J. Cole is celebrating the good life. On October 5, the rapper was announced as a champion of Billboard Hot 200, thanks to his debut album "Cole World: The Sideline Story". Soon afterwards, he was showered with congratulatory messages and texts from his acquaintances including Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Jiggaman said of his protege's achievement, "J. Cole's success is testament to amazing artist development and Cole's hard work." The Roc Nation founder added, "I want to congratulate him on a #1 album and more importantly a great body of work."
In addition to the press release, the Hov also contacted Cole to personally salute him. "I actually woke up today from the plane ride and had the most texts I've ever had in my life," Cole told radio personality Angie Martinez. "I got the Jay-Z call, got the Mark Pitts congratulations conversation, got the Beyonce congratulations email."
In return to those congratulations, Mr. Nice Watch said, "Thank you very much to everybody, to the fans, to all the magazines, blogs, BET, MTV, the label, Roc Nation, Columbia, my management, my DreamVillain team. Number one album in the country, I can't believe it. It doesn't make sense, but it does."
J. Cole soared to No. 1 on the U.S. album chart by selling 218,000 copies of "The Sideline Story". He became the first solo act to top the list with his first album since B.o.B did so with his 2010's "B.o.B Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray". Also, he scored the biggest bow for any act's debut chart effort since Nicki Minaj opened at No. 2 with "Pink Friday" (375,000) last December.
The other new entries on the chart this week were Blink-182, Wilco, Switchfoot, Chickenfoot and Mastodon. In respective order, they occupied the second, fifth, eighth, ninth and tenth positions with their latest studio installments "Neighborhood", "The Whole Love", "Vice Verses", "Chickenfoot III", and "The Hunter".
The rest of the top 10 list were filled by former champions who managed to survive the boot. They were Adele at No. 3 with her "21", Tony Bennett at No. 4 with his "Tony Bennett: Duets II", Lady Antebellum at No. 6 with their "Own the Night", and Lil Wayne at No. 7 with his "Tha Carter IV".