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Beets plugin that provides a customizable flexible field/tag, vt_albumartist, which defaults to the track's albumartist.

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Beets - VT Album Artist

This is a plugin for Beets. It provides a customizable flexible field/tag, vt_albumartist, which defaults to the track's albumartist. With this tag you'll be able to group different artists under a same group if your music player supports custom tags (e.g.: MusicBee).

Plugin only lightly tested by me. Use at your own risk!


To install it, use pip:

pip install beets-vtalbumartist


git clone
cd beets-vtalbumartist
python install


Enable the plugin in beets' config.yaml

plugins: vtalbumartist

How to use it

It works as an extra import stage, after Apply-like actions, which allows the user to Edit the "Virtual Album Artist", saving this value under the field/tag "vt_albumartist". If not edited, its value will be the same as the album's artist field/tag.

To change this field/tag for already imported tracks (but not set it), use the modify function on beets like it's explained here in the Docs. For example:

beet modify vt_albumartist='beastie men' artist:'beastie boys'

will change the tag for all tracks whose artist is "beastie boys".

It's compatible with built-in plugins that modify tags, like scrub and mbsync. Currently, the only way to set this field/tag for already imported tracks is by using the plugin scrub. By running it, tracks without this field/tag will be set with the default value (albumartist).

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