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J.Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive Is Biggest Hip-Hop Debut of 2014


Image Courtesy Roc NationJ. Cole‘s 2014 Forest Hills Drive has landed at number one on the Billboard 200 chart this week.

According to Billboard, the rapper’s third album sold 375,000 “equivalent copies” — the magazine’s combined way of measuring actual album sales and  accounting for on-demand streaming and digital track sales. 

This is Cole’s third number one album and the highest selling of his his career — his last effort, 2013’s Born Sinner debuted at number two and sold 297,000 copies its first week, but that was before the magazine started accounting for streaming.  According to Hits Daily Double, just the sales of Cole’s album came in at a little more than 361,000.

That means Cole has achieved the highest sales start for a hip-hop album this year, surpassing Rick RossMastermind, which sold 179,000 and Eminem’s Shady XV which sold 130,000, in in their first weeks. The sum is also the fifth-largest sales week for an album in 2014.

To acknowledge his strong debut, Cole took to Twitter and simply wrote: “The real is back.”

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