5 Seconds of Summer Fans Have Decided to ‘Cancel’ iTunes Over Calm Release Error
5 Seconds of Summer fans are nothing if not dedicated. Stans for the Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Michael Clifford, and Calum Hood band got #itunesisoverparty trending on Twitter after iTunes did wrong by their boys.
itunes deleted 10k sales off 5sos’s new album CALM because they released the album 40 minutes earlier and in those 40 minutes, the 10k sales were spotted and caused a glitch
— alexandra cried over high and best years (@irwinsinterlude) March 30, 2020
5SOS released their fourth studio album, Calm, with a release date of March 27. It’s typical for music to be released on a Friday so it can garner streams before EOD the following Thursday, which is then counted towards its debut spot on different platforms like the Billboard Hot 200. But apparently, there was some sort of iTunes error that had Calm released 40 minutes early on iTunes, meaning its ‘debut’ position was counted for the last hour on Thursday instead of having a full week to have the chance at debuting at number one on the charts.
It also means that for the following week, they’ll lose 10K in album sales for next week’s charts to account for those who ordered the album the moment it was released — aka last Thursday, March 26th during the eleventh hour.
Basically, it’s a big ol’ mess and 5SOS fam is NOT happy. The boys released a statement from their Twitter account, writing, “Hey guys, we found out a few days ago that due to a shipping error, around 10,000 copies of our album were sent out early in the U.S. Those albums will now appear in this weeks [sic] Billboard chart. We still wanna make our album chart next week as big as possible and want to thank you all so much, to everyone that is streaming or has bought the album.”
They continued, “You are truly the best fans we could wish for and we love you.”
— 5 Seconds of Summer (@5SOS) March 30, 2020