SongKong 8.1 Scar released on 7th January 2022
We are pleased to announce the release of SongKong 8.1 Scar.
This is a major release that now has significant improvements to performer credits
SongKong could already retrieve track level performer credits from MusicBrainz. But MusicBrainz can also store performer credits at release level and these apply to all tracks on the release, this new release can now retrieve these release level credits and add them to each track.
When a track has multiple credits for a particular role (such as two engineers) they are not stored by MusicBrainz in any particular order, so the order they were added to SongKong was random, this mean that the order could change when the the Albunack database was rebuilt. Now to ensure consistency and remove needless modification to your SongKong music files these roles are always stored in alphabetical order
SongKong correctly splits a single credit of multiple instruments into multiple credits, so a credit for Paul McCartney Vocals, Guitar is added to your music files as Paul McCartney (Vocals), Paul McCartney (Guitar), but it was also splitting single credits such John Lennon, Addtional Guitar incorrectly, this is now fixed.
The vocal performance of Vocal performers was previously being added to the Instruments field, this is not what most customers would like so now the instruments field is restricted to actual instruments
Original Release Date
When looking for the earliest or original release date SongKong was always selecting later release with country to earlier than one with unknown country. So this means it may not get the earliest release and it could actually be later than the release matched if song has been matched to a release with no country events, this is now fixed.
When double checking album matches we now allow for existing data storing the featured artists in title rather than artist. This is quite common but MusicBrainz preferred formatting is for featured artists to be stored in artist credit so that when we double check artist/title for each match it was sometimes leading to valid matches being rejected.
So when matching we now check for artists in original metadata and strip out and when checking artist credits we should allow a match from name to just the one main name credit in artist credit.
Release notes - SongKong - Version 8.1.0
SONGKONG-2275 Performer with instruments that use additional guest or solo just shows a credit as addtional guest solo
SONGKONG-2272 Performer role of additional vocals just shown as additional
SONGKONG-2271 Discogs Albunack Match double counts Discogs and album matches
SONGKONG-2267 Discogs Only Update can change SingleTrackNo field to zero
SONGKONG-2236 Composer Artist Credit can return different sortname variant for composer relation to trackartist from Albunack
SONGKONG-2134 Albunack: When looking for earliest/original release date will prefer later release with country to earlier than one with unknown country
SONGKONG-1723 Albunack:SongKong should consider MusicBrainz release level performer credits not just track level ones
SONGKONG-2277 Store multiple composer/conductors/arrangers/performers for track ordered by name
SONGKONG-2274 Add Performer field alphabetically
SONGKONG-2273 Remove vocal performers from instrument field
SONGKONG-2270 When double checking release match check for metadata storing the featured artists in title field rather than artist field