Music Industry Sets Global Record Release Day


In an effort to curb piracy, record companies around the world represented by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), will be dropping their old release date model of many release dates for different regions, and adopting one worldwide release date. New Music Fridays will launch officially on July 10th, affecting 1300 record companies in forty-five countries.

While some have expressed early opposition to the change, like Beggars Group CEO Martin Mills who in February said, “I fear this move will also lead to a market in which the mainstream dominates, and the niche, which can be tomorrow’s mainstream, is further marginalized,” others claim this new model is needed in a “borderless world” where the internet decides which media survives.

Is this good or bad? We, of course, can’t really know the effects of this until it launches in July. Read more on and to decide for yourself.

Patrick is Editor-in-Chief of Lamplighter, an alternative arts and music publication focused on New Jersey. He is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars and his poetry has been published in Jelly Bucket, Four Chambers, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter @PatBoyle or at More from this author →