The Final Numbers Are In! J. Cole Scores Biggest Debut Of The Year With ‘KOD’

Published: Friday 27th Apr 2018 by Sam

J. Cole was always a shoo-in for the top spot upon announcing new album ‘KOD.’

However, with the final numbers tallied, just how big did the set debut?

The answer awaits after the jump…

According to Hits Daily Double, the LP – which features cuts such as ‘ATM’ and ‘Kevin’s Heart’ – will open atop of the Billboard 200.

The project amassed the following first week:

394,824
[Sales Plus Streaming]
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166,027
[Pure Sales]

The feat sees Cole surpass Justin Timberlake‘s ‘Man Of The Woods’ to snatch the title of the year’s biggest debut. Long term, though, it’ll no doubt be angling for better longevity than JT’s set (which faded fast)

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Echoing earlier sentiments, the pure sales are somewhat subpar for an artist of Cole’s stature and for Cole specifically (given past performance on that front).

Still, SPS is – at this point – the mass recognised metric. So, a win is a win…right?

Your thoughts?

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  1. blaah April 27, 2018

    Give this man a grammy!

  2. Suicide Blonde April 27, 2018

    Hey yall my boooty hole just got a good fisting hunny. Im ready for the weekend. I’m gonna be getting my f.u.c.k. on at this sexx party I’m about to hit up. I’m gonna be sucking and taking raw d|ck all weekend long. I’m in the back woods on Fire Island in NY this weekend so if you are looking for some warm mouth or some warm boooty hole look for me in the woods. You can’t miss me. I’m wearing my long pink Nicki wig this weekend.

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    • Yeahbich April 27, 2018

      Ur not gonna be satisfied until you’re in the hospital fighting agressive pneumonia

    • JOHNVIDAL April 28, 2018

      Get out of those woods gurl. LMAO. I’m on Fire Island too this weekend. Maybe we can link up.

  3. That’s cancelled. April 27, 2018

    Its cause the bears on most of the songs are boring. You can be conscious and catchy.. ask Kendrick. If Cole continues to make music like this he wont be around long.. people are already tired of this boring stuff.

    • That’s cancelled. April 27, 2018

      *beats

    • Bravo!! April 27, 2018

      I agree! I love this man lyrics but am still waiting on a couple of club bangers

  4. gina April 27, 2018

    KInda expected more for him, but congrats.

  5. Brent Christopher April 27, 2018

    STOP TALKING ABOUT PURE SALES! thats like someone in 2018 still discussing VHS purchases & DVD’s vs. streaming online, netflix & hulu. SHUT UP ABOUT PURE SALES. There will be no such thing in the next 5 years. The pure concept is fading extremely fast. ALL YOU ALL DO is post the same damn article over and over again — “sps vs. pure sales”. IN THIS DAY & TIME… IT DOES NOT MATTER! The total number is the total sales number and that is that. it’s all that matters. the industry only recognizes and awards based on the total tally. no one lists chart positions and other accolades by “pure sales” of yesteryear vs. streams, so WHY DOES THIS SITE still harp on such a fading element. PLEASE STOP IT. Its so incredibly annoying!

    • Tim Brown April 27, 2018

      Brent calm down mayne lol *cyber hug*

    • Jasmine April 27, 2018

      I agree with Brent above that analyzing pure sales these days is like analyzing a dying technology. Let’s be real here. Pure sales has nothing to do with the artists anymore. It is all about the amount of units shipped to stores / ordered by stores and what stores still sell CDs? Target, Best Buy, and Walmart. Well that means labels have to have a special relationship with th retailers for their artists’ CDs to make it on the shelves and that often means the label has to offer a steep discount to the store or offer a special Target or Best Buy version of the album. Because of the limited amount of physical CDs available, many older consumers of artists often are not able to find their artists’ CD to purchase in the store and as weeks go by those same older consumers are forced to download the album free or buy it from a bootlegger. Thus, more attention to the total sales is most important and less attention on physical CD sales to match the current music technology for consumers.

    • Julian April 28, 2018

      HitsDailyDouble still measures in pure sales and they’re an industry institution ??‍♂️
      First-week streaming numbers don’t really say anything about success, only about the interest (hype) a project manages to garner upon release. In this day and age, pure sales numbers are more telling than ever.
      That said, if it were up to me, we could completely stop talking about numbers at all, it’s so incredibly depressing what the music industry has become. Fighting for scraps.

