J. Cole's Announces Plans To Take A Break From Live Performances
If you missed J. Cole's performance at The Meadows Festival on Saturday, get reacquainted with his catalog and enjoy your cell phone videos from other shows. Mr. Double Platinum With No Features is taking a break from the stage.
As his Saturday night performance at The Meadows festival in New York City drew to a close, he dropped a bombshell on the audience.
"Before I get out of here, listen," Cole said. "This is my last show for a very long time."
The North Carolinian has earned himself a break, if that's what he's looking for. Billboard crowned Cole as the highest earning rap/R&B of 2015 with $8.8 million: his album 2014 Forest Hills Drive dropped in December 2014 and earned $1.5 million in sales, $788,000 with a billion streams, $1.1 million in publishing, and $5.5 million in touring. The album also nabbed a Grammy nomination, an American Music Awards nomination, and won a Billboard Music Award and BET Hip Hop Award. Cole also released a documentary, Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming, with HBO. A month ago, Cole was award platinum plaques for a couple of his older hits, "Crooked Smile" and "Can't Get Enough."
The break from performances may also mean time for more time to focus on recording or planning for his next album. While some artists record while they're on the road touring, many like to stay at home so they aren't distracted by the grueling schedule of live performances.
Either way, his fans should have plenty of music and memories to hold them over.