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Using MySQL, I'm looking to get the sum dollar amount of all licenses in our system, broken out or grouped by album.  Our albums are stored as 6 character codes, example ABC001.  Unfortunately the license tables don't store album, only the album_track, which is the album code with a number appended, example ABC001_12.  So I have to do a fuzzy search for 'ABC001%'.  

I'm able to run this query to get the summed license values:

SELECT SUM(a.LicenseAmount)
FROM db1.sync_license_apps a
inner join db1.sync_license_apps_music_used b
on a.appl_ReferenceID = b.fk_appl_ReferenceID
where appl_musicUsedTrackCatNumber like 'ABC001%';

The problem is that I want to essentially run this as a subquery to my Albums table - SELECT album_code from albums.  But I can't do this because I have to use a LIKE filter.

Any idea how to accomplish this?  Thanks!
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Based on your description you might not even need your album table:

SELECT SUM(a.LicenseAmount)
, left(appl_musicUsedTrackCatNumber,6) as 'Album_code'
FROM db1.sync_license_apps a
inner join db1.sync_license_apps_music_used b 
on a.appl_ReferenceID = b.fk_appl_ReferenceID
group by left(appl_musicUsedTrackCatNumber,6)  

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If your album code is always 6 characters long this will group LicenseAmount from sync_license_apps by the album code taken from the column appl_musicUsedTrackCatNumber.
If you do want to add a table called Albums which joins on that album code, you're looking at something like this:

Select C.*
, s.licenseAmount
, s.Album_code
from (
SELECT SUM(a.LicenseAmount)
, left(appl_musicUsedTrackCatNumber,6) as 'Album_code'
FROM db1.sync_license_apps a
inner join db1.sync_license_apps_music_used b 
on a.appl_ReferenceID = b.fk_appl_ReferenceID
group by left(appl_musicUsedTrackCatNumber,6)
) as s
inner join db1.albums c
on s.album_code = c.album_code

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