A bunch of albums were added to the Scottish band Looper Looper - MusicBrainz but aren’t actually by them. The confusion is caused by online streaming services like Apple Music who carelessly put a number of unrelated artists with the same name on the same page.
Two of these albums were by known artists already in MB, so I submitted edits to fix them. Where it gets confusing is albums like this one Release “Looped” by Looper - MusicBrainz and this one Release “O” by Looper - MusicBrainz . They are by an artist called Looper, but not any of the four artists called Looper already in the database. So I should create a new artist, but I don’t have any idea who actually made these albums! Google has been useless, and there is no evidence these albums exist outside of streaming services. I can’t even be certain both of the albums I linked are by the same artist. What would I put in for the disambiguation?
To follow up on my own post, I looked at the credits for the album “Looped” on Apple Music, and all tracks seem to be performed by a miscellany of artists, but all are composed by one Ahmad Taher. I could use that name as disambiguation, maybe?
The album “O” is reported to be composed by Stuard David, which would be the Scottish band Looper. Very mysterious: they usually make short twee pop tunes with some electronic beats, and an hour-long downtempo composition would be totally out of character. Not to mention it was never promoted by the band, and unlike every other release it isn’t on Mute Records. But I think I’ll leave it where it is for now.
There’s a few disambiguation options in these cases, imo:
- You can add a disambiguation like ‘released [album name]’ or ‘featured on [track]’
- If you can listen to the music and there’s a clear style, something like ‘[genre]’ can be appropriate
- Sometimes you have no choice but to make a new artist with ‘unknown’, which is fine
And your research re. composers is even better
Nice job of splitting. That’s one of those really satisfying tasks of bringing order to chaos. If you leave some of your research notes in the annotation of the unknown one then someone who does know who this is can update your work.
The same name mix-ups happen on most of the major digital shops to some levels.