Record release days vary all over the world. In Australia, albums are released on Fridays. Albums come out on Monday in the U.K., and on Tuesday in the U.S. This lack of consistency makes it difficult to plan worldwide releases. Once an album drops in one country, it’s practically impossible to keep it from spreading on the internet.
Could one consistent worldwide release day make the process easier?
Billboard reports that the industry is moving towards making Friday a global album release day. This could go into effect around July of 2015. The motivation behind the change is to cut down on piracy.
Some sources say the major labels, IFPI, and RIAA are all on board. Other sources say the decision is still being made.
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Various indie labels and retailers reportedly want album releases to happen at the beginning of the week because it will lead to more sales. One label executive said:
“This global streetdate is necessary for the industry but unfortunately it will be awkward for the physical retailers to change their ways of doing business…”
A change would also impact the manufacturing process and music charts around the world.
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