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lovatos

I've recently noticed that Spotify keeps changing tracklists on albums after they have been out for about six months. I've seen it with Bloom by Troye Sivan and self-titled by Shawn Mendes, and there are probably other examples as well. Does anyone know why they keep doing this and do you think this will harm them and make people switch to Apple Music?

Bloom's original tracklist:

  1. Seventeen
  2. My My My!
  3. The Good Side
  4. Bloom
  5. Postcard (feat. Gordi)
  6. Dance To This (feat. Ariana Grande)
  7. Plum
  8. What A Heavenly Way To Die
  9. Lucky Strike
  10. Animal

It has now been changed to:

  1. My My My!
  2. Bloom
  3. Lucky Strike
  4. Seventeen
  5. The Good Side
  6. Dance to This
  7. Plum
  8. Postcard
  9. What A Heavenly Way To Die
  10. Animal

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PoisonCandy

That's really strange. I don't think I've noticed this with any of my music, but I'll definitely be keeping an eye out now.

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lovatos
2 minutes ago, sxmescudi said:

more popular songs first?

But Dance To This is more popular than Bloom and Lucky Strike. I think it is quite stupid because artists release albums with an intentional tracklisting and it is meant to be listened in the order that they have put it

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eaucitronnée

spotify doesn't control artists' tracklists lol. that's the artist doing that.

kanye west did this with the life of pablo when he added "saint pablo" to the album post-release

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Illuminati

I've never seen this happen to anyone else maybe Troye just used the fact that they allow to rearrange it and did it himself

Adding a song like Fefe or removing one like DWUW or Gods & Monsters is a bit different

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Letemtalk

It kinda annoying when you save one version of an album, then you realise there is at least two other versions with very little difference to the one you've saved. In some cases it's quite hard to tell what the differences are.

 

Example

 

Melodrama (11 tracks)
https://open.spotify.com/album/4JeJPyNnsB3tqnHR7RL5v5

 

Melodrama (11 tracks)
https://open.spotify.com/album/2B87zXm9bOWvAJdkJBTpzF

 

Melodrama (12 tracks)
https://open.spotify.com/album/4oCGmYsAQOWt2ACWTpNUU6

 

Now I get that one version has an extra track, but why are two different URLs for the 11 track album if they're the same.

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Wes

They better leave the tags and my last.fm alone :biblio: i.e. adding the guest features onto a song's title out of nowhere :biblio:

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Venus XCX

They better don't. Not after I've spent a month of editing my last fm scrobbles to match Spotify's titles.

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masochizm
23 minutes ago, Letemtalk said:

It kinda annoying when you save one version of an album, then you realise there is at two other versions with very little difference to the one you've saved. In some cases it's quite hard to tell what the differences are.

 

Example

 

Melodrama (11 tracks)
https://open.spotify.com/album/4JeJPyNnsB3tqnHR7RL5v5?si

 

Melodrama (11 tracks)
https://open.spotify.com/album/2B87zXm9bOWvAJdkJBTpzF?si

 

Melodrama (12 tracks)
https://open.spotify.com/album/4oCGmYsAQOWt2ACWTpNUU6?si

 

Now I get that one version has an extra track, but why are two different URLs for the 11 track album if they're the same.

That’s literally not Spotify. It’s the label 

 

(And that goes for every comment in this thread)

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Otter

Lol, this is the artist. 


Beyonce's 4 was re-ordered on Spotify and it wasn't an aglorithm. The album has an intentionally different structure to give it a better pace, but this hasn't happened to any other album of hers. 

 

21 minutes ago, Letemtalk said:

It kinda annoying when you save one version of an album, then you realise there is at two other versions with very little difference to the one you've saved. In some cases it's quite hard to tell what the differences are.

 

Again this up to this artist. Most people now remove standard additions from streaming and have have deluxe. The duplicate albums bust be a mistake that her and her team don't care to correct.

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citizen
8 minutes ago, Otter said:

Lol, this is the artist. 


Beyonce's 4 was re-ordered on Spotify and it wasn't an aglorithm. The album has an intentionally different structure to give it a better pace, but this hasn't happened to any other album of hers. 

 

Again this up to this artist. Most people now remove standard additions from streaming and have have deluxe. The duplicate albums bust be a mistake that her and her team don't care to correct.

4 was re-released on CD with a reorganised tracklist. 

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Kurt Hummel
35 minutes ago, Supervillain said:

Spotify is trash. Get on the winning team and subscribe to Apple Music 

26 minutes ago, Daydream said:

People are using Flopify in 2019 when the superior Apple MuMu exists...? Yikes.

Piracy > Spotify > Deezer > Tidal > Fraudpple Music :gaycat5:

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lipes
32 minutes ago, Wes said:

They better leave the tags and my last.fm alone :biblio: i.e. adding the guest features onto a song's title out of nowhere :biblio:

I hate when it happens

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Goofy

It’s the artist/label doing it.

 

It’s easier to do that on Spotify instead of Apple Music because iTunes has a very messy backend and since Apple Music is linked to iTunes it’s not so easy.

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Letemtalk
14 hours ago, masochizm said:

That’s literally not Spotify. It’s the label

14 hours ago, Otter said:

Lol, this is the artist.

The duplicate albums must be a mistake

We get that in most cases it's the label (and/or artist) uploading a new version, but what is the reasoning behind having two versions with the same tracks?

 

It gets annoying when you start playing a song and you wonder - "didn't I save this one" - so you save it and now you have the album saved twice. It really bugs me because I'm wondering if they made some small difference to correct some glitch in production and I'm missing out on something - but which is the "right" version?

 

The one for Troye Sivan is a bit different as there appears to be a significant change and some people might prefer one track order over the other.

 

Melodrama is not the only other example. Another one is "Is This It" by The Strokes

 

Is This It - with original NSFW cover
https://open.spotify.com/album/2yNaksHgeMQM9Quse463b5

 

Is This It - with “safe” cover
https://open.spotify.com/album/2aPpplHRMpop3TpcIpzM3P

 

Is This It - also with “safe” cover
https://open.spotify.com/album/2k8KgmDp9oHrmu0MIj4XDE

 

I get why some people didn't like the original cover, but why two others?

They have same songs and track #4 is an explicit track on all.

 

Looking closer and capturing the images side by side, it appears that the two "safe" covers are just slightly different, but can't they fix it without adding more albums?

 

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Kings.

it’s the artist. The Neighbourhood did it with their last album (the main one, not the version with the EP’s included)

 

but I find it strange that songs are being grayed out AKA removed from all streaming services (ex: Strawberries & Cigarettes from Love, Simon)

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matthado
1 hour ago, Wes said:

They better leave the tags and my last.fm alone :biblio: i.e. adding the guest features onto a song's title out of nowhere :biblio:

They did this with Tinashe's Joyride out of nowhere :noparty:

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lipes
1 hour ago, Venus XCX said:

They better don't. Not after I've spent a month of editing my last fm scrobbles to match Spotify's titles.

Hahahaha me :deadbanana2:

damn, it took me way longer than what I anticipated

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