J. Cole Hits No. 1 With ‘KOD,’ Another Streaming Win for Rap

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The streaming champions of modern hip-hop have not yet hit their ceiling.

On April 20, the day of its release, the rapper J. Cole’s new album, “KOD,” logged more than 36.5 million Spotify streams in the United States, setting a new first-day record for the service. That lasted all of a week, as Post Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys” came along and claimed nearly 48 million first-day Spotify streams on Friday. And then there is Drake, looming over them all, with a new album, “Scorpion,” planned for June.

“KOD,” which the New York Times pop music critic Jon Caramanica said “has the feel of a casual placeholder between bigger ideas,” hit No. 1 easily on this week’s Billboard chart with a total of 397,000 album equivalent units — the biggest week of the year so far — including 174,000 in sales and 323 million streams, according to Nielsen. That digital windfall is the largest streaming week of the year (surpassing Migos’s 225 million for “Culture II”) and the third-largest of all time behind Drake’s “More Life” (385 million) and Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” (341 million). “KOD,” J. Cole’s fifth album, also marks his fifth consecutive Billboard No. 1.

Overall, Mr. Cole, the studiously low-key North Carolina M.C., had five of the Top 10 streaming tracks for the week, according to Nielsen; the song “ATM” was streamed more than 42.5 million times alone, second for the week behind Drake’s current No. 1 hit, “Nice for What.”

Cardi B, another hip-hop success story, is hanging around, as well. Her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy,” which hit No. 1 earlier this month and logged 203 million streams in its first week, is No. 2 in its third frame on the charts with another 108 million songs played. Rounding out this week’s Top 5 is Perfect Circle’s “Eat the Elephant” at No. 3, the soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman” at No. 4 and last week’s chart-topper, “Rearview Town” by the country singer Jason Aldean, at No. 5.

US rapper,J. Cole, has American Rapper, J.Cole Thrilled By Visit To Nigeria
US rapper,J. Cole, has expressed pleasant surprise at the huge turnout for his performance at the Castle Light Unlocks Concert, which held at Eko Hotel, Lagos, on Saturday. The multi-platinum selling artiste, who was visiting Nigeria for the first time, mounted the stage a few minutes after 2am to thunderous applause. He wore a home jersey of the Super Eagles.expressed pleasant surprise at the huge turnout for his performance at the Castle Light Unlocks Concert, which held at Eko Hotel, Lagos, on Saturday.

The multi-platinum selling artiste, who was visiting Nigeria for the first time, mounted the stage a few minutes after 2am to thunderous applause. He wore a home jersey of the Super Eagles.

Thrilled by what he saw, J. Cole said: “I guess I was f**king up by not coming to Nigeria earlier”.

He thrilled the crowd with songs such as Coleworld, Born Sinner, 2014 Forest Hills Drive and his most recent KOD album, which is burning up the charts globally.

After the concert, J.Cole, who rarely uses the social media, took to Twitter to say:“Thank you Nigeria. Love Lagos.” He also posted videos of his performance on his Instagram page, with the caption “Nigeria, SMH”

The self taught pianist and producer who has produced for Kendrick Lamar and Janet Jackson, also promised to return to Nigeria in the future.

Nigerian stars, Davido, Wizkid, M.I, Tiwa Savage and Ycee performed at the concert, which had others like Simi, Banky W, Ikechukwu Kilz among the crowd.

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