Music Release Day Has Been Moved to Friday

Posted 3 years ago by Joel Funk

Written By: Joel Funk Photo By: Joshua Mellin

Earlier today, it was announced that Music Release Day is now globally Friday as opposed to the staggered days depending on what part of the world you live in. It’s interesting, Here is a statement on this change from the article on Billboard:

According to a statement from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents labels worldwide, a study found that a majority of consumers who bother to care which day new music comes out prefer to hear it on Fridays and Saturdays.

“Music fans live in the digital world of today,” wrote IFPI head Frances Moore. “Their love for new music doesn’t recognise national borders. They want music when it’s available on the internet – not when it’s ready to be released in their country. An aligned global release day puts an end to the frustration of not being able to access releases in their country when the music is available in another country.”

I like this idea in concept. But, now that it’s a reality, it feels a bit rushed. I feel that it should have been held off until the beginning of 2016. It would just make more sense to start something like this off right from the start of the year, as opposed to a mid-year shift. Something like this should feel like a natural progression, not one that we’re being thrown into.