The Weeknd is preparing to release his highly anticipated new studio album, Dawn FM, this Friday, Jan. 7, and its arrival is sure to be a major music event.
However, one fan on social media pointed out that the “Blinding Lights” artist will not be making his new LP available in physical form during the first week, thus affecting its sales.
“No physical copies (vinyls, CDs, cassettes) for @theweeknd’s ‘Dawn FM’ will be available in store during release week,” a Twitter user pointed out the day before Dawn FM’s arrival. “Furthermore, no physical copies will be shipped the first week. This will obviously impact first week figures.”
The Weekend doesn’t really seem to care, though. The singer responded to this observation, saying that the way his music connects with his fans is more important to him than its first week sales.
“This doesn’t matter to me,” The Weeknd responded in a quote-tweet. “What matters is getting to experience the album together with the fans during these times.”
What Dawn FM will lack in a physical release, it makes up for in its digital experience. Along with the album's drop at midnight, The Weeknd will also be hosting his 103.5 Dawn FM Experience streaming exclusively on Amazon Music and Twitch. Fans will also be able to purchase exclusive merchandise through the live stream event the night of the album’s release.