For the first time ever in the U.S. and the U.K., new albums will soon be released on Fridays.
The idea of a global release date has been a dream in some corners of the music industry for years. As of now, many countries have their own release dates — in the U.S. it’s Tuesday, in the U.K. it’s Monday, and in Australia and Germany it’s Friday — which wasn’t much of a problem before most people started buying and listening to music online. Now, in the age of the internet, social media, and streaming, once an album is available anywhere in the world, people want it everywhere. Releasing music on the same day around the world, the argument goes, will deter eager consumers who won’t wait until an album is released in their country from downloading it illegally.
In a statement, IFPI CEO Frances Moore said a majority of respondents to polls in major international markets indicated they would prefer music to be released on a Friday or Saturday, days when they have more free time to shop. In a subsequent interview with Billboard, she said IFPI’s research indicates that there’s a 3% surge in retail foot traffic for music over the weekend.