Style/Titles/Featured artists

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Status: This is an official style guideline.

This guideline applies to cases in which one or more artists are featured on a track by another artist, but not equally as they would be in a collaboration. That is, they are given credit on the cover or track listing of a release by another artist in a manner which elevates their contribution above normal liner note credits. Often, the word “featuring” or “feat.” precedes their name(s).

Guideline

  1. Fill out the artist credits for the primary artist(s) in the usual manner.
  2. Add a join phrase of “ feat. ” (note the surrounding spaces).
  3. Add the first featured artist.
  4. Add additional featured artists, each separated by “, ” (note the trailing space) and the final one separated by “ & ” (note the surrounding spaces).
  5. Add Relationships of the appropriate Relationship Class (usually Performance) to link to the featured artist(s’) entries in MusicBrainz.

The use of artist credits has the advantage that the recording is listed under all credited artists, not just the primary ones. In example three below, this makes the recording appear under all seven artists rather than just the one.

Details

  • Featured artists tend to be performers, but they can also be contributors to the technical production process (mixers, producers, record engineers, etc.), remixers and others. The different roles are explained in Compilation Relationship Class, Composition Relationship Class, Production Relationship Class, Remix Relationship Class. Note that composers, remixers, compilers and songwriters can also be the main artists of a release; if they are, just enter them as such.
  • Featured artists credited on the packaging using a word other than "featuring" (or an abbreviation of it) should not be standardized and should be entered as is. This goes for "with" and foreign equivalents of the word.

Examples

The following examples show how to turn a track/artist pair into a track name and artist credit.

  1. Recording: “Umbrella” by Rihanna featuring Jay‐Z is credited to Rihanna feat. Jay‐Z as follows:
    featured artists example 1.png
  2. Recording: “4 Minutes” by Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland is credited to Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland as follows:
    featured artists example 2.png
  3. Recording: “Game Over” by Tinchy Stryder featuring Giggs, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, Devlin, Example & Chipmunk is credited to Tinchy Stryder feat. Giggs, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, Devlin, Example & Chipmunk as follows:
    featured artists example 3.png
  4. Recording: “Inflation” by Promoe with Afasi is credited to Promoe med Afasi as according to the packaging.
  5. The release group for “Umbrella” is credited in the same way as the recording in example 1.
  6. The release group for “4 Minutes” is credited in the same way as the recording in example 2.
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