With ‘Might Delete Later,’ J. Cole Adds His Seventh No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Although J. Cole’s new mixtape is named Might Delete Later, it will always remain a chart-topping project, as it enters at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The set, a surprise release on April 5, launches atop the list dated April 20 with 115,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week of April 5-11, according to Luminate.


Streams contribute most of the debut week activity, with 105,000 units deriving from that consumption method. Nine thousand units come from traditional album sales, while track sales supply the remaining 1,000. (One unit equals the following levels of consumption: one album sale, 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams for a song on the album.)

With Might Delete Later, J. Cole secures his seventh No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. To review of his chart-topping collection:

Album Title, Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1

  • Cole World: The Sideline Story, two, Oct. 15, 2011
  • Born Sinner, one, July 20, 2013
  • 2014 Forest Hills Drive, one, Dec. 27, 2014
  • 4 Your Eyez Only, one, Dec. 31, 2016
  • KOD, one, May 5, 2018
  • The Off-Season, three, May 29, 2021
  • Might Delete Later, one (to date), April 20, 2024

Beyond the seven leaders, J. Cole has one more chart entry – Forest Hills Drive: Live, which debuted and peaked at No. 11 in 2016.

Might Delete Later generated heavy attention for its track, “7 Minute Drill,” which has been widely interpreted as a response to a diss verse from Kendrick Lamar on “Like That,” the Grammy winner’s collaboration with Future and Metro Boomin, with J. Cole and Drake as the main targets. On April 7, two days after “7 Minute Drill” was released, Cole publicly apologized for the track, noting it “don’t sit right with my spirit.” The song was removed from streaming services on April 12, a day after the close of Might Delete Later’s first tracking week.


“7 Minute Drill” leads 11 Might Delete Later debuts on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it opens at No. 2. It was the mixtape’s most streamed and bestselling track during the debut week, with 23.4 million official U.S. streams and 3,000 downloads sold in the tracking period.

Here’s the full recap of J. Cole’s Might Delete Later on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart:

  • No. 2, “7 Minute Drill”
  • No. 9, “Crocodile Tearz”
  • No. 12, “Huntin’ Wabbitz”
  • No. 13, “Pricey,” featuring Ari Lennox, Yung Dro & Gucci Mane
  • No. 17, “H.Y.B.,” featuring Bas & Central Cee
  • No. 20, “Ready ’24,” featuring Cam’Ron
  • No. 23, “Stickz N Stonez”
  • No. 27, “Fever”
  • No. 29, “Pi,” featuring Daylyt & Ab-Soul
  • No. 30, “Stealth Mode,” featuring Bas
  • No. 31, “Trae the Truth in Ibiza”
  • No. 34, “3001”

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