Weirdly, the official, actual, global, uniform, regulated, strict release day for all new music from major labels will now be Friday. Every release from here until the unknown mists of the future will be released on a Friday. How exciting the monopolisers of this world are.

It seemed like only yesterday when I was writing about this decision potentially going ahead. Wait, it was yesterday. And it's happened. The mainstream continues to dominate.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (or IFPI), which represents 1,300 labels worldwide, said that the decision became concrete after "consolation with artists, musicians unions, record companies and retailers." As for the reason why this has come to the fore, they cite "frustration for consumers when music fans in other parts of the world can access new releases before them." Of course that's the reason. Mm-hmm. Everybody believes you.

The Global Release Day will be implemented from summer 2015 onward. The time, if you're interested, of releases on every Friday will be 00:01 wherever you happen to be in the world.

Lots more information and waffling over at the IFPI site.