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"Artist" History

(and yeah, that's an unfortunately BadWikiName)


This page keep tracks of how the concept of Artist evolved in MusicBrainz and the various discussion/proposals that led to its present state.

Staled proposals that haven't (yet?) come to reality


Before the introduction of the label system, some artists were created for publishers. They were indeed companies, and ought to be migrated to Labels. It was even suggested the following:

  • The introduction of PublisherRelationshipType implies the existence of a new artist type, which should probably called "Company". This could be handled by the existing "Group" artist type, but I'd suggest that a new type be created. Other types might be created in future, such as "Label". It's also worth considering formalizing the difference between LegalName and PerformanceName this way: which is discussed further on MusicalAssociationRelationshipClass, here, and here.

This page has a list of artists that should be migrated to labels: ArtistsThatShouldBeLabels