#2
Because a lot of bands only have one good song on an album.

Also, it's usually not the band's decision, but rather the label's.

Also, it's a relic from the olden days of records. They're pretty useless in today's digital age. Another piece of evidence that the record industry is ****ing backwards and refuses to adapt.
#4
B Sides.

(although that's an outdated term too....)
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#5
Because not everyone that buys the singles buys the album. It spins out the marketing for that album and gives x more chances for people to hear about the band. If bands just release the album and leave it at that, they only get one chance for people to hear about it, and most of the songs will go unheard by anyone that doesn't buy the album.
#6
because marketing
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#7
I agree with OP, it is pretty dumb. I think it's because of marketing or something. B-Sides are a bit obscure now because of the digital age.
#8
Also, some people still like Vinyl records, and the thrill of collecting them.
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#9
There's been quite a few bands where I haven't liked the first song or single I heard by them, but after hearing more really started to like them. They're a bit outdated in the youtube age but still not pointless
#10
New single after album release = single discussed in music magazines/played on radio stations = more potential sales of said album

simples.
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#11
Not everyone buys an album the day it comes out.


Several singles = extended exposure for the album.


These days digital downloads are huge, so singles can generate a considerable amount of sales.
#13
obligatory lol spotify do you even torrent
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obligatory lol spotify do you even torrent

lol torrent, have you even been sued by Lars Ulrich when you were 14
#15
>metallica

dis nigga

and spotify streams everything in 160kbps or something and while their collection of music is pretty good it's not big enough

**** that noise

also annoying interface
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#16
That's what happens when you listen to mainstream crap.
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#17
Generates interest for the album.
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#18
bands put other songs on singles, like Marigold on Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana
#19
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Also, some people still like Vinyl records, and the thrill of collecting them.



lol, thrill.

in electronic music the standard is to release singles and albums come around far less often or not at all, so i guess some rockist labels think they have enough cross-over appeal to get electronic fans to buy their singles. but it is marketing, i suppose.

some singles are really interesting and well released, with good b-sides, remixes, etc i guess.
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bands put other songs on singles, like Marigold on Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana



otherwise known as B-Sides, but going along with what everyone else has said B-Sides are rare in this day and age
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#21
Years ago bands used to release singles that weren't on the album, people had to buy it all to hear everything.

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lol, thrill.

in electronic music the standard is to release singles and albums come around far less often or not at all, so i guess some rockist labels think they have enough cross-over appeal to get electronic fans to buy their singles. but it is marketing, i suppose.

some singles are really interesting and well released, with good b-sides, remixes, etc i guess.


I thought they released more singles because it's easier for people to mix singles into live DJing than it is an album.
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#22
The exposure for the album is increased over a longer period of time by doing this, usually singles are put out with a music video meaning that once the album is out, people who liked the single that was on the video can then go and buy the album.