2 YEARS TOO LATE
Better late than never right? Since 2015, yes 2015 albums have been released on Friday’s. Remember when albums would hit store shelves on Tuesday’s? Well if not, I do. I would have my $20.00 ready to go buy an album. It had to be that day! I had to have the album so I could not only listen to it but also read the songwriting and production credits. Still in 2017 on music streaming services I find myself looking at the credits on an album.
Remember Limewire, and ummm Google? When you could search an album and download it? Am I telling my age? Probably but, at one time in the industry piracy was at an all time high and every artist fell victim to their music being downloaded. Luckily for them piracy still affects them but it’s not heavily influencing album sales. Music streaming services are taking over the market and soundscan has even tailored record streams into the equivalent of an album. According to Soundscan 1,500 streams is equivalent to 1 album sale also known as Stream Equivalent Album.
Bye Tuesday, Hello Friday
Pre-digital era albums dropping on Tuesdays was very convenient especially for brick and mortar stores (physical stores like Target, Walmart) etc… Sidebar: Remember when an artist dropped an album and if they messed up in the public eye it would be taken off the shelves or two copies would be put out (petty). Well that can no longer happen, they can’t blackball the artists anymore. Now in the digital world with the streaming services fans no longer have to wait for the album to arrive on the shelf. Fridays are popular in the music industry and more consumers are willing to buy music on Friday’s (paycheckssss). I made the paycheck part up but it does fit the scenario pretty well.
Friday’s are popular in the music industry but on a more serious note just as movies that are released on a Friday consumers are more likely to buy, listen or watch. As album sales continue to decline it’s now best to
DROP YOUR S*** ON A FRIDAY