It’s sort of astonishing to realize that J. Cole made his network television debut last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Television appearances aren’t essential to record sales, exactly, but they’re certainly part of a promotional cycle, and Cole’s appearance came a week after his record debuted—and four months after “Work Out,” the single he performed, hit radio.
Of course, when you sell over 200,000 copies of your debut, hitting #1 in a week that saw five other top ten debuts (including new releases from Blink-182 and Wilco) and reissues of two evergreen best-sellers (Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon and Nirvana’s Nevermind), maybe a television performance is an afterthought. The sideline story is quickly being retconned into anything but, as scores of observers swallow comparisons to Memphis Bleek. Meanwhile, the crowd at Kimmel ate up his performance. It has to be good to be J. Cole right now.
Elsewhere on late night…
The Colbert Report: Black Star, “Fix Up”
The Late Show With David Letterman: Mastodon, “Curl Of The Burl”
The Tonight Show With Jay Leno: Scotty McCreery, “The Trouble With Girls”
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Portishead, “Chase The Tear”