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Artist Keyword Maintenance posted on February 13th, 2017

By Paul Ziino

I know we’ve talked about it before.  However, I regularly am asked “why are my artists playing so close to themselves, but not indicating any rule violation?”  In 90% of these cases, the issue is that the songs either have no Artist Keywords or have the wrong Artist Keywords.

Artist Keywords are what MusicMaster uses to keep the same artist apart from themselves.

Let’s use these examples:


As far as MusicMaster is concerned, those are three unique keywords and thus they wouldn’t be separated.

There is an easy way to clean these up.  Go to Dataset/Library/Keywords, then select Artist Keywords in the dropdown.  This is a list of all the Artist Keywords in the database.  Any changes you make in this list immediately update throughout the database.

Below we see the keyword “Christina Aguilera.”  If I wish to change it to “Aguilera, Christina,” just type right over the top of it.

When I do, MusicMaster alerts me that there is another keyword listed that matches and asks if I’d like to combine them.  I will click Yes, and now any song that had the “Christina Aguilera” keyword on it will be updated to the “Aguilera, Christina” keyword.

A quick suggestion:  For groups, enter the keyword as the group’s name, “LED ZEPPELIN.”  For solo artists enter the keyword last, first, “PLANT, ROBERT.”  Now when you sort your library by artist keyword, it will appear as desired.  Also, I suggest not including the leading “THE”, so just “BEATLES” or “WHO” or “EAGLES” and so on.

Once you’ve cleaned up your keywords you’ll notice that artist separation rules work better.  When artist separation is working, your whole station will sound better because you’ll have the desired rest between plays of the same artist.


Cleaning up your Keywords posted on June 27th, 2016

By Jerry Butler

I get calls from time-to-time from programmers saying that their artist, title or composer separation isn’t working correctly.  Call numbers increase on this issue in the weeks leading up to Christmas with title separation.  Keep in mind separation rules look at your artist keywords, title keyword and composer keywords.  After analyzing the data, we often find that some of the entries are spelled just a bit different.  In order for the keyword separation to work correctly, all spellings in the specific  keyword have to be exactly the same.  How can you check this quickly?  Many programmers including myself would go through the library, sort and compare the artists or titles on each song card.

Here is an easier, faster, more thorough way to correct your keywords:  make those changes in your keyword maintenance window.

Click on Dataset, Library and Keywords.   Use the dropdown menu to select the keyword that you need to check.  For demonstration purposes, we will check the Title keyword.

Keyword Maintenance 1

I’ve highlighted entries for “O Holy Night” and “Oh Holy Night”.  In order for the title separation rules to work correctly, these need to be exactly the same.  Rather than changing every single song card, you can make the change for all songs right here.  I’m going to change “Oh Holy Night” to “O Holy Night”.  To do this, just click on the line and type the change. When I press [enter], I receive a prompt letting me know the keyword already exists and asking me if I would like to combine the two.  Click yes and any songs with ”Oh Holy Night” will be updated to “O Holy Night” and your rule will separate the titles correctly.

Keyword Maintenance 2

Check your keywords today and make sure your station’s artist, title and composer or any other keyword separation is running the way you want it to.