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 well over 300,000 copies in the week ending Dec. 14.
It could score J. Cole's best sales week ever, surpassing Born Sinner's arrival with 297,000 copies in 2013 (according to Nielsen Music). Both of J. Cole's previous albums, Born Sinner and 2011's Cole World: The Sideline Story, reached No. 1. The new album's bow should also earn the largest sales week for a hip-hop album in over a year. The last to move a greater sum in a week was Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 when it launched with 792,000 in the week ending Nov. 10, 2013.