Topic: Picard "Couldn't load album" errors - PLEASE READ FIRST
If you get "Couldn't load album errors" for releases in Picard, this can occur for a number of reasons. Check the following things:
1. Is the problem persistent for a given release?
Try waiting a minute or two, or even a bit longer and then try again with a right click, "Refresh". Sometimes the servers are just overloaded and temporarily reject requests. This is much less of a problem than it used to be in 2009/2010 and will hopefully happen less over time as MB gets more capacity.
2. Has the release been deleted/removed from MB?
If you are re-tagging files previously tagged with Picard, and get this error; the release has possibly been deleted. Try to right click and use the "Lookup in browser" option ("Lookup" button on bottom right in Picard versions earlier than 1.0) to view the release on the website - if you can't find it, it may have been deleted. This could be because you tagged a pending release that was voted down, or tagged against a release that was deleted because editors decided it wasn't a valid release. (Can happen for homebrew compilations, bad torrent or pirate rips, "advance" releases or very poorly added releases) Usually there will be an alternate release you can tag against you can find by searching or doing another clustered lookup from Picard. If you can't find a replacement and believe it has been deleted unfairly, submit a new release, supplying evidence of the tracklisting and as much information as possible to prove it is genuine and it may be accepted again.
3. (Picard 0.15 only) Does the release have a disc with a format of "8cm CD" or "CD-R"?
Picard 0.15 did not properly support these disc formats. This was fixed in Picard 0.15.1. Upgrade to this or a later version.