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Chart Changes For New Global Release Date

On Friday July 10, 2015, the new global release date for music went live, where all new albums and tracks will be released on the same Friday globally. This change is referred to as New Music Fridays.

Beginning today, Music Canada’s top albums and tracks charts, which are based on Nielsen SoundScan’s sales reports, will be updated Monday mornings to reflect the new Friday to Thursday sales cycle.

Prior to last week’s switchover, Nielsen’s charts released every Wednesday reported a Monday to Sunday sales cycle, which were reflected in the weekly top 20 albums and tracks charts posted Wednesday mornings on Music Canada’s homepage. On Wednesday July 8, the last charts based solely on the Tuesday release schedule were archived on Music Canada’s website.

For more information on how New Music Fridays will effect Billboard, radio and other retail, visit Nielsen’s post on their website. The images below have been provided by Nielsen to outline the switchover.

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Music Canada Street Team Promotes New Music Fridays at the Foo Fighters Concert

Today, Friday, July 10th, marks the first edition of New Music Fridays, the new global release day for new music. Until now, singles and albums have been released on different days of the week in different countries – Mondays in France and the UK, Tuesdays in Canada and the US, and Fridays in markets like Australia and Germany.

The change to a global release day means that fans around the world can get new music on the same day, rather than waiting for their own national release day. This switch is being implemented by labels, retailers, and artists internationally, and will establish an aligned release day in more than 45 countries.

To promote the switch, the Music Canada street team teamed up with Dine Alone Records’ Wax On Wheels mobile record shop at last night’s sold-out Foo Fighters concert at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto. We shared the news of the change with concert-goers and encouraged them to help spread the word by tweeting a photo with the New Music Friday signage.

Wax on Wheels is Dine Alone’s touring record store, which has transformed a simple 16 ft. trailer into a fully functioning record store, complete with an awning-covered patio, free wifi, and a phone charging station for visitors. The store features titles from the Dine Alone back catalogue, rare releases from the archives, and limited releases from the label’s 10 Years Store. Launched this past May, the shop has already transversed the country, going from Vancouver to Halifax on the Red Bull x Dine Alone 10 Year Tour.

This was the second of two back-to-back Foo Fighters concerts at the Amphitheatre, where they thrilled the 16,000 fans in attendance each night with a long string of hits from their 20-year catalogue. The band played nearly three hours each night despite the fact that Grohl was recovering from a broken leg, an injury sustained in a fall from the stage at a concert in Gothenberg, Sweden last month.

Photos from the promotion are available in the album below. For more information on New Music Fridays, visit www.NewMusicFridays.com.

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“New Music Fridays” Go Live as Albums and Singles Switch Over to Global Release Day

From Friday July 10th, 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 www.newmusicfridays.com 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

“New Music Fridays” will be established 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 organisations:

  • IFPI, representing some 1,300 record labels worldwide;
  • WIN-Impala, 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).

 

Consumer research

Independent 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 Friday.

 

Statements on Global Release Day

Kim 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.”

 

James 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.”


Frances 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 markets.”

 

Paul 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.”

 

John 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.

 

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“New Music Fridays” Are Coming: Global Release Day Launches July 10th

For music fans across the world, Fridays are set to become the day for newly-released music.

July 10th, 2015, will see the introduction of “New Music Fridays”, an aligned global release day for new music. The move, implemented by labels, retailers and artists internationally, means that fans in many countries will no longer have to wait for days to get access to newly-released tracks and albums.

Up until now, music has been released on different days of the week in various 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. That will change on July 10th when new music will be released on Fridays at 00:01 local time around the world.

The move will mean fans can now get new music on the same day worldwide rather than having to wait for their own national release day. It puts an end to fans being unable to access music in their own country when it is legally available elsewhere, and the frustration that can cause.

Think new music…Think Friday

“New Music Fridays” are an opportunity for artists and labels to maximize awareness of newly-released music. Whatever country they are in, fans will now know – Friday is not just the start of the weekend – it’s the day for new music. This can help create more excitement and a sense of occasion around the release of new albums and singles.

With just one month to go before “New Music Fridays” takes effect, today sees the unveiling of the ‘New Music Fridays’ brand that will accompany the move. It will be available in more than 10 leading languages worldwide.

Consumers looking for information on the switch to a Friday release day can visit www.newmusicfridays.com which has all the details of the changes taking place.

Switchover plan

The preparations for the switchover to “New Music Fridays” have involved record companies, distributors and retailers working together to reconfigure their supply chains and marketing practices. At the same time, music charts in individual countries are changing so that they align with the new international release day.

The move to “New Music Fridays” will take place in more than 45 recorded music markets worldwide.. Of these, only 11 countries currently 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 organizations:

  • IFPI, representing some 1,300 record labels worldwide;
  • WIN-Impala, 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)

For further information on “New Music Fridays”, see our overview page or go to www.newmusicfridays.com.

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