J. Cole makes the announcement just minutes ago on Facebook, and mistakens "of" for "off". It's ok J, it happens to all of us.
As for the single choice, I couldn't be happier. "She Knows" proved to be my favorite and most-played song off Born Sinner so I'm happy it'll receive an extra push. Here's the single for streaming, since it's most definitely stuck in your head now.
BONUS: J. Cole also announced yesterday another leg of his What Dreams May Come tour. Head here for the dates/cities.
Though he failed to beat out Kanye West in initial sales, J. Cole has finally claimed the top spot after 3 weeks on the Billboard charts. Cole's album Born Sinner secured the number one spot with 58,000 sold, edging out Yeezus at 40,000, a 39% drop for Mr. West.
In terms of total sales, Cole also beats out Kanye with 439,000 sold for Born Sinner to 431,000 for Yeezus. Cole is lucky to have taken over the charts when he did, as Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail will likely hold the top spot next week.
The early estimate for 1st week album sales dating at June 18th are in, via HDD (Billboard's official numbers tomorrow). This was hip hop's biggest week of 2013 so far, and to no one's real surprise, Kanye West Yeezus takes the #1 spot. 328K with no radio single or traditional album push (and the leak on the Friday before certainly held those numbers back). Right on 'Ye's heels is J. Cole with an impressive 297K sold and in a distant third, but with a respectable 101K, Mac Miller. What do you guys think of the first week sales?
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One day after his live stream broadcast in major cities across the world, J. Cole has made his upcoming album, Born Sinner, available for full stream above! Vibe with the new tunes and reference the tracklist below. I'm lookin' forward to sitting with this this weekend. Comment your favorite tracks that catch your ear!
With the new album, Born Sinner, on the way, J. Cole gets a nice promo look by covering the new Billboard Mag. While the "thinking man's pose" may feel a little contrived, I do like the overall design and aesthetic of the cover with the font styles and sizes. The cover also comes with this intriguing quote:
"Imagine LeBron James when he didn't have a championship. The pressure was affecting his game. That's where I've been for the past two years."
- J. Cole
In case you missed it earlier tonight, J. Cole released a new track from Born Sinner entitled "N*****z Know". Hear that here.
Pretty soon, these 3 will be more than photoshopped together... they'll be on the same record!
In a new interview with BBC's Charlie Sloth, a slightly reluctant J. Cole revealed a new collab to expect on the upcoming album, Born Sinner, and that's one with TLC! Given the latter's new return to music, this song will instantly be one to check for come June 18th. In addition, J. Cole added "It's crazy. No one's rapping on the album." OK, I like that, J. As Charlie said, I agree that he can carry the album by himself. One more fun topic of convo in the interview (listen in full below, spotted at Vibe): Paris Hilton signing to Cash Money. Cole's reaction was priceless: "It's awesome... It's just gonna make for great jokes and great entertainment." Ha!
UPDATE: Peter Rosenberg drops another piece of insight, saying that J. Cole disappointed Nas and wrote a song about it for the album. This... is also intriguing.
Once again, Born Sinner drops June 18th, and ICYMI the other night, watch J. Cole's impressive performance of "Power Trip" with The Roots LIVE on Fallon.
UPDATE 2: A new interview with Fuse below talking about how J. Cole linked up with TLC.
Last night Jimmy Fallon had a fun lineup that not only featured J. Cole, but a GWHH-fav. Aziz Ansari as the lead guest. I ended up catching the whole show to see both and to kick it off, I must say I was impressed by Cole's performance of Born Sinner's lead single "Power Trip". He delivered the rhymes with the same pace and clarity as in the studio and I'd imagine it was an easy-to-follow first listen for anyone who turned on Fallon and is not up on J. Cole's latest. Plus, did you catch his little acknowledgement to the late Chris Kelly in his Kris Kross reference? Job well-done with The Roots playing the music behind him and a recording of Miguel in place for the hook (shouts to yardie on the rip).
In other J. Cole news, he delivered an interesting quote to Billboard yesterday regarding the reasoning behind moving up his album to June 18th. The answer, as you correctly assumed, was to compete with Kanye. Very logical reasoning. He won't win #1, but he will get a lot of extra looks when Yeezus is next to Born Sinner on the shelves. How bout that for contrasting album title names? Ha!
“Instantly the lightbulb [turned on]… it got real. I made one phone call to somebody that would know, just to make sure first. As soon as I got it confirmed, I was like, ‘Yo…’ The idea hit me instantly: ‘You got to go to that date’. I’m not going to sit [here]… I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album. It’d be like, ‘Oh and J.Cole dropped too, a week later.’ Nah. I’m going to go see him on that date. He’s the greatest. So it’s like, I’m a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn’t even a thought.”
“It’s a definite statement about how I feel about my album, which is confident. At the same time, let’s not forget this is Kanye West. He bets 100, 1,000, whatever the perfect is. His track record is flawless. I’m only expecting an incredible album from him. But I know what I have.”
- J. Cole
Here's the aforementioned Aziz getting over NYC late nights and telling relatable texting stories, hah!
Not only does J. Cole reveal the artwork to the upcoming album, Born Sinner, he also confirms the June 18th push-up of the release date. Lookin' forward to the next month or so to hear how else he'll preview the album.
Related: while surfing tumblr, I found this awesome GIF/quote from J. Cole — which can hopefully act as a nice motivator for this Monday!
J. Cole ponders pushing up his album to possibly compete with Kanye West's
June 18th may sound like an ordinary date, and not too newsworthy, as Born Sinner was slated for a June 25th release. But the well-informed know that June 18th marks as the cryptic date that Kanye West may or may not release his album (or at least new music). Hopefully 'Ye does drop his album on that date (to go along with Mac Miller's) for the common scenario that hip hop fans going to be one album, will be tempted to just buy both (or all three).
A source close to THR says that "J.[Cole] has been working nonstop to put out his album a week earlier—living in the studio, bringing in full orchestras and a choir."
"Power Trip" is currently #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and will likely continue to rise. I think the time is right for Born Sinner — what about you?