Tuesday, August 4, 2009

CURSE OF THE ONE TRACK SINGLE

We must admit to being a little excited over the weekend to be getting our hands on what's essentially a dying format here in Australia - the CD single - of both the new Kate Miller-Heidke track 'The Last Day On Earth' and Guy Sebastian track 'Like It Like That'. So imagine our dismay and disappointment to find out that they were indeed just the one track. The dreaded ONE track singles. NO!!! It was bad enough we unknowingly imported the UK single for V.V.Brown's 'Shark In The Water' and that also turned out to have just the one track on it when it finally arrived, but is it any reason why the format's now dying a slow death?

14 comments:

mixman000 said...

It is indeed a poor showing by record labels (and I beleive Sony is the worst offender here) to release a $5 CD single, and only put $1.69 worth of value on it. They really are putting the nail in the coffin themselves by putting next to nothing on these singles. But then to release live tracks and remixes exclusively on iTunes after we've forked out $5 at the record store is really poor. I honestly beleive people's interest in CD singles fell because more 1 and 2 track singles started to be released, and they weren't worth it anymore. Whereas in the UK, 1 and 2 track singles had a lover cost than their maxi-single partners.

Anonymous said...

Guy said on twitter that he ran out of time to put an extra track on the hard copy (deadlines) but there will be some extra tunes on the digital one.

Jose said...

Even Boots' "New In Town" and "Rememdy" are one tracks =[ [i believe...]

Phil said...

That is such a disgusting waste of plastic, energy and fuel in transport costs and exactly why I'm celebrating the death of the CD single! What's wrong with downloading singles? Don't try and tell me you don't have an iPod!

Anonymous said...

Cheap. So cheap. I'm shaking my head at Sony Music.

A1 said...

The CD single is the epicenter of the music single.
I will not pay for a digital single ..there is nothing to feel, look, and wholehearted hug!..and i have not even got on to the love of the music or the artist here!
I believe a one/ two track single should sell for $2/3 and to keep the CD single alive.
and Phil do you download a book to read ? plastic and transport keeps people in jobs...think about that !
and celebrating death is not cool!
In saying that, i do see your valid point of view, but my LOVE of the CD single and the word "waste" never connect. Never. Ever.

Anonymous said...

One of the pleasures of buying a physical single is the extra tracks thrown in. Most musicians record more songs than actually appear on an album, so surely Sony could have put one or two of them on Kate and Guy's singles. Anyway Guy will an EP avaliable for downloading on release day as a previos poster said, so I guess that is something. Shame about the 1 track physical though.

Anonymous said...

Rotten! This makes me feel ill and leaves me confused why the labels even bothered, just make it digital then...what stores are going to want to stocka one track single, especially when guy and Kate have in the past been very good for fans by providing b sides and remixes on previous singles...

Leo_Melbourne said...

This is dreadful.
Why can't the labels to maxi singles for the true fans & have them available from the artists website.
I wouldn't mind buying $5 or slightly more (incl postage) to get a cd single in the mail.
I recently bought Amber's new single from her website, for $US10 I got her new single personlly signed by Amber & sent to me - why can't more artists follow this lead.

JestaCat said...

This is a shame, and a blatant money grab from Sony. In Kate's example - she has many other tracks that could have been added (gee, even a song from the last album, or one of the zillion live tracks that she has already had mastered) or she could have used any of the iTunes digital only bonus tracks from the same album that haven't yet seen physical release.
Guy tweeted that he ran out of time? Out of time to approve putting ANYTHING on it? Not just anything new, but ANYTHING! Bit of a crock if you ask me.

I suggest that Sony (and possibly others) have only reluctantly agreed to release physical singles under certain circumstances, and when those circumstances arise they will do anything possible to sabotage the release and drive people to digital sales.

That being said, I now prefer digital for CDsingles as I've realised that after purchase day when I make the MP3's I never open the CDsingle case again! But I always liked the artwork, there needs to be more digital artwork distribution for EP's & singles :)

Anonymous said...

MP3 = poor quality
The majors, Sony, Universal, EMI and Warners should be putting to use the commissioned mixes to increase sales.
Now that 1 track is $2.19 on itunes - physical singles with extra tracks will be more collectable.
There are some very big idiots working for record companies.

Michael said...

I went into Sanity Elizabeth (S.A) today and they had Guy's single for $2. Is it the same price everywhere else?

Anonymous said...

I think CD singles are a waste of resources as well... CD fans (such as myself) would rather buy an album; and MP3 fans would rather download... I do think that if you ARE going to release a physical single, though; including only 1 track is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

I think people stopped buying singles cuz i know if i hear a song on tv or somewhere i know i can DEFINETLY get it from itunes faster,cheaper, less hassle than a music store......but yes i do miss CD singles...