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J. Cole’s “The Off-Season” Soars To #1 On US iTunes Sales Chart; Nicki Minaj’s “Beam Me Up Scotty” #2

Hip-hop releases lead the way on iTunes.

J. Cole - The Off-Season Cover Art | Dreamville/Roc Nation | Via J.Cole Instagram

J. Cole’s “The Off-Season” launched at midnight late Thursday/early Friday, and it proved immediately (and unsurprisingly) resonant on iTunes.

The new album quickly reached #1 on the all-genre US iTunes sales chart. It remains atop the listing as of press time at 1:20AM ET Friday morning.

Nicki Minaj’s 2009 mixtape “Beam Me Up Scotty,” which finally made its digital streaming platform debut (with new tracks included), follows at #2 on the iTunes listing. Alan Jackson’s new “Where Have You Gone” (#3), The Black Keys’ new “Delta Kream” (#4), and St. Vincent’s new “Daddy’s Home” complete a Top 5 that consists entirely of newcomers.

— The clean version of “The Off-Season” is currently #9 on iTunes.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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