J. Cole’s ‘Cole World’ Album Premieres at No. 1 on Billboard 200
As predicted, J. Cole's debut LP 'Cole World: the Sideline Story' reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart, moving 218,000 copies in its first week of release. It's the North Carolina's rapper's first No. 1 album as a solo artist and for his label, Roc Nation, which is run by Jay-Z.
"J. Cole's success is testament to amazing artist development and Cole's hard work," Jay-Z said. "I want to congratulate him on a [No. 1] album and more importantly a great body of work."
Hollywood Cole follows in the footsteps of other first-time debut-ers including Atlanta rapper B.o.B., who entered at No. 1 on May 14, 2010 with his first effort, 'The Adventures of Bobby Ray.' Cole's first-week sales are also the highest of any artist's debut chart appearance since Nicki Minaj's 'Pink Friday' LP sold 375,000 copies to land her at No. 2 in December 2010.
"So many people to stunt on, fighting the urge to be spiteful," tweeted Cole about his recent chart achievement. "This moment is too important for that. Just want to say THANK YOU." He later added, "Thanks to yall, we shook the game up. No chart topping single, just 2 years of hard work, great music and real ass fans. #1 album."
J. Cole will have a chance to meet and greet his fans on his Cole World tour. The trek resumes in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Oct. 6 and wraps up on Oct. 25 in New York. Then he heads overseas to open up for British rapper Tinie Tempah on his International tour, which kicks off on Oct. 31 in Liverpool, England.
Watch J. Cole's 'Thank You' Video