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“New Music Fridays” Go Live As Albums And Singles Switch Over To Global Release Day

From Friday 10th July, new music releases will be made available for fans to enjoy on the same day across the world, as the switchover is made to “New Music Fridays”.

Until now, tracks and albums have been released on different days of the week in different countries – from Mondays in markets such as France and the UK, through Tuesdays in the US and Canada and to Fridays in markets such as Australia and Germany.

The change means that fans can now get new music on the same day worldwide rather than having to wait for their own national release day. It replaces the patchwork of national release days which meant fans were frustrated and unable to access music in their own country when it was legally
available elsewhere.

The switchover to “New Music Fridays” is being implemented by labels, retailers and artists internationally and will establish an aligned global release day in more than 45 countries.

Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI, said:  “The switch to New Music Fridays
is about getting new music to fans at the time they most want to enjoy it,
whether in physical stores or online. It’s also an opportunity to recreate
excitement around the release of music – the message is “Think Friday, Think
New Music.”

Fans, industry professionals and anyone else looking for information on the switch to a Friday release day can visit which has all the details of the changes taking place.

The first “New Music Friday” worldwide

There are several
albums being released on the first “New Music Friday” including Years &
Years’ Communion (Polydor), Owl City’s Mobile Orchestra (Republic),
Little Boots’ Working Girl (Repeat Records), R5’s Sometime Last Night
(Disney), Veruca Salt’s Ghost Notes (El Camino) and Kidz Bop’s Kidz
Bop 29
(Razor & Tie).

Singles releases
in key markets include Little Mix’s Black Magic (Syco) and Nick Jonas’ Chains
(Island) in the UK and Taio Cruz’s Do What You Like (Island).

A worldwide switchover

move to “New Music Fridays” will take place in more than 45 recorded music
markets worldwide..  Of these, 11 countries already release music
on Fridays, while the others will switch the day that new albums and singles
become available.

The switch to global “New Music Fridays”
has been overseen by an international steering group made up of the following

IFPI, representing some
1,300 record labels worldwide;

representing independent record labels worldwide

FIM, representing
musicians’ unions and associations globally

Featured Artists
Coalition representing UK performers;

Entertainment Retailers
Association (ERA) (UK),

Music Biz (US)


research suggests that music fans wanted new music to be available at the start
of the weekend.  Consumer research by TNS across seven markets[1]
shows Friday and Saturday as the preferred days for new music release
among consumers who expressed an opinion.  More than two-thirds of those with a
preference (68%) chose Friday or Saturday.

Charts move into line

The move to New
Music Fridays will also lead to many countries making changes to their charts
as well.  Public music charts in most
countries reflect a week’s sales, so changing the release day to Friday means
changing the chart week as well. For example, in the UK the BBC will launch its
first Friday chart show, having moved it from Sundays, and in France the TV station
D17 will be moving its weekly featuring the latest charts from Tuesday to

Notes to editors:

For an FAQ on New Music Fridays and the
benefits for fans and the industry, go to the website

2.      Who supports New Music Fridays? – a list of
views from industry leaders

Statements on Global
Release Day
members of the international steering group are given below

Statements on Global Release Day  

Bayley, chief executive, Entertainment Retailers Association:

“Retailers and digital services
are the ultimate link in the chain between artists and music fans. Having a
single worldwide release day reduces customer confusion about when new music is
available and focuses everyone’s attention on new releases. Retailers are
working hard to implement the change to Fridays and ensure that the advent of
New Music Friday is a success.”

Donio, president, Music Business Association (Music Biz)

“The Music
Business Association (Music Biz) is committed to working with our members and
industry partners in the United States to make a smooth and successful
transition to New Music Fridays.”

Moore, Chief Executive of IFPI

“The switch to New Music Fridays is about
getting new music to fans at the time they most want to enjoy it, whether that
be in physical stores or online. It’s also an opportunity to recreate
excitement around the release of music – the message is “Think Friday, Think
New Music.  The global release day also
helps artists, labels and retailers by limiting the time between releases in
different countries and thus narrowing the gap on piracy. The move made today
has been a great example of cross-sector cooperation,
involving labels, artists, retailers and others across more than 45

Pacifico, chief executive, Featured Artists Coalition (FAC)

“The FAC welcomes any initiative that
brings artists and fans closer together and the Global Release Day does just
that, making sure that all fans, wherever they are in the world, can get legal
access to new tracks as soon as they are released. Making Global Release Day
Friday brings the additional excitement of launching major new releases in the
run-up to the weekend.”

Smith, president, International Federation of Musicians (FIM)  

“FIM fully supports the move to New Music
Fridays.  Our industry, our membership and our audiences are increasingly
global, and a move to a global release Friday offers an exciting opportunity to
release music at a time when people most want to listen to and buy it.”

[1] January
2015 – TNS survey of 7251 consumers across seven markets: Brazil, France, Italy, Malaysia, Spain,
Sweden and USA.  4201 consumers expressed
an opinion/ preference for a release day.