2014 Forest Hills Drive sold 354,000 copies in it first week, and it also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart. The sum is the fifth-largest sales week for an album in 2014, and the biggest for a hip-hop set in over a year. The last hip-hop album to score a bigger sales week than 2014 Forest Hills Drive’s opener was Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, when it launched at No. 1 with 792,000 in the week ending Nov. 10, 2013.
J. Cole follows solid first week sales for “Cole World: The Sideline Story(218k)” & “Born Sinner(297k)” with selling 375,000 copies of “Forest Hills Drive.” Keep in mind he didn’t have any radio singles nor a huge marketing campaign for the album. What does his success say to the labels and other rappers out there?