We thought the BeyHive was super devoted, but this story may take fan dedication to a whole new level. Business Insider columnist Milo Yiannopoulos spent $1,200 on a plane ticket to fly from London to Germany to snag a copy of the singer’s new album, “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,” one week early.
“Why am I travelling across Europe to purchase a CD? Because I don’t steal music, and because record labels are a–holes. The album comes out today in Germany and Australia, but, for some reason, the U.S. and the U.K. both have to wait until next week. Which I don’t want to,” Milo explained in his column.
In the age of torrenting, staggered international releases are ridiculous. Thanks to differing time zones, a Friday release in Australia actually means that the album was in the wild as early as 3 p.m. London time the previous day—i.e., before I even arrived at the airport. Does Mariah’s record label really expect fans not to download a major new release at the earliest possible second?”
That’s why, on Monday, I spent £714—about $1,200—on a ticket to get me to Berlin so I could listen to the album at same time as fans in Australia and Germany, at my own convenience, and without illegally downloading it. This, Universal, is what you drove me to. Flew me to. Whatever. I admit that there were less expensive tickets available, but thankfully the easyJet phase of my life is over.”
While his attempt to convince industry executives of why they should reconsider releasing albums on different days in different countries is totally amusing, Milo eventually came clean about the other reason he decided to do something so outrageous.
“There’s a certain cachet to doing something so ridiculous. It puts you squarely in the premier league of fans. (Since you ask, Mariah devotees are called “lambs.”) In this age of torrents and iTunes gift cards (which can be used to open foreign accounts, if you’re really determined), it’s getting harder and harder to demonstrate that you’re a proper nut-job groupie. I’m hoping no one bested me and flew to Australia, by the way, because that would murder my standing in the forums.”
Well, he certainly gets an A for effort.