Interesting Idea: The Album is Dead. The Future Lies in EPs

Digital Music News might be on to something.  They list seven reasons why artists should move away from released full albums and concentrate on EPs instead.

• EPs are more affordable than albums

• EPs are an easy ‘taster’ for new listeners

• EPs can be released more frequently than albums

• Track for track over time, EPs could generate more revenue than albums if there’s a lot of material

• EPs can keep fans up-to-date more easily than albums

• EPs are more flexible, e.g. they can be released to coincide with short tours

• Why produce an album? The only strong reason we’ve come across is that they’re still relevant for some types of artist, e.g. concept albums for prog rock bands.

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Alan Cross

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3 thoughts on “Interesting Idea: The Album is Dead. The Future Lies in EPs

  • August 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I think maybe artists might want to look to the past to see the future. While we celebrate the Beatles in terms of their albums, everybody seems to forget that their career moved so fast and they were so productive that they released 15 officially-sanctioned 4-track EPs to keep fans interested and to showcase material made between proper album recording sessions.

  • August 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    EPs are the shit. I don't really have the attention span to sit through an album anymore. Just like I can't watch a full movie. It has something to do with our attention span and the EP is the perfect time span for me. No filler.

  • August 23, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Christ. Have our attention spans become THAT bad? If so, it's pathetic,man. NO to EPs. I always felt cheated when an artist would put out some four song thing. As a "tester" I guess sure, though sorry, I'll buy albums as long as the artists I enjoy continue to make them.


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