Global release day for new albums planned next year

hmvsqA global release day for albums could be in operation by next summer, reports Billboard.

The plan has been drawn up by record labels in attempt to curb piracy, and would see all albums released on the same day around the world. Currently release schedules are staggered; for example, in the UK most are set for Mondays, while the US usually has its new LPs out on Tuesdays.

“This global streetdate 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 has said. “Now, they could have two-thirds of their sales in one day.”

The proposal, which would see albums hitting the shelves globally on Fridays, is being mooted for July 2015 though some smaller labels have voiced concerns as they believe release dates earlier in the week help CD sales.

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