Record Release Date to Move to Fridays?

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Could record release date officially be moved to Fridays across the world? According to Billboard, this new idea to counter internet piracy has been floating around for sometime, but the actual idea to go through with it begun shortly after Australia officially made Fridays their new music release date.

With the country’s decision to do so, it made global piracy a bigger issue than before because now, illegal digital downloads of new music could be obtained almost immediately.

People in the United Kingdom would normally have to wait until the following Monday to obtain new music releases, while those in the United States would normally need to wait until the following Tuesday.

Some sources say that this is almost a done deal with major labels and RIAA in agreement, but others are saying that the decision to make the move has not been fully decided upon yet even though there’s an estimated date of July 2015 for everything to be put into action.

While in theory the idea sounds promising for those that make money off of the sale of new music (you know the people pushing for the universal release date), there seems to be several issues that arise with the suggested date.

With the varying street release dates, record labels are given many opportunities to have the artists do promotion events to help market the new albums. While Billboard points out that it can still be done on the week that the record comes out, it would make it harder for labels to schedule high-profile appearances on the date the records hit the street. In turn, it would also affect the artists with having to schedule so much promotional work in a span of five days.

Also against this new idea? The independent record store and indie labels.

They have said in that they believe that having an early week release helps them sell more. Hardcore fans of artists with new music will go buy the new record on Tuesdays, while those who typically wait until payday, will go purchase the record at the end of the week. Even though indie label and merchants are vocal about this, Billboard points out that they most likely would not have a say in the day that gets chosen.

At the end of the day, we all know this is just some ploy for record labels to get more money. If piracy was able to happen once before and even threats of fining and prison time did not discourage people from doing so, you think changing the release date would have such an influence? Probably not.

Two Members of Congress Investigating Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Cuban Visit

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As if Florida doesn’t already have a bad enough reputation for being horrible at counting voters’ card, now two congress member that represent the state are investigating the power duo’s recent trip to Cuba.

Two republican members, U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, like many people want to know more information about why Jay-Z and Beyoncé chose the communistic island as their vacation spot considering that the US has a restriction against tourism in Cuba.

The only bit of information given was that the duo decided to go to the island to celebrate their fifth anniversary with their mothers, but other than that, there was no more information given. The representatives though, are searching for answers from Adam J. Szubin, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, “regarding the type of license that Beyoncé and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel.”

“Cuba’s tourism industry is wholly state-controlled,” Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart wrote. “Therefore, U.S. dollars spent on Cuban tourism directly fund the machinery of oppression that brutally oppresses the Cuban people.”

The State Department have replied with saying that they had no previous knowledge of this trip. Though there are regulations set in place to keep this from happening, there are many loopholes including going to another country to gain entrance to the island.

For those who do get caught, penalties for violating the travel ban can include a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. Like many people who get caught, chances of such a punishment probably won’t happen.