Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ Tops Charts, J. Cole Debuts at No. 2

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All hail Yeezus. Kanye West returns to reclaim his throne atop the Billboard 200 as his sixth album debuts at No. 1. But J. Cole wasn’t far behind.

The new father sold 327,000 copies of Yeezus, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks the third-largest sales week of the year behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (968,000) and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (339,000).

Despite his No. 1 debut, sales of Yeezus are less than industry experts had initially predicted. After its first day on sale, the album was expected to do as much as 400,000.

However, J. Cole performed above expectations as his sophomore set Born Sinner enters at No. 2 with 297,000. He surpassed his 2011 debut Cole World: The Sideline Story, which entered at No. 1 with 218,000.

Mac Miller rounds out the top 3 with his second album Watching Movies With the Sound Off, which opened at No. 3 with 102,000, less than his 2011 debut Blue Slide Park (145,000).

Kelly Rowland’s fourth solo album, Talk a Good Game, was the fourth new entry in the top 10, coming in at No. 4 with 68,000. It marks her third top 10 album, but smallest debut following 2011′s Here I Am (77,000).

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54 Comments

  1. arno

    all them people here that claimed they’d buy kelly’s album lied……that album deserved more sales.

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    minajrules2014 Reply:

    @arno, Poor Kelly after all that soul bearing and using Beyonce name to sell, that garbage album still Flopped!

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  2. %

    Born sinner deserved it more by far

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    Beys Reply:

    @%, You obviously haven’t heard Yeezus, that shit is innovative and completely different from anything else. Cole’s style remained the same….

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    Mike Reply:

    @Beys, Yeezus was barely hip-hop, but I wouldn’t expect a Stan to understand the difference between rap and acid rock.

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    Beys Reply:

    @Mike, No, it ISN’T hip-hop, I agree. Why is that a problem? Kanye is an artist, he shouldn’t be bound to one genre. Then again, I wouldn’t expect a poser to understand.

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    XO till we overdose... Reply:

    @Mike, Oh yeah, Kanye definitely shouldn’t have been #1 on the hip hop charts! But wait, this post is talking about the Billboard 200…
    So I guess you just made a completely irrelevant point.

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    Shae Reply:

    @Beys, we all heard it. Yeezus is ass.

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    XO till we overdose... Reply:

    @%, Born Sinner deserved it more IN YOUR OPINION. Why does everyone love passing off their opinion as fact? I loved born sinner but I’m not going to act like every personal judgement I have is hard cold truth. That’s another level of arrogance.

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    jstamir Reply:

    @%, Agree with u . J Cole put much more effort in his tracks u can hear it . Kanyes was much more commercialized

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  3. Syxxxx

    ‘Ye deserved it! Listen to Send it Up, I Am A God and Hold My Liquor!!!! Congrats to my man J. Cole tho!

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    sissy slim Reply:

    @Syxxxx, born is sinner over yeesuz for real guys…let not be dumb

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    Real ness Reply:

    @Syxxxx, why would you want to listen to a song called “I am God”. Ya keep following these ppl

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    IVANMINAJ Reply:

    @Real ness, Clearly It Says “I Am A God” Not ‘I Am God’…

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  4. Zack

    Cole made an amazing hip hop album, but Kanye was innovative and to me, the last one is better. Im enjoying them both and got them both on replay, but Kanye’s is slightly better.

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    sissy slim Reply:

    @Zack, born is sinner over yeesuz for real guys…let not be dumb

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  5. what

    Born Sinner was some pure garbage

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    Wayne Reply:

    @what, says the Soula Boy fan.

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    what Reply:

    @Wayne, lmao since when was I a soulja boy stan?

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    jstamir Reply:

    @what, suck my shisha hooka ur trash

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  6. TRA

    I am very happy for both Kanye West and J. Cole. I believe that Kanye West and J. Cole are two of the top 10 best mainstream rappers in hip hop right now. I believe Kanye West deserved the Number 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard Charts. Kanye West’s Yeezus album was a very, good album and completely different from all the other music on the radio. J. Cole’s Born Sinner album was an amazing hip hop album, I am very interested to see where J. Cole’s music career continues to go from here on out.

