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As a general rule, MusicBrainz editors should correct spelling and punctuation and, to a lesser extent, grammar errors in [[Artist_Name|artists' names]], as well as the [[Style/Titles|titles]] of [[Work|works,]] [[Recording|recordings,]] [[Track|tracks]] and [[Release|releases]]. However, this rule does '''not''' apply if it can be shown that an [[Artist|artist]] intentionally used unorthodox spelling, punctuation or grammar.
  
Artist intent describes whether an artist intended the [[Artist Name|ArtistName]], [[Release Title|ReleaseTitle]] or [[Track Title|TrackTitle]] to contradict the language they’re in (e.g. spelling errors) or state something that would contradict the [[Style Guideline|StyleGuideline]]s.
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==Error Correction==
  
Artist intent is a very fundamental concept, however, it is not clearly defined at all. The general idea (as stated in the [[Style Principle|StylePrinciple]]s) is that, if an [[Artist|artist]] intended something to be written in a very special way, then [[MusicBrainz]] should follow this intent. Unfortunately it is very difficult to find out what an artist intended.
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There are many cases of record companies incorrectly reproducing titles or even artist names, or breaking generally accepted rules of usage for stylistic purposes. In such cases it often makes sense to fix errors and standardize irregularities, valuing correct spelling, punctuation and grammar over faithfulness to the printed release cover.
If you want to claim that some deviation of the [[Official Style Guideline|OfficialStyleGuideline]]s should be considered artist intent, the burden of proof lies upon you. You are encouraged to discuss the issue on the [[Users Mailing List|UsersMailingList]].
 
  
If something is consistently labelled on official sources, then you can assume this is intentional.
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===Examples===
 
 
==Agreed Upon Artist Names==
 
 
 
The [[MusicBrainz]] community has agreed that the following [[Artist Name|ArtistName]]s are considered to be styled this way according to the artist’s intent:
 
* [http://musicbrainz.org/artist/5579a23d-c411-4930-987d-ff89d77c1c12.html 2raumwohnung] (all lowercase)
 
* [http://musicbrainz.org/artist/675c1c5e-5625-4a5e-97a2-b02aab5db2fc.html k.d. lang] (all lowercase)
 
* [http://musicbrainz.org/artist/7364dea6-ca9a-48e3-be01-b44ad0d19897.html a‐ha] (all lowercase)
 
* [http://musicbrainz.org/artist/ef6e2e49-aa93-41bd-89b0-8c7d2f260a83.html lostprophets] (all lowercase)
 
* [http://musicbrainz.org/artist/f5248869-2609-43db-8234-3065e11f1e1a.html locomotor ataxia] (all lowercase, for artist name, release titles, and track titles) (Questions see edit [http://musicbrainz.org/show/edit/?editid=6892422 6892422])
 
  
==Exception: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar==
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* [http://musicbrainz.org/release/5c7a551d-172f-41cc-8c45-001fe4c2a8df "State of Mind"] by [http://musicbrainz.org/artist/b847e9d2-c931-4daf-900c-42c7b2c42e16 Front Line Assembly] (artist name misspelled on cover and CD)
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* [http://musicbrainz.org/release/d6213baf-e959-4817-9fa2-3ce97f131678 "The Beatles"] (inconsistent capitalization of track titles on gatefold interior)
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* [http://musicbrainz.org/release/15ff481d-0857-46d3-94ce-eee09c36f4bc "EPs 1988-1991"] by [http://musicbrainz.org/artist/8ca01f46-53ac-4af2-8516-55a909c0905e My Bloody Valentine] (incorrect apostrophe in release title on spine)
  
'''As a general rule, we do correct spelling and punctuation and, to a lesser extent, grammar errors in titles'''.
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==Artist Intent==
  
[[Image:Alert.png]] This rule does '''not''' apply if it can be shown that the '''intent''' (see above) was for the spelling, punctuation or grammar to be incorrect.
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Artists sometimes choose to present names and titles in ways that deliberately contradict the rules of the language they're in (e.g. unorthodox spellings) and/or the MusicBrainz [[Style|Style Guidelines.]] To describe the way we handle such choices, we use the term "artist intent." The general idea is that if an artist intended something to be written in a special way, then MusicBrainz should follow that intent.  
  
