CMTA genre code weirdness

By JT_X JT_X
updated about 1 month ago

See the CMTA genre codes wiki page for a full explanations of these codes, including a full list of the meanings. This list tracks CMTA codes that are invalid or formatted strangely.

Basics of CMTA genre codes:
• Digits 1–2 define the main category (broad genres/styles).
• Digits 3–4 define the sub categories (more specific genres/styles).
• Digits 5–6 define the theme (holidays or other occasions).

When the main category (digits 1–2) is CO, DA, JZ, ST, VO, or WD, a sub category is required. This means that XX is not allowed as digits 3–4 when used with these main categories.

This list is not about critiquing the genre/style accuracy. Also, while there are guidelines for placement of the codes (the upper-right of the white area around the barcode); this list doesn't track those that are not designed this way.

I use the term "digits" to refer to the alphabetical characters that make up the codes, keeping the terminology used by the CMTA itself.

This list created 2020-02-06. Last item added 2020-02-07.

  1. Beautiful Eulogy - Worthy

    1 For Sale from $5.00

    HPHPXX
    “HPHP” is not defined. Should be RPRPXX, using the existing codes for "Rap/Hip Hop" instead of inventing new ones.

  2. Joy Electric - The Magic Of Christmas

    3 For Sale from $4.98

    CSAMXX
    "CS" is not a valid code for digits 1–2. Should be AMXXCS.

  3. Amy Grant - Tennessee Christmas

    1 For Sale from $19.95

    CPCSXX
    "CS" is not defined for digits 3–4. Should be CPXXCS.

  4. MercyMe - MercyMe It's Christmas!

    11 For Sale from $1.99

    CSCSXX
    "CS" is not valid for digits 1–2 or digits 3–4. "CS" means "Christmas", and is only valid as digits 5–6.

  5. Sanctus Real - The Face Of Love

    1 For Sale from $3.11

    MRXXXX
    "MR" is undefined. "Modern Rock" should be listed as "Alternative/Modern (AM)".

  6. Sanctus Real - The Face Of Love

    20 For Sale from $2.50

    MRXXXX
    "MR" is not valid.

  7. Sanctus Real - Fight The Tide

    1 For Sale from $3.11

    MRXXXX
    "MR" is undefined.

  8. Sanctus Real - Fight The Tide

    MRXXXX
    "MR" is undefined.

  9. Crystal Lewis - Fearless

    9 For Sale from $2.99

    CPACCD
    "CD" is not defined.

  10. Crystal Lewis - Fearless

    1 For Sale from $3.00

    CPACCD
    "CD" is not defined.

  11. P40.3 - Worship Project P40.3

    MWMWCD
    "CD" is undefined.

  12. Bill Gaither* - Bill Gaither

    3 For Sale from $4.95

    SGSGCD
    "CD" is undefined.

  13. Lincoln Brewster - All To You: Live

    MWMWCD
    "CD" is not defined.

  14. Ginny Owens - Without Condition

    10 For Sale from $0.42

    CPCPCD
    "CD" is not defined.

  15. Anne Murray - What A Wonderful World

    17 For Sale from $1.50

    ACXXXX
    "AC" is not valid for digits 1–2.

  16. Shannon Wexelberg - Story Of My Life

    1 For Sale from $27.16

    ACACXX
    "AC" is not defined for digits 1–2.

  17. Point Of Grace - Free To Fly

    ACCPXX
    "AC" is undefined for digits 1–2.

  18. The Boxcars (2) - It's Just A Road

    2 For Sale from $2.17

    BGBGXX
    "BG" is not valid for digits 1–2.

  19. The Grascals - And Then There's This...

    5 For Sale from $6.99

    BGBGXX
    "BG" is not defined for digits 1–2.

  20. The Grascals - When I Get My Pay

    4 For Sale from $6.99

    BGBGXX
    "BG" is not valid for digits 1–2.

  21. Darin & Brooke Aldridge - Live At Red, White And Bluegrass!

    BGBGXX
    "BG" is not valid for digits 1–2.

  22. Balsam Range - Five

    5 For Sale from $2.00

    BGBGXX
    "BG" is not valid for digits 1–2.

  23. Balsam Range - Last Train To Kitty Hawk

    1 For Sale from $2.17

    BGBGXX
    "BG" is not valid for digits 1–2.

  24. Balsam Range - Papertown

    3 For Sale from $2.17

    BGBGXX
    "BG" is not valid for digits 1–2.

  25. Jeremy Camp - I Still Believe

    2 For Sale from $6.76

    CPCPSI
    "SI" is undefined for digits 5–6. It should be CPSIXX, where "SI" means "Single".