears to be Jive/RED’s veteran Welsh metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine with their third album, Fever, which cements comparisons to bands like Metallica, slated to do an impressive 65-70k.
Island/IDJ Grammy-winning rock singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge’s latest, Fearless Love, is on target for a debut week of 40-45k.
iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove’s Nickelodeon/Columbia bow, Sparks Fly, should be between 30-35k.
Meanwhile, Mercury/IDJ’s Hole, the return of Courtney Love’s band without any original members except her, will see Nobody’s Daughter sell in the 20-25k range.
The market was up 2% vs. last week, down 10% vs. same week last year and still down 10% year to date. You may now return to monitoring the Tweets of Lindsay Lohan and her psychotic dad Michael.