« on: December 15, 2021, 06:03:45 PM »
Are there industry standards for hierarchy in selecting which performer is considered Artist vs. the Album Artist and how does it shift in accordance to genre?
For example, if we were talking about Beethoven's Violin Concerto, who is considered the Artist in this album (real album) where the performers are:?
Composer: Beethoven, Ludwig van
Soloist: Itzhak Perlman
Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
It literally could be considered any one of these and I often have to do a search on any of these performing tags to find stuff. So, I'm wondering if there is an industry standard here? And how does that intertwine with like Pop. If you go over to like a Michael Jackson cd, they you pretty much don't need any of those tags. You can consider him all of the above, unless you go dig deep and find the track composer, if his band backup has as ensemble name and doubtfully uses a conductor, which are rarely listed on the cd in the first place. But, even in that case, is Jackson considered the 'artist' or the 'album artist', or both?
The reason I ask is that, if artist and album artist are not done consistently, then sorting on them has no significance. For example, often a classical music CD will have two major works on it, say, a Brahms symphony and a Dvorak symphony. So, now, if you set the artist to the composer, then a search (sort) will bring up a piece that is labeled incorrectly 1 of the two times, but if you label the artist at the conductor, then both those two symphonies are not searchable (through sort), basically. Therein lies the difficulty.
(side note - does the forum have a way to see when a specific thread has a response?)