When is the Best Time of Year to Release Music?

So you’ve recorded your tracks and completed mixing, editing and all the other finishing touches. Your first EP or album is ready to go, and you’re chomping at the bit to get it out to the listeners.

As the saying goes, timing is everything. You’ve put your heart and soul into this project, and careful planning will help produce the effect you’re looking for.

Make the biggest splash with your first EP or album by using these tips to schedule the optimum release time.

Best Release Times

Improve the chances of success by releasing your EP or album at a time when there’s a minimum of competition.

  • During the quiet post-holiday lull of January, media and consumers are looking for something new and exciting to capture their attention.
  • Established artists are occupied with the festival circuit throughout the summer months of June through August, so few albums and EPs are being released.
  • College radio, one of the best showcases for independent music, starts cranking up in September.
  • Surprisingly, November and December can be an advantageous time to release a debut EP or album. Major label artists are trying to capitalize on the holiday season, but relatively few independent artists release recordings so the field is open.

Worst Release Times

Conversely, avoid those times when a lot of music is flooding the market.

  • The eyes of Texas and the rest of the music world are on the SXSW Festival from mid-February through mid-April, so a first EP or album is likely to fall through the cracks.
  • October is generally acknowledged by the music industry as the worst time for newcomers to release an album or EP. Media is focused on the glut of recordings that drop during this time, leaving them no time to check out debut artists.

Make Your Musical Dreams Come True at Clear Lake Recording Studios

Whether you’re an emerging artist crafting your first EP or album or a veteran musician working on a pet project, we have world-class equipment and experienced staff members to help you attain your goals. Contact us today and learn why Clear Lake Recording Studios should be your #1 choice.

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