J. Cole sur­prises with one of year's top-chart­ing al­bums

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Rap­per J. Cole on Mon­day scored one of the big­gest de­buts on the US charts this year, fur­ther­ing the sur­prise af­ter he re­leased the dark nar­ra­tive al­bum with lit­tle warn­ing. "4 Your Eyez Only," the fourth stu­dio al­bum by the North Carolina rap­per, de­buted at num­ber one on the Bill­board al­bum chart for the week through Thurs­day. Sell­ing 492,000 copies or the equiv­a­lent in streaming and down­loads, "4 Your Eyez Only" marks the third big­gest open­ing week of any al­bum in the nearly com­pleted year, ac­cord­ing to track­ing ser­vice Nielsen Mu­sic.

Only Toronto rap­per Drake's hit-heavy "Views" and pop su­per­star Beyonce's con­cep­tual "Lemonade" sold more in their first weeks in the United States. "4 Your Eyez Only," in line with J. Cole's pre­vi­ous work, delves into racial and in­come in­equal­i­ties in Amer­ica. The 10-track al­bum traces the life of a char­ac­ter named James who goes from drugdeal­ing to start­ing a fam­ily-and to an early death. The 31year-old Cole had re­cently hinted he was through with mu­sic, telling The Mead­ows fes­ti­val in New York in Oc­to­ber that the show-a last-minute fill-in for The Weeknd-would be his last for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

But a pre-or­der page sud­denly ap­peared on iTunes for "4 Your Eyez Only" a week be­fore its re­lease on De­cem­ber 9. Cole con­firmed the al­bum by putting out a doc­u­men­tary on the al­bum's cre­ation through Tidal, the streaming ser­vice led by his men­tor Jay Z. In con­trast to many other prom­i­nent fig­ures in hip-hop, Cole has had lit­tle per­sonal con­tro­versy and in re­cent years has avoided the for­mula of tap­ping star rap­pers for col­lab­o­ra­tions. His last al­bum, "2014 For­est Hills Drive," ex­plored so­ci­etal ten­sions by re­lat­ing how the now fa­mous Cole re­turned to buy his hum­ble boy­hood home. — AFP

This file photo shows Rap­per J. Cole per­form­ing on­stage dur­ing The Mead­ows Mu­sic & Arts Fes­ti­val in New York. — AFP

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