In what is sure to be an unforgettable and cherished moment for the North Carolina native, RocNation rapper J. Cole moved over 200,000 copies of his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story (RocNation), in the week since its release. The official SoundScan numbers put the album at 217,324 albums sold.
Coming hot off the heels of his recent smash single, “Can’t Get Enough” featuring Trey Songz, he has already released a video for his next single “Daddy’s Little Girl,” which you can check out below. J. Cole is the first artist in 2011 to reach the #1 spot with a debut album and has also claimed the title for having the highest selling Hip-Hop debut since Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday (Young Money/Universal) was released last December. It will be interesting to see where Cole ends up on the charts next week.
After almost a month in stores, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV (Cash Money/Universal), which has already been certified platinum, moved another 67,527 copies in the past week, a 23% decline from the week earlier. You have surely heard Wayne’s recent single “She Will” featuring Drake every hour on the hour on radio stations across the country, so don’t expect Wayne’s relevance to falter anytime soon.
Coming in at #11 this week is Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaborative album, Watch The Throne (RocNation/Def Jam) which was certified platinum on September 21st. This week, the album sold 27,085 copies, a 15% decline from the week prior. Be on the lookout in the next few weeks for the music video to the album’s new single “N***as in Paris.”
The Top 50’s only other Hip-Hop album, Bad Meets Evil’s Hell: The Sequel (Shady/Interscope) moved 10,475 copies in the past week and charted at #36 off the success of the recent Bruno Mars assisted single for “Lighters.” This is one of the first weeks in about a year that Nicki Minaj and Wiz Khalifa have not charted and helped to round out the Top 50.
Dropping This Week: (10/5/11)
Styles P will be releasing his fourth studio album, Master of Ceremonies (D-Block/E1), which is also his first official album in four years. The album features the singles “Harsh,” which features Busta Rhymes and Rick Ross and “It’s Good,” which features fellow D-Block and Lox member Jadakiss. Other appearances on the album include Lloyd Banks, Pharoahe Monch, Sheek Louch, Pharrell, and more. Production on the album comes from Warren G., Araab MUZIK, Pete Rock, Statik Selektah, and more.
Dropping Next Week: (10/11/11)
DJ Drama will be releasing his third compilation album, Third Power (E1), which is his first release not related to his famous “Gangsta Grillz” series. The album’s first single, “Oh My (Remix),” which features 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Trey Songz has been steadily climbing up the charts since its release to radio. The album also features a star-studded cast of artists like: Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, Wale, Cam’ron, B.O.B., Red Café, J. Cole, Lil Wayne and many more. Production on the album comes from AraabMUZIK, Don Cannon, Cardiak, Drumma Boy, Jim Jonsin, DJ Toomp, and Boi-1da.
Murs will be releasing his seventh studio album, Love & Rockets, Volume 1: The Transformation (DD172/BluRoc). The album will feature appearances by Tabi Bonney who is also releasing an album, The Summer Years (DD172), on the same day. Other features include Locksmith, Ab-Soul, Dee-1, and O.C.