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J. Cole scores third-largest debut of 2016 with '4 Your Eyez Only'

It also scored the second highest streaming numbers of the year.

Mack Pittman // REVOLT

J. Cole's fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only, easily debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper's fourth consecutive chart-topper. The new LP, preceded by the teasers "Everybody Dies" and "False Prophets," was announced just one week before its release and managed to do score the year's third-largest debut, according to Nielsen Music. As reported by Billboard, the set pulled in 492,000 equivalent album units. The only other two highest debuts of the year are Drake's Views (1.04 million units) and Beyoncé's Lemonade (653,000).

The feat comes two years after Cole's third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, pulled a similar rollout and scored the fifth-largest sales week for an album in 2014, behind Taylor Swift's 1989, One Direction's Four and Coldplay's Ghost Stories.

4 Your Eyez Only also logged a big streaming week, receiving the second-largest streaming debut ever for an album, tallying 118,000 in SEA units (a sum that equates to 51.7 million streams of the album's records). The album is also just the third LP to surpass 100,000 streaming equivalent album units in a single week, according to Billboard, following Views and The Weeknd's Starboy, which opened with 117,000 in SEA units.

All in all, Eyez logs in yet another major accolade for Mr. Cole World.

Elsewhere on the chart this week, The Weeknd's Starboy remains in the top there, dropping from No. 2 to No. 3 with 109,000 units. Bruno Mars' 24K Magic also joins the coveted top five, rising 6-4 with 74,000 units.

This week's debut album, Post Malone's Stoney, earned a No. 6 spot with 58,000 copies sold. For more info on the charts this week, head over to Billboard.

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