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FAQ: Albums Come Out on Fridays Now

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Frequently Asked Questions is exactly what it sounds like, where we have experts guide you through the unknown about people and topics in music and pop culture. Today, we are going to talk about why Friday being the new Global Release Day for albums matters to you, the average music consumer.

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Okay so albums are going to come out on a Friday now?

Yes.

Just like movies?

Yes.

Wait, when did they used to come out?

Tuesday in the U.S. and Canada; Monday in the UK and much of Europe. They actually used to come out on Friday in Australia and a few other countries.

Really? I get all my music from iTunes and/or illegal websites so I don’t really care.

Yeah, well that’s actually part of the proble—

Yeah, yeah don’t need you to lecture me. Ugh, I just want this explained. So, briefly, what happened?

On February 26, 2015 the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry (IFPI) confirmed that this summer, the entire record industry would subscribe to a global release date of Friday. The biggest country to have Friday as their new release day is Australia, the market often is blamed for the appearance of digital leaks prior to the U.S. and UK release dates. Once a record hits the marketplace, there’s little hope of stopping it from showing up on file-trading sites, so the IFPI, the RIAA and the major labels all have a considerable interest in standardizing when music hits the market.

Ah okay so this is like a leak thing. How long ago did this shift start to happen?

Reports of the adoption of a Friday release started to surface this past summer, with many articles citing the surprise December 2013 release of Beyoncé‘s eponymous album as a catalyst for the move. 

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