Your Take: Recycled Songs
In Thursday’s review of Trent Tomlinson’s new single “Angels Like Her,” we learned that although the song is set to appear on his upcoming sophomore album A Guy Like Me, it originally appeared on his debut album Country Is My Rock.
Commenter Jordan Stacey noticed this is the latest song in a string of singles to pull that trick:
I’m also a fan of the song from the original album, but I’m getting tired of releasing songs from previous albums, it seems like everybody’s doing it. “Eight Second Ride” – Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler’s “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You”, Brad Paisley – “Waitin’ On A Woman”, Keith Urban’s “You Look Good In My Shirt”, etc.
To Jodan’s comment, Jim Malec and Waynoe both replied:
Jim: I also attribute it to the fact that great songs are now commonly passed over for songs that test well at a given point in time and within a given demographic. “Waitin’ on a Woman,” “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You” and “Angels Like Her” were all among the top two or three strongest songs on their respective albums. Not releasing them as singles the first go-round was criminal. There has to be some residual pressure there, when looking at potential material for the next project.
Wayneo: Jim, A good observation. The “testing” of songs is the driving force. It more used to be that the songs could cut or create the path in the wilderness; now the path is already cut due to demographics and other criteria and it’s simply finding a song to fit the already prescribed mold.
What do you think of releasing songs from previous albums as singles, even though they didn’t “cut it” the first go-round? Are you glad deserving songs get their chances at radio airplay, or do you think artists should promote current material?
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