As if dropping a new album ("KOD"), topping the Billboard 200 albums chart, and breaking multiple streaming records on its release wasn't enough, North Carolina hip-hop star J. Cole has announced a 34-date 2018 North American tour (with Young Thug opening) -- which stops in SDSU's Viejas Arena on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
On the strength of its massive leadoff single "ATM," Cole's new album broke both Apple Music and Spotify records for the most first-day U.S. album streams with 64.5 million plays and 36.6 million plays, respectively.
"KOD" beat previous records held by Drake's "Views" and "More Life" albums (however, the glory was rather shortlived as Post Malone's "Beerbongs & Bentleys" album broke Cole's new record just a week later). In addition to debuting atop the Billboard albums chart, J. Cole tied the Beatles for the record of the most simultaneous songs (six) in Billboard Hot 100's Top 20 chart -- no small feat.
Cole's no strange to success either: His debut album, 2011's "Cole World: The Sideline Story" debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart; his second record, 2013's "Born Sinner," was certified platinum by the RIAA; 2014's "Forest Hills Drive" earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album; and his fourth album, "4 Your Eyez Only," also topped the Billboard charts on its release. Dude's kinda on a roll.
Tickets go on sale to the general public via LiveNation.com on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. PST and range from $39.50-$225. Presales for American Express cardmembers and J. Cole fanclub members are available as well.
J. Cole's 2018 "KOD" Tour with Young Thug
- Aug. 9: Miami, FL - AmericanAirlines Arena
- Aug. 11: Tampa, FL - Amelia Arena
- Aug. 12: Atlanta, GA - Infinite Energy Center
- Aug. 14: New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
- Aug. 15: Houston, TX - Toyota Center
- Aug. 17: San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
- Aug. 18: Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
- Aug. 21: Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena
- Aug. 22: San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, SDSU
- Aug. 24: Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
- Aug. 29: Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
- Sept. 2: Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena
- Sept. 4: Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
- Sept. 5: Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
- Sept. 7: Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
- Sept. 8: Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena
- Sept. 10: Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
- Sept. 12: Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
- Sept. 13: Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at The BJCC
- Sept. 17: Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
- Sept. 18: Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
- Sept. 19: Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
- Sept. 21: Detroit, MI - Little Caesar’s Arena
- Sept. 22: Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
- Sept. 23: Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
- Sept. 25: Buffalo, NY - KeyBank Center
- Sept. 26: Hartford, CT - XL Center
- Sept. 28: University Park, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
- Oct. 1: New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
- Oct. 4: Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
- Oct. 5: Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre
- Oct. 6: Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
- Oct. 8: Washington, DC - Capital One Arena
- Oct. 10: Boston, MA - TD Garden