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J. Cole gave music lovers an early Christmas gift with his 2014 Forest Hills Drive LP, and the fans have returned with a present of their own. The 29-year-old’s third solo album is set to debut No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album charts on Wednesday.

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According to Hits Daily Double, 2014 Forest Hills Drive sold an estimated 361,120 copies opening week (375,214 with streaming). The final number, which will be confirmed via Billboard on Wednesday, will dethrone Taylor Swift’s 1989 album, which spent four consecutive weeks at No. 1 and brought in another 278,950 copies this week.

2014 Forest Hills Drive would become J. Cole’s third No. 1 album, along with 2011’s Cole World: The Sideline Story and 2013’s Born Sinner. It also marks his highest-selling first-week topping Born Sinner‘s 297,000 opening week last June, plus it’s the highest-selling opening week in 2014 for a rap album. Continue to support by heading to iTunes and purchasing a copy.

UPDATE: Final confirmed numbers from Soundscan is 371,000 opening week (including streams). The project also becomes the highest first week streamed album on Spotify at 15.7 million to date.

Previously:
J. Cole Performs “Be Free” on the Late Show with David Letterman (Video)
J. Cole – “Apparently” (Video)
J. Cole – “2014 Forest Hills Drive (Intro)” (Video)