J. Cole has secured his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his critically-acclaimed project, KOD. The collection earned an impressive first week both in streaming and equivalent album sales.
According to Nielsen Music ( Billboard), the LP moved 397,000 equivalent album units last week and that sum, 215,000 were in SEA units. That figure equals to 332.7 million on-demand audio streams the album’s tracks, which is third-biggest streaming week for an album in 2018.
KOD’s debut 397,000 equivalent album units is also the biggest week for a hip-hop album since Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. K.Dot's project premiered at No. 1 with 603,000 units on the Billboard 200 tally back in May 2017. Out KOD's total, 174,000 came from traditional album sales, which sets the record for the second-largest sales week the year, following Justin Timberlake's Man the Woods with 242,000.
Overall, KOD recorded the biggest week for any album since Taylor Swift’s latest project Reputation debuted at No. 1 back in December 2017. In short, J. Cole is the hottest rapper in the game right now with an album that is beloved by both fans and critics alike.
In addition to having the No. 1 album in the U.S., J. Cole recently announced that he will launch a Dreamville Festival in his home state North Carolina. The multi-stage festival, curated by Cole himself, is set for Sept. 15.
Congrats to J. Cole!