J. Cole

  1. Four of Summer's Biggest Tours to Watch -- From The Rolling Stones to J. Cole

    May 19, 2015 11:25 AM EDT As the summer touring season kicks into gear, artists from all genres take to the road to engage fans through the most robust sector of the music industry. The touring industry continued on its healthy streak in 2014, with a record year in North A ...

  2. Kendrick Lamar 'Control' Feature Yields Huge Twitter Followers Jump

    August 23, 2013 9:30 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar re-enters Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 15 after creating one of the biggest news stories in hip-hop so far this year. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikiped ...

  3. Chart Moves: Adele's '21' Nears Longevity Record, BET Awards Push 82% Sales Gain for Charlie Wilson

    July 12, 2013 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, a rap album crowned the list for the third time in as many weeks. J. Cole's "Born Sinner" jumped from No. 2 to No. 1 in its third week, selling 58,000 copies, according to Nielsen Sound ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Beyonce, Steve Stoute, More Get Made In America

    September 04, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Steve Stoute, Founder, Translations LLC, poses with Paul Chibe, CMO, Anheuser-Busch. (Photo: Jess Letkemann) Made In America, the inaugural two-day music festival and brainchild of Jay-Z and Budweiser , lit up Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on Sep ...

  9. 2 Chainz' 'Based on a T.R.U. Story' Leads To Debut Discussion

    August 23, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Rapper 2 Chainz' debut studio album, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 147,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a slightly more robust figure than had initially been projected ...

  10. Elle Varner Is 'Perfectly' Flawed

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT What might happen if a country fiddle was used to sweeten an R&B song? "I knew people were either going to love it or hate it . . . but they would definitely remember it," MBK Entertainment president Jeff Robinson says of the potenti ...

  11. Billboard Power 100: Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter and Beyonce Knowles

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 13 Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter & Beyoncé Knowles Artists, Founders Roc Nation; House of Dereon Twitter: @S_C and @beyonce The Power of Love... Want to talk power? Less than a week after her birth, Jay-Z and Beyonce's daughter, Blue ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. J. Cole's 'World' Album Headed for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 28, 2011 8:40 PM EDT Watch for J. Cole to debut atop the Billboard 200 next week with his first album "Cole World: the Sideline Story," which could move as many as 240,000 to 250,000 copies by week's end on Oct. 2, so say industry prognosticators. If th ...

  14. J. Cole's Debut Arrives After Signing to Jay-Z's Roc Nation in 2009

    September 23, 2011 7:07 AM EDT There are 16 songs and three bonus tracks of tightly wound rhymes and sinewy beats on J. Cole's debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, but the 26-year-old rapper says that the true nature of the album lies in the material that didn� ...

  15. Exclusive: J. Cole to Launch MTV2's New Franchise 'Sucker Free Road to Release' Tonight

    September 14, 2011 8:39 AM EDT MTV2 is tonight (Sept. 14) launching "Sucker Free Road to Release," a new franchise chronicling the process behind hip-hop artists' album releases. The first installment will feature J. Cole and the worldwide video premiere of his t ...

  16. Backbeat: J. Cole Previews 'Cole World: The Sideline Story' at NYC Listening Party

    September 13, 2011 5:26 PM EDT From left: Billboard.com editorial assistant Jason Lipshutz; Roc Nation publicist Jana Fleishman; J. Cole; Billboard associate editor Erika Ramirez (Photo: Matt Campbell) /WireImage ) North Carolina rapper J. Cole previewed his long-awaited debut ...

  17. Backbeat: J. Cole 'Mad Nervous' As He Premieres New 'Sideline Story' LP at Listening Session

    August 18, 2011 10:17 AM EDT "I'm mad nervous," J. Cole confessed in the first of two listening sessions for his upcoming LP, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," due Sept. 27. Those in attendance and attentive were Roc Nation publicists Jana Fleishman, ...

  18. Santigold Signs With Roc Nation Management

    March 14, 2011 2:47 PM EDT Santigold has signed a management deal with Roc Nation, a rep for the company confirmed to Billboard today. "It's official! Made the change to Roc Nation Management!!!" the ecclectic singer/rapper, who recently gave five lucky Billb ...

  19. Web Trends: J Cole, Latin Grammys 2010, Donny Osmond

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Trends (As of 11AM): 4. J Cole Friday Night Lights download J Cole released his mixtape "Friday Night Lights" today (Nov. 12) 12. Latin Grammys 2010 The Latin Grammys aired last night (Nov. 11) 20. Donny Osmond Donny appeared on O ...