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[[Image:Attention.png]] This is the currently approved and official styleguide for ReleaseStatus. Work is going on the style mailing list to update it. You can access the new working draft directly on the [[MBWiki:ReleaseStatus|ReleaseStatus]] page of the wiki.
 
   
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==Description==
The Release Status is a [[Release Attribute|ReleaseAttribute]] that describes how 'official' a [[Release]] is. The following status are available:
 
   
 
The Release Status is a [[Release Attribute|ReleaseAttribute]] that describes how 'official' a [[Release]] is.
 
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==Guidelines for Release Status==
 
 
The type should apply to ''most'' of the tracks on the release. It's OK to have a couple of tracks that do not fit the release type, as long as the type applies to the release overall.
 
<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">'''Status:''' This is an [[Official Style Guideline|OfficialStyleGuideline]]. ''(This is also a work in progress and there is a [[Release Type Restructuring Proposal|ReleaseTypeRestructuringProposal]]).''
 
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==List of possible Release Status==
 
==List of possible Release Status==
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===Official===
 
===Official===
   
<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">Any release officially sanctioned by the artist and/or their record company. (Most releases will fit into this category.)
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<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">Any release officially sanctioned by the artist and/or their record company. (Most releases will fit into this category.)
 
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===Promotion===
 
===Promotion===
   
<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">A give-away release or a release intended to promote an upcoming official release. (e.g. pre-release versions or releases included with a magazine, versions supplied to radio DJs for air-play, etc).
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<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">A give-away release or a release intended to promote an upcoming official release. (e.g. pre-release versions or releases included with a magazine, versions supplied to radio DJs for air-play, etc).
 
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===Bootleg===
 
===Bootleg===
   
<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">An unofficial/underground release that was not sanctioned by the artist and/or the record company. This includes unofficial live recordings, pirated releases, and custom burnt compilations. In the latter case, we do not sanction entering custom compilation CDs (homebrews) into [[MusicBrainz]], as this information has little relevance to anyone besides the creator. One of the challenges in this system is to identify the "real" bootlegs from the homebrews.
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<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">An unofficial/underground release that was not sanctioned by the artist and/or the record company. This includes unofficial live recordings, pirated releases, and custom burnt compilations. In the latter case, we do not sanction entering custom compilation CDs (homebrews) into [[MusicBrainz]], as this information has little relevance to anyone besides the creator. One of the challenges in this system is to identify the "real" bootlegs from the homebrews.
 
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===Pseudo-Release===
 
===Pseudo-Release===
   
<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">A pseudo-release is a duplicate release for translation/transliteration purposes. It allows us to retain and link to useful translation/transliteration info until [[Next Generation Schema|NextGenerationSchema]] allows us to display the info in a better way.
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<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">A pseudo-release is used at one end of a [[Translation Transliteration Relationship Type|TranslationTransliterationRelationshipType]]. It allows us to retain and link to useful translation/transliteration info until [[Next Generation Schema|NextGenerationSchema]] allows us to display the info in a better way.
 
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On a transl*ation the "Pseudo-Release" [[Release Status|ReleaseStatus]] should be used for all transl*ations of titles that do not appear on an actual release (even if they appear on an official site). These releases are otherwise identical and implicitly share the same relationships and non-language/script attributes as the original language version. It is possible for the transl*ation to also be an official release, such as if a release also has an identical release overseas but the back of the CD case is transl*ated by the label for overseas sale. In this case there will be two "official releases" and no pseudo-release in the relationship. As for the direction of the AR and which should be the "original", the original should default to the native language of the artist; any odd circumstances can be handeled on a case by case basis. Luckily the addition of bonus tracks on releases from different countries makes this issue less common than at first glance.
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If the album has tracks listed in duplicate languages, both languages will be tagged and the [[Release Status|ReleaseStatus]] will be set to "Official". All other versions that don't reflect the album itself will be classified as "Pseudo-Release" even if the track listing on these pseudo-releases are identical to one of languages on the "official" album it is still not THE "official" release that had both languages.
 
