It was a big week from North Carolina newcomers, J. Cole. The Roc Nation recording artist recorded his first #1 album … and it comes with his debut album, Cole World: the Sideline Story.
The 26-year-old rapper opens at #1 with 218,000 copies in its first week, which features Drake, Missy Elliott, and Jay-Z.
The feat marks the first time a solo act’s debut effort has entered at #1 since May 2010, when B.o.B landed at the top spot with The Adventures of Bobby Ray. His first week is also the highest sales week for any act’s debut chart effort since Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday started with 375,000 at #2 on December 2010.
At #2 is rock trio Blink-182’s first new album in nearly eight years, titled Neighborhoods, selling 151,000 in its first week.
A few slots later is Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV, falling to #5 this week with 68,000 (down 20% from last week); Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch The Throne stands at #11 this week with 28,00 sold, as it nears platinum sales.
Outside the top tier is Little Brother’s Phonte, a new solo album from Evidence, and 9th Wonder.
Phonte’s solo debut, Charity Starts At Home, opens at #56 with over 8,000 units sold. It features a reunion with former band-mate 9th Wonder, who produced much of the album; and guest appearances from Evidence, Elzhi and Big K.R.I.T.
Evidence, of Dilated Peoples fame, drops his Rhymesayers debut, Cats & Dogs. It opens at #59 with 7,700 sold. The new project features production by DJ Premier, Alchemist and Babu, in addition to himself.
Close behind, at #70, is 9th Wonder’s long-awaited The Wonder Years, opening with 6,500 sold. The project features the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Warren G and Mac Miller, in addition to his own WWMG/Jamla roster of Skyzoo, Thee Tom Hardy and Rapsody.
That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 2) totaled 5.57 million units, up 5% compared to the sum last week (5.28 million) and up 5% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (5.31 million).