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Who Charted? J. Cole Sprints Past Blink-182 for First Billboard Number One


Who's Number One: Jay-Z's protégé J. Cole, who sold 218,000 copies of his debut disc Cole World: The Sideline Story, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's definitely an impressive lunge to Number One considering the album was delayed for eons, has yet to produce a blockbuster single, and leaked a few weeks before release. Cue the Illuminati rumors!

Who's Bummed Out: Blink-182, whose comeback album Neighborhoods sold 151,000 in Number Two. Rock hasn't been having the most awesome year on the charts, but the Foo Fighters did considerably better with Wasting Light, which opened with 235,000 copies sold in April.

So That Means: Adele's 21 came in third with 118,000, followed by last week's Number One, Tony Bennett's Duets II (91,000). Wilco's best album in years, The Whole Love, arrived in Number Five with 82,000. Lady Antebellum's Own the Night sold 75,000 in Number Six and Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV moved 68,000 in Number Seven. The back end of the Top 10 is filled with rock debuts: Switchfoot's Vice Verses (45,000), Chickenfoot's Chickenfoot III (42,000), and Mastodon's The Hunter (39,000). Those six new releases -- five of them rock albums -- finally shoved Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne out of the Top 10.

Even More Rock Music!: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon reissue charted at Number 12 with 26,000, and Nirvana's Nevermind reissue was right behind with 25,000. The super-deluxe version of the latter sold an additional 4,000 in Number 131.

Wither Twihards? Bruno Mars' "It Will Rain," the first single from November's Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack, only managed a Number 13 debut with 80,000 on the Digital Songs chart. Not bad, but "Moves Like Jagger" sold more than twice that in second place. Priorities, people!

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