J. Cole Is King Of The Charts With 2018’s Best Opening Week

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Ten days after KOD released, J. Cole topped the charts as many fans anticipated. The lead marks Cole’s fifth consecutive album to reach #1. For the third straight time, the Dreamville Records founder and Roc Nation MC/produced achieved this feat without any guests on his album.

KOD, an acronym for Kids On DrugsKing Overdose, and Kill Our Demons, was reported to have moved the equivalent of 397,000 units. In a report by Forbes, 174,000 of those accounted for were from actual purchases of the release. The rest is attributed to Cole’s record-breaking (for a time) streaming numbers. Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys bested the Spotify feat in the last week.

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On this go-round, the product of Fayetteville, North Carolina boasts the strongest opening week of an LP in 2018. In the Rap genre, Cole bested fellow #1’s Cardi B (255,000), Migos (199,000), XXXTENTACION (131,000), and a mixtape by past Cole collaborator Logic (119,000).

Notably, KOD features “kiLL edward” on “FRIENDS” and “The Cut Off.” As revealed in a Vulture magazine feature interview last week, those represent Cole’s alter ego, taking its name from the rapper’s former stepfather.

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On this album, Cole released no music in advance. He promoted his album exclusively through several tweets and a preview event for 500 people who showed up first to New York’s Gramercy Theater in mid-April.

The 33-year-old superstar self-produced the bulk of his fifth album. Guests behind the boards include T-Minus, Mark “Pelli” Pellizzer, and Childish Major. The LP includes samples by Junior M.A.F.I.A., Crime Mob, Bill Withers, as well as Polish Jazz artists Michał Urbaniak and Urszula Dudziak.

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Online last week, J. Cole maintained that he is at work on an album called The Fall Off.  Notably, KOD ends with “1985 – Intro To The Fall Off.”