J. Cole

  1. J. Cole Aiming for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 10, 2014 9:07 PM EST Rapper J. Cole is heading for his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new release 2014 Forest Hills Drive . Industry forecasters suggest the album -- which was released Dec. 9 through Roc Nation/Columbia Records -- could sell w ...

  2. Jason Iley Named CEO Of Sony Music U.K.

    April 04, 2014 5:59 AM EDT Jason Iley is the new head of Sony Music U.K. The former Roc Nation president and one-time Mercury Records U.K. chief has been named CEO of Sony Music’s activities in the U.K. and Ireland, filling the void left by the departure of Nick Gatfield . ...

  3. J. Cole on His Dreamville Label Deal with Interscope’s Joie Manda: Like ‘Dr. Dre to His Jimmy Iovine’ (Exclusive)

    February 10, 2014 11:38 AM EST On Jan. 28, on his 29th birthday, J. Cole walked in his mentor/Roc Nation boss Jay Z’s big footsteps once again. At his headlining gig at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the “Power Trip” rapper officially became an executive, revealing t ...

  4. Eminem, Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Heading Down Under for ‘Rapture’ Stadium Tour

    October 21, 2013 12:54 AM EDT Eminem is heading back Down Under. And this time, he’s bringing Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole with him. The rap superstar will headline four stadium shows next February. The run will open with Eminem's first-ever date in New Zealand (Auckland, ...

  5. Ciara Aiming for No. 2 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart Next Week

    July 12, 2013 7:31 PM EDT After Ciara's last album missed the top 40 on the Billboard 200 chart, the R&B/pop singer is making a comeback with her new self-titled set. Industry sources forecast that her new album (released on July 9) should debut at No. 2 on nex ...

  6. Rap's History-Making Week on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 11, 2013 5:37 PM EDT For the first time in the Billboard 200 chart's history, rap albums hold down the top three spots in three successive weeks. J. Cole's Born Sinner is No. 1 this week, followed by Wale's The Gifted and Kanye West's Yeezus at ...

  7. J. Cole's 'Born Sinner' Album Jumps To No. 1 On Billboard 200, Surpasses Sales of Kanye West's 'Yeezus'

    July 10, 2013 11:00 AM EDT While J. Cole's Born Sinner was initially blocked from No. 1 on the Billboard 200, he celebrates his second No. 1 this week. In its third week on the chart, Born Sinner rises 2-1 with 58,000 sold (down 32%, according to Nielsen SoundScan ...

  8. J. Cole Album Could Move to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Next Week

    July 03, 2013 8:23 PM EDT It's not often that an album climbs to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, but that's just what might happen next week. J. Cole's "Born Sinner," which debuted at No. 2 a week ago, looks like it should take the throne next ...

  9. Chart Moves: Justin Timberlake's '20/20' First Album to Sell 2 Million in 2013

    June 28, 2013 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, it was a hip-hop affair in the top three . Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller debuted new albums, respectively at Nos. 1-3 on the list. West's "Yeezus" led the rap parade, selling 327,0 ...

  10. Kanye West, J. Cole, Mac Miller, Kelly Rowland Albums Debut In Top Four on Billboard 200

    June 26, 2013 10:55 AM EDT Led by Kanye West's Yeezus , all of the top four albums on the Billboard 200 this week are new entries. West's Yeezus arrives with 327,000 -- the third-largest sales week of the year. It's bested only by the debuts of Justin Timbe ...

  11. Kanye West’s 'Yeezus' Arrives At No. 1 in U.K., Robin Thicke Extends Singles Chart Streak

    June 24, 2013 6:59 AM EDT As Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, became the U.K.’s second-bestselling single of 2013 and started a fourth week at No. 1 yesterday (June 23), Kanye West scored his second chart-topping ...

  12. Billboard 200 Chart Preview: Kanye West's Lead Over J. Cole Shrinks

    June 21, 2013 8:10 PM EDT After three full days on sale, Kanye West's "Yeezus" is still forecast to be No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart. However, its lead over J. Cole's "Born Sinner" has shrunk to about 50,000 copies. Industr ...

