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Duplicate music artists entries, how to get rid of them?


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After updating to 4.5.3.0 there are songs and "appears on" listed beneath these artists, but the musicbrainz ids are still corrupt. I tagged the tracks with mp3tag and the tracks in question have a tag entry with the following structure MUSICBRAINZ_ARTISTID = "id_of_the_first_artist,  id_of_the_second_artist, id_of_the_third_artist". Emby creates an artist entry for this song with a musicbrainz link like the following "https://musicbrainz.org/artist/id_of_the_first_artist,  id_of_the_second_artist, id_of_the_third_artist"

So emby does not recognize it is not just one, but multiple artists.

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1 hour ago, Oceanus said:

After updating to 4.5.3.0 there are songs and "appears on" listed beneath these artists, but the musicbrainz ids are still corrupt. I tagged the tracks with mp3tag and the tracks in question have a tag entry with the following structure MUSICBRAINZ_ARTISTID = "id_of_the_first_artist,  id_of_the_second_artist, id_of_the_third_artist". Emby creates an artist entry for this song with a musicbrainz link like the following "https://musicbrainz.org/artist/id_of_the_first_artist,  id_of_the_second_artist, id_of_the_third_artist"

So emby does not recognize it is not just one, but multiple artists.

We currently support splitting that on slashes and semicolons. It doesn't split them on commas.

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Could you add support for splitting by commas? Should be safe as UUIDs will never contain commas and it is the default behavior of mp3tag, which is pretty popular.

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I've also discovered that if your album folders are named with a year in front of them, so like "(1990) Album Name" Emby goes a bit crazy. I had a duplicate of an artist and no matter what I did I couldn't get rid of the second one. I went though and made sure the artist folder was correctly named, I checked the tags on the audio file and triple checked that the artist name was exact, I removed the album artist tag and left just the normal artist tag. I made sure that both v1 and v2 tags were the same.  I removed the folder from the storage space and put it somewhere else, rescanned, then replaced the folder and scanned again and watched the duplicate come right back. I even went through and made sure every .nfo file was removed, nothing worked. Then I finally tried removing the (1990) year from the album folder names and presto!

Maybe it's just me, or maybe it's a bug. Either way, I hope this helps someone else.

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4 minutes ago, Luticus said:

I've also discovered that if your album folders are named with a year in front of them, so like "(1990) Album Name" Emby goes a bit crazy. I had a duplicate of an artist and no matter what I did I couldn't get rid of the second one. I went though and made sure the artist folder was correctly named, I checked the tags on the audio file and triple checked that the artist name was exact, I removed the album artist tag and left just the normal artist tag. I made sure that both v1 and v2 tags were the same.  I removed the folder from the storage space and put it somewhere else, rescanned, then replaced the folder and scanned again and watched the duplicate come right back. I even went through and made sure every .nfo file was removed, nothing worked. Then I finally tried removing the (1990) year from the album folder names and presto!

Maybe it's just me, or maybe it's a bug. Either way, I hope this helps someone else.

Hi, in future, in Emby Server 4.6, this won't happen anymore because Emby won't care about the album folder name.

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