Grand Hustle rapper B.o.B.‘s Adventures of Bobby Ray debut is projected to top the charts next week with estimated sales up to 85,000.
Based on one-day reports, B.o.B. should dominate his competition.
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. (Hits Daily Double)
The Southern rapper recently talked about his anticipation to release the long-awaited debut.
“Getting to this point and finally getting an album out — I know I speak on behalf of all my fans — it’s been a very long wait and I feel like everybody’s finally ready for it,” he explained in an interview. “Even though I’ve had a lot of music in the past, I feel like now it’s timing, because timing plays a huge role in the success of things — especially me, and getting here really took a lot of online presence, a lot of performing. It took a lot of shows…”I think now people know what they should expect, and even still, playing the album for people they’re still like, ‘Wow, I didn’t know it was going to be that.’ I think the fans know to expect decent music. I don’t think anybody’s expectations will be low for it, but I feel like it will definitely have some surprising factors to it.” (MTV)
His project features guest appearances from T.I., Eminem, Bruno Mars, Hayley Williams and more.
“Don’t Let Me Fall” “Nothin’ On You” (featuring Bruno Mars) – 4:30 “Past My Shades” (featuring Lupe Fiasco) “Airplanes” (featuring Hayley Williams) “Bet I” (featuring T.I. and Playboy Tre) – 4:14 “Satellite” “Ghost in the Machine” “The Kids” (featuring Janelle Monae) “Magic” (featuring Rivers Cuomo) “Fame” “Lovelier Than You” “5th Dimension” (featuring T.I. & Ricco Barrino) “Airplanes (Part II)” (featuring Eminem and Hayley Williams) (Team Supreme Music)
Last month, Bobby Ray talked about his project’s cover art.
“Basically, the concept of the album cover is, I’m gonna give enough but I’m gonna leave it open for interpretation,” B.o.B. explained promising to not take away from consumers’ imaginations. “Of course I incorporated the four elements, earth, wind, fire and water, and it’s an adventure. So I’m basically traveling through these elements during my adventure but even though, the elements are dangerous in themselves, but I still use it to my advantage, going through these elements. [The album] is done, finished. I’m done, it’s like my homework’s done…Lupe [Fiasco] is on it, T.I. is on it, I got a lot of outside production on it.” (The Hip Hop Chronicle)
Be sure to check into Sales Wrap next week for an official charting run-down.
Watch some recent B.o.B. footage below: