I recall that a similar tactic was also used for European releases in the s, because it was cheaper for record shops to import US CDs. Most of the material was actually released world-wide in the past 10 years, but at the time would have simply been considered 'bootleg' anywhere else. My extension to that premise is that the record company could 'legally' under JASRAC add extra tracks - unfinished tracks, early demo versions etc - without the artist's permission.
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Just as the title says: Why are bonus tracks so common in japanese versions of a release? Viktor Mellgren Viktor Mellgren 1, 1 1 gold badge 12 12 silver badges 28 28 bronze badges. Please provide some examples According to a user on MetaFilter : According to a friend who runs a small record label that occasionally does business in Japan: it's because it is invariably cheaper for Japanese buyers to import CDs rather than purchase them in their local record store.
Tetsujin Tetsujin 5, 1 1 gold badge 6 6 silver badges 33 33 bronze badges. This doesn't answer the question at all.
You're talking about bootlegs, OP is asking about bonus tracks. It still remains speculation, and doesn't answer the question: why would they do this, considering it would involve extra effort and extra costs. I think you're being picky. Either alone doesn't fully explain it.
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There is no country gifted with a greater number of exclusive bonus tracks than Japan. In fact, they get so much shoe-horned onto the end of albums that to them, a normal-length album must look like an EP. There's a reason for this - for people in Japan, it's very often cheaper to import CDs and vinyls than it is to buy domestically. To tackle this, local CDs feature any number of special bonus tracks as an incentive to buy local. It's both a blessing and a curse for those not lucky enough to live there.
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A slow burning rocker that touches on Bellamy's atheist side: "Breathe in deep, and cleanse away our sins and we'll pray that there's no God to punish us. Vincent's lyrics that it sometimes feels as if the sound they produce is more important than the words themselves.
Never is this more true than in the impactful refrain 'Del, Del, Rio' on the Japanese bonus track to her self-titled fourth album. A beautiful and rare gem - find it on the recently release deluxe edition too. Charli XCX - 'Break The Rules Japanese Version ' Sucker : If we're being entirely honest, as we always are, the English-language version of 'Break The Rules' is one of the most irritating songs, both lyrically and musically, that we've heard for a long time.
For some inexplicable reason though, its Japanese-language counterpart is almost brilliant. It's a strange world.
It winds down an often relentlessly up-tempo, funk-filled album with a real sense of poignancy - giving the album a whole new dimension. The xx - 'Reconsider' Coexist : From their second album, 's Coexist, comes this characteristically minimalist, haunting gem. The same can be said of almost any song from The xx, but 'Reconsider' is profoundly cinematic, and proves definitively that someone needs to ask this and to score a film.