Due to an increase in music piracy, the record industry is trying to make a push to designate Friday as the day of the week that all albums will be released worldwide.
The initiative started after Australia changed its own national release day to Friday, in order to cut down on piracy and albums being leaked online before they actually release. Official street dates for other countries include, Monday for the UK, and Tuesday for the U.S., changing the global release day to Friday presents positives and also some negatives, in theory.
One of the negatives with a global uniform release date is that artists will no longer be able to make “high profile” promotional appearances in multiple countries. They would have to choose one place to make their appearance since the album comes out at the same time everywhere. Initial reports are that the change could go into effect as soon as 2015.
“This global street date is necessary for the industry but unfortunately it will be awkward for the physical retailers to change their ways of doing business,” one label executive told Billboard.