   
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In situations where the physical release can not be obtained and the artists official site lists either one language or the other, default to the native release language of the artist as the "official" version and the other as the "Pseudo-Release".
==Discussion==
 
   
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Not all transl*ations will be from actual releases (from the printed tracklisting for physical releases, or from the tracklisting on the official site for Internet-only releases). Even if no actual release has transl*ated titles, to provide for better [[Internationalization|InterNationalization]], editors can create release entries with transl*ated titles, taken from official sites (ideally) or provided by fans or editors themselves.
'''Q:''' What's the status of a [[Bonus Disc|BonusDisc]]?
 
   
 
==Guidelines for Release Status==
My take on this is that the release status should be the same as the release it came with. So a bonus disc with an official release should be marked Official. The release type has to be judged from the content - I've seen releases, eps, singles and compilations as bonus discs. --[[User:ZeroGravitas|ZeroGravitas]]
 
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<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">I think it should be determined as if it is a separate entry. Live releases are Live, Remix releases are Remix, bonus discs with just a few tracks, e.g. different versions, are probably best categorised as Other. --[[User:Zout|Zout]]
 
 
The type should apply to ''most'' of the tracks on the release. It's OK to have a couple of tracks that do not fit the release type, as long as the type applies to the release overall.
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<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">'''Status:''' This is an [[Official Style Guideline|OfficialStyleGuideline]].
   
[[Category:To Be Reviewed]]
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[[Category:Documentation]] [[Category:Release]]

Latest revision as of 20:31, 26 May 2015

Status: This Page is Glorious History!

The content of this page either is bit-rotted, or has lost its reason to exist due to some new features having been implemented in MusicBrainz, or maybe just described something that never made it in (or made it in a different way), or possibly is meant to store information and memories about our Glorious Past. We still keep this page to honor the brave editors who, during the prehistoric times (prehistoric for you, newcomer!), struggled hard to build a better present and dreamed of an even better future. We also keep it for archival purposes because possibly it still contains crazy thoughts and ideas that may be reused someday. If you're not into looking at either the past or the future, you should just disregard entirely this page content and look for an up to date documentation page elsewhere.

Description

The Release Status is a ReleaseAttribute that describes how 'official' a Release is.

List of possible Release Status

Official

  • Any release officially sanctioned by the artist and/or their record company. (Most releases will fit into this category.)

Promotion

  • A give-away release or a release intended to promote an upcoming official release. (e.g. pre-release versions or releases included with a magazine, versions supplied to radio DJs for air-play, etc).

Bootleg

  • An unofficial/underground release that was not sanctioned by the artist and/or the record company. This includes unofficial live recordings, pirated releases, and custom burnt compilations. In the latter case, we do not sanction entering custom compilation CDs (homebrews) into MusicBrainz, as this information has little relevance to anyone besides the creator. One of the challenges in this system is to identify the "real" bootlegs from the homebrews.


Pseudo-Release

On a transl*ation the "Pseudo-Release" ReleaseStatus should be used for all transl*ations of titles that do not appear on an actual release (even if they appear on an official site). These releases are otherwise identical and implicitly share the same relationships and non-language/script attributes as the original language version. It is possible for the transl*ation to also be an official release, such as if a release also has an identical release overseas but the back of the CD case is transl*ated by the label for overseas sale. In this case there will be two "official releases" and no pseudo-release in the relationship. As for the direction of the AR and which should be the "original", the original should default to the native language of the artist; any odd circumstances can be handeled on a case by case basis. Luckily the addition of bonus tracks on releases from different countries makes this issue less common than at first glance.

If the album has tracks listed in duplicate languages, both languages will be tagged and the ReleaseStatus will be set to "Official". All other versions that don't reflect the album itself will be classified as "Pseudo-Release" even if the track listing on these pseudo-releases are identical to one of languages on the "official" album it is still not THE "official" release that had both languages.

In situations where the physical release can not be obtained and the artists official site lists either one language or the other, default to the native release language of the artist as the "official" version and the other as the "Pseudo-Release".

Not all transl*ations will be from actual releases (from the printed tracklisting for physical releases, or from the tracklisting on the official site for Internet-only releases). Even if no actual release has transl*ated titles, to provide for better InterNationalization, editors can create release entries with transl*ated titles, taken from official sites (ideally) or provided by fans or editors themselves.

Guidelines for Release Status

The type should apply to most of the tracks on the release. It's OK to have a couple of tracks that do not fit the release type, as long as the type applies to the release overall.