Link Wikipedia And MusicBrainz

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Linking Wikipedia and MusicBrainz together

WikiPedia is an online encyclopedia Wiki in multiple languages that is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It contains many articles on bands and other artists. This is a short draft describing the possible collaboration between MusicBrainz and Wikipedia.

Linking from MusicBrainz to Wikipedia

You can use the WikipediaRelationshipType to add an AdvancedRelationship (AR) between an artist, label or album and their Wikipedia url.

Benefits of linking from MusicBrainz to Wikipedia

The BBC (see BBCTeamsEditingMusicBrainz) uses MusicBrainz to generate tracklist, discographies and artist profile info on its music website, bbc.co.uk/music. Adding a relationship between an artist and a Wikpedia URL automatically generates a biography on the BBC site e.g. Miles Davis.

Linking from Wikipedia to MusicBrainz

Linking from the English Wikipedia to MusicBrainz

At the English Wikipedia, use the templates

  • {{MusicBrainz artist|id=PERMALINKCODE|name=NAMEOFARTIST}} (link),
  • {{MusicBrainz release-group|id=PERMALINKCODE|name=NAMEOFALBUM}} (link),
  • {{MusicBrainz release|id=PERMALINKCODE|name=NAMEOFALBUM}} (link),
link to the earliest release
  • {{MusicBrainz track|id=PERMALINKCODE|name=NAMEOFARTIST}} (link),
link to the earliest release
  • {{MusicBrainz label|id=PERMALINKCODE|name=NAMEOFLABEL}} (link)

to link to MusicBrainz objects, and

  • {{MusicBrainz wiki|PAGENAME}} (link),
good for the references/external links section
  • [[MusicBrainz:PAGENAME]],
better to use in the middle of a sentence to link to the Musicbrainz wiki. (

ALLCAPSWORDS are arguments, obviously)

Linking from the German Wikipedia to MusicBrainz

At the German Wikipedia, use the templates

  • {{Musicbrainz künstler|id=PERMALINKCODE|name=NAMEOFARTIST}} (link),
  • {{Musicbrainz album|id=PERMALINKCODE|name=NAMEOFALBUM}} (link),
link to the earliest release
  • {{Musicbrainz label|id=PERMALINKCODE|name=NAMEOFLABEL}} (link)

Linking from the French Wikipedia to MusicBrainz

Please don't link from the French Wikipedia to MusicBrainz - French wikipedians are against.

To clarify, though, it's perfectly ok (and encouraged!) to link from MusicBrainz to the French Wikipedia, just not the other way around.