News: J. Cole's "Sideline Story" Expected To Lose No. 1 Spot Next Week

Friday, Oct 7, 2011 9:35AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Roc Nation rapper J. Cole's Cole World: The Sideline Story will reportedly lose its position as the nation's top selling album courtesy of country singer Scott McCreery.

According to reports, McCreery's debut will knock Cole off the top sales spot.

Mercury Nashville/19/Interscope artist Scott McCreery's debut studio effort, Clear as Day, will debut at #1 on next week's HITS Album sales chart with between 150-175k. That was based on one-day sales figures from those music retailers who aren't otherwise occupied selling albums to the Wall Street protestors. (HITS Daily Double)

After selling nearly 220,000 copies its opening week, Cole received props from Roc Nation boss Jay-Z and his manager.

"J. Cole's success is testament to amazing artist development and Cole's hard work," Jay-Z said, via press release. "I want to congratulate him on a #1 album and more importantly a greatbody of work." Cole's first solo album, which he's been meticulously working on for the past five years, has sold 218,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Cole World: the Sideline Story" marks the first time a solo act's debut effort has entered at No. 1 since May 14, 2010. Mark Pitts, President of Urban Music, Sony / JIVE Records and CEO, Bystorm Entertainment and Cole's manager, lent praise as well, "J Cole personifies humility and grace with edge and depth. As an MC, his point of view speaks to and represents me. I'm proud and blessed to be a part of his journey!" (Billboard)

Prior to Wednesday's finalized sales, Cole shared his reaction to the pre-determined album's success a day before.

"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," he tweeted October 4th.
"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" (J. Cole's Twitter)

Debuting atop the chart, Cole's long-awaited release sold just over 217,000 copies its opening week.

Leading the pack this week is J. Cole's Cole World: The Sideline Story debuting at No. 1. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the North Carolina rap newcomer's long-awaited debut album has sold 217,300 copies after seven days in stores. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

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