J. Cole’s First Album Debuts at No. 1 on the Charts, Sells 217,000 Units

During its first week on the Billboard Top 200 album charts, J. Cole’s Cole World: The Sideline Story debuted at the top spot.

The 2010 XXL Freshmen managed to sell close to 217,300 copies in his first week on shelves, according to today’s Nielsen SoundScan report. The impressive, sales total give him the edge over any artist from any genre, including the comeback album from Travis Barker’s pop punk outfit, Blink-182, whose Neighborhoods LP landed at the No. 2 spot with 151,500.

“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 (sic),” Cole tweeted.

“J. Cole’s success is testament to amazing artist development and Cole’s hard work,” the Roc Nation’s mentor, Jay-Z, said in a statement. “I want to congratulate him on a #1 album and more importantly a great body of work.”

Meanwhile, in its fifth week on the charts, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV slipped from the No. 5 seat to No. 7. Weezy’s latest disc pushed out 67,700 units this go-round, making his sales total now equal 1,452,500.

Four slots down at No. 11 is Jay-Z and Kanye West’s joint effort, Watch the Throne. In its eighth week, the collaboration record sold 38,600 copies, bringing its to-date tally to 930,300.

Closing out the Top 40 is Eminem and Royce Da 5’9”, collectively known as Bad Meets Evil. Their Hell: The Sequal EP slid down from No. 34 to No. 37 this sales cycle after selling 11,000 units. The Detroit lyricists’ disc has sold over 552,300 records since debuting on the charts 16 weeks ago.

Stay tuned to XXLMag.com next Wednesday to see if J. Cole can remain the top-selling rap artist for the second week in a row. —Christopher Minaya

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  • petchichellii

    He would have done more if his album didnt leak..good job though

  • mutada mullah atari

    I was completly wrong good for him, he has loyal fans. That’s a great debut for someone with little to no air play

  • Texas806

    Congrats to that nigga cole. Mean album COLE WORLD bitches!!!

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    My nigga’s real, rhymes is sick. If you aint got the album “Cop dat, Cop dat Now”. Big ups my nig!!!

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    Good shit, I damn sure didn’t think he’d do these numbers w/o a radio joint. Looks like the college community really went out and copped.

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    well done , I wish my man Nas can sell those numbers – i’d be really happy :)

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