  13. Hip-Hop Super Tuesday Update: Kanye West Leads, J. Cole Gets Bigger

    June 19, 2013 6:36 PM EDT June 18 was a Super Tuesday for hip-hop, with new albums from Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller all going on sale that day. At the present, West's new "Yeezus" album is selling strongly -- though not quite as strongly as anticip ...

  14. Exclusive: Roc Nation Names Jason Iley Label President

    June 12, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Roc Nation Records, home to J. Cole, Rita Ora, Jay Electronica and Bridget Kelly, has named Jason Iley as its president. He comes to the newly minted position from his most recent post as president of Mercury Records in the U.K. Iley will be b ...

  15. Ethiopia Habtemariam

    November 28, 2012 3:49 PM EST Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records Relaunching An Icon After a year of rebuilding, Ethiopia Habtemariam is excited to "get the ball rolling" on the revamped Motown, where she hol ...

  16. Backbeat: Jay-Z Wows A Sold Out Barclays Center On Opening Night

    September 29, 2012 10:17 AM EDT The Barclays Center looms over Brooklyn. (Photo: Steven J. Horowitz) Jay-Z doesn't just put on shows -- he stages events. After invading Philadelphia last month for his first annual "Made in America" festival, Hov returned to his na ...

  17. 40 Under 40: Jay Brown

    August 02, 2012 2:36 PM EDT Jay Brown President, Roc Nation Website: RocNation.com Twitter: @RocNation Successful But Hungry Four years after he helped Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter launch his Roc Nation imprint, president Jay Brown, 38, is still hungry for success. Alongsi ...

  18. Nicki Minaj Cancels Hot 97 Summer Jam Performance After DJ Diss

    June 04, 2012 7:54 AM EDT Nicki Minaj did not perform as scheduled at Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012 at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on Sunday (June 3), after a radio personality made a disparaging remark about the hip-hop superstar's latest hit single at the annu ...

  19. Foo Fighters, Skrillex Kanye West Lead Early Grammy Winners

    February 12, 2012 10:30 PM EST Kanye West, Skrillex, Tony Bennett, Foo Fighters and... Betty White are among the winners of the Pre-Telecast Grammy ceremony. A handful of major trophies were presented before the main Grammy ceremony, which kicks off from the Staples Center in L ...

  20. Billboard Power 100: Jay Brown

    January 26, 2012 8:00 PM EST No. 48 Jay Brown Co-Founder/President Roc Nation Twitter: @rocnation [Roc] Nation Builder... As president and one of four founders of Roc Nation, the joint venture between Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (see No. 13) and Live Nation (John Meneilly ...

  21. Urban Power List: Jay-Z, Jay Brown, John Meneilly & Tyran 'Ty Ty' Smith

    January 18, 2012 4:28 PM EST Jay-Z, Jay Brown, John Meneilly & Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith The Roc Nation Team Website: RocNation.com Twitter: @RocNation Turning Multiple Streams Into A Flood The Roc Nation team -- CEO Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, president Jay Brown ...

  22. Urban Power List: Shawn Gee

    January 12, 2012 3:57 PM EST Shawn Gee President of music and entertainment, SEFG Website: sefgllc.com King of the Road Shawn Gee has mastered the full package. With a background on Wall Street, Gee parlayed his interest in finance into music and entertainment, becoming a cen ...

  23. Urban Power List: Chang Weisberg

    January 08, 2012 6:34 PM EST Chang Weisberg Guerilla Union principal Website: GuerillaUnion.com Twitter: @gu_chang Independent Road Warrior He's the intrepid entrepreneur behind two of hip-hop's venerable festival franchises: Rock the Bells and Paid Dues. Chang Weis ...

  24. J. Cole Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 05, 2011 10:50 AM EDT Just one week after 85-year-old Tony Bennett grabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Duets II," another artist nets his first No. 1 -- but he's a little younger. Rapper J. Cole , 26, bows in the No. 1 slot with " ...

  25. J. Cole, Blink-182 About to Rock Billboard 200 Chart

    September 30, 2011 4:30 PM EDT As reported earlier, J. Cole is looking to snag his first No. 1 album -- with his first release -- next week on the Billboard 200 as his "Cole World: the Sideline Story" should easily top the list. Industry sources say the set is on trac ...