Weekly survey: Does the prospect of music-related deals on Black Friday excite you?

Black Friday began as an American thing, that day after Thanksgiving that marked the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season (otherwise known as “the time of year people are willing to die to get that deal on a new flat screen TV.”)

This shopping tradition actually stretches back to 1952, but the term itself didn’t show up until when? The 90s, maybe?

The Black Friday concept has since seeped over America’s borders into Canada and other countries around the world. It’s become an important revenue generator in the all-important fourth quarter. The “black” in “Black Friday” refers to sales that will hopefully push retailers and manufacturers into an annual profit (black) as opposed to a loss (red).

The music industry is all-in, of course. The past couple of years has send special Black Friday Record Store Day deals, even though Record Store Day is celebrated in April. (Here’s what will be available in Canada this year. You can also check out the Facebook page.)

I’m curious. Will you be participating and any music-related Black Friday shopping? Take the poll.

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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