Problem with Album Artist & Contributing Artists

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Extracampine, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. Extracampine

    Extracampine Guest

    I have a lot of compilation albums which I play using MWP 11.

    When viewing a whole album, it shows (next to the album artwork) the
    "album", "album artist" and "genre".

    The problem is, the "album artist" tends to display the first "contributing
    artist". When I edit the "album artist" to read 'various artists' , WMP
    changes the contributing artist for each track to 'various artists'.

    Any ideas what the problem is & how I can solve it ?
    Extracampine, Feb 10, 2007
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  2. Extracampine

    Dale Guest

    That's very strange behavior. Album Artist and Contributing Artist do not
    map to the same fields in the database or in the ID3 tags. The only thing I
    can think of here is to try following the instructions at to rebuild your library


    Dale, Feb 10, 2007
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  3. Extracampine

    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    For tracks that don't have Album Artist set, editing the Display Artist
    (elevated Contributing Artist, exactly what you're doing) will set both
    because the player can't judge strongly which way would be correct, and
    editing both is significantly more common/accurate.

    So, for your case, you need to edit that field (Album Artist) using the
    Advanced Tag Editor. Then this scenario works perfectly. So: you would
    select all the tracks in question, right-click on them, select Advanced Tag
    Editor, go to the second tab in that dialog, unlock the Album Artist field,
    edit that, voila. Works perfectly.

    I ran into this exact same thing at first and had the exact same confusion.
    zachd [MSFT], Feb 10, 2007
  4. Extracampine

    Extracampine Guest

    Great advice both, thanks guys !

    Extracampine, Feb 11, 2007
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