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Why Thursday Is the New Friday for New Tunes
Why some artists are breaking the industry's Friday-release rule: "It's a little bit less about the chart game, a little bit more about the global reach game."

Major Lazer’s single “Know No Better” has racked up over 119 ­million streams on Spotify since the six-song EP of the same name was released June 1. But the EP sold only 1,000 ­copies in its first week, ­according to Nielsen Music.

The reason for the tepid start: It was released on a Thursday, an increasingly popular yet risky tactic that artists and their labels are using to maximize exposure and stand out from the Friday pack.

“It’s a little bit less about the chart game, a little bit more about the global reach game,” says Zack Gershen, executive vp at mTheory, a digital ­consultancy that advises Major Lazer and advocates violating the Friday-release rule.

Though Friday has been the global industry’s official day for new music for the past two years, star acts are jumping the gun with increasing frequency. The strategy can help cut through the noise while ­giving the Australian, Asian and European markets more time to drive music up the global streaming charts and through social media, since Australia’s Friday is well ­underway by the time New York’s ­officially begins. The year’s biggest hit, the Justin Bieber-assisted remix of “Despacito,” arrived on a Monday.

Going early is a gamble for several reasons. First-week sales of a Thursday release appear puny (because the music has been on the market for only a sliver of the Friday-to-Friday week), while an early release that might have been No. 1 could start ­slipping on the charts by the time Friday ­competitors enter the race. Early releasers also risk ­getting overlooked by fans who are used to searching for new tunes on Fridays.

Tom Corson, president/COO of RCA Records, which recently put out Kesha’s “Praying” and Miley Cyrus’ “Malibu” on separate Thursdays, ­supports the ­strategy but notes that it requires a lot of extra work, and “the ­streaming services and platforms don’t always like it either.”

But for stars such as Sam Hunt, who released “Drinkin’ Too Much” on a Sunday and “Body Like a Back Road” on a Wednesday, breaking the rule appears to be ­paying off.

“You’re ­separating ­yourself from ­everything else that’s ­coming out on Friday,” says Hunt’s manager, Brad Belanger. “Anybody can pop up big sales for one or two weeks. It’s where are you at week 16 – that’s what I’m ­interested in.”


Happy Blessed 39th Birthday to a honorary big brother who made his little sister so very proud; Rashad Haughton! Born August 6, 1977.

DID YOU KNOW: Rashad had a role in the movie “Proud”. He  played the role of Naval saxophonist Hank Fields. He released his first single “Fork In the Road” which made it at #55 on Australian Charts {it was not released in the US}. 


Happy Blessed 38th Birthday to Rashad Hasan Haughton born
August 6, 1977.  DID YOU KNOW: When it came time for Aaliyah to film the video for her single “4 Page Letter” Rashad would complete the video preparation within two hours while studying at Hofstra University. On the B-side of the 4PL single, Rashad recorded a song with his sister entitled “Death of a Playa”. Rashad’s first ever movie role {besides  re-dubbing several of Aaliyah’s lines in QOTD due to her death in 2001} was Proud in 2004. Proud is the true story of the only African-American crew to take a Navy warship into combat in World War II, in which Rashad played the role of Naval saxophonist Hank Fields. Rashad also saw the release of his first single, though it was not released in the US: “Fork In The Road” (with 1200 Techniques), which made it No. 55 on Australian Charts. Rashad would later write and direct a short file {11 minutes long} called  Chrysalis in 2006. 2011 Rashad movie wrote “Love Like Aliens” for the short film “Love Like Aliens” which he also directed. 2012 Rashad’s father Michael Haughton died. Today Rashad is set to produce “Red Ash” main theme song and survives by his mother Diane Haughton.
One Direction Are Made of the Right Stuff in Their 'Drag Me Down' Video: Watch
One Direction’s global hit “Drag Me Down” now has an official video. And it’s out of this world. Really.

The lads get to test out NASA T-38 aircraft jets astronauts typically use for training, and they mess about in the NASA WB-57 High Altitude Research Aircraft, a specialized aircraft used for high atmosphere research work. Liam Payne gets inside the International Space Station replica, Louis Tomlinson gets behind the wheel of the Space Exploration Vehicle rover, Niall Horan has a ride on the Partial Gravity Simulator and Harry Styles catches up with Robonaut, a human-like robot. They’re essentially acting out every boy’s dream.

The band’s new clip was shot in Houston with long-term collaborators Ben and Gabe Turner from Fulwell 73 in the “director” chairs.

Since the single dropped without fanfare on July 31, “Drag Me Down” has hit No.1 on iTunes in 90 countries, according to Sony Music, and has more than 40 million streams to-date on Spotify. Written by Jamie Scott, John Ryan and Julian Bunetta and produced by Ryan and Bunetta, the song set a pair of records on the streaming service (highest first-day streams for a single globally and highest first-week streams for a single ever in the U.K.). The track reached No. 1 on the U.K. and Australian sales charts and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Drag Me Down” is lifted from the group’s forthcoming fifth album, which is due for release this November.