NEW YORK (AFP): Big record stores, streaming services and hit charts adjusted longtime practices as the music industry began a coordinated global release for new albums. For the first time most new albums will be released in all formats on Fridays everywhere in the world, ending regional divergences that industry players found increasingly anachronistic in the age of instant digital music. The IFPI, the industry's global body, is championing "New Music Fridays" both to curb piracy and to stimulate sales as shoppers start their weekends.