Proposal:Featured Artists

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Status: This page describes an active style guideline proposal and is not official.

Proposal number: RFC-327
Champion: Gnu_andrew
Current status: Unknown

This guideline applies to cases in which one or more artists are featured on a recording or release group by another artist, but not equally as they would be in a collaboration. That is, they are given credit on the cover or track listing of a release by another artist in a manner which elevates their contribution above normal liner note credits. Often, the word "featured", "feat." or "featuring" proceeds their name(s).


At the recording and release group level:

  1. Fill out the artist credits for the primary artist(s) in the usual manner.
  2. Add a join phrase of ' feat. ' (note the surrounding spaces)
  3. Add the first featured artist.
  4. Add additional featured artists, each separated by ', ' and the final one separated by ' & '.
  5. Add Relationships of the appropriate Relationship Class (usually Performance) to link to the featured artist(s') entries in MusicBrainz.

The use of artist credits has the advantage that the recording is listed under all credited artists, not just the primary ones. In example three below, this makes the recording appear under all seven artists rather than just the one.


  • The TrackArtist/ReleaseArtist is the main artist a track/release is credited to. This means, the artist mentioned on the release cover (in most cases the front cover), package or any other labelled package like entity that describes the release (e.g. release page for online releases).
  • Featured artists tend to be performers, but they can also be contributors to the technical production process (mixers, producers, record engineers, etc.), remixers and others. The different roles are explained in Compilation Relationship Class, Composition Relationship Class, Production Relationship Class, Remix Relationship Class. Note, that composers are often the main artists of classical releases (see ClassicalStyleGuide) and remixers or compilers can also be main artists if they fit into 1.


The following examples show how to turn a track/artist pair into a track name and artist credit.

The recording "Umbrella" by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z would be entered as:

Rihanna feat. Jay-Z
  1. Recording: "4 Minutes" by Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
    1. song-title: 4 Minutes
    2. artist-credit-1: Madonna
    3. join-phrase-1: ' feat. '
    4. artist-credit-2: Justin Timberlake
    5. join-phrase-2: ' & '
    6. artist-credit-3: Timbaland
  2. Recording: "Game Over" by Tinchy Stryder featuring Giggs, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, Devlin, Example & Chipmunk
    1. song-title: Game Over
    2. artist-credit-1: Tinchy Stryder
    3. join-phrase-1: ' feat. '
    4. artist-credit-2: Giggs
    5. join-phrase-2: ', '
    6. artist-credit-3: Professor Green
    7. join-phrase-3: ', '
    8. artist-credit-4: Tinie Tempah
    9. join-phrase-4: ', '
    10. artist-credit-5: Devlin
    11. join-phrase-5: ', '
    12. artist-credit-6: Example
    13. join-phrase-6: ' & '
    14. artist-credit-7: Chipmunk