IFPI Announces a Friday Global Release Day, Disappointing the Indie Community

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The independent community vocally expressed support for a worldwide album release day on Mondays, instead of the IFPI’s proposed Friday release day. AIMS, A2IM, Amoeba, Beggars Group, CIMS, Hastings, Newbury Comics, Rough Trade, SC Distribution, and others all came out against a Friday release day.

News broke yesterday that the IFPI was pushing forward with Friday, an idea backed by major labels, the RIAA, HMV, Spotify, The Orchard, and others. Now that news is official.

The IFPI officially announced implementation of a Friday global release day, starting by summer 2015. Albums will be released at 12:01 AM local time.

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Martin Mills, Founder and Chairman of Beggars Group, recently said the IFPI was not truly including the independent community in the decision, saying:

“Whilst I acknowledge the needs of a digital world for coordination, it seems to me to be crazy to throw away one of the trading week’s two peaks, and the ability to re-stock and rectify errors before the week’s second peak.

On the other hand, the IFPI cites peak footfall traffic at retail locations as a reason for switching to Fridays. They also say Fridays are a peak time for social media buzz, saying: there has been no credible alternative to a Friday proposed that would work at the global level.

A2IM says:

“A2IM supports the concept of a Global Street Date but for a variety of business reasons as spelled out in our previous comments there are a number of business hurdles that make Fridays less than an optimal date for the United States marketplace and Independents in particular. That said of course as part of the Worldwide music community A2IM will endeavor to make the Global Street Date transition as smooth as possible for our members and our commerce partners and a success for our artist’s fans.”

A move to Fridays will require a changes to charts, supply chains, and marketing strategies. Music Week recently reported that Target is considering dropping music altogether, but Target has since confirmed to DMN that this is not true.


Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more: @nine_u

Image by Spencer Hickman, used under Creative Commons 2.0 (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

6 Responses

  1. Remi Swierczek


    “The music industry has agreed to release albums and singles across the globe at the same time in a bid to increase sales by cutting out piracy”

    Brilliant unti-pirate logic behind this brilliant event. Hallelujah!
    Must be the same Genius who authorized Ek’s Spotify proven business model to become backbone of the music industry.

    To kill most of piracy we need to get NEW FAIR USE ACT and criminalize Shazam, Soundhound, Google Voice Search and few more lyric & music ID services. Next day hire them as well paid cashiers of Radio, streaming or elevators converted to simple music store. $100B music industry at 39¢ per tune by 2020.

    By the way it is not FAIR to collect someone’s property and process it at the request of the FREELOADER and conclude with VOUCHER for that property. In digital world name of the artist, tune title or few lyrics equals to TOTAL OWNERSHIP. We have to get cash at the discovery moment or there is nothing to monetize!

      • Remi Swierczek

        Nina, I agree but it’s not the same, movie files are bigger, they are policed bit better and you need to assign time slot in life to consume/enjoy it! So movie guys still have a chance to make nice buck in this vicious environment. Music is more vulnerable and needs help. FREE transfer of ownership by Shazam to deadbeats happens billions of times and at the best one in 40 times concludes at DYING iTunes or Amazon MP3.

        It is very far from a talk show on the Radio taking about movie to total ownership as you drive the car.
        For music it’s instant LOOT!

  2. JTVDigital

    Finally a decision is made. It’s been a while since music releases should not be considered locally but globally, since digital music exists basically.
    So yes, congratulations “music industry” for making a decision. The only issue is that it took you more than 10 years to realize that people were frustrated by country-per-country release dates and were looking at getting the music they love at the moment they wanted to get it via illegal sources.
    Friday may not be the best day but a single day in the week, at least, is a good thing overall.

    • Remi Swierczek

      Still, very small, almost irrelevant step to SANITY!

      Music industry is INSANE!

      We got nice modern era toilet at our disposal and all participants just shit & live around and wondering what’s next. JUST GET OUT FROM DIGITAL MIDDLE AGES!