Whitechapel’s Alex Wade Rants On The Importance Of First Week Album Sales


Whitechapel guitarist Alex Wade has taken to his Twitter to rant on the importance of first week sales. The missive emerged in light of today’s (June 19th) release of the bands new self-titled album.

“Alright i’m going to go on a Randy Blythe style rant and it will be the only time I do it, so sorry in advance. The reason why bands hound their fans to buy their CD the first week it comes out is not because of money, it’s for the numbers. No bands make money off of CD sales these days, it’s not a source of income like it used to be for older bands.

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Bands like us make income to keep our band going through touring. The music business deems a bands worth by album sales, the more albums they sell, the more people that like them, it’s not rocket science. For whatever reason, someone deemed it that whatever a band sales in the first week is what’s most important, so that’s why bands want you to buy their album in the first week it is out. I don’t want you to buy our CD because it’s going to make me rich, far from it.

I want you to buy it because the more albums we sell, the betters tours and opportunities we will get to play shows for you, our fans. So please, if you have the intention of buying our CD, skip a shitty fast food meal this week and use that $10 to pick up a copy to help our career, not our wallets. Thank you!”