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Separate different artists with same name


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If you search for an artist, say "ledger", you will find it. If you look for the albums that this artist produced, you will find only them that other album you didn't know were produced from artists with exactly the same name but absolutely no relation to the one you searched for. This is very confusing. Why not separate the artists internally in the database?

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Hi there, thanks for your suggestion. What would be your idea on how to do this? If artists have the same name how would you separate them? Could you explain that in more detail?
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Well, let me say 2 things here:

1) Spotify can do that 😉 But that's not the main reason...

2) I don't imagine that you Deezer pay the artists according to their name, but that they have an artist-ID or an email address or some kind of an account that indeed does take them from another in your database.

So it should be also possible to keep 2 artists with the same name separate from one another in the app and everywhere else for the music consumers, just add the key "ID" or whatever other index you keep besides 🙂
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Hi there, sometimes same name artists end up going to the same profile, but we can definitely separate them! Please send us the link 😉
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I can give you easily 2 examples.

Example 1: Petra

http://www.deezer.com/artist/15039

Search for the Christian metal group called "Petra" and see the covers of the albums. It's obvious that not all come from the same group



Example 2: LEDGER

http://www.deezer.com/artist/11332070

Jen Ledger started with her debut album "not dead yet" last year but now you see albums from other artists other styles and other languages even. So it's obvious that Deezer has difficulties to make a difference between distinct artists with exactly the same name.

I'm sure there are many more, especially those artists with one word band names.
Don't ask me why they don't sue each other, but I wonder how Deezer can pay the artists separately? And if Deezer can make the difference, we should see it in the application correctly too...
Flo.Deezer wrote:

Hi there, thanks for your suggestion. What would be your idea on how to do this? If artists have the same name how would you separate them? Could you explain that in more detail?



You could use artists' ID's from discogs or musicbrainz.
Do it automatically at the beginning, then filter things manually based on user's suggestions.
Also, a cross reference with albums, then song names would help a lot.

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