And they said he couldn’t do it. According to Hits Daily Double, J. Cole‘s debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story has sold 217,324 copies in its first week, putting his new album at the top of the charts.
With those figures, Cole has the highest selling solo hip-hop album of the year. After the numbers were released, Jermaine took to Twitter to share his appreciation:
So many people to stunt on, fighting the urge to be spiteful. This moment is too important for that. Just want to say THANK YOU.
Thanks to yall, we shook the game up. No chart topping single, just 2 years of hard work, great music and real ass fans. #1 album. Thanks to every fan that held me down, every friend, every blog, magazine, tv, radio station, dj’s and pd’s, I feel like we ALL won
Update: Final numbers via Soundscan bring the tally to 217,825.