After two years, several delays, and raucous anticipation, J. Cole‘s debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story finally released last week to positive reviews. While the Roc Nation rapper and North Carolina native previously shared his frustration with album pushbacks and discussed his having to wait for a Jay-Z record on the album, the end product has indeed become a success both critically and commercially even without a prominent radio single.
According to Hits Daily Double, the album has sold over 217,000 units, bumping Adele’s 21 for the number one position. Blink-182’s comeback album Neighborhoods follows at a close second.
Cole tweeted his appreciation to his fans and those who have supported him: