More than 15 years after releasing its smash debut album, Yourself Or Someone Like You, Matchbox Twenty finally lands its first #1 album, North. It's the Florida-based group's first all-new album in nearly 10 years. Group leader Rob Thomas released two albums during the group's hiatus. The first, …Something To Be, hit #1 in April 2005.
Thus, Thomas reached #1 on The Billboard 200 on his own before he did it with the group that first made him famous. This is very unusual. Only one other musician who rose to prominence with a group has hit #1 on his own before hitting #1 with the group. That's Bobby Brown, who hit #1 in January 1989 with Don't Be Cruel. He returned to the top spot with the other members of New Edition in September 1996 with their reunion album, Home Again.Read More »from Week Ending Sept. 9, 2012. Albums: Matchbox Twenty’s Long Wait