By Onyinye Ugwu
The ‘KOD’ album by American rapper, J. Cole, has officially reached platinum status without a single feature aside from Cole’s alter-ego, Kill Edward. Chart Data tweeted the announcement on Thursday morning (December 20).
The project released in April this year debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with roughly 397,000 total album equivalent units sold in its first week. It also broke streaming records on both Apple Music and Spotify with over 1 billion streams combined.
The North Carolina born rapper held a headline concert in Nigeria just a week after the album dropped and was blown away after the crowd in Eko Convention Centre saw along, word for word during his performance.
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The RIAA included KOD on its list of 2018’s Best RIAA Gold & Platinum Awards along with others including Cardi B’s Invasion Of Privacy, Post Malone’s beerbongs and Bentleys, Travis Scott’s Astroworld, Eminem’s Kamikaze and Black Panther: The Album.
A total of 33 albums and 151 songs were certified gold or platinum in 2018.
NEW 📣! Just 33 albums and 151 songs released in 2018 were certified #Gold or #Platinum this year! Are your favorites on the list? 👀 this year’s highlights + 🎧 to the #RIAATopCertified playlists! https://t.co/duMNfDPrWV pic.twitter.com/IG9LSSn0Ls
— RIAA (@RIAA) December 20, 2018
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