The regular cd single in the USA is usually a two-track CD with the
main radio edit and some bonus track (a different edit, album version
or b-side). The regular version is the most common format in the
market and usually is the one that sells cheaper, $2 or $3 USD at
places like Walmart, Walgreens and any other joint that services the
mass popular demand. The maxi cd-single is the one with that is 4
tracks or more, has enhanced section, extra mixes and extra bonus
tracks, sometimes up to 10 or so. They usually retail for anywhere
from $6 to up to $10. Since sales in the US charts are not as
critical as regular airplay this is a lot less common and popular
format. There are virtually no limitations (I have some cd maxi's
that have more tracks and bonus features on it that regular albums),
but seeing that they are not decisive and have very limited impact to
the chart positions in the US market, they are becoming more and more
rare and more and more rare.
To the person who says he is studying music industry and has not
heard of this format: you may want to ask your tutor for additional
info or check with the person who coordinates the courses. Maxi CD
single is a well known format and an industry standard, which is at
the moment undergoing a serious debate and review by the industry
itself. The term has been around for ages and if your courses do not
touch upon the subject then you are missing a quite a bit.
--- In HybridUK@yahoogroups.com, "jfransella" <jfransella@s...> wrote:
> the maxi-cd or maxi-cd single terminology is often used in american
> music marketing. I've seen it for years now. Funny, especially
> with more mainstream artists, the british imports usually come out
> first (like, for instance, madonna's singles, or depeche modes).
> They'll have 2 or 3 tracks. and there will be a second or third UK
> single release with other mixes. Then a US single will come out
> with only the radio play version and maybe the album version.
> that you'll get a US Maxi-single which usually combines the mixes
> that are usually split across 2 or 3 uk singles. This isn't set in
> stone or anything, but it's something I've observed somewhat often.