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The MusicBrainz database consists primarily of "[[MusicBrainz_Entity|entities]]" ([[Artist|artist]]s, [[Release|release]]s, [[Work|work]]s, etc.) and--just as important--[[Advanced Relationship|relationships]] ''between'' those entities. Relationships answer all sort of questions, like "Which is [[artist:164f0d73-1234-4e2c-8743-d77bf2191051|Kanye West]]'s Twitter account?", "Who is a member of [[artist:a74b1b7f-71a5-4011-9441-d0b5e4122711|Radiohead]]?" or "Who composed '[[work:969a1e76-3743-3314-a9dd-6a2f6d4985c2|Feliz Navidad]]'?". For this reason, it's important to know how to enter those relationships correctly. Note that relationship edits by [[Editor|normal users]] need to be [[Introduction to Voting|voted on]], so you should always [[How to Write Edit Notes|write an edit note]]. Before adding any relationship, please '''read [[Style/Relationships|the guidelines for relationships]]!'''
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The MusicBrainz database consists primarily of "[[MusicBrainz_Entity|entities]]" ([[Artist|artist]]s, [[Release|release]]s, [[Work|work]]s, etc.) and--just as important--[[Relationships|relationships]] ''between'' those entities. Relationships answer all sort of questions, like "Which is [[artist:164f0d73-1234-4e2c-8743-d77bf2191051|Kanye West]]'s Twitter account?", "Who is a member of [[artist:a74b1b7f-71a5-4011-9441-d0b5e4122711|Radiohead]]?" or "Who composed '[[work:969a1e76-3743-3314-a9dd-6a2f6d4985c2|Feliz Navidad]]'?". For this reason, it's important to know how to enter those relationships correctly. Note that relationship edits by [[Editor|normal users]] need to be [[Introduction to Voting|voted on]], so you should always [[How to Write Edit Notes|write an edit note]]. Before adding any relationship, please '''read [[Style/Relationships|the guidelines for relationships]]!'''
  
==Relating to URLs==
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==Adding URLs==
This is probably the easiest kind of relationship to add. Just press the "Relate to URL" link in the sidebar.
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This is probably the easiest kind of relationship to add. Just select the "Edit" tab at the top, and scroll down to the "External Links" section. This section is also available while adding a new entity.
  
[[Image:relationship-add-1.jpg]]
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Paste the URL in the "Add link" field. In many cases, from Wikipedia to SoundCloud or Facebook, MusicBrainz will automatically select the right relationship type for you! If not, just find the right type (for example "official homepage") in the dropdown. Take a look at the [[Style/Relationships/URLs|URL relationship guidelines]] before entering your first URL edit, and please try to always use full URLs and avoid redirects and URL shorteners like bit.ly.
  
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==The relationship editor==
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If you want to add non-URL relationships to a ''release'', its recordings, and its related works, you can use the relationship editor by clicking on the "Edit relationships" link on the sidebar of the release page. For more specific information see the dedicated how-to: [[How to Use the Relationship Editor]].
  
You will get to a page similar to this:
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==Adding other relationships==
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To add relationships to entities other than a release (and the related recordings/works) you should go to its editing page by clicking the "Edit" tab, and scroll down to the "Relationships" section. This section is also available while adding a new entity.
  
[[Image:relationship-add-2.jpg]]
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[[Image:relationship-add-1.png]]
  
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Click Add relationship, and a pop-up will appear where you can enter the relationship:
  
Paste the URL in the "URL" field. In many cases, from Wikipedia to SoundCloud or Facebook, MusicBrainz will automatically select the right relationship type for you! If not, just find the right type (for example "official homepage") in the dropdown. Take a look at the [[Style/Relationships/URLs|URL relationship guidelines]] before entering your first URL edit, and please try to always use full URLs and avoid redirects and URL shorteners like bit.ly.
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[[Image:relationship-add-2.png]]
  
==Adding Other Relationships==
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You can either search for the entity you want (choosing a type and typing its name), or paste its URL. Then select the type of relationship you want to create from the dropdown. Make sure the order is correct - if not, press ''Change direction'' - and you're ready to go - just click "Done".
  
