Whether you rock with J. Cole or not, one thing is clear, the man puts numbers on the board. And for the fifth time in a row, he’s got another number one album to add to his catalog, with KOD topping the charts in its first week on the charts—the same way he did with 2011’s Cole World: The Sideline Story, 2013’s Born Sinner*, 2014’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive, and 2016’s 4 Your Eyez Only.
Announced just a few days before its release, Cole’s latest opus managed to move 397k copies in the first seven days, breaking down as 174,000 traditional album sales and 215,000 streaming equivalent units.
Well on his way to going “platinum with no features” (kiLL edward is an alter-ego) for a third time, Cole rings in the biggest week of the year in sales, surpassing Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods, and holds the crown for the biggest week in streaming, replacing Migos’ Culture II.
Two videos deep—”ATM” and “Kevin’s Heart,” starring Kevin Hart—J. Cole and his Dreamville family will have plenty to celebrate during the first annual Dreamville Fest, going down in Raleigh, NC this September.
* Born Sinner debuted No.2 but took the top spot the following week.