In a new interview with Complex Magazine, Chance The Rapper revealed that he might sell his next album despite always releasing free music in the past.
In a recently interview with Complex Magazine, Chance the Rapper expressed that he may have a change of heart when it comes to his next album. When asked about his next project, Chance said, “I might actually sell this album. That’s, like, a big step in itself. I kind of hate the fact that I can’t chart, really. I can chart, but the way they have the streaming shit set up is weak as fuck. It’s unfair.” He continued, “1,500 streams is the equivalent to one [album sale], and that’s just, that’s unfair. Nobody listens to their songs [1,500] times when they buy it—fuck outta here! So, it makes it hard. I can’t really compete with other people. Not that the charts matter at all, but c’mon.”
Chance makes a good point here. His last album, Coloring Book, was a streaming exclusive and it debuted at number 10 on the Billboard charts even though it was one of the most popular albums of the year. Tracking streaming-only albums is challenging and the 1,500 play threshold is one that takes into account every song on the album. This means that if you’re someone like Drake, who put “Hotline Bling” on the end of his album Views, you could have millions of streams on one song before the album is even released, causing it to go platinum even though no one has even listened to the album yet.
That is what makes it so tricky, because Chance is right when he says no one listens to an album 1,500 times, but 1,500 may only listen to one song. Chance’s desire to sell his next album looks to solely be reliant on his want to be charted accurately. He did say that none of this was set in stone yet, saying: “This is all hypothetical. There is no album. I can feel fans squirming in their chair, like, ‘Oh shit, he’s changing!’ This is an idea… I’ve got songs recorded but I’m not working on a Coloring Book or an Acid Rap.”