Chart Juice: J. Cole Overthrows Wale and Outsells Kanye West

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J. Cole

In its third week on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, J. Cole's "Born Sinner" claims the No. 1 spot to mark his second chart-topper after his 2011 debut "Cole World: The Sideline Story." With 58,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, "Born Sinner" knocks Wale's "The Gifted" from the top spot and surpasses Kanye West's "Yeezus" in cumulative sales. Cole's sophomore set has now sold 439,000 copies compared to West's 431,000 overall.

The sales difference between Cole's set and Kanye's latest could be due to the penetration of the artists' singles. Cole's "Power Trip," featuring Miguel, is in its third week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay while follow-up "Crooked Smile," featuring TLC, breaks into the top 20 (21-19) on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. West's post-album-release "Black Skinhead," on the other hand, has yet to enter an airplay chart and falls 28-33 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Wale's No. 1 debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums last week may also be owed to the performance of his singles. "Bad," featuring Tiara Thomas, spent eight weeks atop R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, while "LoveHate Thing," featuring Sam Dew, sits at its peak of No. 14 on the list in its seventh week. "The Gifted" slips to No. 2 this week with 50,000 (down 68%).

Kanye West's "Yeezus" hangs on to No. 3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 39,000 (down 40%) while R&B veteran Joe returns with his 10th studio album "Double Back: Evolution of R&B" at No. 4 on with 31,000. Joe has now posted nine top 10 titles, which include chart-toppers "My Name is Joe" (2000) and "Ain't Nothing Like Me" (2007). The album's lead single "I'd Rather Have a Love" reaches a new peak of No. 6 on Adult R&B this week, his best showing since "E.R. (Emergency Room)" hit No. 7 in 2008.

Rounding out the top five albums is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" (6-5) with a 1% uptick to 24,000 copies. The duo's debut album has now spent 27 of his 39 chart weeks in the top five and will likely rack up more upper tier weeks as "Same Love" continues to build.

On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the top six songs remain stationary while Nos. 7-10 shuffle around. Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" stays No. 1 for a fifth week thanks in part to 423,000 downloads that push the track past 2.5 million. Its impressive digital sales have kept it atop R&B/Hip-Hop Digital for six weeks now.

Though losing steam with declines across all of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs metrics (sales, airplay & streaming), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us" holds on to No. 2 in its 33rd week. Their "Same Love," however, reclaims No. 3 with a 16% increase to 56.5 million listener impressions and a 4% rise to 114,000 downloads. Mariah Carey's "#Beautiful" retains the No. 4 spot in its 9th chart week followed by J. Cole's "Power Trip" at No. 5, its current peak, and "Thrift Shop" at No. 6.

Ciara's "Body Party" jumps 10-7 in its 14th week with Digital Gainer honors for rising 53% to 33,000 downloads. On R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs, it leaps 23-8 to mark her first top 10 title on the list. Meanwhile, her latest single "I'm Out," featuring Nicki Minaj, is the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Hot Shot Debut with a No. 16 entry.  Back to the top 10, Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O." stays put at its peak of No. 8 while Wale's "Bad" tumbles 7-9 in its 22nd week. Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" closes out the upper tier with a 9-10 slip.

Outside of the top 10, Nicki Minaj posts two new cuts pushing her count of Nielsen-era (December 1992-present) top 40 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop hits to 25. The Queens-bred rapper is featured on Ciara's aforementioned "I'm Out" (No. 16) and on Nelly's "Get Like Me" (also featuring Pharrell) which opens at No. 36. Minaj remains in fifth place for the most top 40 hits by a female in that time frame, but inches closer to the fourth-place holder, Missy Elliott, who has had 27.

Speaking of Nelly, the No. 36 debut of "Get Like Me" marks his highest position on the chart in nearly five years. His guest turn on Rick Ross' "Superman," also featuring Avery Storm, earned him his prior best ranking, a No. 9 peak in 2008. The current cut, produced by Pharrell, sold 33,000 downloads to debut at No. 6 on Rap Digital Songs. While a firm release date for Nelly's seventh studio album titled M.O. has yet to be set, it is expected to be out by year's end.