SOHH Whatcha Think: What Kind Of First-Week Numbers Do You Expect J. Cole's Debut To Put Up? [Click Here & Speak]
Wednesday, Sep 28, 2011 12:00AM
Leaks aside, yesterday was a big day for rhymer J. Cole as his debut album, Cole World officially went up for sale. So far reviews have been good, as chatter of the release made its way around the Web for much of the day.
[The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]
The record industry is taking a major hit, and scaling back their artist roster, marketing and other expenditures. That being said, anyone that knew anything about Hip-hop was fully aware that Cole's album is now available for purchase. Add that with die-hard Cole heads who've been waiting for this thing to drop for quite some time, and it'll be interesting to see if all that anticipation will prove to have been effective when the numbers for his first week sales become available over the next several days.
Which leads to our question of the day: What sales range range do you expect Cole's debut album to fall in?
While very few are expecting Carter IV or even WTT numbers, a decent number of units sold out the gate would be a very good look for a release from the first artist on Roc Nation. The album's singles "(Hit It) In The Morning" and "Work Out" have generated a decent commercial buzz, but we all know a large majority of rap sales don't come from Hip-hop heads: They come from suburbia. So where the strength of those songs, the co-sign of Hov and the internet buzz enough to push Cole's first-week numbers past the 250K mark?
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]