Have Albums Become Irrelevant?
The Smashing Pumpkins just revealed that they will be abandoning the album format in favor of a less formal 3-4 song EP approach. “Anyone under the age of 24 just buys songs,” Corgan explained. “It’s just in our best interest to release blocks of songs.”
This format makes sense as singles have far replaced albums in digital sales. Why should an artist invest so much energy in a 10-15 song album on which they will be judged for the next 1-2 years? As album production costs have reduced substantially, artists could now start releasing new EPs every three to six months constantly feeding fans bite-sized doses of new material. An artist could even take bigger chances with new musicals directions since fans know they will have new material coming out a few months later.