    I feel very sorry for Kelly Rowland right now. There were some people who said they would buy her album. These album sales makes me feel like Kelly Rowland has some fake fans. It seems like people like Kelly Rowland’s hit singles more than her albums. At this point, Kelly Rowland would have to release more music overseas to sell more records.

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  7. j

    Kanye deserves that #1! Yeezus was crazy good. Congrats to J Cole though, he also deserved those sells. But between the two, Born Sinner is more of a radio-friendly album. Yeezus isn’t something I’d hear on the radio, which is why so many people hate on it

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    Hov Reply:

    @j, Radio friendly? Did you actually listen to it? Only a couple songs were, the rest of the album is way more aggressive than Yeezus.

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    Disagree Reply:

    I disagree with J.Cole’s album being more aggressive. J.Cole’s album may be quality in its own right, but it is not as aggressive sonically or production-wise as Kanye’s chaotic sound on Yeezus.

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    sissy slim Reply:

    @j, born is sinner over yeesuz for real guys…let not be dumb

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  8. Kate

    Kelly :(

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  9. Kyle

    Kanye and J. Cole came very close with their sales. I thought Kanye was going to sell a little more though. As for Kelly, I think people always have high expectations for her albums sales. At least she nabbed herself a top 5 debut.

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  10. selle

    I’m really proud of JCole. I’ve been a fan of his for a while now so this news really warms my heart. He deserves it.

    Born Sinner on repeat.

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  11. JHP

    Everybody’s complimenting Yeezus for being so different, but different doesn’t always equal good. I’m a huge Kanye West fan, and I’ve bought every album he’s put out, including this one, and while I say that I do like a few of the songs, and think it’s solid, it’s still the worst album he ever put out and it really disappointed me. I hope this album is just a one-time phase like 808s was (even though I liked 808s way more than Yeezus), and he goes back to something at least somewhat resembling his roots next time. As for Cole, I can say that’s the best of the 3 albums this week. I’m proud of him for not only making a better album than his debut, but for also selling more than his debut. Hopefully next time, he’ll do somewhere around 350k range or higher. Mac’s album isn’t really my style, but it’s dope too, he’s lyrically grown, and selling 100k while being an indie artist is an impressive feat. It was a good week for Hip-Hop in general.

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    Welp Reply:

    I think the biggest takeaway from people saying Kanye’s album is different is not that it’s better or worse than other albums, but that it’s subjective. Some people respond to experimental music and some people like different sounds. It doesn’t make Yeezus objectively the worst or the best.

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  12. carlos

    I THINK WHAT MAC MILLER HAS DONE AS AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST IS REMARKABLE AND REVOLUTIONARY
    EVEN IF YOU DONT THINK MAC MILLER AND MACKLEMORE ARE THE BEST YOU HAVE TO RESPECT HOW THEY ARE STILL OUTSELLING MOST SIGNED ARTIST BY THEMSELVES
    P.S 1ST YEEZUS 2ND WATCHING MOVIES WITH THE SOUND OFF 3RD BORN SINNER

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  13. Truth

    Kelly flopped as expected. She should be selling 120-150k in first week sales but her fans dont go out and buy the album. Even Mac Miller sold more and hes independent. 102k is great especially when your independent thats like going Gold Mac Miller will be getting a nice fat check off that album.

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  14. Real love

    I got 2 copy’s of Kelly CD.. One for the car and one for in the crib.. Them lie ass fans that said they was getting the album didn’t.. She really shoulda been up there with sales because her album is the best r&b ablum I heard in many years.. Just keep up the promo Kelly you would be fine..

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    Kyle Reply:

    @Real love, Idk about best R&B album in years, but I personally think it’s Kelly’s best album as well. I bought two copies myself…and they just so happened to be the deluxe editions at Target for $14.99 because I have and ALWAYS WILL support my girl Kelly. But don’t forget people, album sales don’t determine the quality of an album. At the end of the day, who cares if an album doesn’t sell. It’s not like we’re going to lose our jobs.

