Guest Blog: New Music Fridays is a Good Idea

[Reader Gordie has been thinking a lot about the music industry’s switch from releasing new music on Tuesdays to Fridays. Anyone else want to weigh in on whether New Music Fridays are good for the consumer and the industry? – AC]

I’ve been thinking about the new release day–the so-called New Music Fridays–I think there is an upside to it.

In the article you posted you mentioned the problems with radio stations giving away the albums before you can buy them and building up to the release. Actually, this actually works in your favour because you could start the build up on the weekend before as usual and play newly released songs during the week as they come in. This could help to build up the anticipation of the new album coming out on the following Friday. Maybe the give aways could be spread out during the week too?

Also for iTunes users, this also works in our favour too. I learned this from when .5, The Grey Chapter from Slipknot was released. They would release a song during the week before the following Tuesday. This time, the new album can be trickled out from Monday to Thursday, with the one song each day as before from Monday to Thursday and have the rest of the album come out like normal on Friday.

I’m looking forward to seeing what happens when the new Disturbed album is released on August 21st. I pre-ordered it a few days ago and I’m looking forward to seeing what will come out before the release date. I imagine it will be the first four or 5 songs because the new single is track 3 on the album, with tracks: 1, 2, 4 and 5 maybe coming out the previous Monday through Thursday, before the Friday release date.

So, I see basically a win-win situation for everyone. I don’t know why this wasn’t thought of before because I actually thought that Friday was when albums and singles were released when I was a kid in the 80s. What do you think?

Feel free to comment below.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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