If you look at the Wikipedia for Friday, as in the day, you'll find lots of neat information. Like that it's a day named after Frigg, an ancient English goddess. Or that it's considered unlucky in some cultures. Or that it's the only full day of the weekend in Iran and Afghanistan (Thursday is a half-day of work). Or that in Thailand it's associated with the colour blue. Also, you've gotta get down on Friday. And some people eat fish on a Friday. There is also a film called Friday (the picture above).

Now "The Music Industry" wants to make Friday the official day for releasing music. Why?

In an interview with Music Week, Frances Moore, CEO of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (the group that's making the change), said this:

"The good news has been the widespread support we've seen around the world for global release day — no one has seriously questioned the concept, the only debate has been about the day."

Then he said this:

"The artist organisations and many retailers and record companies internationally support Friday, and this is backed by consumer research in many countries."

The idea is to curb piracy and album leaks; things that previously would've been released at different times internationally would now have a global release date.

However, not everybody is on board with the idea. Martin Mills, founder of Beggars Group (which includes independent labels like Rough Trade, 4AD, and XL Recordings) thinks that it will further strengthen major labels.

"I fear this move will also lead to a market in which the mainstream dominates, and the niche, which can be tomorrow's mainstream, is further marginalised. I fear it will further cement the dominance of the few – and that that is exactly what it is intended to do."

It feels to me like a convoluted plan to give the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, and the major labels it protects, unwarranted credit for solving a problem that has in fact been fabricated itself. At the same time, they get to single out a particular day of the week for this venture, meaning that it will get into people's routines, into people's heads, that music is released on Friday. "That's how it is now," we'll say, drooling in our rocking chairs 50 years from now.

At the same time it's difficult to tell how big of a deal this really is. On the other hand: why should this group decide when music is released? 'Cause they done some research? No. They're trying to make music as ubiquitous as the money they make from it, and the more regulated and regimented it is, the more lucrative a business it is – balance and efficiency. Meeting quotas. Regularisation.

What do you think? Are you outraged, ambivalent, or do you understand and support this move?