However, one of the largest markets for music particularly Hip-Hop outside of the U. By jacking the price up, the Japanese spend more money to hear music from their area. Many local stores try innovative tricks to promote buying locally like ordering native music from Japanese labels that may include bonus tracks at the end of an album that did not appear on the U. This gives the more expensive version of the album a little more content for your buck. These songs are sometimes packaged on to other soundtracks, B-side collections and promotional projects. But some are hidden gems and become favorites of DJs who still loves the act of digging in the crates.
Alexandra Pollard 26th February 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. Mostly though, particularly in the days of the internet, it's a blessing. Muse - 'Fury' Absolution : Matt Bellamy puts as much power and emotion into the breaths he takes between lines than many bands put into their entire back-catalogue.