News: J. Cole Speechless Over "Sideline Story" Striking Gold
Saturday, Dec 3, 2011 11:59AM
Roc Nation star J. Cole has expressed his gratitude and utter shock to his long-awaited debut Cole World: The Sideline Story hitting gold status this week.
Acknowledging his album being in stores for just over two months, Cole thanked his loyal fans and supporters.
"Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww," he tweeted this week.
"9 weeks later. Thank you is an understatement. GOLD Worldhttp://yfrog.com/khvnewlj" (J. Cole's Twitter)
This week, Cole's debut album sales achievement made headlines.
J. Cole can add one more accomplishment to his productive year. The North Cackalacka rhyme-slinger's debut LP 'Cole World: The Sideline Story' has reached gold status for sales of 500,000 copies by the Recording Industry Association of America. The Roc Nation artist went on Twitter to show proof by posting a letter from his attorney showing the RIAA certification. (Pop Crush)
The North Carolina-bred emcee's album sales also come just days following a Grammy Awards nomination.
J. Cole isn't sitting on the sidelines anymore. His debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story, has been certified Gold. The album hit the music charts at number one back in September, selling 218,000 copies in its first week. Since then, the North Carolina rapper has been busy on tour promoting the project and this week he also received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. (RapFix)
Prior to his album hitting store shelves, SOHH reached out to North Carolina rap veteran Big Pooh for his take on the star.
"I like J. Cole," Pooh told SOHH, "I listen to some of his material and I was kinda late as far as checking him out or whatever, but I think he's got a chance to really, really, make a mark and an imprint. It's funny because I didn't really think about it until I saw Drake say it in an interview but it's almost like he's right but it's almost like Drake is taking the Jay-Z approach and Cole is like, taking the Nas approach on how they're creating and I kinda see him almost in that mode. I just hope he comes out and he defines his own success and he don't necessarily worry about putting North Carolina on his back but doing what's best for J. Cole. If he do that, then North Carolina will be behind him." (SOHH)
Check out a J. Cole interview below: