When new 5 Seconds of Summer album C A L M debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart in the USA, the band was both stoked and devastated. Second place on the chart is a great achievement in itself, but as it turned out, a clerical error saw several thousand sales counted in the wrong week because some CDs went out early.
Specifically, 11,000 CD sales appeared in the week before the album was supposed to debut. It was a fatal blow, as 5SOS revealed that C A L M was just 5,000 sales short of beating The Weekend to the #1 position. The album managed to land at #1 in Australia.
Over the past couple of days, 5 Seconds of Summer fans have managed to get the #billboardcountthe10k trending on Twitter. Now the band’s Ashton Irwin has thanked fans for their response, and spoken out about the unfair nature of the matter.
Irwin admits that the records were released a week early, corroborating a statement from the band that C A L M lost 11,000 CD sales in what should have been their first week on the chart.
“Records were released a week early, which we had no control over,” he begins. “My heart broke when I found out about that.”
“Other artists have had records released early before and the charts have been amended,” he continues. “Seems like that’s not going to happen for us. But I want you to know that I am extremely proud of this fanbase for having a voice, voicing it and knowing how powerful they can be when they unite together.”
Watch Ashton Irwin address the US chart debut of C A L M:
I’m apprehensive to share this video, I think I’ve censored myself fairly well, I feel fearful to speak up about the albums that went out early for fear or loosing partnership with media outlets… but here’s some thought’s… pic.twitter.com/yWHfpZtIT9
— Ashton Irwin (@Ashton5SOS) April 7, 2020
5SOS fans have also started a change.org petition to get Billboard to count the early sales. At the time of writing it has over 30,000 signatures.
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The petition claims; “There have been several instances where other artists’ (i.e. Harry Styles, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, One Direction) albums were released early and it did not affect their place on the Billboard 200 chart during their debut.
5 Seconds of Summer will return to Australia in November/December of 2020 for their No Shame Tour. The tour includes dates across the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle, and Melbourne, as well as Sydney where they recently added a second show as a result of high demand.