The world is now greeted with fresh sounds every Friday. Both physical and digital albums are now released on Friday in a global effort to unify music release dates in more than 45 countries.
Historically each country released music according to its own schedule. Here in the United States it was Tuesday. According to National Public Radio’s The Record, the United Kingdom and France began the week with new music and Friday, July 10 marked the new global release day that Germany traditionally held.
The music industry and primarily the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in England has championed this as a way to unite music fans across the world. “Music consumers everywhere will know to look for new releases on Fridays regardless of where they are,” states its press release. It cites survey results proving people prefer new music on Fridays and Saturdays.
The High Note Blog always liked the Tuesday release day simply because it provided nearly an entire week to analyze an album before releasing a blog on Saturday. Looking up what albums would be released on Monday night and searching for that perfect soundtrack to push through the Tuesday hours was a ritual.
Will New Music Fridays successfully curb the alleged music piracy by rouge audiophiles around the world? Will people start buying iTunes albums before hitting the liquor store on payday? This could be a boon for the struggling record industry and might provide marketability for bands playing concerts on the night of an album release.