Author Topic: "Appears On" no longer recognizes artist name as part of Album Artist tag?  (Read 615 times)

VIV_ID

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This fabulous feature was introduced in v3.4.7499:
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In the Music Explorer Albums are now split into a separate "Appears On" section where the criteria is the album artist differs from the current active artist selected in the Music Explorer

I seem to recall the feature being able to recognize if the currently selected artist was part of the album artist name and grouped it together with the artist's other releases, but now they appear down in the "Appears On" section.

Consider the following example:


In this case the Artist tag is split as "Memtrix\\Spor" and the Album Artist tag is "Memtrix & Spor".

Is this an intended change, a bug or am I completely misremembering?

tjinc

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I think that this may have been an intentional change due to the issue identified here.

VIV_ID

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Aha, I see. I guess more people are having the reverse issue.
Would it be possible to make this a toggle? In my case the releases are collaborations, meaning that they are all main/album artists and not just appearing on someone else's release, and I want them sorted as such.

(I guess I could post this as a reply to the post with the patch...)

tjinc

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A possible option for you (though having multiple album artists makes me a little uncomfortable):

For these collaborative albums, set the Album Artist to (using your example) Memtrix; Spor

This should sort out your issue in the Music Explorer tab, but it will look a bit poor when displayed. To correct this you could use a virtual tag $Replace(<Album Artist>,";"," &") in place of <Album Artist>

(It looks like you are already using a virtual tag to display Album Artist (Year | Label | Release ID) so I don't think this will be an issue for you)

VIV_ID

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Yeah, I was thinking about that as a solution, but there's no "Display Album Artist" tag as far as I can tell, so that will be a nightmare when scrobbling to Last.fm. It's not really an alternative because of that.
Thanks for the suggestion, though!

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This uses punctuation marks as separators and should satisfy the current and prior thread issues
https://getmusicbee.com/patches/MusicBee35_Patched.zip
unzip and replace the existing musicbee application files

tjinc

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This uses punctuation marks as separators and should satisfy the current and prior thread issues

Very nice indeed!
(Presumably you are classing the ampersand as a punction mark - it works well.)

VIV_ID

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This uses punctuation marks as separators and should satisfy the current and prior thread issues
https://getmusicbee.com/patches/MusicBee35_Patched.zip
unzip and replace the existing musicbee application files
Thank you so much! That was fast! It seems to work well for me as well.
The only remaining issue is with artists that work together as a unit (e.g. Calyx & TeeBee without splitting the artist names), but those are exceptions that don't really pose a big problem for me. I assume a custom list of exceptions is a bit more involved to implement.

The Incredible Boom Boom

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The only remaining issue is with artists that work together as a unit (e.g. Calyx & TeeBee without splitting the artist names), but those are exceptions that don't really pose a big problem for me. I assume a custom list of exceptions is a bit more involved to implement.

You could request this as a wish akin to the Custom Sort Order window.