Rapper's 'Cole World' debuts with 218,000 sold
Rapper J. Cole made his chart debut in style as his “Cole World: The Sideline Story” arrived at No. 1 on the U.S. album roll last week.The Jay-Z protege’s Roc Nation/Columbia set debuted with 218,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended Oct. 2. It’s the biggest solo bow of the year to date. Rock threesome Blink-182 was back in the top 10 after a long hiatus as “Neighborhoods” (DGC) took No. 2 with 151,000 sold. Group issued a self-titled set in 2003 before taking an indefinite break. Guitarist Tom DeLonge’s side project Angels & Airwaves is also issuing a new set, “Love Part One & Part Two,” on Nov. 15. Adele’s “21” (Columbia) sat tight at No. 3 with another six-figure frame, rolling up 118,000 (up 1%); the singer canceled another round of U.S. dates on Tuesday. Previous week’s No. 1 entry, Tony Bennett’s “Duets II” (Columbia), dropped to No. 4 with a 91,000-unit week (off 49%). Chicago band and critics’ darling Wilco reached No. 5 with “The Whole Love,” shifting 82,000. Set is group’s first on its own independent dBpm imprint (distributed by Anti) after eight major-label releases. Lacking the huge single that propelled last year’s “Need You Now,” country trio Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night” (Capitol Nashville) continued to fade, falling four rungs to No. 6 with 75,000 sold (down 40%). Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” (Cash Money), which slipped two poles to No. 7 (68,000 sold, down 20%), was trailed by three new releases. “Vice Verses” (Atlantic), the latest from San Diego’s Christian-bred band Switchfoot, took No. 8 with a 45,000-unit week, outdoing its 2009 set “Hello Hurricane,” which topped out at No. 13. All-star hard rock act Chickenfoot moved in at No. 9 with “Chickenfoot III” (E1). Foursome of Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith opened with a 42,000-unit tally. Another heavy unit, Atlanta metal band Mastodon, hit No. 10 with “The Hunter” (Reprise), which tracked 39,000. It’s the group’s first top 10 album. New collections by “American Idol” star Scotty McCreery and Feist will be up for top chart debuts in the coming week.