Artist credits indicate who is the main credited artist (or artists) for releases, release groups, tracks and recordings, and how they are credited. They consist of artists, with (optionally) their names as credited in the specific release, track, etc., and join phrases between them.
Use of artist credits
This page describes the use of artist credits (or ACs for short), and gives examples. It is not a style guideline - for that, check the style guidelines for artist credits.
That said, there are better and worse uses for artist credits.
- Use to indicate collaborations when possible (when not, use the collaboration relationship type).
- Use to indicate variations in an artist's name
- Name variations should not be used for
How to edit
Open the instance you want to add artist credits to and click the "Edit" tab or create a new one. Navigate to the artist input field and click the "Edit" button right from this input field.
To set how an artist is credited in a particular instance:
- Fill in the first field as you would normally do when adding an artist.
- In the "Artist as credited" field write how the artist is credited in this instance, for example this could be "M. Jackson" instead of "Michael Jackson".
- If there are several artists, like for example in a collaboration, you can add them by using the "Add Artist Credit" button and entering their names like in the step before.
- Additionally, you have to add the join phrases as given by the instance (the editor will fill these automatically if you don't input anything).
- As you add artists and join phrases, a preview will be generated by the artist credit tool. Check carefully for correct spacing before submitting your edit.
When everything is filled in, it will look something like this:
Click "Done" and you're finished. If you want to change a track artist again, you'll just have to open the tool again.
"Splitting" existing collaboration artists
Before artist credits were added to MusicBrainz, collaborations were often entered using the collaboration relationship. If you find an existing collaboration that you feel would be better represented as an artist credit, see How to Split Artists.
- Simple name variation
- Name variations including character and voice-actor credits
- Simple collaboration
- Simple collaborations in a language that inflects nouns to indicate association
- More complex collaborations
- Simple "featured artist" in popular music
- Simple split release
- Use of "join phrases" to more closely match the "as on cover" credits (controversial)