It is an acronym that can be interpreted as Kids On Drugs, King Overdosed and/or Kill Our Demons, but the only possible interpretation of J. Cole’s newest body of work, as a whole, is that it’s a winner with a large audience. KOD, on Dreamville Inc./Roc Nation/Interscope, immediately soared to #1 on iTunes upon release, where it continues to hold. The title track was the highest-charting song at the service, reaching #6, and a half-dozen tunes from it remain in the overall top 200 as of Wednesday afternoon. However, those numbers don’t tell the whole story, as its streaming totals are enormous. For the day on Friday, the set not only broke the Apple Music record for the biggest opening day of all-time, at 64.5 million streams, but Spotify’s as well, at 36.7 million. At the former, just one of top ten tracks on the all-genre chart is not by the performer (“Nice For What” by Drake, at #5), with the title track (#1), “Kevin’s Heart” (#2) and “ATM” (#3) charting highest, with lesser (but still impressive) results on Spotify’s U.S. tally, where five of the top ten, “KOD” leading at #2, hold strong. With another three cuts on Shazam’s Future Hits list, and two new videos on YouTube, there’s a Cole new world out there! (Images courtesy of Dreamville Inc./Roc Nation/Interscope Records)
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