It appears that the wait for J. Cole’s debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, has been worth it. The album is set to debut at number one on Billboard next week while projected sales are in the 240,000 to 250,000 range. According to Billboard, this will be the first solo debut to top the charts since B.o.B’s The Adventures of Bobby Ray back in May 2010. And the projected sales are the most for a freshman effort since Nicki Minaj pushed 375,000 copies of Pink Friday in December 2010. She came in at number two that week.
Blink-182’s reunion record, Neighborhoods, is expected to land at number two next week with 140,000 units sold while Tony Bennett, who landed his first number one this past week, should fall to three or four.