J. Cole Earns 6th No. 1 Album With “The Off Season”


J. Cole just added another No. 1 to his lofty discography.

The Off-Season has earned J. Cole his sixth consecutive No. 1 studio album. The album debuts atop the Billboard 200 chart this week with 282,000 equivalent album units moved in the U.S., according to MRC Data. This marks the largest opening for any hip-hop album of 2021, Billboard says. Released by the rapper’s own label Dreamville along with Roc Nation and Interscope, The Off-Season makes J. Cole runner-up for the largest week for an album overall, only second to Taylor Swift’s Fearless (Taylor’s Version).

With 243,000 TEA units earned which is equivalent to 325.05 million on-demand streams of the album’s tracks, The Off-Season has nabbed the largest streaming week for any album this year as well. It is also the top-selling album of the week with 37,000 units moved in pure sales. J. Cole has collected his sith No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and bragging rights for all of his studio albums reaching that coveted peak.

Cole’s previous leaders include 2018’s KOD4 Your Eyez Only (2016), Forest Hills Drive (2014), Born Sinner in 2013 which debuted at No. 2 then peaked at No. 1, and Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011). Along with his chart-topping streak, J. Cole perpetuates his reputation of going No. without any feature. The Off-Season follows suit with previous albums as its 12 tracks are all solos.


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