|Status: 2012 Pre-RFC for CSG for release & releasegroup artists|
For releases of physical media, the release artist will be sourced from the front cover. When a physical cover is not available, find the featured composers & artists at a reliable online source.
- The spine can be used if it should happen to contain more detail than the front cover
Preferably from the label's page or other official source.
The ReleaseArtist of a classical Release should include the composer(s) & performers featured on the front cover (except when "Various Artists" is used, see below). Use only composers & performers who are featured on the front cover, don't add artists from the back cover or the inside of the booklet and so on.
If there is only one name on the front cover. Not common for classical releases; usually the composer and a couple of performers will be listed.
Use a comma to separate names. If the credits contain both composers & performers, begin with the composers. Use a semicolon to separate composers from performers.
Not prominently featured names
If there is a long list of names on the cover, only the most prominently featured names need to be included. For example when a single performer (or group) performs works from many different composers, or vice-versa. Also see below for information about when to use "Various Artists".
When dealing with "samplers" & some compilations like "Classical for relaxing", there are no really featured artists. In these cases, use the special artist "Various Artists".
Will in many cases have the same name and artists as the release. If the featured artists differs between different releases in the same release group, try to find the most used version. If that fails, use the earliest release.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Edita Gruberová / Kurt Eichhorn / Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
Leoš Janáček / Antonín Dvořák / New Helsinki Quartet
Philippe Herreweghe / Ludwig van Beethoven / Mannion / Remmert / Taylor / Hauptmann / Orchestre des Champs-Élysées / La Chapelle Royale / Collegium Vocale Gent
- It's debated whether we should always begin with composers, for file directory reasons (if you tag by release artist). It won't help when there are more than one composer, though.