Artist name internationalization

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Recently Google Play started translating more and more artist names, and scrobbling this leads to duplicate artist pages with no reason. For example:

https://www.last.fm/music/Кайли+Миноуг = https://www.last.fm/music/Kylie+Minogue
https://www.last.fm/music/Софи+Эллис-Бекстор = https://www.last.fm/music/Sophie+Ellis-Bextor
https://www.last.fm/music/Дайдо = https://www.last.fm/music/Dido

..and so on.

I contacted Google with a question how to turn this feature off, but they answered that they won't provide a way to do this in a near future.

As you have auto-correction for artist/song names, I suggest redirecting scrobbles with translated name to original artist. It would be also good if users can suggest name translations by theirselves on artist page.
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Valeriy Lyasotskiy

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Posted 2 years ago

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Marpo08

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In Google Play Music, you can manually change the metadata of any track in your library. That's what I do whenever Google Play Music's metadata aren't correct.
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Jon, Community & Customer Services

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I think that only applies for music you've uploaded yourself.  If you're a google play music subscriber, you can't edit the metadata (or at least, I've yet to find a way of doing this).
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Marpo08

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No, it applies to any song you've added to your library.
https://support.google.com/googleplay...
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Jon, Community & Customer Services

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Official Response
Thanks for letting us know, I've raised this with the data team to look into.  For now, probably the best thing to do is click "No" in the box where it asks if they're correct or not.

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Valeriy Lyasotskiy

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Thanks for an official answer. Is it possible to somehow provide a link to correct artist after I click "No"?
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Саша Зинуков

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iTunes too has such problem.
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tapenoon

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dear god. this is atrocious.
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Cornel Diaconu

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Hmm, if Google are so dumb-minded on this aspect, you may like better to download your Google play music onto your computer, edit the translated artist names and/or song titles, and scrobble the music with your local music player, instead of directly from Google play...
Btw, if they do such ridiculous translation of people names (still can't believe they translate Dido to Дайдо ....) they do the same for song titles, as well ?
Thus, instead of listening to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of The Moon", you'll listen to ... Темная сторона Луны ? Ah, and when will you listen to the Russian spoken lyrics instead of the original English ones ? :-) (television stations do this ridiculous task since a lot of years....)

This comes as the revers to the latinization of artist names from Russia, Greece, China, Japan, a.s.o
There are literally thousands of such examples that need auto-corrections from English translated artist names into their original language spelling (despite being harder for us to refer them ...).
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Valeriy Lyasotskiy

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Seems like I missed a lot replies after I submitted this question. :)

Proposition to download music to my PC and scrobble it from local player is not correct, because I listen to music from Google Play primarily from my smartphone on-the-go. Also, as a subscriber, I can't download music, only stream it even on PC.

I think name translation can be also handy in cases when translation becomes more popular than original, but it's still the same artist, for example this band:

https://www.last.fm/music/Maximum+the+Hormone = https://www.last.fm/music/マキシマム+ザ+ホルモン

This is also applicable to their track names. :)
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Last.FM used to have multiple versions of names and display name translation as an option, but it got lost at some point so now I have to guess who's Joe Hisaishi and who's Yasunori Mitsuda and who's Koji Kondo (to name three of my favorite artists whose names are now only displayed in kanji).

If there's some way to turn that back on again, I don't know it. I really miss that feature.
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