Artist Equivalence Issues

Just found another: John Taylor is a contemplative British jazz piano player, having played with Norma Winstone and Kenny Wheeler, making up Azimuth, etc. ECM stuff. The bio says, “One of the weirdest things about Duran Duran is that every one of its members became a hard rocker.”

John Taylor is of course not a rare name, so something deeper must be done to identify the right one.

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Two Artists in same entry - Lisa Miller

The Australian singer/songwriter Lisa Miller is the vocalist on “I Hope I Never”, track 9 of “She Will Have Her Way; the Songs of Tim and Neil Finn” on Tidal.

My local albums of hers, Car Tape, Version Originale, Car Tape 2 and Meet the Misses along with the above Tidal compilation are attributed by Roon to the USA artist Lisa Miller (Trailer Park Honeys) who has the bio in Roon.

This is the Wikipedia entry of the Australian artist, which has a better discography than her Discogs entry.

Two Artists in same entry - Harem Scarem

The Australian band is mixed up with the Canadian band (which has the bio in Roon). This is the Wikipedia entry and [Discogs entry] ( for the Australian band

Two Artists in same entry - Cybotron

The Australian band is mixed up with the USA band (which has the bio in Roon). This is the Wikipedia entry and Discogs entry for the Australian band.

My local copy of the Australian band’s album “Implosion” is attributed to the USA band.

Edit: Fixed ! Now there’s a separate entry and bio, thanks guys.

Two Artists in same entry - The Angels

The Australian Band has the bio and album in Roon, but Top Tracks and Appearances reference the 60’s act.

Two Artists in same entry - Spectrum

Pete Kember (UK Artist) has the bio in Roon, albums for the Australian band are attributed to him.

This is the Wikipedia entry and Discogs entry for the Australian band.

Edit: Now there is a band entry for Spectrum(16) which is the designation for the Australian band on Discogs. But the name of the band is just Spectrum, discogs adds 16 for disambiguation.

Two Artists in same entry - Kush

My local copies of the Australian band albums are attributed to the USA band.

Here are the Allmusic entry for Jeff Duff referring to Kush and the Discogs entry for the Australian band.

Two Artists in same entry - X

My local copy and the Tidal entry for “At Home With You”, the Australian band’s album, are attributed to the LA band (which has the bio in Roon).

Here are the Wikipedia entry and Discogs entry for the Australian band.

Two Artists in same entry - Mark Gillespie

There are two entries in Roon for Mark Gillespie. One for the UK Artist and another for the Australian artist. My local version of the “Only Human” album of the Australian artist is attributed to the UK artist.

Here is the Discogs entry for the Australian artist.

Two Artists in same entry - Chris Wilson

Local albums for the Australian artist are attributed to the USA artist.

Here are the Wikipedia entry and Discogs entry for the Australian artist.

Two Artists in the same entry - Paul Kelly

Thanks guys, this one is vastly improved with an excellent bio by Ed Nimmervoll now matching the pic of the Australian artist in Roon and a beginning of the Sisyphean task of meta-links between Paul and other Australian musicians.

The Tidal sections, however, are blending albums from the Australian artist, the Irish mandolin player and the Miami funk artist.

I’ve got the correct artist picture for Japanese post rockers Mono, but the wrong tags and bio (London trip-hop band Mono.)

Nancy Wilson of Heart and Nancy Wilson jazz singer. EDIT: Looks like the bio is now correct, the photo is wrong, though.

John Mann. There are apparently three different artists. I know the one from Kentucky now living in Nashville has his albums split between two different artists profiles/other albums.

Ok guys, me and the guys are going to spend an hour or two looking over these and seeing how many fixes we can get done. Hopefully, we can knock out the majority of what’s been reported, and continue doing so on a periodic basis.

A note about these fixes – even once these issues are all cataloged, we still need to go through the database and implement fixes one at a time. The tools we’re using are for internal use only so, unfortunately, for the moment this work has to be done by us.

Once we’ve implemented a fix, it may be another few days before the fix is ingested into the live database that every install of Roon talks to, and it may be a week or more before your local version of Roon grabs all the updated information from our servers.

So the point is, these fixes are coming but will take some time to propagate to your library. If I’ve let you know a fix is coming, give it at least 2 weeks before reporting additional issues, ok?

Thanks all!


Hope it’s not to late. The Danish artist Sebastian and the French artist SebastiAn are mixed together in my library so they apear as the same artist. I can see that its the same problem on Tidal.

Joe Hisaishi (Japanese soundtrack composer) has about half the Albums as Joe Hisaishi and the other half as 久石 譲 (original Japanese format) even if the file tags are all in the same format.

Got an artist problem - Aoife O’Donovan. When I do a search for Aoife, I get two results and if you look closely, the only difference is in the ascii character used for the apostrophe in her last name.

I checked all my tags and folder names, and they are all using the same keyboardable apostrophe. Roon recognizes all 3 of her albums, but only one - Fossils - is connected to one spelling of her name (which has artist bio info). The others are connected to the other apostrophe version which does not have her pic nor bio info. But all 3 albums are identified by Roon.

How do I (can I) fix this? Is this a Roon issue or one on my end somehow?

Tempest. The albums are correctly ID’d, the disbanded date & list of individual band members is correct, but the description of the band is completely wrong.

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My partial list of artist equivalence issues:

  1. The Advisory Circle - split into 2 artists; the first with the album “from out here” and their EPs “mind how you go” and “study series 07: autumnal activities”, and the second with the albums “other channels” and “as the crow flies”.

  2. It separates “Cosmic Jokers” with albums “cosmic jokers, galactic supermarket” and “sci fi party” from the same band listed under “The Cosmic Jokers” with albums “planeten sit-in” and “gille’s zeitschiff”.

  3. Disgorge - “gorge this” is split from Disgorge - “she lay gutted”.

  4. Dr Jeffrey Thompson - “psychosensory integration series #5” is separated from the rest of his albums. It is unidentified whereas the others are identified - maybe that has something to do with it.

  5. Eighties Matchbox - Royal Society is also listed under Eighties Matchbox Society. This may be deliberate as the band may go by both names, but I would rather have them just under one name than split like this.

  6. “Flower Travellin Band” has 2 albums listed, and “The Flower Travellin Band” has 4, though they should all be listed as the same band

  7. “The Gladiators” has album “live at reggae sunsplash” (recognised), whereas their album “gladiators by bus” (unrecognised) is listed as a separate artist by the same name.

  8. I have a “various tracks” collection by Goa Gil, which is unrecognised and listed as separate to the rest of his albums.

  9. Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci - Merched Yn Neud Gwallt Eu Gilydd is listed separate to the rest of their stuff

  10. Healer - “wonderground” is listed separate from “Higher ground” (both recognised)

  11. Holy River Family Band - “earthquake country” is listed as separate from the rest of their stuff, all recognised

  12. Lamp of the Universe - “echo in light” is separate from the rest

  13. Chi-Ad albums “virtual spirit” and “infinitism” are separate from “anno domini” and “earth crossing”

  14. Linda Perhacs is listed as “Linda Perhaces” as well - I changed the latter to the correct name, but now it justs lists 2 separate “linda perhacs”!

  15. The Lovin’ Spoonful’s albums are split

  16. The band “LSD march” is split into “LSD march” and “LSD-march”

  17. The band “Lumen” is split into 2 separate artists

  18. “Mandra Gora Lightshow Society” is split into 2 artists.

  19. “Manfred Man” is split into 2 artists

Want me to go on…?