Die Organisation IFPI, die weltweit etwa 1300 Platten-Labels vertritt, hat den Freitag als neuen globalen Release-Tag für Musikalben verkündet. Zu den Gründen heißt es:
"Release days currently vary from one country to another, causing frustration for consumers when music fans in other parts of the world can access new releases before them. As well as helping music fans, the move will benefit artists who want to harness social media to promote their new music. It also creates the opportunity to re-ignite excitement and a sense of occasion around the release of new music.
The move to an aligned global release day will also reduce the risk of piracy by narrowing the gap between release days in different countries."