Describes 'Album Artist' tags, why they're important, support in different music players and how to use the Album Artist tag to organise your music collection. Album Artist' tags are stored inside mp3s and other music files. They denote the artist for a musical release, as distinct from artists for the tracks that constitute a release. That sounds like a technicality, so when do Album Artist tags become useful? Consider compilation albums. Each track in a compilation album may have a different artist, but the album as a whole should be viewed as a 'Various Artists' album. Therefore, we can tag the album with an 'Album Artist' tag of "Various Artists".
Not to be confused with the song, Heart of an Artist. Heart of an Artist is a 12-track album released on May 24th, 2018, with a CD version at Momocon 2018. The album was released alongside Greatest Hits, Volume 1 (on CD at Momocon with HoaA). It was made during a rough spot in Will Ryan's life when he decided to write new songs to explain how he was feeling
To my understanding, Album Artist is the artist in which the album is under. Meaning if it its Aerosmith's CD, Aerosmith goes under Album Artist and no one else despite who else sings on the album. The Artist field then would be whatever artist is singing on that track like Drake feat. From putting music on my Droid and my sisters iPod it appears to be backward.
An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc (CD), vinyl, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album; this format evolved after 1948 into single vinyl LP records played at 33 1⁄3 rpm. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have mostly focused on CD and MP3 formats.
In the normal course of events an "Album Artist" releases an album, but individual tracks on the album may have different performers or "Artists". Apple may provide or recommend responses as a possible solution based on the information provided; every potential issue may involve several factors not detailed in the conversations captured in an electronic forum and Apple can therefore provide no guarantee as to the efficacy of any proposed solutions on the community forums.
The album artist is designated to attempt to keep all songs in an album together when there is more than one artist on an album. For example on a soundtrack where every artist is different you might decided to call the album artist "Various artists".
"ARIA Top 100 Albums – Week Commencing 27th February 2012 Issue N. 148 (for single "I Will Always Love You" and albums "The Bodyguard Soundtrack", "Whitney Houston")" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association.