It was exactly one month ago that J. Cole announced plans to release his new album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Now, just a month later -- with no official singles or extensive rollout -- he's riding high off the success of the project.
In its first week, Cole's third album sold 361,120 copies, according to HitsDailyDouble -- which is safely the largest first-week for a rap artist this year. With streams included, the album hit 375,214. That tops what he did with last year's Born Sinner, which sold 296,000 in its first week.
But that's not all. Cole also topped One Direction.
How, you ask? By setting the record for the most streams ever for an album's debut week on Spotify. His 15.7 million topped One Direction's previous mark of 11.5 million, a rep for Spotify confirmed with MTV News.
2014 FHD was streamed 15.7 million times in it's first week! Breaking One Direction Spotify record of 11.5 million. Congrats @JColeNC!— Dreamville (@Dreamville) December 17, 2014
Cole, naturally, seemed excited with the response to the super personal project.
The real is back— J. Cole (@JColeNC) December 16, 2014