There are three ways of relating all kind of entities in MusicBrainz, and all can be accessed from the sidebar:
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[[Image:relationship-add-3.png]]
  
[[Image:relationship-add-1.jpg]]
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Once you have added a relationship like this (or if there are existing relationships) you can easily add another of the same type by clicking "Add another artist" (or whatever the entity is):
  
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[[Image:relationship-add-4.png]]
  
===The relationship editor===
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When you have added all the relationships you want, just write any relevant edit notes, click "Enter edit" and your edits will be submitted! You can also modify and remove existing relationships from the same screen, by clicking the pencil and the X icons respectively.
If you want to add relationships to a ''release'', its recordings, and its related works, you can use the relationship editor by clicking on the "Edit relationships" link on the sidebar of the release page. This is a powerful tool that has its own dedicated how-to: [[How to Use the Relationship Editor]].
 
 
 
 
 
===The ''"Relate to..."'' method===
 
Go to the page of the entity you want to create a relationship with, and click the "Relate to..." link in the sidebar. A pop-up will appear:
 
 
 
[[Image:relationship-add-3.jpg]]
 
 
 
 
 
Once you're ready, press the "Create relationship" button and you'll be taken to the relationship adding page. Once there, just select the type of relationship you want to create from the dropdown. Make sure the order is correct - if not, press ''Change direction'' - and you're ready to go.
 
 
 
[[Image:relationship-add-5.jpg]]
 
 
 
 
 
===The ''"Use in a relationship"'' method===
 
Go to the page of one of the two entities you want to relate. Press "Use in a relationship" in the sidebar and you'll see it change:
 
 
 
[[Image:relationship-add-6.jpg]]
 
 
 
 
 
Now go to the page of the other entity, and you'll see an option to create the relationship in the sidebar:
 
 
 
[[Image:relationship-add-7.jpg]]
 
 
 
 
 
Press "Create relationship with..." and you'll be taken to the relationship adding page. Once there, just select the type of relationship you want to create from the dropdown. Make sure the order is correct - if not, press ''Change direction'' - and you're ready to go.  
 
 
 
[[Image:relationship-add-5.jpg]]
 
 
 
 
 
Note that when using this for relating artists and releases, you can only create a relationship with the release itself, not with its recordings; for that, use the relationship editor!
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 18:56, 23 May 2015

The MusicBrainz database consists primarily of "entities" (artists, releases, works, etc.) and--just as important--relationships between those entities. Relationships answer all sort of questions, like "Which is Kanye West's Twitter account?", "Who is a member of Radiohead?" or "Who composed 'Feliz Navidad'?". For this reason, it's important to know how to enter those relationships correctly. Note that relationship edits by normal users need to be voted on, so you should always write an edit note. Before adding any relationship, please read the guidelines for relationships!

Adding URLs

This is probably the easiest kind of relationship to add. Just select the "Edit" tab at the top, and scroll down to the "External Links" section. This section is also available while adding a new entity.

Paste the URL in the "Add link" field. In many cases, from Wikipedia to SoundCloud or Facebook, MusicBrainz will automatically select the right relationship type for you! If not, just find the right type (for example "official homepage") in the dropdown. Take a look at the URL relationship guidelines before entering your first URL edit, and please try to always use full URLs and avoid redirects and URL shorteners like bit.ly.

The relationship editor

If you want to add non-URL relationships to a release, its recordings, and its related works, you can use the relationship editor by clicking on the "Edit relationships" link on the sidebar of the release page. For more specific information see the dedicated how-to: How to Use the Relationship Editor.

Adding other relationships

To add relationships to entities other than a release (and the related recordings/works) you should go to its editing page by clicking the "Edit" tab, and scroll down to the "Relationships" section. This section is also available while adding a new entity.

relationship-add-1.png

Click Add relationship, and a pop-up will appear where you can enter the relationship:

relationship-add-2.png

You can either search for the entity you want (choosing a type and typing its name), or paste its URL. Then select the type of relationship you want to create from the dropdown. Make sure the order is correct - if not, press Change direction - and you're ready to go - just click "Done".

relationship-add-3.png

Once you have added a relationship like this (or if there are existing relationships) you can easily add another of the same type by clicking "Add another artist" (or whatever the entity is):

relationship-add-4.png

When you have added all the relationships you want, just write any relevant edit notes, click "Enter edit" and your edits will be submitted! You can also modify and remove existing relationships from the same screen, by clicking the pencil and the X icons respectively.

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