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‘The Off-Season’ Is J. Cole’s Sixth Straight No. 1 Album

‘The Off-Season’ Is J. Cole’s Sixth Straight No. 1 Album

Two big new hits top the Billboard charts this week: J. Cole’s “The Off-Season” is the No. 1 album, with the year’s most robust streaming number so far, while Olivia Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U” is the top single.

“The Off-Season” had the equivalent of 282,000 sales in the United States last week, according to MRC Data. That is the second-best opening of the year, after Taylor Swift’s “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” which had 291,000 a month ago. But “The Off-Season” — a nod to Cole’s second career as a basketball player with the Rwanda-based Patriots, part of the new Basketball Africa League —  had by far the biggest streaming number of the year, with 325 million clicks. That beat the 240 million opening for Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” in January, and was the highest for any album since Juice WRLD’s posthumous “Legends Never Die,” which had 423 million in July 2020.

In addition to its streams, “The Off-Season” sold 37,000 copies as a complete package. It is J. Cole’s sixth studio album, each of which has gone to No. 1.

Also this week, a reissue of Nicki Minaj’s 12-year-old mixtape “Beam Me Up Scotty” — she has not released a new album in three years — opens at No. 2 with the equivalent of 80,000 sales, including 86 million streams.

Moneybagg Yo’s “A Gangsta’s Pain,” last week’s top seller, falls to No. 3, and Wallen’s “Dangerous” is No. 4. Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” is No. 5. The Black Keys’ new “Delta Kream” opens at No. 6.

Rodrigo’s song “Good 4 U” reaches the top of the singles chart just as her debut album, “Sour,” looks like a safe bet for the peak position on next week’s chart. Her debut single, “Drivers License,” held No. 1 for eight weeks earlier this year.

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