      • Brent Christopher April 28, 2018

        HITS DAILY DOUBLE is no more of an “industry institution” than the q**** editors of this fledgling website. It is no more than a purchased URL and a graphically designed LOGO, all plastered onto a WordPress layout. Please stop being fooled by presentation. There is no more credibility to their way off estimates than this site has for praising Nicki Minaj as the second coming of rap royalty. DO NOT use “Hits Daily Double” as an example of music industry prowess or substantial data.

    • Casual-T April 29, 2018

      @Brent: Great analysis. I wouldn’t say pure sales don’t matter at all, but certainly not as much as just a couple of years ago. The conversion to streaming is still happening, albeit quickly, and it’s not complete; but as more mature segments of the population find streaming, pure sales will fade to almost nothing.

      The hard truth is the streaming tells the tale, especially if the numbers hold beyond the first week. How many of us have ever bought a CD only to end up not liking it very much and only listening to it once, or to just listen to one song? It takes 1,500 streams to equal one sale. To have a nice round number, let’s say that J. Cole’s album garnered 375 million streams this week. That’s a lot, and it means that many listeners liked what they hard and listened multiple times.

      And with streaming approximately grossing $100k per 15 million streams, his album has already brought in millions.

  6. G7Pat April 27, 2018

    Slaycole

  7. DanYiel Iman April 27, 2018

    J.Cole music is the TRUTH!! ?

  8. Fancy BISH April 27, 2018

    “Long term, though, it’ll no doubt be angling for better longevity than JT’s set (which faded fast).” -TGJ
    lol

  9. Lana Del fan April 27, 2018

    Yo I hate this site so much. Y’all are sooooo freaking biased. If any other artist besides Rihanna, or in this instance J Cole, sold HALF of his final numbers, y’all would be applauding them. But for him y’all end it with that underhanded shade. J Cole slays and I’m not a huge fan of his. But i know how to give credit where it’s due.

    On type of that, on mobile, I can barely type a comment without the site crashing. (And I’m using a iPhone X).

    • Jasmine April 27, 2018

      I don’t see the subtle shade though. It is more calling things out. By right, J. Cole should be pulling in higher pure sales than 166,027 first week at his level of fame. I do agree with Brent above that analyzing pure sales these days is like analyzing a dying technology. Let’s be real here. Pure sales has nothing to do with the artists anymore. It is all about the amount of units shipped to stores / ordered by stores and what stores still sell CDs? Target, Best Buy, and Walmart. Well that means labels have to have a special relationship with th retailers for their artists’ CDs to make it on the shelves and that often means the label has to offer a steep discount to the store or offer a special Target or Best Buy version of the album. Because of the limited amount of physical CDs available, many older consumers of artists often are not able to find their artists’ CD to purchase in the store and as weeks go by those same older consumers are forced to download the album free or buy it from a bootlegger. Thus, more attention to the total sales is most important and less attention on physical CD sales to match the current music technology for consumers.

      • SdotB April 28, 2018

        Jasmine, that whole statement contradicts itself. How do you go from saying “By right, J. Cole should be pulling in higher pure sales than 166,027 first week at his level of fame.”, to then saying “pure sales these days is like analyzing a dying technology. Let’s be real here. Pure sales has nothing to do with the artists anymore.”

  10. SMH April 27, 2018

    Thats how you know this site is biased. Took the opportunity to shade Justin’s album, which has gone gold by the way but I dont see an article about that. And Say Something went platinum. I really dont see this site lasting too much longer because they just cant report the news without some backhanded comment about other people. Just report the news we want and shut the hell up. We know youre on Beyonce and Nicki’s payroll and they’re the only ones you consistently kiss up to daily. Grow up. His sales are fine considering he announced it literally 4 days before it came out. This isnt sub par at all.

  11. ROCK April 28, 2018

    Pure sales is still a measure of real go
    Validation of the project.
    As such,this is a disappointment.Streaming can be done casually,out of curiosity or even to manipulate the charts.

    Another thing…can the owners of this site ban this characters that keep having conversations with themselves?Is it Jasmine or Who?sometimes half of the comments are a back and forth between these characters.Its very disturbing and makes me tired of visiting this site

    • Brent Christopher April 28, 2018

      THANK YOU! I too am sick to death of the banter. It is beyond ridiculous at this point.

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