“One thing you should know about me is I never play to lose, always aim high, and rarely obey the rules” – J. Cole
J. Cole has yet again given us a hit album! Congratulations on his new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, bounds in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart! This is his fourth chart topping album and the third-largest debut of 2016, according to Nielsen Music. The set earned 492,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Dec. 15. [FYI: Drake’s Views (1.04 million units) and Beyonce’s Lemonade (653,000) were larger this year.]
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
4 Your Eyez Only also is the second-largest streaming debut ever for an album. It trails only the bow of Drake’s Views, which launched with 163,000 streaming units in its opening frame (equating to 245.1 million streams of songs from the album that week).
Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images J. Cole performs onstage during The Meadows Music & Arts Festival on Oct. 1, 2016 in New York City
“J. Cole’s fourth studio album, ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ among 4 others have all debuted at No. 1. He joins Drake and DMX as the only rap acts to debut at No. 1 with their first four full-length studio efforts. Drake did it with his first six, starting with 2010’s Thank Me Later (and including his collaborative set with Future, What a Time to Be Alive, in 2015). DMX saw his first five full-length studio sets all enter atop the list, between 1998 and 2003.
J. Cole first hit No. 1 with his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, in 2011, when it launched with 217,000 copies sold. He followed it in 2013 with Born Sinner (297,000 sold in its first week) and then the following year with 2014 Forest Hills Drive (354,000 first week sales). Thus, J. Cole has achieved an infrequent feat: each of his successive albums has started with a larger debut sales week than the previous set, as his new album bows with 363,000 sold.”
Congratulations again to the best to ever do it when it comes to poetic music and lyrics that speak raw relations to your soul. You got to love J. Cole for delivering nothing but hard effort and facts in every lyric that he puts out with his music. The guy is phenomenal and deserves some major recognition in the industry!