Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks Sees Sales Rise in Wake of F Word Controversy

By Trudy Ring

Originally published on Advocate.com January 11 2013 6:10 PM ET

Bisexual rapper Azealia Banks’s feud with fellow performer Angel Haze and gay blogger Perez Hilton, who Banks called “a messy faggot” on Twitter, hasn’t hurt her music sales.

Banks’s EP 1991 posted an 18% gain in sales last week, with nearly 1,000 copies sold, Billboard reports. Her single “212” was downloaded 3,000 times in the same period, a 3% gain over the previous week. Haze also saw a rise in sales, but all her titles combined sold less than 1,000 copies.

Banks backtracked on her use of the slur toward Hilton, but that didn’t satisfy some observers, including GLAAD and gay Scissor Sisters front man Jake Shears.