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J. Cole's Entire Album '4 Your Eyez Only' Debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart

Plus, 'Eyez’ documentary tracks “False Prophets” and “Everybody Dies” swell in streams and sales

As previously reported, J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only debuts atop the Billboard 200 chart (dated Dec. 31), scoring his fourth No. 1 on the overall albums chart with 492,000 equivalent units earned in the week ending Dec. 15 according to Nielsen Music – the third-highest debut of 2016. With 363,000 in traditional album sales, the set also crowns the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, where the rapper also notches his fourth chart leader.

Over on the Billboard Hot 100 chart all 10 songs from the album arrive on the list, boosted mainly by streams. Meanwhile, Cole has two more cuts on the chart from his 4 Your Eyez Only documentary: “False Prophets” and “Everybody Dies,” bringing his total number of songs on the list to 12.

“Deja Vu” leads the entries at No. 7, picking up 26.9 million on-demand domestic streams for the week, while also taking the No. 1 spot on the On-Demand Streaming Songs chart. In fact, Cole rules the entire top seven positions on the audio subscription services based ranking, becoming the first artist ever to do so. Two more J. Cole songs exceed the 20 million mark: “Immortal” with 22.4 million and “Neighbors” with 20.3 million. Cole also holds the No. 9 spot (with “Foldin Clothes,” 14.2 million streams), which ties him with only Drake for most concurrent songs in the top 10 (eight).

Non-album tracks “False Prophets” and “Everybody Dies” round out Cole’s 12 positions on the Hot 100 chart, with over 6 million streams each. “Prophets” soars 93-54 in its second week, taking Streaming Gainer honors (up 96 percent). It also climbs 41 percent in digital sales, to 28,000 downloads. “Everybody Dies” arrives at No. 57 on the chart, rising 29 percent in sales to 22,000 downloads.

The songs, released alongside a documentary about the album on Tuesday, Dec. 6, are the only new songs with accompanying videos. On YouTube, “Prophets” logged 2.4 million streams from the service in the most recent week, while “Everybody Dies” totaled 2.5 million. No other album tracks have any reported streams from the video service.

J. Cole tracks on the Hot 100
Position, Title (weekly U.S. streams)

No. 7 “Deja Vu” (26.9 million streams)
No. 11 “Immortal” (22.4 million)
No. 13 “Neighbors” (20.3 million)
No. 21 “Change” (16.5 million)
No. 22 “She’s Mine Pt. 1” (16.4 million)
No. 23 “For Whom The Bell Tolls” (16.3 million)
No. 24 “Vile Mentality” (16.4 million)
No. 29 “4 Your Eyez Only” (13.6 million)
No. 30 “Foldin Clothes” (14.2 million)
No. 34 “She’s Mine Pt. 2” (12.6 million)
No. 54 “False Prophets” (6.1 million)
No. 57 “Everybody Dies” (6.6 million)

Elsewhere, all of 4 Your Eyez Only’s tracks also bow on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally with “Deja Vu” coming in at No. 4, marking Cole’s best showing on the chart in over four years since “Nobody’s Perfect,” featuring Missy Elliott, peaked at No. 3 in 2012.

Before the current chart week, Cole’s best debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (as a lead act) was a No. 20 entry in 2014 with Wet Dreamz, from his previous chart-topping album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. With the arrivals of the new songs, he surpasses his previous best with nine album tracks earning higher debuts.

Meanwhile, Cole vaults 19-1 on the Billboard Artist 100, which measures artist activity -- blending sales, airplay, streaming, and social media fan interaction to rank the popularity of artists across all genres -- reaching the top spot for the first time.