After a major error that occurred almost six months ago, over 38,000 5SOS fans are still urging Billboard to consider rewriting chart history.
Back in March, a clerical error saw over 10,000 copies of 5 Seconds of Summer’s latest album, C A L M, released to the public a week earlier than expected.
As a result of the incident, several thousand sales were counted in the wrong week, which led to the album debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, instead of #1.
As it turned out, C A L M was just 5,000 sales short of beating The Weeknd to the #1 spot, meaning that the band would have clinched the position had all the copies been released at the right time.
Understandably, members of the band and fans alike were upset by the stuff up, with Ashton Irwin admitting his “heart broke” upon hearing the news.
“Records were released a week early, which we had no control over… my heart broke when I found out about that,” he said via Twitter at the time.
“Other artists have had records released early before and the charts have been amended…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,” he said.
Despite Irwin’s apparent doubt, almost 40,000 fans have signed a change.org petition since its creation back in April.
The petition, started by US-based fan Samantha Schulkes, is urging Billboard to “change the position on the 200” so that it reflects the thousands of copies that were released early.
“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,” wrote Schulkes.
“5 Seconds of Summer have debuted at number one for every previous album they’ve released,” she said, “[they] rightfully earned the #1 spot and we are not going to stop until Billboard addresses the issue.”