What kind of apostrophe is this ?

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Hi, 
Amy Macdonald's fresh song "This Time's Different" looks like this oin the Spotify page (web player):

and:



So I'd say the apostrophe on Spotify side is the normal one.

When it get scrobbled to last.fm, it goes to this song:
https://www.last.fm/music/Amy+Macdonald/_/This+Time%E2%80%99s+Everything
instead of this:
https://www.last.fm/music/Amy+Macdonald/_/This+Time's+Everything

Is there any reason for this ?


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Cornel Diaconu

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Jon, Community & Customer Services

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It looks like spotify are using the typographic apostrophe  for this song instead of the more common typewriter apostrophe '.   You can read about the difference here.

The traditional way to fix this would be to set up a correction from This+Time%E2%80%99s+Everything to This+Time's+Everything; but we were actually discussing the other day whether it's beneficial to just treat all apostrophes as the same for consistency.  I'd be interested to hear opinions on this.
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Rtyom

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Since there is no difference in their meanings, I’d say the database must treat it as the same thing. It’ll help to avoid much of the future confusion. Band names, song titles, even remix titles. (Yep, I like using the typogrphic one.)
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To be honest, I'm surprised you're even hesitating.

As Rtyom said, the meaning is the same - it would certainly clear up a lot of unnecessary duplication of artists, songs, and albums. I would suggest making a similar rule for a double apostrophe and speech marks ('' and ") as these are also often used in names (for things like (7" edit) when they mean the same thing.