Global Release Day Now Set For Friday, July 10th
July 1, 2015 at 11:34 AM (PT)
The INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE PHONOGRAPHIC INDUSTRY (IFPI) has set FRIDAY, JULY 10th as the first global release day. the L.A. TIMES reports. Music retailers in over 45 countries will put new releases on sale on FRIDAY at 1a local time.
The move will largely end a variety of traditional release days around the world. Britain has seen albums come out on MONDAYS; the U.S. on TUESDAYS, JAPAN on WEDNESDAYS and GERMANY and AUSTRALIA on FRIDAYS. A few countries, most notably JAPAN, will preserve their traditional release date, but most will adhere to the new system.
"The move will mean fans can now get new music on the same day worldwide rather than having to wait for their own national release day," the IFPI said in its announcement. "It puts an end to fans being unable to access music in their own country when it is legally available elsewhere, and the frustration that can cause."