That would be awesome if that became a standard of sorts.
I wonder if there is anyway to show the success of albums released that way vs albums that are promoted forever.
People at Kanye's level would be hard to compare to TDS and the likes.
I've been thinking about it for a while now, and I honestly think that any artist or band would benefit from finishing an album, announcing it with a single and releasing it 3-4 weeks later. People have short attention spans these days - when an album is first announced, everyone is stoked on it, but the more time that passes, the casual listener just kind of forgets about it. The sooner you get your album out there, the easier it is for someone to check it out. I'm sure smaller bands aren't really concerned with first week sales and are more focused on the longevity of the record and how much it'll sell over an extended period of time. And the sooner it is available to the public, the more people will pay attention to it. I used to work at FYE, and for the five years I worked there, constantly people would come in asking for an album because their friend just showed them a song or they heard it on the radio or something, and I have to tell them that the album doesn't come out for another month and lose a sale because of it. They're just going to continue listening to that song, overplay it, and most likely grow sick of it by the time the actual album comes out. The sooner it's out there the better, I think. That way people can buy it as soon as possible. And when it comes to the more-than-casual listener, if they have to wait two months to hear an album, and it leaks a month into that wait, they're going to grow impatient, download the leak, and then toss it to the side for other music before it's even officially released. Just my opinion - maybe I'm missing something.