J. Cole Snags His Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart
Congrats to J.Cole! His new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, bounds in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. This is his fourth chart-topper and notching the third-largest debut of 2016, according to Nielsen Music. The set earned 492,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Dec. 15. [FYI: Drake’s Views (1.04 million units) and Beyonce’s Lemonade (653,000) were larger this year.]
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
4 Your Eyez Only also is the second-largest streaming debut ever for an album. It trails only the bow of Drake’s Views, which launched with 163,000 streaming units in its opening frame (equating to 245.1 million streams of songs from the album that week).
4 Your Eyez Only is J. Cole’s fourth studio album, and all four have debuted at No. 1. J. Cole first hit No. 1 with his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, in 2011, when it launched with 217,000 copies sold. He followed it in 2013 with Born Sinner (297,000 sold in its first week) and then the following year with 2014 Forest Hills Drive (354,000 first week sales).