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Standard for tagging music files with artist's 'aliases'?
post Mar 21 2012, 15:16
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What is the universal tag that identifies the artist's aliases so you can have a better search result for a well documented library of songs.

For Example:

Twista was known as "Tung Twista" in his early releases as a rap artist, but for every release I want to add an alias so I can remember that it is the same artist and I don't have to make more folders when I can put his discography in one folder labeled as "Twista".
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post Mar 21 2012, 20:15
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I don't have a solution, but I agree this is a problem.

Of the top of my head...

I have Santana albums and Carlos Santana albums.

I've got The Miracles, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, and Smokey Robinson. I might have the same exact recording released on 3 different albums with 3 different artist names.

The song Gloria was originally released by a band called Them (Van Morrison was the lead singer), and now it's considered a Van Morrison song, and the same original recording has been re-released on Van Morrison Greatest hits compilations.

And, didn't J-Lo used to be Jennifer Lopez? Or, is she still Jennifer Lopez?

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post Mar 21 2012, 22:56
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There is no proper solution to this problem, only kludges. The audio tag system is akin to a flat database. You can't have relationships between tags. So soulsearchingsun's suggestion, though flawed, is probably (and sadly) the best way to deal with aliases.

I did it the same way by creating a custom field (which I named LP ARTIST, but the name itself doesn't matter) filled with the exact name on the record cover while I fill the ARTIST field with the most known name.

So I may have these LP ARTIST:

* Johnny Cougar
* John Cougar
* John Cougar Mellencamp
* John Mellencamp

All of them will be "John Mellencamp" in the ARTIST tag.

DVDdoug: same method applied to your example:


* The Miracles
* Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
* Smokey Robinson

ARTIST (multivalued, 2 tags for each track):

* Smokey Robinson
* The Miracles

I use exclusively Foobar2000 and has been doing so for years, so custom tags are not a problem for me. But using ARTIST SORTNAME is a better idea since much more players will read that tag.

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- SoberWarlock   Standard for tagging music files with artist's 'aliases'?   Mar 21 2012, 15:16
- - soulsearchingsun   Did you consider using the artist sortname and alb...   Mar 21 2012, 15:40
- - DVDdoug   I don't have a solution, but I agree this is a...   Mar 21 2012, 20:15
|- - BoraBora   There is no proper solution to this problem, only ...   Mar 21 2012, 22:56
|- - SoberWarlock   QUOTE (BoraBora @ Mar 21 2012, 22:56) All...   Mar 22 2012, 03:09
|- - BoraBora   QUOTE (SoberWarlock @ Mar 22 2012, 03:09)...   Mar 23 2012, 11:51
- - slks   Aphex Twin is an even worse case. He's used a ...   Mar 22 2012, 10:14
- - flaminio   Just one more data point, but I do what BoraBora d...   Mar 23 2012, 01:49
- - derty2   I use foobar2000 with Columns UI (alternative user...   Mar 23 2012, 12:52
|- - BoraBora   QUOTE (derty2 @ Mar 23 2012, 12:52) I hav...   Mar 24 2012, 00:41
- - derty2   My methods of working with my music collection hav...   Mar 24 2012, 11:18
- - Porcus   To make things a bit more complicated, a few of th...   Mar 24 2012, 12:03
|- - soulsearchingsun   QUOTE (Porcus @ Mar 24 2012, 12:03) The ...   Mar 24 2012, 17:49
- - LANjackal   I simply tag each track with whatever artist name ...   Mar 25 2012, 00:42
- - SoberWarlock   Alright I have made my mind. I have decided to go ...   Mar 29 2012, 17:03
- - D.Sync   I'm having such dilemma as well when dealing w...   May 17 2012, 07:39
- - Porcus   It's ARTISTSORT or ARTIST SORT, usually?   May 17 2012, 08:30
- - D.Sync   Not sure really. I'm using SORT ARTIST for now...   May 17 2012, 09:00

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