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In [[MusicBrainz Terminology|MusicBrainzTerminology]], the release title is the entire text string representing the name of a [[Release]]. It is stored in the release title field.  
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In [[MusicBrainz Terminology|MusicBrainzTerminology]], the release title is the entire text string representing the name of a [[Release]]. It is stored in the release title field.
  
This page deals with (a) the definition of different parts of ReleaseTitle<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s and (b) the ordering of these parts.  
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This page deals with (a) the definition of different parts of ReleaseTitle<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s and (b) the ordering of these parts.
  
 
These instructions stretch to apply to any genre of music, but please also see the classical-specific variation: [[Classical Release Title Style|ClassicalReleaseTitleStyle]] for [[Classical Music|ClassicalMusic]].
 
These instructions stretch to apply to any genre of music, but please also see the classical-specific variation: [[Classical Release Title Style|ClassicalReleaseTitleStyle]] for [[Classical Music|ClassicalMusic]].
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; [[Main Title]]
 
; [[Main Title]]
: This is the major part of an ReleaseTitle, and is the main reference when talking about a work or a person. For example, in the title "'''''100% Hits''': The Best of 1998 (disc 1)''", the bold part is the [[Main Title|MainTitle]].  
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: This is the major part of an ReleaseTitle, and is the main reference when talking about a work or a person. For example, in the title "'''''100% Hits''': The Best of 1998 (disc 1)''", the bold part is the [[Main Title|MainTitle]].
  
 
; [[Subtitle]]
 
; [[Subtitle]]
: This is a secondary part of an ReleaseTitle, usually containing extra information relevant to an release, or sometimes a second name or an extension of the [[Main Title|MainTitle]]. Using the previous example, "''100% Hits: '''The Best of 1998''' (disc 1)''" (the bold part is the [[Subtitle|SubTitle]]). Another example would be "''Blood on the Dance Floor''': HIStory in the Mix'''''".  
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: This is a secondary part of an ReleaseTitle, usually containing extra information relevant to an release, or sometimes a second name or an extension of the [[Main Title|MainTitle]]. Using the previous example, "''100% Hits: '''The Best of 1998''' (disc 1)''" (the bold part is the [[Subtitle|SubTitle]]). Another example would be "''Blood on the Dance Floor''': HIStory in the Mix'''''".
  
; [[Volume Number]]  
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; [[Volume Number]]
: This is a special part of the title that defines where this release fits into a series of releases. Usually it takes the form "Volume x", but there may be other distinguishers used. For example "''Greatest Hits of 1993''', Volume 3'''''" or ''New Wave''', Number 1'''''.  
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: This is a special part of the title that defines where this release fits into a series of releases. Usually it takes the form "Volume x", but there may be other distinguishers used. For example "''Greatest Hits of 1993''', Volume 3'''''" or ''New Wave''', Number 1'''''.
 
; [[Volume Title]]
 
; [[Volume Title]]
: Sometimes a volume of a series has a title itself. A [[Volume Title|VolumeTitle]] is only allowed when the ReleaseTitle includes a [[Volume Number|VolumeNumber]]. An example is "''Cornology, Volume 1''': The Intro'''''" by "The Bonzo Dog Band".  
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: Sometimes a volume of a series has a title itself. A [[Volume Title|VolumeTitle]] is only allowed when the ReleaseTitle includes a [[Volume Number|VolumeNumber]]. An example is "''Cornology, Volume 1''': The Intro'''''" by "The Bonzo Dog Band".
  
