Even though he doesn’t have a smash hit, J. Cole killed the game this week with the release of debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. Although the album has been met with mixed reviews, it didn’t seem to phase consumers as the album moved nearly 218,000 units this week. Regardless, Sam is still going to hate. It was a big week for indie hip-hop releases as Phonte, Evidence, and 9th Wonder all moved several thousand units of their respective albums. I had the chance to listen to “Cats & Dogs,” which is pretty hot, but I’ve been hearing nothing but rave reviews for Phonte’s “Charity Starts At Home.” Casey Veggies’ stock appears to be continually rising as the commercial re-release of his free mixtape moved 2,223 copies digitally in its first 2 weeks on the charts. We’ll have to wait until next week to see what Styles P and Exile do next week.
J. Cole “Cole World: The Sideline Story” – 217,280 (43% digital) [read review]
Phonte “Charity Starts At Home” – 7,796 (56% digital) [read review]
Evidence “Cats & Dogs” – 7,725 (35% digital) [read review]
9th Wonder “The Wonder Years” – 6,460 (51% digital)
Casey Veggies “Asleep In Class [Deluxe Edition]” - 2,223 (100% digital) *Two Week Total* [read review]
Tabi Bonney “The Summer Years” - 262 (100% digital)