J. Cole’s Born Sinner jumps to #1 on The Billboard 200 after spending two weeks at #2. It’s the first album to move up to #1 (as opposed to debuting at #1) since Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox, which rose to #1 in its 12th week in March. This is J. Cole’s second #1 album out of two releases. Cole World: The Sideline Story debuted at #1 in October 2011.
Born Sinner has sold 439K copies in three weeks. That’s 8K more than Kanye West’s Yeezus, which was released the same week (and which debuted at #1 when Born Sinner bowed at #2). While it’s unusual for an album that debuts at #2 to ultimately outsell the album that debuted ahead of it, it happens occasionally. Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions debuted at #2 last September—12K copies behind Matchbox Twenty’s North. As of this week, Night Visions has sold 1,144,000 copies, nearly four times as many as North (292K).Read More »from Week Ending July 7, 2013. Albums: J. Cole Tops Kanye