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T.I’s ‘Trouble Man’ Debuts at No. 2 Spot on Billboard 200 Chart + Album and Download Sales Figures


T.I Trouble Man Billboard 200It doesn’t take much to see T.I is one of those fellas that is as real as real gets. Up close and personal, he also gives the same vibe. It is good to see he is back on his feet. This week, his album ‘Trouble Man’ makes a good showing on the Billboard 200 chart.

“Back on the Billboard 200 chart this week, T.I.”Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head” album arrives at No. 2, giving the hip-hop star his eighth top 10 effort. The new set launches with 179,000 — an improvement over the 160,000 that welcomed his last effort, 2010’s “No Mercy.”

Also, for all AML readers, interesting figures on overall album and download sales below from Billboard:

“Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Dec. 23) totaled 12.79 million units, up 31% compared with the sum last week (9.71 million) and down 16% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (15.11 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 306.19 million, down 5% compared with the same total at this point last year (322.86 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 25.50 million downloads, up 12% compared with last week (22.79 million) and down 33% stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (38.25 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 1.280 billion, up 5% compared with the same total at this point last year (1.225 billion).”-Billboard

I look forward to a day when Africa’s entertainment industries, particularly Nigeria, leads in getting the kind of highly important data cited above. Speculating about sales figures is not good enough. We gotta get our infrastructure in place. Online, we are begin to make some inroads but we will have to do better than that. We will have to think long term.


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