MATCHBOX TWENTY frontman ROB THOMAS has made chart history in America by becoming the first male artist from a rock or pop group to take his debut solo album to number one.

The rocker's SOMETHING TO BE has ended MARIAH CAREY's one week stint at the top of the BILLBOARD 200 charts.

The album also ranks as the number one digital album of the week and has stolen the top spot on the iTunes chart in both the US and Canada.

Something To Be makes further chart history as the first album released exclusively as a DualDisc - with CD and DVD facilities - to hit number one on the charts. This feature is set to be repeated next week with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's DEVILS + DUST expected to take over at the top.

Something To Be sold 252,000 copies to bump Carey's EMANCIPATION OF MIMI from the top of the charts.