From the sidelines to the headlines. J. Cole's studio debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, is set to top the charts this week.
According to Billboard, the Roc Nation MC-producer's LP, which dropped this week, is expected to move 240,000 to 250,000 units by Sunday (Oct. 2), beating out Blink-182's Neighborhoods and Tony Bennett's Duets II. If the mag's predictions are right, it will mark the first time a solo act's debut album has premiered at No. 1 since May 14, 2010, when B.o.B's The Adventures of Bobby Ray clocked in with 84,000 units sold. It would also be the biggest debut for any act's first album since Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday hit the charts at No. 2 with 375,000 back in December 2010.
It's nothing short of a huge win for J. Cole, who's been building his buzz for four long years and dealt with multiple album setbacks and delays—especially in light of the fact that Cole World leaked online last week.
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