J. Cole swooped in during the final days of 2016 with a massive feat.
Only Drake's Views and Beyonce's Lemonade had better opening weeks than J. Cole, whose new album 4 Your Eyez Only rockets to No. 1 this week with 492,000 album units including streaming (363,000 were in traditional album sales).
Numbers jargon from Billboard:
4 Your Eyez Only also logs a big streaming week as it tallied 118,000 in SEA units (equaling 51.7 million streams of the album’s songs), which 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 just the third album to surpass 100,000 streaming equivalent album units in a single week, following Views and The Weeknd’s Starboy (with its opening frame of 117,000 in SEA units). Views actually did it three times: during its debut week, along with its third (124,000) and fourth (111,000) frames.
4 Your Eyez Only is J. Cole’s fourth studio album, and all four have debuted at No. 1.
Billboard 200 Top 10:
1. J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only | 492,000 (new)
2. Pentatonix – A Pentatonix Christmas | 156,000
3. The Weeknd – Starboy | 109,000
4. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic | 74,000
5. Pentatonix – That's Christmas to Me | 65,000
6. Post Malone – Stoney | 58,000 (new)
7. Cast of Hamilton Hamilton | 48,000
8. Soundtrack Moana | 48,000
9. Michael Buble – Christmas | 43,000
10. Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome | 43,000