New Singles and Albums Launch on Fridays in the UK, From Today

By Gary Cutlack on at

If you don't spend all your days listening to old music you used to like when you were young, you might notice a seismic shift in the UK's music scene today -- new music goes on sale on Fridays now, rather than Mondays. Blame Apple.

The move is to synchronise worldwide release dates, so all the man-babies on your Twitter timeline who cry about not being able to get Taylor Swift songs when other people are getting Taylor Swift songs can now stop whining about it and find something else to whine about, probably to do with their internet speeds.

The BPI's Geoff Taylor explains that it's all down to Apple and the US-led distribution of digital music, saying: "In a business that is increasingly digital and global, the logic for a global release day is compelling. Fans don't understand why they have to wait to legally access music that has already been released in other countries. It makes sense to consider the time of the week when interest in entertainment, digital activity and physical footfall is building towards its peak. Fans are telling us they would like new music ready for the weekend, so Friday appears the best choice."

The shift also sees Radio 1 move its singles chart from Sunday night to Friday, with the first of the new shows set to broadcast this evening, when someone called Greg James who looks like he's come straight off a YouTube channel with his hair and his smile, hosts the Official Chart at 16:00. [BPI]