User:Tommycrock/Proposal/Release Title

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Status: This page describes an active style guideline proposal and is not official.



Proposal number: RFC-Release title
Champion: tommycrock
Current status: pre-RFC



Enter the release title as it appears on the release, always following the style principles of error correction and artist intent and general guidance for titles, which includes capitalisation, subtitles and multiple titles.

Sources

Physical media

The primary source for the title should be the front cover, although the title may be found on the spine or on the medium itself. When no title can be found on the release, try to find the title at a reliable online source.

Where the title differs between the front cover and the spine, the title on the front is preferred. Where additional information (e.g. a subtitle) is available on the spine, include this. You should aim for completeness, as this will be most useful for searches, but do not include text which is not part of the title.

Digital media

For digital media, use the release artwork, official release page or other official sources. If a physical version was released at the same time, consider using that. Avoid using information from resellers or file tags where possible.

Content

The title should be the title alone, excluding introductory and other text.

Designations

If a release includes a designation such as EP or E.P., 7", CD, LP, single, etc. as part of its title, include it in the Release Title. If a format designation is not explicitly part of the title, it should not be added.

Other text

The Release title should not contain artists unless they are clearly part of the title as in Bernstein Conducts Stravinsky or The Very Best of Cher, or for eponymous releases or multi-artist releases as outlined below. Incomplete titles (e.g. “Best of…”) should not be used without good reason. Similarly, descriptive text such as "20 chart-topping hits" should not usually be entered.

Order

The order of the different parts of a title can usually be determined by their order on the cover or spine, or by their prominence indicated by size of typeface.

No obvious release title

Eponymous album

If the release is an album by a single artist with no obvious title, assume the title is the artist's name (e.g. The Beatles or Blur)

Single track or work releases

If the release is a single or EP, or contains a single work and is without an obvious title, use the title of the first track or the work shown on the release. !Double A single...

A list of tracks or works

Use the works as credited and separate them with a slash.

Title and a list of tracks or works

If a release contains both a title and a list of tracks or works only use the title.

A list of tracks or works by different artists or composers

For every work, add the composer as credited. Separate the composer/artist from the work/track with a colon.

Multi-language titles

The release title and tracklist should match, if possible.

  • Don't add your own translation unless you are entering a pseudo-release.

A list of artists

In rare cases there are no credited tracks or works, only artists. Separate artists with a slash.

Formatting

ETI: usually for designations such as deluxe edition, remastered, 10th anniversary multiple title: usually for split releases, combined releases... subtitles: usually when a title is broken into several parts...

Examples

Some non-classical ones!

Italian Opera Arias
The 5 Cello Sonatas
String Quartets
Great Violinists - Heifetz
The Last Night of the Proms
Christmas With Robert Shaw
Symphony no. 14, op. 135
Carmen
When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd
Saint-Saëns' Sonata and Other French Music
Sinfonietta Giocosa / Toccata e Due Canzoni / Sinfonietta La Jolla
Magnificat, BWV 243 / Cantata "Ich habe genug", BWV 82
Concertos pour 1 & 2 violons / Concerto pour violon & hautbois
Bernstein Conducts Stravinsky
The Complete Organ Music, Volume 7
Ravel: Introduction and allegro / Debussy: Danses Sacrée et profane / Music by Roger-Ducasse & Grandjany
Brahms: Fest- und Gedenksprüche / Brahms: Drei Motetten / Strauss: Zwei Gesänge
Violinkonzert
Violin Concerto s/b English tracktitles, probably
Saint-Saëns / Ravel / Martin

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