J. Cole’s latest studio album, KOD, has officially reached platinum status without a single feature aside from Cole’s alter-ego, Kill Edward. Chart Data tweeted the announcement on Thursday morning (December 20).
KOD was released in April and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with roughly 397,000 total album equivalent units sold in its first week. It also broke streaming records on both Apple Music and Spotify with over 1 billion streams combined.
— chart data (@chartdata) December 20, 2018
The RIAA included KOD on its list of 2018’s Best RIAA Gold & Platinum Awards. Other platinum albums that made the list are Cardi B’s Invasion Of Privacy, Post Malone’s beerbongs and bentleys, Travis Scott’s Astroworld, Eminem’s Kamikaze and Black Panther: The Album.
A total of 33 albums and 151 songs were certified gold or platinum this year.
NEW ?! Just 33 albums and 151 songs released in 2018 were certified #Gold or #Platinum this year! Are your favorites on the list? ? this year’s highlights + ? to the #RIAATopCertified playlists! https://t.co/duMNfDPrWV pic.twitter.com/IG9LSSn0Ls
— RIAA (@RIAA) December 20, 2018
KOD served as Cole’s follow-up to 2016’s 4 Your Eyez Only, which also hit the Billboard 200 at No. 1. With approximately 492,000 total album equivalent units sold in its first week, it marked the Dreamville boss’ fourth No. 1 album at the time.
HipHopDX called KOD “one of the most important rap albums ever” and gave the album a 4.6 rating out of 5.0.