Release Radar includes wrong artist with same name as desired artist

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Mihail
Moderator

Here's an as short as possible version of a previous post in this thread, explaining the behavior of the Release Radar.

 

  • I receive tracks from artists I don't follow at all in my Release Radar - This is intended and we don't plan on changing this. The Release Radar doesn't only help you keep track of artists you follow, but is meant to allow you to discover new music from others we think you might enjoy. It is also one way for Spotify to help artists get their music noticed.

 

  • I get music that I don't enjoy at all in my Release Radar - This means our algorithm doesn't know your music taste so well. There can be many reasons behind this, but the rule of thumb to improve the music you receive in the automatically generated playlists for you is to listen to music without a private session, use the like and hide features, have more intentional music listening habits rather than opportunity based and when you discover something new that you enjoy, listen to it proportionally more than other content. Following these guidelines should give you better recommendations in time. It will still not be perfect and it can vary from person to person, but we're constantly improving these as we go.

 

  • I get tracks from artists that are named exactly the same as ones I follow and enjoy, but it turns out the track is unrelated to that artist and they only have the same name. - This happens if a track initially gets erroneously uploaded to the artist you follow. It can be that the error is already corrected by the time your Release Radar updates, but it already captured the track on its upload. It can happen with featured artists as well. Currently, there's no technical solution in place than can prevent errors like this happening, as we rely on submitted metadata. If you spot an incorrect content, it's best to report it as described here. Make sure your report is clear. If you can't find an artist profile with the same name as the one you follow, it probably hasn't been created yet and is part of the reason the error occurred. Point that out in your report to ensure it can be processed efficiently.

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serdom
Casual Listener

This happens to me on a weekly basis both on Discover Weekly and Release Radar with different artists. What surprises me the most is seeing people complaining about this from 2017 and nothing was fixed till now, though, this problem is marked as solved 🤣.
I'm pretty sure this issue affects thousands of people and it should really become a high priority in the dev team. C'mon guys...

Re: Release Radar includes wrong artist with same name as desired artist

Ver
Moderator
Moderator

Hey everyone,

 

Thanks for getting in touch with us and sharing this information. 

 

We're constantly striving to better our app and we'll make sure to pass your feedback to the right team.

 

We've looked into this further backstage and as @Katerina mentioned the best way to report this is by getting in touch with our support team here. The folks there can give you more information about it and can see how to proceed further.

 

If you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We'll be happy to help.

 

 

 

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Re: Release Radar includes wrong artist with same name as desired artist

spotix
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https://open.spotify.com/track/0Ks9mhTdXkMFQMQQU2LcVz?si=zjZPoUe8SUSTaxc5tqhkoQ

Wrong Wray, the Wray I want have an album called Stream of Youth. 

 

https://open.spotify.com/track/7beYeg3WMtenEuZSc9kBnO?si=yHB-MGxdR9aNA-l8DQq5Rg

Wrong Hum. I want the 90's band Hum who just released an album called Inlet.

 

 

 

Every week there's stuff in there that shouldn't be

Re: Release Radar includes wrong artist with same name as desired artist

serdom
Casual Listener

Certainly, here goes an example from this week's Release Radar.

In this song spotify:track:3BSvorWi4njibwpY8y7KER
the artist points to one of my liked artists spotify:artist:4byuw0pyzVNeEONKcPIpAA which is no the author of the song.

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to_be_still
Music Fan

Which is the best way to report it? Clicking on "Contact us" -> "Report a broken track/album" then "I Still Need Help"? If that is the case it seems you can only report one song at a time which is a bit cumbersome, e.g. in my current Release Radar there are 8 songs with wrongly linked artists.

It would be great if the app could "simply" get a "Report wrong artist" feature which strangely enough I thought it had in the past.

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Mihail
Moderator
Moderator

Hey there folks,

 

Thanks for your reports.

 

We've have passed on your feedback to the relevant team that is currently working on this. We appreciate the examples you send us, they help us out a lot in flagging such cases.

 

@to_be_still indeed, that's one of the ways to signal artist mix ups. You can also post other Spotify URIs in the Tell us more* section. Currently there isn't a "Report wrong artist" feature, however we're always open to new ideas 🙂 The best way to get yours noticed and considered is if you create an idea for it in the Community by going here - that way, other users will also be able to vote for it.

 

Hope this helps. Keep us posted if you have any questions.

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Re: Release Radar includes wrong artist with same name as desired artist

to_be_still
Music Fan

Ok, I submitted an idea for the "Report wrong artist" feature. Here is the link https://community.spotify.com/t5/Idea-Submissions/All-Platforms-Other-Ability-to-quot-Report-wrong-a... in case anyone wants to upvote it.

Re: Release Radar includes wrong artist with same name as desired artist

clnr
Regular

3 wrong instances this week:

spotify:track:1q7GJEqpsRWUM94s8RGPTz

Stoner band Sleep is not guesting on this track.

 

spotify:track:22CX5gj2p6tGAOwjNindO4

Postrock band Mono is not guesting on this track.

 

spotify:track:3sFtquvJR1Yj05IYcBT49C

Recommended by the name only, not artist ID.

 

For me most of the wrong recommendations comes from guest artists. Maybe that is a hint why this system fails so often.

And I've reported the issues to customer services already.

 

Re: Release Radar includes wrong artist with same name as desired artist

to_be_still
Music Fan
That the guest artists seem to be especially problematic is actually a good point. While I don't remember how it was the last weeks, this week in fact all wrong artists are guest/secondary artists at my end.

Re: Release Radar includes wrong artist with same name as desired artist

arcadechan
Regular

Hey everyone!

It's Friday and we all know that means... Release Radar time!

I've posted in this thread a lot before since I've been experiencing this "wrong artist" issue for well over a year now, so last month I told myself "hey, what if I can make a work around with Spotify's Web API?". So, here we are!

I am in no way affiliated with Spotify, simply an avid user, but I'm happy to announce I've made a small tool in the meantime using their API to create a workaround. The web app will first fetch the entire list of artists you follow (I'd like to assume you're following at least one artist), and will then search the last 3 albums and last 3 singles for each artist released within the last month. If it finds something it will place the entire album/single into a public playlist into your account.

Given that this tool searches for both albums and singles, there are cases where you will notice duplicate tracks. Just be aware that technically they are different releases!

This playlist can get long since it will add entire albums, so be mindful of that too and also consider you don't need to generate it that often. It might make sense to generate a playlist once or twice a month, depending on what you feel suits your needs, since as mentioned before, it looks back a month from the date you generate a playlist.

Again, since this is a basic app, it does not track previously generated playlists to prevent things like the same tracks from the last time you use it from appearing in the next playlist you generate.

This app will also not suggest releases from artists similar to those you do.

This app will also keep track of your generated playlist ID in a browser cookie, so that it can keep updating the same playlist without generating duplicate playlists. That being the case, the playlist ID will not be present if you chose to run this tool on a new device, resulting in having more than two of the same playlists.

You are free to set this playlist to private and it will still get updated.

https://www.detoxify.dev/

You can read more info about it at the about page.
https://www.detoxify.dev/about

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.
You're free to review all the code at my github: https://github.com/arcadechan/detoxify

Happy listening!

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