; Box Number:
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; Box Number:
: This defines where this disc fits in a multi-box [[Box Set|BoxSet]]. Releases with a [[Box Number|BoxNumber]] also have a [[Disc Number|DiscNumber]] (see below). The form for this is "'''''(box w, disc x)'''''" or, for discs with a [[Disc Title|DiscTitle]], "'''''(box w, disc x''': Disc Name''')'''''". See also [[Box Set Name Style|BoxSetNameStyle]] and [[Multi-Disc Release|MultiDiscRelease]].  
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: This defines where this disc fits in a multi-box [[Box Set|BoxSet]]. Releases with a [[Box Number|BoxNumber]] also have a [[Disc Number|DiscNumber]] (see below). The form for this is "'''''(box w, disc x)'''''" or, for discs with a [[Disc Title|DiscTitle]], "'''''(box w, disc x''': Disc Name''')'''''". See also [[Box Set Name Style|BoxSetNameStyle]] and [[Multi-Disc Release|MultiDiscRelease]].
  
 
; Box Title
 
; Box Title
: This defines titles that are applicable to one box of a multi-box [[Box Set|BoxSet]] only, for example '''"''Box_Set_Title'' (box 2: ''Box_Title'', disc 1)"''' and '''"''Box_Set_Title'' (box 1: ''Box_Title'', disc 3: ''Album_Title'')"'''.  
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: This defines titles that are applicable to one box of a multi-box [[Box Set|BoxSet]] only, for example '''"''Box_Set_Title'' (box 2: ''Box_Title'', disc 1)"''' and '''"''Box_Set_Title'' (box 1: ''Box_Title'', disc 3: ''Album_Title'')"'''.
  
 
; [[Disc Number]]
 
; [[Disc Number]]
: This defines where this disc fits in a [[Multi-Disc Release|MultiDiscRelease]] or [[Box Set|BoxSet]]. The form for this is "'''''(disc x)'''''", or, for discs with a [[Disc Title|DiscTitle]], "'''''(disc x''': Disc Name''')'''''". If a disc is a [[Bonus Disc|BonusDisc]], use "'''''(bonus disc)'''''". See also [[Box Set Name Style|BoxSetNameStyle]] and [[Multi-Disc Release|MultiDiscRelease]].  
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: This defines where this disc fits in a [[Multi-Disc Release|MultiDiscRelease]] or [[Box Set|BoxSet]]. The form for this is "'''''(disc x)'''''", or, for discs with a [[Disc Title|DiscTitle]], "'''''(disc x''': Disc Name''')'''''". If a disc is a [[Bonus Disc|BonusDisc]], use "'''''(bonus disc)'''''". See also [[Box Set Name Style|BoxSetNameStyle]] and [[Multi-Disc Release|MultiDiscRelease]].
  
 
; [[Disc Title]]
 
; [[Disc Title]]
: This defines titles that are applicable to one disc of a [[Multi-Disc Release|MultiDiscRelease]] only, for example "''To Venus and Back (disc 1''': Orbiting''')''" and "''To Venus and Back (disc 2''': Live, Still Orbiting''')''" by "Tori Amos".  
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: This defines titles that are applicable to one disc of a [[Multi-Disc Release|MultiDiscRelease]] only, for example "''To Venus and Back (disc 1''': Orbiting''')''" and "''To Venus and Back (disc 2''': Live, Still Orbiting''')''" by "Tori Amos".
  
 
; [[Featuring Artist]]
 
; [[Featuring Artist]]
: [[Featuring Artist|Featuring artists]] are added to the release title as follows: "''Entrance to Exit '''(feat. Schizophrenia)'''''". [[Classical Release Title Style|Classical release title style]] has more detailed guidance. Featured artists are important to distinguish different recordings of the same [[Work|work]], e.g. "'''''(feat. cello: Yo-Yo Ma)'''''" vs. "'''''(feat. cello: Mstislav Rostropovich)'''''".  
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: [[Featuring Artist|Featuring artists]] are added to the release title as follows: "''Entrance to Exit '''(feat. Schizophrenia)'''''". [[Classical Release Title Style|Classical release title style]] has more detailed guidance. Featured artists are important to distinguish different recordings of the same [[Work|work]], e.g. "'''''(feat. cello: Yo-Yo Ma)'''''" vs. "'''''(feat. cello: Mstislav Rostropovich)'''''".
  
