Studio album

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July 5, 2022

A studio album is an album produced in a recording studio. In rare cases, recording equipment may be brought in and recorded using a general building. Remixes etc. are not included. Sometimes called an original album, but in this case it is a synonym for a live album. It is the most common form of record and is the central work of modern popular musicians. Therefore, a cycle of promotion tours (including concerts) is a customary routine for releasing studio albums. Looking at the music industry as a whole, most of the hit albums that have sold more than 10 million copies are studio albums or soundtracks. Most singles for an album are basically studio-recorded, and even if there is a live-recorded song, it is stored as a live version on the B side, and it is rare that it becomes the A side. Therefore, we do not call singles studio singles.

Example

Usually, when expressing "the ○ th studio album", "the studio recording board for the first time in ○ years", etc. in the discography of a specific artist, it often refers to one of the following three.

Original Album

In this case, the studio album refers to an album composed mainly of "new songs" recorded in the studio, and for compilation albums such as the best hit collection, which is a collection of "already-released songs", " It means "I wrote and recorded a new song to release the album" (there is also the expression "new recording"). However, even if several singles released prior to a new studio-recorded song are combined, it is also considered a studio album. Looking at the music industry as a whole, most of the hit albums that have sold more than 10 million copies are studio albums or compilation albums.

Studio Live Album

It means that the "live album", in which live performances for the audience are recorded at the concert venue and made into an album, was recorded in a facility such as a studio exclusively for recording work. In this case, the presence or absence of an audience is the rationale for the distinction. However, even if the recording location is in the studio, what was recorded while playing in a concert format with the audience inside may also be called "studio live".

Mini album

Mini-albums are not necessarily studio recordings or new songs, but are distinguished by the number of songs recorded. In this case, it is sometimes called a "full album" as opposed to a mini album.