Featuring in all its annoyances
If you’re into this type of music you’ll know all about this. The collaborating artist on a track gets a mention, so rather than simply being “Kanye” in the artist field you have “Kanye feat. Fred Smith” or maybe “featuring” if some typist was feeling verbose.
I’ll freely admit this isn’t really my type of music. I can understand if somebody goes to the double of turning up at the studio, going to the bother of singing or playing it’s only fair that they get a mention. Sure the royalties help but out of politeness if nothing more adding that additional artist’s name is a nice gesture.
Except when it comes to searching by Artist. As far as most music management systems are concerned “Named Artist” and “Named Artist feat Guest Artist” are two distinct entities. So if you want to hit play against Kanye you’ll hear only those tracks on which he is the sole credited performer. Each time another artists gets a mention as far as iTunes etc are concerned that becomes a different person.
Left this way you have a music database that’s technically accurate but for many people not so easy to use. We can help through the simple step of removing all those entries with “feat.” “Featuring” and so on so the track just has the main artists’s name. When you run that person you’ll get all his or her work irrespective of whether it was a solo or collaborative effort.
Just to put this in context just before Christmas a client asked us to remove the “feat” fields in his library. He had 595 albums covering a broad spread of genres. We edited 690 tracks for him. This removed 50 additional artists which had been added through this route and which was cluttering his library. For him it significantly improves the listening experience.
We can do this for you, just ask when you send in your CDs.