Fix how covers are tracked; stats are worthless under current methodology.
Covers should only be songs not performed by the original recording artist or songwriter. The @Cover and @Song tags should have different rules and should be tracked separately statistically.
For example, look at Sting's Tour Statistics for Covers and his number one covered band is... Stewart Copland drum roll... The Police. Sting wrote these songs, he is playing his songs, from a different band in a solo show. These are not covers.
Even worse; look at the recent David Crosby & Graham Nash tour stats. All these guys do is play covers if you look at the stats but they are covering them selves. Their top 25 covers contains one -1- yes 1 our of 25 that they did not write or were involved in the original recording.
I think it is nice to see when a song comes from an earlier group the artist was with like noting The Police songs in a Sting setlist but these are not covers.
Lets fix these rules and get the stats looking right.
Here's to setlist.fm!!
Jeff Maher commented
On a somewhat similar note, what about when a band covers a song but it also appears on one of their albums (Poison- "Your Mama Don't Dance" appears on "Open Up and Say... Ahh!" yet shows up in "Covers" instead of that album)
Alan Taylor commented
Ever going to change this? There is a difference in covering another band's songs and playing songs originally done by the artist's previous bands.
Any updates on this? There seemed to be a feature in place a little while ago where all covers were showing up in album stats from their "parent" album. This was (sensibly) switched off but it seems like perfect treatment to differentiate the @Song tag.
The idea of hiding the @Cover tag if the solo artist was a member of the band being covered has been discussed in the private forum for Mods/Admins. I don't remember the result of the discussion, but I agree with you that it's a good idea.