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Cole's "Born Sinner" is one of several albums displaying rap’s muscle in recent weeks.
THE "BORN" SUPREMACY
J. Cole’s "Sinner" Has Heavenly #1 in Third Week as Hip-Hop Again Dominates Our Album Chart

J. Cole’s Born Sinner tops this week’s Album Sales Chart in its third week with 55k, down 33% from last week (it bowed with 297k). The Roc Nation/Columbia release is one of several albums displaying rap’s muscle in recent weeks; others include #2 Wale (48k, down 68% from its 151k bow last week) and #3 Kanye West, whose Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam/IDJ album Yeezus moved 40k (-39%) in its third week; it debuted with 328k.

Of course, Jay-Z’s blockbuster Roc Nation/IDJ set Magna Carta Holy Grail will give hip-hop a monster #1 next week.

The highest-charting debut is Massenburg Media’s Joe, whose Doubleback: Evolution of R&B sold 28k.

KidinaKorner/Interscope PoMo wonders Imagine Dragons jumped from #8 to #4 this week with 33k (up 16%), achieving the highest spot on the chart for a non-rap record.

The week’s biggest gainers? We’ll start with UMe’s Pitch Perfect soundtrack, which benefits from the Pop success of star Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” and the movie’s warm reception on cable to generate 18k (up a gleeful 29%) and claim the #12 spot. RCA’s P!nk also added 29%, moving 15k and landing at #16. Dualtone’s Lumineers gained 18% with 10k for #25.

Farther down the chart, we find bows from Hillsong Live (Hillsong), whose 14k was good for #19, and Mono Vs. Stereo PoMo band Relient K, who moved almost the same number to land at #21.

As we mentioned before, next week will be all about Jay-Z.

You can check out the chart in all its math-geek glory here. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to check out some smokin’ new releases with our pal, UMPG security guard T-Shake.

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