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The Changing Face of CD Singles - Changing Face of CD Singles

While it may have slipped most people by, the ruling body for the UK charts, the Official UK Charts Company have made some changes to what is being allowed to count for the charts, which means consumers will soon see a different type of CD single...

The main changes are:

1) The introduction of 2-track CD singles, essentially similar to the old vinyl singles which an "A" side and a "B" side. These are similar to the 2-track CD singles that France has had for a long time. They are expected to retail lower than a standard CD single, most like at £1.99 and will be sold to shops at a lower price. The 2-track singles will run to no more than 10 minutes and have no extras.

2) The restrictions on CD singles will be relaxed. While there will still be a limit of 3 tracks on a CD single, there are some new exceptions:

Singles which solely feature a lead track plus multiple remixes of the same track will be able to run for up to 40 minutes.

The introduction of 1) seems to be effective immediately, as seen on new singles by the likes of Texas, while 2) will come into effect in January 2004.

This is part of an ongoing effort to revitalise the charts.
The current limit of one video will increase to two

Singles will, for the first time, be able to feature weblinks with an extension of the rule which currently allows them on albums.

Current maximum of three tracks will in addition be able to feature remixes of those tracks so long as they remain within the currently-acknowledged time limit of 20 minutes


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