07/10/2013 02:28 pm ET

'Born Sinner' Chart Performance: J. Cole Grabs The No. 1 Spot Above Kanye West, Wale


J. Cole has officially made his way to the top.

The 28-year-old rapper nabbed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week with his sophomore album, "Born Sinner." Released June 18, "Born Sinner" debuted at No. 2 behind Kanye West's "Yeezus" and held onto its No. 2 spot for its second week, falling behind Wale's "The Gifted," but beating out "Yeezus," which fell to No. 3.

With its third week in stores, "Born Sinner" has now sold more copies than "Yeezus," according to Billboard. J. Cole has sold a total of 439,000 copies of "Born Sinner," beating out West with his total of 431,000 copies of "Yeezus" sold.

This feat is a major triumph for J. Cole, a protege of Jay-Z. The rapper moved the release date of "Born Sinner" to directly compete with West's "Yeezus," which was released on the same day. “Kanye West is one of the greatest artists of our generation,” Cole tweeted at the time of the announcement. “Which is exactly why I'm moving my release date up. 'Born Sinner' June 18th.”

Cole acknowledged the achievement on Twitter on Tuesday, thanking his fans for their support.

For more on this week's chart, head over to Billboard.

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