During his quest to put up some numbers on the court, J. Cole put up some even more impressive stats on the charts, finishing on top of the Billboard 200 this week with his latest album, The Off-Season.
The numbers are in, and Jermaine’s latest project earned 282,000 units sold in its first week. This marks the biggest week for a hip-hop project in 2021 and Cole’s sixth No. 1 album overall.
Hits Daily Double previously reported that the album was expected to gross between 280 and 310,000 in its first week, which would have put it on pace—or at least very close—to selling more copies than Taylor Swift’s Fearless rerelease and take the crown for best-selling week of 2021. And those projections only made sense, after “Interlude” alone debuted in the Hot 100’s top 10 last week.
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