The reasoning may be due to a shipping error, which is why fans are fighting back.
On March 30, the band tweeted that 10,000 copies of their album were sent out early in the U.S. That meant those records were appearing in the previous week’s chart.
“We still wanna make our album chart next week as big as possible and want to thank you all so much,” the post read.
— 5 Seconds of Summer (@5SOS) March 30, 2020
After that, 5SOS fans got #billboardcountthe10k trending on Twitter, in an effort to get the service to allow the 10,000 copies to be a part of the correct chart. They even started an online petition that, as of early Sunday afternoon, had nearly 13,000 signatures with a goal of 15,000.
Andy DeLuca, the band’s creative director, also shared the petition on Twitter.
— Andy DeLuca (@shmandeluca) April 5, 2020
Guitarist Michael Clifford’s fiance Crystal Leigh also chimed in, writing, “On the edge of my seat wondering which side of musical history @billboardcharts & @billboard will decide to be on – 5SOS truly earned and deserves their 4th #1 #billboardcountthe10k.”
— Crystal Leigh (@crystalleigh) April 5, 2020
You can check out what some fans are saying about the ordeal below.
— maite (@maiteb26) April 5, 2020
calling all stans who are willing to support the cause! please, if you see this, reply with #billboardcountthe10k it’s not only for 5sos’ sake but for unfair outcomes and treatment in the music industry! help us by coming together and tweeting the hashtag 🖤
— 𝖉𝖊𝖘 (@blacksilklrh) April 5, 2020
Billboard are cowards!!!! We will keep fighting until 5sos get what they deserve!! If you see this reply with #billboardcountthe10k keep going and get their attention! We have a petition, we have new articles, we have a world wide trending hashtag, THEY CANT IGNORE US!!! pic.twitter.com/ylBrz3wQVB
— BILLBOARD COUNT THE 10K (@_MaH_hEaRt_) April 5, 2020
— just a poser (@AlmostCalledYou) April 5, 2020
— Grainne | CHECK PINNED (@chokemecalpal) April 5, 2020
— #billboardcountthe10k (@lrhfemininity) April 5, 2020
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More 5 Seconds of Summer news
Prior to releasing the new album, 5SOS dropped a catchy, ‘80s pop ballad titled “Wildflower.” It was the fifth single the band dropped from the record.
Coinciding with the track, 5SOS also dropped a stop-motion lyric video that took over 18 hours to make, featured 358 different photos and 529 flowers. It’s just the ray of sunshine we all need during this coronavirus quarantine.
Check out the new video below.
What do you think about the fan petition regarding the latest 5 Seconds of Summer album? Sound off in the comments down below!