So About This Idea of a Global Record Release Day…

No one can seem to agree on which day is best to release new music. Britain likes Mondays. North America favours Tuesdays. Japan likes Wednesday and Australia is all about Fridays. Why can’t everyone get together and figure how which day is best? That would make distribution of new material so much easier–and thing of the ability to create a global sales chart.

But no. The big industry organizations, America’s RIAA and the global IFPI, are leaning towards Friday because they say that will boost weekend traffic in physical stores. If they’re speaking up, this means that the major labels must be happy with this proposal.

Indie labels and record stores beg to differ. They’d prefer to have new stock go on sale Monday. Why? Moving everything to Friday would cost them too much money. And besides, plenty of albums already come out Monday, so what’s the point?

This is far from settled.  Read more here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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