Both from Japan:
Bumping this because recently I've been tracking down maxi-singles I had purchased digitally on iTunes back in the days of DRM and it's unlocked a deep-seated annoyance: anyone else remember that period between 2005 and 2006 when digital maxi-single releases from I believe almost exclusively Warner Bros. Records artists would have the remixes (and in some cases B-sides) all edited to be either exactly or just under five minutes long? What the hell was that about and what purpose did it even serve? I doubt locals were going to have been so buoyed by Hung Up's chart success that they needed to hunt down a five minute edit of the Chus & Ceballos mix.
What's worse is that in some cases - Esthero's O.G. Bitch and Fastlane singles come to mind - not even every remix on the commercial physical single got included. There wasn't really any rhyme or reason to it at all!
I don't know, but might have had something to do with the chart rules at the time. I think 2-track singles were only allowed to be 10 minutes long.
I think it was 40 minutes of mixes but it had to be 1 track only. So you couldn't have 5 remixes, a b side and a live track.
And then it was 10 minutes with 2 tracks.
How odd some of the rules became.
As ever, the industry got it all arse end up....sales were booming so they got themselves obsessed with making the chart how they wanted it....over-thinking the formats and forgetting that what in essence they were stupidly doing was denying the public the chance to buy music/tracks that they would have willingly paid for...and then a few years later...whoops, nobody was buying singles anymore.It was like the record labels didn't want to sell CD singles or something!
Kind of on topic but I always wondered how they decided what remixes would be put onto the UK CD (maxi) release and what might be consigned to vinyl or promo, even if there would be space on the CD Single.
And then during the 20 minute era what the decisions were for deciding what would be on the European releases? Eg the European Hepburn singles weren’t just CD1 and 2 merged - they all missed out a track that was on one of the CDs (which is a bit annoying as Sony have been digitising these and this missed a couple of tracks).
And for some releases why so many remixes? Particularly of dubs of pop acts. For example would any club DJ have dropped a Jimmy Ray dub into their set?! I guess the default would have been the remixer done remix/ edit/ dub but it still baffles me!