Prior to the download era, if a record was issued with two different catalogue numbers it was credited with two different entries in the chart (as a general rule - there were exceptions) or as a remix or re-recording if it was a different version of the title track.
However, since the introduction of downloads we now have the scenario whereby, either through design or otherwise, an album track charts several weeks before the single version is available, yet it appears the runs are being combined even when the single track is a different version, to the point where collaborators are added.
A current example would be The Saturdays top ten hit, Higher, which first entered on 19th September as a download only album track (Headlines LP, released 16th August), and was then released as a single with additional vocals by Flo Rida (released with various remixes on 31st October and included as a track on the Extended edition of the album a week later) and the chart entry was amended to reflect this for the 13th November chart . However, despite amending the artist(s), the official charts are treating it as one continuous run. Ok, I appreciate that the chart entry for the new version will include sales of the original version (as well as all the remixes, etc), but I have two questions to throw open to the floor.
Should we be splitting the runs into
- two separate entries
one entry as per the original entry with any changes annotated in the spreadsheet
one entry as per the single version with any previous version annotated in the spreasheet
How should we name the physical track, depending on the results of the question above? Either some form of "alt" indicator for the non-single version, or both as "a" sides, with the correct artist being the differential?
I'm interested to hear what others may think.