At the NARM-hosted Music Biz 2013 in Los Angeles in early May, there was a room of 200 people clamoring to discuss metadata. Really? Metadata? I’m sure we can all think of a dozen other places we’d rather be, but some key points were made to reiterate how important it is to submit correct metadata.
Submitting music for one artist with various spellings will split the music across different artist profiles. For instance, if I were a musician, I’d do myself a disservice by releasing music under Jaclyn, jac1yn (see how the L turned into a one?) and Jac & Diane (what I imagine to be a wonderful duet).
Different release dates around the world cause confusion when we all get information from sites that provide reviews and news to a global audience. Let’s say an Australian fan reads a glowing review on Pitchfork (psych!), and then heads over to iTunes to purchase the album which isn’t yet out in Australia: missed opportunity.
And now my big pet peeve, wrongly listed release years screw up an artist discography. Every now and then I want to listen to some Sinatra or Coltrane and, aside from being annoyed at having to scroll through things like Jazz Explosion, it appears that the earliest Sinatra release was in 1996 and Afro Blue came out in 2011. Huh?
There’s a great recap of the panel in this Billboard.biz piece by Ed Christman. I encourage you to read it if you’re still not convinced that submitting correct metadata needs your full attention.