[mb-style] Disc Numbers for singles
jack_fairy at hotmail.com
Sat May 28 05:49:40 UTC 2005
>On 5/27/05, Cristov Russell <wolfsong at endlessforest.net> wrote:
> > I don't think these can be called anomalies though. This is fairly
> > practice in the UK from what I understand, something to do with their
> > work.
>To give some context:
>The way the UK charts work is that three "formats" of a single can be
>released and counted towards chart placement. (Historically, it used
>to be four, to covered releases on 7", 12", cassette and CD singles.
>This changed in the late 90s).
>As vinyl and cassette single sales dropped off, the record companies
>shifted to releasing multiple CD singles. Usually these feature the
>exact same version of the single track as Track 1(although sometimes
>it's "album version" on one and "single version" on the other, or
>remixes), plus two different "b-sides" (Any more than three tracks on
>the single exclude it from counting towards the chart. Until the late
>90s, you were allowed four tracks).
>By releasing multiple CDs, this increased the chances of selling two
>or three copies of the single to the same person, and inflating the
>chart position of the record. Thus the commonness of multiple CD
>singles in the UK.
Yeah, I think I mentioned something along those lines on the list once.
By anomalies, I actually meant the multi-disc singles Chris was referring to
(e.g. the 2x12" ones).
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