 
; Extra Title Information
 
; Extra Title Information
 
: Additional information on a Release that is not part of its Main Title, but required to make it distinguishable from different releases with the same Main Title, must be entered in parentheses after the Main Title.  Reference [[Extra Title Information Style]] for more details.
 
: Additional information on a Release that is not part of its Main Title, but required to make it distinguishable from different releases with the same Main Title, must be entered in parentheses after the Main Title.  Reference [[Extra Title Information Style]] for more details.
  
; Other information:  
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; Other information:
 
: All information not captured by the parts described above must be added to the [[Release Annotation|ReleaseAnnotation]]. For example, if the title on purpose does not follow the [[Capitalization Standard|CapitalizationStandard]] or if it is a remaster, add this to the annotation. Also, the old way of indicating a mix artist for an release by appending ''(Mixed by Artist Name)'' to the ReleaseTitle is not correct any more. This now must be done by adding a [[Mix-DJ Relationship Type|MixDJRelationshipType]].
 
: All information not captured by the parts described above must be added to the [[Release Annotation|ReleaseAnnotation]]. For example, if the title on purpose does not follow the [[Capitalization Standard|CapitalizationStandard]] or if it is a remaster, add this to the annotation. Also, the old way of indicating a mix artist for an release by appending ''(Mixed by Artist Name)'' to the ReleaseTitle is not correct any more. This now must be done by adding a [[Mix-DJ Relationship Type|MixDJRelationshipType]].
  
 
==Ordering==
 
==Ordering==
  
The order of the parts of an ReleaseTitle is:  
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The order of the parts of an ReleaseTitle is:
 
* [[Main Title|MainTitle]] <nowiki>[</nowiki>[[Subtitle|SubTitle]]<nowiki>(s)] [</nowiki>[[Volume Number|VolumeNumber]] <nowiki>[</nowiki>[[Volume Title|VolumeTitle]] <nowiki>]] [</nowiki>[[Featuring Artist|FeaturingArtist]]<nowiki>] [</nowiki>Box Number <nowiki>[</nowiki>Box Title<nowiki>]] [</nowiki>[[Disc Number|DiscNumber]] <nowiki>[</nowiki>[[Disc Title|DiscTitle]]<nowiki>]]</nowiki>
 
* [[Main Title|MainTitle]] <nowiki>[</nowiki>[[Subtitle|SubTitle]]<nowiki>(s)] [</nowiki>[[Volume Number|VolumeNumber]] <nowiki>[</nowiki>[[Volume Title|VolumeTitle]] <nowiki>]] [</nowiki>[[Featuring Artist|FeaturingArtist]]<nowiki>] [</nowiki>Box Number <nowiki>[</nowiki>Box Title<nowiki>]] [</nowiki>[[Disc Number|DiscNumber]] <nowiki>[</nowiki>[[Disc Title|DiscTitle]]<nowiki>]]</nowiki>
  
Parts between '[' and ']' indicate not all ReleaseTitle<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s have them, but if they do, they must be added.  
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Parts between '[' and ']' indicate not all ReleaseTitle<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s have them, but if they do, they must be added.
  
 
Note that for multiple releases on one disc [[Multiple Title Style|MultipleTitleStyle]] applies.
 
Note that for multiple releases on one disc [[Multiple Title Style|MultipleTitleStyle]] applies.
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==Examples==
 
==Examples==
  
* "''Abbey Road''"  
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* "''Abbey Road''"
* "''Greatest Hits, Volume 2 (disc 2: The Sober Years)''"  
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* "''Greatest Hits, Volume 2 (disc 2: The Sober Years)''"
* "''Boom Boom (bonus disc)''"  
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* "''Boom Boom (bonus disc)''"
* "''Live at the Gorge 05/06 (box 2: 2006-07-22, disc 2)''"  
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* "''Live at the Gorge 05/06 (box 2: 2006-07-22, disc 2)''"
* [[Multiple Title Style|MultipleTitleStyle]] example: "''Surfer Rosa / Come On Pilgrim''"  
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* [[Multiple Title Style|MultipleTitleStyle]] example: "''Surfer Rosa / Come On Pilgrim''"
 
 
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In MusicBrainzTerminology, the release title is the entire text string representing the name of a Release. It is stored in the release title field.

