13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: J. Cole Crowns Billboard 200 & Makes History in Hot 100's Top 10


J. Cole dominates Billboard's charts this week, as his latest album KOD debuts atop the Billboard 200. The launch also helps the rapper make a record 96-to-1 vault on the Billboard Artist 100.

Plus, it's business as usual for Drake, whose single “Nice for What” rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week.

Here are 13 other things to know about the charts this week.

1. J. Cole becomes the first act in the Hot 100's history to debut three songs in the top 10 simultaneously. He bests Ed Sheeran and Drake, who each started two songs in the top 10 in the same week. Click here to read about Cole's historic feat.

2. Looking ahead to next week, Post Malone's beerbongs & bentleys is slated to shatter the weekly streaming record for an album and debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Click here to read the forecast.

3. On the latest Chart Beat Podcast, Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson discuss Ariana Grande's new hit “No Tears Left to Cry” and whether it could earn Grande her first No. 1 on the Hot 100. Click here to listen.

4. Over on the Pop Shop Podcast, Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson chat with Sting and Shaggy about how the stars bonded over their mutual adoration reggae music for their new album, 44/876. Click here to listen.

5. Following the first full tracking week after his death, Avicii's catalog infuses the dance/electronic charts, with “Wake Me Up!” also re-entering the Hot 100 in the top 40. Click here to read the story.

6. Nicky Jam and J Balvin's “X” dethrones Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, atop the Hot Latin Songs chart. The latter smash spent a record 52 weeks at No. 1. Click here to read the article.

7. Bruce Springsteen's Greatest Hits on exclusive red vinyl leads all new releases in the biggest Record Store Day yet. Click here to read about other Record Store Day ferings on the charts.

8. Ella Fitzgerald earns her first No. 1 on the Jazz Albums chart … with an album recorded in 1956. Ella at Zardi's re-enters at No. 1, thanks to an exclusive Record Store Day release. Click here to read the story.

9. Following his controversial return to Twitter, Kanye West re-enters the Social 50 chart at No. 2. Click here to read the post.

10. NCT becomes the first K-pop act to hit No. 1 on the Emerging Artists chart, driven by the act's robust social media following. Click here to read the article.

11. Sugarland and Taylor Swift's “Babe” soars into the top 10 the Hot Country Songs chart, earning Sugarland its first top 10 since 2010 and Swift her first since 2013, and her 20th overall. Click here to read the story.

12. Justin Timberlake's Man the Woods Tour has earned $37 million and counting, helping the star lead the latest Hot Tours tally. Click here to read the update.

13. Billboard will change the way the streams are weighted on the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts, beginning this summer. Click here for details.