Why is New Music Released on Fridays | Article by Indie Accent


Why is New Music Released on Fridays?

Writer Caesar Fajriansah


If you feel like a lot of new music has been dropping on Fridays, it's no accident. Global Release Day is a new set international day for releasing music singles and albums. The new global release day went effective on 10 July 2015 in more than 45 major recorded music markets worldwide with new music being released on a Friday.

The official announcement was made on 11 June 2015 by International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the British-based organization which represents the worldwide recording industry. The move means that new music will be available on the same day worldwide rather than on varying national release days, and effectively ends the earlier phenomenon where new music was unavailable in one country when it was legally available elsewhere.

Before Global Release Day, new music is released on different days throughout the world. In the United Kingdom and France, Monday is the traditional day when product hits shelves. In the U.S. and Canada, it is Tuesday; Australia, Ireland and Germany prefer Fridays.

IFPI hopes that the move would benefit the industry as a whole, since it would reduce piracy (since albums often come out before the United States internationally), and re-ignite excitement and a sense of occasion around the release of new music.