Artist/Name/Legal Name

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Legal Name of a Person

A Legal Name is the name of a person as used in official dealings, especially with governments. Many musicians are known by an alias, and we refer to that as the PerformanceName.

For MusicBrainz purposes, if an artist works under their PerformanceName, the Legal Name is primarily used hold biographical details such as DateOfBirth and personal relationships.

What is the Legal Name?

The birth certificate is the usual place you will find a legal name. However, legal names can be changed at any time (eg by marriage, deed poll etc).