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  15. Sebastian

    Congratulations to J. Cole…the album is incredible. The only one worth a purchase from me …. Sorry, Kelly. Actually thought hers was pretty good, but at least she’s doing X Factor.

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  16. pete

    kanyes album is crap n whack ,he think he is GOD,j cole album is solid ,jay z told j cole to rob kanyes sales in first week,magna carta holy grail coming soon 500,000 copies first week

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  17. King

    J cole and Kanye’s albums were both very good and did the numbers I expected. Cole was narrowly beaten by ye and I’m sure they’re both happy with the sales. But people are sleeping on mac miller, blue slide park was good but he really stepped up his game and it surprised me how much I liked his album. For cole and mac, it’s the 3rd album which shows u how well your careers doing and if u have longevity. Till then, congrats

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  18. Zach

    I am a Kanye fan, didn’t really enjoy Yeezus though. Cole on the other hand surprised me … he’s the real winner. This album sold 80K more than CWTSS and the improvement in his work is evident to anyone with ears. People can keep underestimating his fanbase if they want to. Well done, young fella.

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  19. ewr

    kanye with minimal, unconventional promotion still outsold jcole and mac miller with maximum exposure and the proven format. Granted mac miller is independent. congrats to all though. good shit, good shit.

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    Branden Reply:

    @ewr, Kanye sold because Kanye is Kanye. Stop trying to downplay the accomplishments of others.

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  20. Joe

    Yeezus is pure ASS… With all the hype it still didnt do GREAT numbers… Kanye supposed to be a GOD of rap but his name couldn’t sell it

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    rw Reply:

    @Joe, the fact that it even had hype is incredible because he didnt promote it conventionally. he went against every proven method of efficient marketing and still managed to sell over 300k.

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    liberum Reply:

    @rw, so you’re saying new slaves being projected in 10 cities on 66 landmarks isn’t promotion?! Come on he starred in snl, had a video going viral with so many views of him freaking out at paparazzi and the birth of North West prior to the album realise by only a few days, I think that’s more than enough to promote yezzus.

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    Zack Reply:

    @Joe, you do realise he had 0 singles and didnt announce it till a few weeks due, right?

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  21. Ricky

    J. Cole got robbed.

    I don’t know why people even bought Yeezus considering they’re too dumb to understand anything on that album. It was barely hip-hop. I know I didn’t understand a thing on that album.

    Meanwhile, Cole put out another classic. Real Rap.

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  22. Lisa

    This is exciting news for J. Cole. I think he knew his chances of outselling Yeezus were minimal, but he did great. Like he said, he can play with the big boys now.

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  23. Mel

    Congrats to all but I have to give it to Kanye for changing the game and basically sending a message to the labels that artist don’t need to do the dog and pony show of running from station to station promoting their album and grinning in the faces of people that slander and defame them on a daily basis or running to television shows and talk shows and doing the same. No Single, No Radio or Television promotion other than SNL, No Album Cover, No a** Kissing and 66 projections, who else can do that and still sell over 300,000? There are not many that can, the game is now changed, the album is very good, you have to stop expecting to hear 20 year old Kanye and listen for the evolution of Kanye, the experiences, the hurt from loss and love and new beginnings and the conflict of trying to be happy while anguishing over a great loss, people expect College Drop Out Kanye, that person has grown and had different experiences, you cannot expect him to still be that person, and that is with ALL artist, true artist that is, because true artist use their life experiences in their art. Kudos to all.

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  24. Coolie J

    I think Kanye’s album is sonically better, but lyrically, J. Cole definitely takes that.

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  26. YO!

    Born Sinner >>> Yeezus.

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  27. G-STAR

    HEEEEEELLL NAAAAH! born sinner is way better than yeezus. im not even a cole fan but his album stands out! kanye sold more since he is kanye. period. plus with that yeezy 2 shoes that will be raffled brainwashed it all anyway lmfao! p.s. i download born sinner and bought a copy since its worth the every penny.

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  28. Blue21 Party (he ain't Ready)

    Born sinner is a good album as well kanye west too and Congration to the both of them

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  29. sissy slim

    born is sinner over yeesuz for real guys…let not be dumb

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  30. sissy slim

    born is sinner all day…

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