J. Cole isn't on the sideline anymore. The Roc Nation rapper enters the playing field in a big way this week, scoring a number one debut on the Billboard 200 with his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. Cole moved 218,000 units of his long-anticipated album in its first cycle, edging out pop-punk favorites Blink-182, who bow in the number two spot with their own years-in-the-making release, Neighborhoods.
Cole World, the first American release by Jay-Z's Roc Nation Records, is the biggest-selling debut since Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday sold 315,000 copies in December of 2010.
In the number three spot is Adele's 21, which improves slightly on its previous week's total with 118,000 copies sold. Lil Wayne slips to number seven in his fifth week, selling 68,000 copies of his blockbuster, Tha Carter IV.
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