After nearly two months and some confusion regarding the record’s “official” release date, Neilsen Soundscan has finally confirmed first-week sales numbers for A Day To Remember‘s most recent album, Common Courtesy.
For those of you who are still in the dark about the ongoing A Day To Remember vs. Victory Records lawsuit, the band was cleared to sell Common Courtesy independently just a few days before the planned release date. As a result, the record was only available as a digital download via the band’s website on its October 8, 2013 release date. Many fans believed that this would hurt sales numbers, but the band has proven otherwise. Astonishingly, the band has sold 40,550 copies of the record through its website alone since its October release, and 52,324 more copies in the past week through “traditional” outlets such as iTunes, Hot Topic, and Best Buy. That adds up to 92,874 copies of the album sold in the US alone to date. Because of the unconventional release, the band is unable to qualify for the Billboard chart this week, but had they qualified, they would have landed in the Top 10.
About the accomplishment, lead singer Jeremy McKinnon remarked:
This proves that the days of needing huge record contracts are over, and that all that really matters are the fans. Thank you for the support.
While the lawsuit is far from over, this is definitely a triumph for A Day To Remember. Leave a comment letting us know what you think of Common Courtesy down below.