J. Cole Plans Aug-Oct. Tour In Support Of ‘KOD’

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Maggie Boyd
– J. Cole
J. Cole emotes for the crowd at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, Aug. 19.

Phoenix, Boise, Las Vegas, Detroit and Boston are among the cities welcoming J. Cole when the hip-hop artist launches his 2018 North America tour.  Joining him will be special guest Young Thug.

Cole’s fifth studio album, KOD, was released last month and has sold 397,000 equivalent album units as of the week ending April 26.  Cole also became the third artist in history to accumulate more than 300 million album streams during the new material’s first week in the spotlight.  For Cole, that the number came to 322 million streams.

Cole also just recently announced his own festival, called Dreamville, with the only details being that it will take place Sept. 15 in Raleigh, N.C., his home state. Produced by Austin-based ScoreMore Shows, one can only assume the festival will involve some of Cole’s Dreamville labelmates, which include Earthgang, J.I.D., Bas, Lute, and Cozz – most of which are also represented by ICM Partners, as is J. Cole.

Produced by Live Nation, the arena tour launches in Miami Aug. 9 and closes Oct. 10 in Boston.  Destinations include Tampa, San Antonio, San Diego, Kansas City, New York, Little Rock and Minneapolis.

Cole’s 2017 touring action began in Spring when he embarked on a club run, playing places such as Music Farm Columbia in Columbia, S.C.; The Moon in Tallahassee, Fla., and Hal & Mal’s in Jackson, Miss. 

The game plan switched to arenas in mid-June.  Cole’s two Southern Calif. shows at the Forum July 11-12 sold all 26,220 tickets available and resulted in a total gross reaching $2,087,961.  Not as successful was the artist’s July 22 concert at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., where fans purchased just over half of the tickets available, resulting in the night’s gross of $578,814.

American Express will hold a presale for its cardholders beginning 10 a.m. May 8 and running through 10 p.m. May 11. All times local.

For fans purchasing KOD bundles, a  presale will launch May 11 at 10 a.m. EDT

Spotify will hold a presale beginning 10 a.m. May 11 and running through 10 p.m. that evening.  All times local.

General onsales begin 10 a.m. local time May 12.  Keep checking Pollstar’s J. Cole page for updates.