Earlier this year it was reported that the music industry is considering shifting to a global album release day in 2015. This makes sense, we live in the age of a global internet but are still trying to release albums on different days in different countries. Albums are released on Friday in Australia, Monday in the U.K., Tuesday in the U.S., etc.
The major labels, the IFPI, and the RIAA are on board with a Friday global release day. Independent labels and retailers aren’t so sure about this, they’ve now released a statement calling for a Monday global release day.
This idea has been endorsed by: Alliance Entertainment Corporation, Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Amoeba Music, Association of Independent Music (AIM), Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS), Department of Record Stores (DORS). Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), Hastings Entertainment Inc, Newbury Comics, Redeye, Rough Trade NYC, Rough Trade UK, and SC Distribution.
They say moving release days to Friday would be costly, and that many albums are already coming out on Mondays without issue.
Kim Bayley, Director General of the Entertainment Retailers Association, says:
“The evidence suggests that virtually all the benefits of a Global Release Date can be captured on a Monday without any additional costs. It is a no-brainer. The potential to create a New Music Monday focusing all of the industry’s marketing efforts at the beginning of the week is very exciting.”
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