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J. Cole is learning that good things come to those who wait.  In its third week on shelves, the rapper's sophomore album Born Sinner has found its way to the top of the Billboard 200 chart. 

According to, Born Sinner sold an additional 58-thousand copies, giving him a total of 439-thousand.  Born Sinner spent its first two weeks at number two, coming in behind albums by Kanye West and Wale.  The climb to number one is unusual, considering that albums typically have their best sales numbers during their opening week.  In fact, since 1991 only 75 other albums have climbed to number one after not debuting at the top.  

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Meantime, last week's chart topper -- Wale's The Gifted -- fell to number two, selling 50-thousand records.  Holding steady at number three is Kanye West's Yeezus with an additional 39-thousand sales.  J. Cole likely will not be able to hold on to the top spot next week.  That's because Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail is expected to sell up to a half million copies in its first week on shelves.