J. Cole gets out the streamers for No. 1 debut

December 17, 2014 9:51 PM

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J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive set a Spotify streaming record on its way to this week's No. 1 debut on the Billboard albums chart. According to Spotify, Cole had 15.7 million streams, the best first week for any artist in 2014.

Even without the streams, though, it would have topped the Billboard chart. The hip-artist's album sold 354,000 albums, enough to keep it ahead of Taylor Swift's 1989 on the chart, which now also incorporates songs sales and streaming activity. According to Billboard, Cole had the fifth-highest sale...

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