J. Cole's New Album Has Sold More Copies Than Kanye West's Yeezus

(Radio.com) Kanye West may have won the battle, but right now, J. Cole is winning the war. After Kanye's Yeezus debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart with first-week sales of 327,000, Cole's Born Sinner beat out Yeezus last week.

Respectively, they sat at No. 2 and 3 behind Wale's The Gifted, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. Now, Born Sinner is at No. 1 in the country, selling 58,000 in its third week out. That brings the album's cumulative three-week total to 439,000 just barely topping the 431,000 moved by Yeezus.

This is Cole's second chart-topping album, following his 2009 debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which sold 218,000 in its first week to take the top spot.

Born Sinner's spot at No. 1 continues rap's chokehold on the top of the Billboard 200, with the genre taking its third week at the top and holding down the top three spots in the chart. Wale's The Gifted drops to No. 2 with 50,000 sold in its second week, while Yeezus moves 39,000 for No. 3.

The ability of Born Sinner to hit No. 1 in its third week out mostly reflects a weak crop of new releases, with only one debut inside the top 10. The sales figure of 58,000 is the sixth-smallest for a No. 1 in the SoundScan era, according to Billboard. The lowest is 40,000 sold, accomplished by Amos Lee's Feb. 2011 release of Mission Bell. more on this story

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