'Cole World' Headed to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Charts:
Watch for J. Cole to debut atop the Billboard 200 next week with his first album “Cole World: the Sideline Story,” which could move as many as 240,000 to 250,000 copies by week’s end on Oct. 2, so say industry prognosticators.
If the 26-year old Roc Nation/Columbia rapper opens at No. 1, it will mark the first time a solo act’s debut album has bowed at No. 1 since May 14, 2010. That’s when B.o.B started in the penthouse with “The Adventures of Bobby Ray” with 84,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Cole’s 200,000-plus start would be the biggest bow for any act’s debut chart effort since Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday” launched with 375,000 at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 dated Dec. 11, 2010.
Ocean, who recorded standout features on “Watch the Throne” tracks, “No Church in the Wild” and “Made in America,” was initially nervous meeting Jay-Z.
"[In]the initial walk in… he wasn’t saying anything and I was nervous, but as soon as we started talking, he’s super cool," Ocean told Hot 97. "I think he was trying to make me nervous, make me sweat. It seemed a little intentional, but it was all good. We were laughing within minutes."
Ocean said walking into the “Watch the Throne” session was like walking into a “heavy room,” as Jay, Ye’, Bey’ and others were there. When Martinez asked if he was “checking Beyoncé out,” he replied, “I said hello and greeted her as I greeted everyone else.”
However, any nerves were quickly dismissed as Ocean began recording. “That’s my element. When I’m in the studio space, I’m a lot more at ease,” he said.
'The Dark Knight Rises' Comes To NYC, Looking For Extras:
Holy background talent, Batman! This is truly a fanboy’s dream come true: The Dark Knight Rises production is coming to NYC, and they are looking for extras to play burly cop types! There’s an open casting call on October 1 at the Metropolitan Pavilion:
Grant Wilfley Casting, Inc. is casting extras for the new Warner Bros. film Magnus Rex. Producers state: “Take part in the urban action adventure coming to the streets of New York City.” Shoots Oct. 29-Nov. 11, 2011 in NYC.
Seeking—Extras: male and female, 18+, all ethnicities, no experience necessary, to play law enforcement within a city besieged by crime and corruption, specific roles include Guards, Soldiers, and Police Officers, seeking physically fit athletes, people with military and/or law enforcement training/experience, weapons training, and/or martial arts training.
Open call will be held Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-4 p.m. at Metropolitan Pavilion, 110 W. 19th St. (btwn. Sixth & Seventh aves.), NYC. Bring photo ID (i.e. driver’s license, state ID, student ID, etc.); talent must be able to provide valid unexpired ID to fill out I-9 at time of hiring. Seeking nonunion talent at this call; SAG members who are not already registered with GWCI should also attend the open call. For more info (including time/location details for SAG registration), visit www.gwcnyc.com or call (212) 685-3168. There are no sign-up fees. Professional pay provided. SAG Background Actors Contract.
Kanye West's Fashion Collaborator: 'We Make a Really Good Team'
As the debut date of Kanye West’s much-anticipated fashion line draws nearer, more secrets are spilling from his golden vault. Katie Eary, a British menswear designer has opened up about working with West on his upcoming collection. Eary just showed her first womenswear collection in London yesterday with Kanye perched in the front row.
"I absolutely love working with him," Eary said to British Elle. "He’s such a dedicated designer. We bounce ideas off each other, sketch on the same page… we make a really good team. He’s obviously piloting it, and we’re working alongside. I feel jealous at his commitment."
Kanye was later spotted behind the scenes saying he had to get back to “the studio,” or as a source has recently revealed “an enormous, now-defunct nightclub in London” where the line is said to be being made. The same mysterious source described the elusive collection as: “Seemingly based on Samurai, with lots of sporty garments, but in luxury fabrics, with embellishment, embroidery-Japanese stuff-gold chain mail, that sort of sports-luxe thang, and unsurprisingly, lots of hoods, baseball/biker jacket shapes…lots of ivory and gold, although the colours kept changing-probably peach too.”
Kanye’s line debuts on Saturday and sounds like it matches his style: regal and inaccessible.