Artists like us who aren't mainstream and don't have a huge media machine to make sure we're on the radio every 10 minutes really rely on our core supporters to rock with us when we put out new albums.
Those first week sales tell the rest of our fan base really holds us down. That's one of the ways they measure our importance in the market. When you pre-order albums, those sales count toward the first week and it shows the entertainment world that this music matters to people and they should treat it with respect.
If you appreciated the music we've made in the past, head over to Fifth Element and hook up that pre-order. THANK YOU!