Roller Coaster Record Sales: T.I. & Logic Drop, Azealia Banks & Joe Budden Have Solid Debuts

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There have been some ups and downs on the most recent music charts.

After debuting at No. 2 at the end of October, T.I.’s newest release dropped to No. 20 last week, its third week on the charts. “Paperwork” sold 15,776 units, bringing its total count to 122,603 albums sold.

Logic’s “Under Pressure” came in at No. 72 after dropping to No. 31 the week before. Joe Budden debuted on the charts with his new album “Some Love Lost” EP at No. 55, reports Hip Hop DX. The second in a series of Love Lost releases, it sold 7,695 units.

The biggest news of the charts was Azealia Banks’ release. She debuted at  No. 30 after the surprise middle-of-the-week launch. No, it wasn’t a marketing move. Banks was having a hard time getting her new CD, “Broke With Expensive Taste,” out. In fact, it was delayed by two years. But she sold 11,165 albums without any pre-release publicity or promotion.

Her debut CD was in a long time coming. The album got caught up in a drawn-out battle with her former label Interscope and multiple management changes. Finally, in July Banks let Interscope but retained the rights to her music. By September, she had inked a partnership with Prospect Park, whose management company and label are handling the “Broke With Expensive Taste” release, with distribution through Caroline and Capitol Music Group. In the middle of all the business ruckus, Banks stayed in the news with her countless fights on Twitter.

“We thought the best way to mend fences with the world was to release the music [without advance notice],” Angelica Cob, who co-manages Banks at Prospect Park, told Billboard. “To use the traditional setup strategy didn’t make sense, because it would feel like the girl who cried wolf. We had to make the strongest statement possible, and that was the music.”

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