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What's wrong with January?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:54 am
by howard male
Here's a question for any record company folk who might be reading this - why don't you release anything in January?

I understand that the received wisdom is that anything released in this period kind of gets lost in some kind of post-Christmas backwash, but I can't quite see why.

Firstly, your avid music consumer is looking for the next big thing and possibly has Christmas dosh to spend in January.

And secondly, and more importantly as far as I'm concerned, critics are looking for something to review. This year and last year I had to go hunting for anything I'd missed from as far back as October in order to fill my review slots during January. In other words, what I'm saying is - a record company who dared to buck this trend by releasing stuff in January would almost certainly be guaranteed reviews in National newspapers and magazines.

I've even noticed CDs with a release date in January suddenly being put back until February or March, such as Wunmi and Tinariwen. The result of this is that I don't think I've got a single album which is now coming out in January yet I've had at least five coming out on, say, February 12th, and I'll only be able to cover one or two of them.

Can anyone explain this boycott January policy?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 12:42 pm
by Gordon Moore
Whhaaaa, don't wake me up, I'm still recovering...shhhh. :)