It has been confirmed that the release date for new albums and singles will be aligned globally to Fridays.
Singles are currently released in the UK on Sundays, with albums released on Mondays. The new rules mean this will now change, as too will the US (release day Tuesday) and Europe (Friday).
The new rule has been welcomed by the IFPI, representing some 1,300 record labels worldwide and FIM, representing musicians’ unions and associations globally.
The move is designed to benefit artists who want to harness social media to promote their new music and re-ignite excitement around the release of new music as well as reducing the possibility for an album to be pirated in the gap between international release dates.
From summer 2015, new albums and singles will be released at 00.01 local time on Fridays. The move to a global release day follows several months of discussions between group representing retailers, record companies, artists and musicians’ unions.
Chart compilers around the world will also have to change in accordance with the new rules, with the Official Charts Company in the UK issuing the following statement: “Following the announcement that the record industry is moving to a synchronised global release day of Friday, we will also be looking to move the UK chart announcement day. Exact details are to be decided but Radio 1 will continue to be the home of the Official Chart.”
Meanwhile, BBC Radio 1 confirmed that a decision had yet to be made on whether their weekly chart show would move or remain in its current timeslot.