What now? The band just released a statement that they will be releasing it digitally ASAP but the album artwork isn’t even finished so there is no chance to get it out in it’s physical form. Obviously this will have a huge impact on potential sales from a band with a large and rabid fanbase who has been at it for years.
What is the record industry to do about this? It is time for us to forget this pissing contest and first sales week garbage. Join the Internet age and realize the first second anyone can stream a song they want it and are used to getting it. Do not make the songs able to be heard until you can release it. For further reading: