J Cole outsells Kanye

Cole’s album sold 439,000 copies, outselling West's ‘Yeezus which has sold 431,000 copies to date.

US rapper Kanye West (L) and his girlfriend Kim Kardashian (R). Picture: AFP

LOS ANGELES - Hip-hop artist J. Cole's album Born Sinner outsold rapper Kanye West's Yeezus and Wale's The Gifted to climb to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, notching Cole's second chart-topping record.

Born Sinner, released on 18 June, sold 58,000 copies last week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan, and made the relatively rare climb from No. 2 to No. 1 this week.

Billboard said there have been only 76 albums in chart history that did not debut at No. 1 but rose to the top in subsequent weeks on the album chart.

Cole's album sold 439,000 copies to date, outselling West's Yeezus, which debuted at No. 1 three weeks ago but has only amassed cumulative sales of 431,000 copies.

Wale's The Gifted, which knocked West off the top spot last week, dropped to No. 2 this week with sales of 50,000. _Yeezus _fell to No. 3, selling 39,000 copies.

Only one new album cracked the Top 10 in the Billboard 200 this week. R&B singer Joe landed at No. 6 with his latest Doubleback: Evolution of R&B.

Overall album sales for the week ending July 7 totalled 4.9 million, down 16 percent from the comparable week in 2012, according to Billboard.

Next week's chart is likely to get a shake-up from Jay-Z's new album Magna Carta... Holy Grail, which is expected to top the Billboard 200 with sales projections of 350,000 to 400,000 copies in its first week.