The Extended Playlist

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An extended playlist, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album. A single is one single song, and an album generally contains more songs. It’s usually made up of original songs, ones that haven’t already been released in the form of another type of project. An EP is basically a collection of songs by a musician which is used to raise awareness of their talent.

The average EP is around four songs long. However, contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks. In the United Kingdom, the Official Chart Company defines a boundary between EP and album classification at 25 minutes of maximum length and no more than four tracks (not counting alternative versions of featured songs, if present).

EPs are considered “less expensive and time-consuming” for an artist to produce than an album. While singles are quick and easy to create, they don’t give people a full idea of what you can do. It is only one song after all. On the other hand, while an album can show off many different sides to you, it can be long and expensive to produce.

The EP is the middle ground. It’s long enough to showcase your talent, but it’s not so long that you need to spend ages putting it together. The EP is great as a promotional tool as it helps you gain grounds and put yourself out there.

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