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Tour in early 2011. He went on supporting Tinie Tempah and Rihanna in the next few months ahead.
All the while, Cole was preparing for his first studio album. "All singles done. Album ridiculous. Title Perfect. Music incredible. Thank you for your patience. Let's change the game," he tweeted in May 2011. The album is called "Cole World: The Sideline Story" and was released on September 27, 2011. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 200 in its first week on sale.
Cole followed up the record with another chart-topping LP, "Born Sinner", which came out in 2013. Featuring hit single "Crooked Smile" as well as appearances from TLC, Kendrick Lamar and Miguel, the album arrived at No. 2 on Billboard 200 with 297,000 copies sold in its first week. It rose to the top spot in its third week on the list.
A year later, Cole returned with "2014 Forest Hills Drive", which was named after a Fayetteville, North Carolina address where his childhood home is located. The album was announced just three weeks before its release. Despite very little marketing and not supported by any single, it debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre albums chart with 353,000 copies in its first week.
"Forest Hills Drive" received positive reviews from critics upon its arrival. It was nominated for the Best Rap Album Award at the 2015 Grammys while its song "Apparently" was nominated for Best Rap Performance. It eventually became Cole's first LP to be certified Platinum by the RIAA.
But his biggest album yet came in 2016. "4 Your Eyez Only", which marked Cole's first release under Interscope, was released on December 9 and made its debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200 with 492,000 units, which included 363,000 in traditional album sales. It logged the third-largest weekly sales for an album in 2016, behind Drake's "Views" and Beyonce Knowles' "Lemonade".
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