I’ve noticed it’s popular with some artists to release a new album/ep/single every time they release a new single and just add that additional single to the previous single, calling the new album by the name of the newest single. One artist I’ve worked on released 6 albums/ep/singles this way with their song counts being (1,2,3,4,2,6) and one song appearing in all 6. Normally it’s been straightforward to add those as I just treat them as they’re labeled and they’re released that way across all platforms. However today I ran into a case where the release method is different between streaming platforms:
On Spotify today Jessie Murph released the single Drunk in the Bathtub as an album with 6 previous singles. On iTunes and Deezer she released it as a single by itself. The same thing happened with her single If I Died Last Night (Spotify, Deezer, iTunes) last month.
Would we consider the single and the album where the only new release is the new single to be the same release group? Normally I’d consider a single and an album with that single separate, but if every new song is creating a single and an album that share the same name and the only new thing is that one song, I’m not sure if they should be treated as separate release groups or not.