The recent news about the music industry adopting Friday as the global release day for new albums has prompted many questions. One of those is: Why are albums released on Tuesday in the U. For the past few decades, new album releases and most commercially available singles are released Tuesday each week in the U. Before then, Monday had long been the standard release day for new albums in the U. In the March 18, , issue of Billboard magazine, Geoff Mayfield our then-senior editor, retailing , reported:.
New music releases will start coming out on Fridays this summer. It also cited consumer research that suggested Friday and Saturday were the days people would be most interested in buying new music. The Music Business Association, an organization that represents U. 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. This change will be good for fans and good for the business. Despite these sentiments, not everyone is excited about the shift. I fear it will further cement the dominance of the few — and that that is exactly what it is intended to do.
Britney Spears' new album, Glory , came out this week. If you're a fan, you bought it online; if you're a superfan, you tracked down the vinyl edition. But either way, you didn't do it on Tuesday, like you did just about every other year of your music-listening life. Ostensibly, the move to Friday was to help unite the global music industry and cut down on piracy, boosting sales for everyone. In that intervening year, however, we've seen more than one move that would seem to cut down on sales potential, whether streaming platforms handing out exclusivity deals or artists holding their albums back from streaming altogether.
If you feel like a lot of new music has been dropping on Fridays, it's no accident. Here we look at the three main reasons why Friday is the number one release day choice for record labels around the world. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3. You might have noticed that all new music released by record labels always comes on a Friday and wondered why. And if you remember back to before , Tuesday used to be release day in the U. Different territories used different release days and that made pirating easier. For instance, if a territory released new music from a major artist on Monday, it could be up on a pirate site in the old download days before the official release elsewhere on Tuesday or Friday, thereby hurting sales. Streaming platforms change their programming and playlists on Friday. The most compelling reason for a Friday release day is because of the Billboard charts. The magazine tracks song and album activity from Friday through Thursday.