On this day in music history: July 4, 1995 - “Foo Fighters”, the debut album by Foo Fighters is released. Produced by Barrett Jones and Dave Grohl, it is recorded at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle, WA from October 17 - 23, 1994. The album is mostly a solo effort by Dave Grohl who plays all of the instruments (except for the track “X-Static” that features Greg Dulli from The Afghan Whigs). Recorded in just eight days of studio time, Grohl deliberately mixes the album to sound like a lo-fi punk record, then gives cassette copies to friends which quickly attracts record company interest. The musician starts his own label Roswell Records, and is signed to Capitol Records. Following the albums’ completion, Grohl puts together a full band (including bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith of Sunny Day Real Estate and former Nirvana and Germs guitarist Pat Smear) to play the songs live. The album becomes a staple on both Modern Rock and Mainstream rock radio, spinning off several airplay hits including “I’ll Stick Around” and “Big Me”. Originally released only on vinyl on a very limited press run in 1995, the album is reissued in that format twenty years later in 2015. “Foo Fighters” peaks at number twenty three on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Lastly, BTS’ online fan army mobilized in high volume during street week in order to get the word out about the album. The passionate fandom was very focused on achieving high chart placement, as fan-run social media accounts helped fellow BTS fans understand how Billboard’s charts are compiled, and how sales and streams impact the Billboard 200 during an album’s first week, and so forth. (Some fans even went so far as to gift the album to friends via Apple’s iTunes Store in order to spread the word. However, sales of any specific album purchased on iTunes and gifted to another are not reported to Nielsen Music by Apple, and thus, do not count on Billboard’s charts.)
This is fucking ABSURD! Streaming counts for everything, but gifting counts for nothing?!