Rod Stewart Has the Worst Metadata In the Entire World…

Rod Stewart fans may have been a bit confused by the title of his new album when they went to stream it on Rdio last week.

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What is perhaps even more surprising is that no one at Rdio or Universal have noticed – even though it’s been over a week.

Recently musicians have stepped up their campaign to get music services to display the liner credits, including who wrote the music, who produced it, and who played on it – and metadata has been touted as a key element to a successful future for the music industry, as well as to getting paid. Streaming service Rhapsody has even announced that it will include who mastered the records.

But if something as simple as checking the album title of a heavily promoted major label album – that is expected to reach the top ten in the charts – is too much to handle, what are the chances they’ll get the name of the drummer playing on it right?

Either that, or Rod Stewart has just come up with one of the driest album titles ever.


16 Responses

  1. Anon

    You are wrong. This is intentional. Rod is making a point here about the state of music retail right now. He’s explicitly stating that the release should be excluded from Amazon and iTunes.
    Have you not noticed that he is stood next to a ‘stream’ on the cover?

    • Stuart Batsford

      Nonsense. Rod Stewart has no input, this is the work of a ‘temp’ paid pennies by the record company to input data!

      • Stacinator

        Whoa… someone has their Sarcasm Detector turned off.

  2. Derby

    Bad metadata is the least of Rod Stewart’s problems these days.

  3. Felipe

    This actually isn’t bad metadata. The configuration excludes iTunes and Amazon because those partners get versions with digital booklets. Everyone else gets the digital equivelent. The wrong happend at the distribution and partner level when they failed to scrub that note out.

    • News Reader

      Correct. And it’s a relatively easy fix for the label, surprised their rep with Rdio hasn’t gone in to fix this yet…

      • IDoDigital

        Not necessarily. This looks like the exclusivity notes were added to the title field, which is obviously incorrect. The responsibility is not on the DSP to scrub this. Metadata sent to DSPs doesn’t usually have terms like “ex iTunes and Amazon”. These are internal notes, and it looks like someone incorrectly added them to the title. Sometimes these things aren’t always as easy to fix as you would think. Often a DSP does not have a way to execute a manual fix (crazy, I know) and must wait on an XML update from the distributor.

  4. Thad McIlroy, The Metadata Han

    According to Billboard and Nielsen “about 75,000 albums were released in 2010”. With so much data surrounding each release. I’m never surprised by the errors, nor by how long it takes to fix them: they’re a natural byproduct of a semi-automated publishing process.
    I’ve been exploring ways to automate the correction and re-population of metadata fields, but the problem is complex.
    For publishers the problem can get out of hand: the data is such a mess that folks who want to purchase or rent movies, music and/or books simply can’t find them online. That’s a problem the industry must solve, and there’s lots of work still to be done.

  5. Paul Sanders

    A product with metadata like that would have been flagged by CI’s quality assurance tools, and the label would not have been able to deliver it until it was fixed.
    It’s not hard to do, it just needs people who care and good technology to help them.

    • Jude

      “Deluxe” is used for a version of the album that has more tracks on it than the original album. For example the album is released with 13 sides, the “Deluxe” version may have 15. 2 extra sides that makes it better. You’ve probably noticed “Target Deluxe Version”, where Target is the only retailer who has that version of the CD with those sides.

  6. Johnny K Gagnon

    There is nothing difficult to understand about arithmetic equations…. everything within the parentheses must first be solved before multiplying …. the time factor!

  7. professional

    As someone who actually knows how this works…internal version tags like this are not supposed to make it to partner display. Data is entered by human beings. Ocassionally, there are errors, which are often easily and quickly corrected. This is hardly news worthy.Come on Digital Music News….you can do better than this.