For music fans, Mondays might no longer be so blue. As the record industry debates moving all countries to a single “Global Release Day,” a coalition of independent record stores and independent labels has endorsed Monday as the best choice. The other day under discussion has been Friday.
“A move to a Friday would unfortunately entail additional costs for many in the industry,” the coalition said in a statement. “We believe that while these costs are easily calculable, tangible costs, the forecasted beneficial revenue effects of a Global Release Day are inconclusive and subject to a range of opinions.”
The shops and labels added, “More and more global releases have been coming out on a Monday and the industry has proven that it can handle these with no additional cost.”
Joining in the statement were Alliance Entertainment Corporation, Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), American Association of Independent Music (A2IM, representing U.S. indie labels), Amoeba Music, Association of Independent Music (AIM, representing U.K. indie labels), Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS), Department of Record Stores (DORS), Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), Hastings Entertainment, Newbury Comics, Redeye, Rough Trade NYC, Rough Trade UK and SC Distribution.
The U.S. release day for music is typically Tuesday, but that hasn’t been the case for several big releases lately. Beyoncé‘s Beyoncé Platinum Edition Box Set, Taylor Swift‘s 1989, U2‘s Songs of Innocence, Pink Floyd‘s The Endless River and Foo Fighters‘ Sonic Highways all became available for purchase on Mondays.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, a group representing the global music industry, said in August it was considering a move to a global street date. At the time, the organization said Friday was the day being reviewed. Music industry groups in Australia, which previously moved to a Friday release day, have also cheered a worldwide switch to Friday.
See our previous coverage:
Why Friday Shouldn’t Become the Global Release Date for New Music
Friday Global Release Day? Australia’s in Love