- a phonograph record that is typically played at 45 rpm and contains more tracks than a single, but fewer tracks than an LP.
- a short or half-length music album in any format, typically comprised of four to seven songs: called EP as an evolution of the traditional extended-play record, albums in other formats are not known by the underlying expanded form, and identified only by the abbreviation.
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What else does EP mean?
EP commonly stands for extended play, a musical recording which is popularly understood as shorter than a full album (about four to seven tracks). EP can also stand for European plan (in hotels) and European Parliament. Sometimes, EP, written as ep, is short for episode (of a TV show, podcast, etc.).
How is EP pronounced?[ ee-pee ] for European Parliament, European Plan, or extended play, and [ ep ] for episode.
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Where does EP come from?
When the first phonograph records were released in the late 1800s, they could only play for a few minutes at a time and the sound quality was very scratchy.
In 1948, Columbia Records transformed the music industry with their innovation of the long playing (LP) record. These LPs had a better sound quality and could play over 20 minutes of music per side.
Not to be outdone, rival company RCA Records released their competing extended play or EP records in 1952. These EPs could play up to 7.5 minutes per side on the standard 45 rpm (revolutions per minute) record player—while LPs required a new 33 1/3 rpm player.
EPs were popularized in part by Disney, which used RCA’s format to release EPs of their movies’ stories and songs. Eventually, vinyl records were largely replaced by tapes, CDs, MP3s, and then streaming services. But the EP format has persisted, especially in alternative music scenes from punk to indie to hip-hop.
Contemporary EPs are released on a variety of formats, including old-school vinyl, but people commonly use EP to refer to a record that is shorter than a full-length album, sometimes as an artist debut or between-album recording.
How is EP used in real life?
Artists and their promoters often talk about dropping a new EP when they’ve got a new batch of songs, not just a single but also not a full-length album.
— SiriusXM Hits 1 (@SiriusXMHits1) September 13, 2018
Outside the music scene, note that EP can stand for the European Parliament, the legislative assembly of the European Community. Less familiar now is EP as short for European plan, a system of paying a fixed rate in hotels that covers lodging and service but not meals.
The abbreviation ep. or shortening ep can mean episode, e.g., My favorite ep of Buffy is the one where Angel and Buffy go to prom.
More examples of EP:
“Following the EP vote, the European Council will decide if fundamental values of the EU are indeed being violated in Hungary in a vote requiring a four-fifths majority.”
Hungary Today, September 2018
Example sentences from the Web for EP
In her newest EP Love Your Boyfriend, she takes the messaging of love songs and places it in an abrasive, sonic package.
“All About That Bass” was released as a digital download on June 2, and later as one of two tracks on her EP Title, out Sept. 9.‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit|Marlow Stern|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or an EP... Torbjørn: [Laughs] I have to say that the track “Monument” is doing quite a lot in that respect.Robyn and Royksopp’s Summertime Soundtrack ‘Do It Again’|Andrew Romano|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After three years, she found her match in Little, and the two began work on the Love Club EP in July 2012.Meet Lorde, the 16-Year-Old Singer Poised to Take Over Pop Music|Marlow Stern|July 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Our EP made a judgment call as to what he felt was appropriate for our show, our audience, and our time period,” she says.Bea Arthur’s Boobs—and What It Says About Art on Facebook|Isabel Wilkinson|May 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The external layer or epiblast is an uniform sheet forming the main part of the ventral plate (fig. 178 B, ep).The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)|Francis Maitland Balfour
Epos, ep′os, n. the elementary stage of epic poetry: an epic poem: a series of events such as are treated in epic poetry.
Seneca speaks of his change of studies and occupations in Ep.
Among his good points are his ‘candor,’ mentioned by Pliny, Ep.
The site of his villa may be pretty closely determined from Ep.