Jason Aldean fans won’t be able to stream his upcoming album, They Don’t Know – at least for the first month.
Users of platforms like Spotify, Tidal or Apple Music won’t be able to listen to the album until a month after its Sept. 9 release date. During a recent interview with Billboard, the singer revealed the reasons behind his decision.
“A new album is just like anything else,” Aldean explained. “When the new iPhone comes out, when you go to the Apple Store, they’re not just handing them out for free. If you want something that’s brand new, you’re willing to pay the price for it. And then, after it’s been out for a while, you may get it at a discount. That’s just business 101.”
This decision comes after Aldean was criticised by some fans for removing his highly successful Old Boots, New Dirt album from Spotify a month after its initial release. The album had broken the record for the most played country album during its first week of streaming. Old Boots, New Dirt was once again available to stream on Spotify on Nov. 5, 2015, over a year after it was initially pulled.
“The last time around, I tried to do the right thing and it backfired and made me look like the bad guy; that was never my intention at all,” Aldean says. “It’s about the writers, publishers, producers, everybody is getting the short end of the stick on this deal. I have a lot of friends in this town who make their living writing.”
So, will this decision to pull out of the ever-growing streaming environment hurt Aldean in the long run? Many country fans are still dedicated to buying physical CDs, but that may not be the case for long.