J Cole tops Billboard 200 chart

Singer J.Cole lands the top spot on the album charts with strong sales of 4 Your Eyez Only.VIDEO: REUTERS

UNITED STATES (REUTERS) - Hip hop artist J Cole grabbed the Number One spot on the Billboard 200 album charts on Monday (Dec 19) with 4 Your Eyez Only.

The album notched the third-biggest debut of the year with 492,000 units sold in its first week.

That placed the US singer's fourth studio album in the major leagues, behind only Drake's Views and Beyonce's Lemonade earlier this year.

A cappella group Pentatonix scored a rare two spots in the top five of the Billboard 200 after a TV special last week.

Their 2016 holiday album, A Pentatonix Christmas, rose to Number Two with 156,000 units sold for the week, while their 2014 release, That's Christmas To Me, took the Number Five spot.

The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales and streaming activity.

On the digital songs chart, which measures online song sales, Swift and former One Direction band member Zayn took a commanding lead with 188,000 units sold of I Dont' Wanna Live Forever.

The romantic ballad is the theme song for the latest movie in the steamy Fifty Shades movie and book franchise.