Song listings that go to wrong version of album

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Frequently, I need to find out what album a song is on. There are many problems with this, but I'll stick to the easiest to fix.

Numerous times that I click on the link for the associated album, the song isn't there. Record companies like to add and subtract bonus tracks in an effort to make us buy the same album ten or fifteen times. So I go the Releases tab, and there are the ten or twenty different versions of the album. So I have to open up each one until I find the version that contains the song I'm looking for. Balls!

Can you please link the entries under the songs tab to the correct entries under the releases tab? I know each album version has a unique identifier, it shouldn't be impossible. Oh by the way, I'll need you to do this with all of the seven hundred million songs listed in the database.
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Andy DeNardi

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Posted 6 years ago

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Zac Johnson, Official Rep

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Hi Andy,
This is a tricky thing that we are trying to solve.

We kinda have two options:

We can list each Release that a song appears on (often displaying releases of the same album dozens of times like this: http://www.allrovi.com/music/song/bil... )

Or we can collapse the individual releases up to the single Album level like this: http://www.allmusic.com/song/billie-j... knowing that in a few non-standard cases we may be referencing a main album that does not contain the b-side or bonus track being referenced at the song level).

It's a bit of a "Damned if you do/Damned if you don't" kinda thing so we have erred on the side of providing the single main album that works for 95% of the people just wondering which album "Billie Jean" appeared on, but causing extra work for the 5% of die-hards and researchers who are looking for where an obscure (or in some cases non-obscure) bonus track appears.

Does that logic make sense?

Your comment about needing to do this for "Seven hundred million songs" is not too far off...it points out the magnitude of trying to provide a good overall solution when the labels keep throwing us curveballs and Deluxe Editions.