Music Industry Close To Moving To Friday Street Dates
Aug. 12, 2014
(Undated) -- Music lovers may soon have to start visiting their favorite music stores on a new day. According to "Billboard," sources say the music industry is close to adopting a global street date that would see new albums arrive in all countries on Friday. The change is reportedly a "done deal" as far as the major labels and the RIAA are concerned, and could be implemented by July 2015. The main goal of the move is supposedly to cut down on digital piracy. Australia currently puts out new music on Fridays, and the releases have quickly been traveling around the world before they are officially released on Tuesdays here in the U.S. or on Mondays in the U.K.
But not everyone is completely sold on the idea of a global street date. With the current system, artists are able to travel to multiple markets to promote their work on the day it's released. But that would have to be adjusted if every market has the same release date. Likewise, brick-and-mortar music stores could run into problems as they adjust to an end-of-the-week street date. Changes will also have to be made to the shipment schedule of physical albums, as well as the method various music charts are compiled. There are also discussions about how other entertainment industries will react to the change, since book, home video, and entertainment software industries have all adopted the Tuesday street date to match the record industry.