Are musicians getting comfortable with Extended Plays (Eps) or it is a step to prep the fan base for more music on their studio album? The ratio of Eps to studio albums release in Ghana recently, favours the former than the latter.
Should this cause for an alarm or the fans are content with Eps instead of full studio albums from their favourite musicians. Are the artists getting lazy to go the extra mile to release a studio album for the masses or Eps offer a safe window in order not to saturate the market?
Is an Ep a means to an end or necessarily the end for most artists in Ghana? The success of ‘Live From Nkrumah Krom’ by Kwesi Arthur may epitomize the end for some young artists.
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This except from an article on Downlopaz.com may help us get an idea of what an Extended Play is, what a Long Play is and what an album is, in simple terms.
EP- Extended Play, this is a collection of music with more than just the single but not long enough to qualify as a studio album. Estimated length that the industry gives is 25 minutes or 4 tracks. And there have been numerous double EPs released over time.
LP- Long Play, this is a collection of music that qualifies as a full album release. Usually 40 minutes or 10 tracks at the minimum. There have been multiple disc albums up to 4x released in history.
Album- What an album is today is a LP that is promoted and sold where Neilsen Soundscan can keep track; also count towards a record contract to being completed. Albums are made by artists but controlled by record labels on every level; even the creation process.
From the except, are musicians in Ghana releasing more Eps than albums because they don’t have record labels controlling the process or Eps are just the way to go now in the Ghana music industry.
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