- not to be confused with DVD-Audio singles.
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A DVD single is a music single in the form of a DVD. The format was introduced in the late 1990s/early 2000s as a replacement for the VHS single. Although many record companies in the USA refused to issue CD singles, they readily issued DVD singles, and some popular DVD singles include Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This", Jessica Simpson's "With You", Beyoncé Knowles' "Crazy in Love" and Iron Maiden's "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier". The DVD single never really caught on in the U.S, but became very popular in other countries such as Japan. However, many popular acts in the U.S. release their albums with a bonus disc featuring music videos or live performances, and behind-the-scenes footage. In the UK where up to 3 physical formats are eligible for the chart, DVD singles are quite common (with the single available on DVD as well as CD and/or vinyl record). As with other single formats, DVD singles have a limited production run, often causing them to become collector's items.
Nowadays, the Japanese music conglomerate Hello! Project releases corresponding DVD singles for almost all of its CD single releases. The company calls them Single Vs. A Single V usually contains a music video for the title song plus several more of its versions and a making-of. The DVD singles are widely popular and chart in the generic Oricon DVD sales chart, due to non-existence of a separate DVD single ranking in Japan.
Since around 2003 in Japan, it has become very common for an artist's singles and albums to be released both in the CD format and the CD+DVD format. The DVD comes in the same case as the CD and most of the time, there is similar but different cover art to differentiate the two. An example is Ayumi Hamasaki's 2005 single "Fairyland". The CD+DVD format is more expensive (usually around ¥800 more for singles) and usually contains music videos, and sometimes a "making of" section or other bonus material.
In Australia, there is also a set of children's cartoon DVDs known as DVD Singles, named so because they feature one episode of the cartoon. They are typically anime cartoons, such as Pokémon, but also include features such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Sonic X.
Noteworthy early U.S. DVD singles include