This page deals with (a) the definition of different parts of ReleaseTitles and (b) the ordering of these parts.

These instructions stretch to apply to any genre of music, but please also see the classical-specific variation: ClassicalReleaseTitleStyle for ClassicalMusic.

Definition

Main Title
This is the major part of an ReleaseTitle, and is the main reference when talking about a work or a person. For example, in the title "100% Hits: The Best of 1998 (disc 1)", the bold part is the MainTitle.
Subtitle
This is a secondary part of an ReleaseTitle, usually containing extra information relevant to an release, or sometimes a second name or an extension of the MainTitle. Using the previous example, "100% Hits: The Best of 1998 (disc 1)" (the bold part is the SubTitle). Another example would be "Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix".
Volume Number
This is a special part of the title that defines where this release fits into a series of releases. Usually it takes the form "Volume x", but there may be other distinguishers used. For example "Greatest Hits of 1993, Volume 3" or New Wave, Number 1.
Volume Title
Sometimes a volume of a series has a title itself. A VolumeTitle is only allowed when the ReleaseTitle includes a VolumeNumber. An example is "Cornology, Volume 1: The Intro" by "The Bonzo Dog Band".
Box Number
This defines where this disc fits in a multi-box BoxSet. Releases with a BoxNumber also have a DiscNumber (see below). The form for this is "(box w, disc x)" or, for discs with a DiscTitle, "(box w, disc x: Disc Name)". See also BoxSetNameStyle and MultiDiscRelease.
Box Title
This defines titles that are applicable to one box of a multi-box BoxSet only, for example "Box_Set_Title (box 2: Box_Title, disc 1)" and "Box_Set_Title (box 1: Box_Title, disc 3: Album_Title)".
Disc Number
This defines where this disc fits in a MultiDiscRelease or BoxSet. The form for this is "(disc x)", or, for discs with a DiscTitle, "(disc x: Disc Name)". If a disc is a BonusDisc, use "(bonus disc)". See also BoxSetNameStyle and MultiDiscRelease.
Disc Title
This defines titles that are applicable to one disc of a MultiDiscRelease only, for example "To Venus and Back (disc 1: Orbiting)" and "To Venus and Back (disc 2: Live, Still Orbiting)" by "Tori Amos".
Featuring Artist
Featuring artists are added to the release title as follows: "Entrance to Exit (feat. Schizophrenia)". Classical release title style has more detailed guidance. Featured artists are important to distinguish different recordings of the same work, e.g. "(feat. cello: Yo-Yo Ma)" vs. "(feat. cello: Mstislav Rostropovich)".
Extra Title Information
Additional information on a Release that is not part of its Main Title, but required to make it distinguishable from different releases with the same Main Title, must be entered in parentheses after the Main Title. Reference Extra Title Information Style for more details.
Other information
All information not captured by the parts described above must be added to the ReleaseAnnotation. For example, if the title on purpose does not follow the CapitalizationStandard or if it is a remaster, add this to the annotation. Also, the old way of indicating a mix artist for an release by appending (Mixed by Artist Name) to the ReleaseTitle is not correct any more. This now must be done by adding a MixDJRelationshipType.

Ordering

The order of the parts of an ReleaseTitle is:

Parts between '[' and ']' indicate not all ReleaseTitles have them, but if they do, they must be added.

Note that for multiple releases on one disc MultipleTitleStyle applies.

Examples

  • "Abbey Road"
  • "Greatest Hits, Volume 2 (disc 2: The Sober Years)"
  • "Boom Boom (bonus disc)"
  • "Live at the Gorge 05/06 (box 2: 2006-07-22, disc 2)"
  • MultipleTitleStyle example: "Surfer Rosa / Come On Pilgrim"