===Additional notes===
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Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find out what an artist intended. If you want to claim that some deviation from the Style Guidelines should be considered artist intent, the burden of proof lies on you. A seeming error may be considered evidence of artist intent if it is consistently found on all of an artist's official releases.  The best evidence would be a statement of intent by the artist (e.g. edit [http://musicbrainz.org/show/edit/?editid=6892422 6892422]).
  
“By intent” usually means one of the following:
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Words in Latin script used in Japanese releases present a special case and are generally treated as artist intent; see the [http://musicbrainz.org/doc/Style/Language/Japanese Japanese style guidelines] for more information.
* The artist themselves stated their intent.
 
* There is unambiguous consensus in the community that the artist wanted it this way.
 
* A certain misspelling is consistently found in all (official) releases of the artist.
 
 
 
Note: ''Unfortunately, proving artist intent can be somewhat difficult and so it is often up to the discretion of the editor. If you are in doubt, discuss the issue via [[Edit Note|EditNote]]s.''
 
 
 
===Reasoning===
 
 
 
There are many cases of record companies making errors with track titles or even artist names (e.g. some of the ''Front Line Assembly'' releases), or creating new imaginary words for ''stylistic'' purposes. In such cases it often makes sense to fix the errors, valuing spelling and punctuation correctness over cover accuracy.
 
  
 
===Examples===
 
===Examples===
  
Some notable examples of titles that override the guidelines are: <dl><dt>Guns ’N’ Roses
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* [http://musicbrainz.org/artist/5579a23d-c411-4930-987d-ff89d77c1c12.html 2raumwohnung,] [http://musicbrainz.org/artist/7364dea6-ca9a-48e3-be01-b44ad0d19897.html a‐ha] and [http://musicbrainz.org/artist/675c1c5e-5625-4a5e-97a2-b02aab5db2fc.html k.d. lang] (artist names in all lowercase)
<dd>It’s been established that the “N” should always be capitalised per artist preference, as well as having the two apostrophes (which isn’t technically incorrect anyway).
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* [http://musicbrainz.org/artist/eeb1195b-f213-4ce1-b28c-8565211f8e43 Guns N' Roses] (artist name spelled with N' instead of 'n')
<dt>k.d. lang
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* [http://musicbrainz.org/artist/f5248869-2609-43db-8234-3065e11f1e1a.html locomotor ataxia] (all lowercase for artist name, release titles and track titles)
<dd>Her name should always be spelled with lower‐case.
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* [http://www.musicbrainz.org/album/92b36219-760b-4f32-94f7-4e323e6d431d.html eMOTIVe] (unusual capitalization of release title)
<dt>聖なる鐘がひびく夜
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* [http://musicbrainz.org/work/6b275557-c755-4bed-8735-70dff76a03a1 "Use ta Be My Girl"] and [http://musicbrainz.org/work/4387e237-03c5-3d59-a602-0ba90d41f900 "Yer Blues"] (unorthodox spellings in work titles)
<dd>
 
 
 
[http://www.musicbrainz.org/album/c7fbc003-556b-43b6-90e3-ae341370e243.html 聖なる鐘がひびく夜] by [http://www.musicbrainz.org/artist/3158237c-7e5d-451c-9106-bd20f20d581a.html タンポポ]. The titles of the three other versions of the song on the single are all solo versions by the group members named (Featuring <member last name>) on the release. They’re not collaborations, just solo versions by the group members, so they’re a nice example of when not to use the (feat. <artist>) format.
 
<dt>A Perfect Circle
 
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[http://www.musicbrainz.org/album/92b36219-760b-4f32-94f7-4e323e6d431d.html eMOTIVe] and [http://www.musicbrainz.org/album/98cdfb24-cbda-4702-99c1-d9c031d086c5.html aMOTION] is ArtistIntent by [http://www.musicbrainz.org/artist/078a9376-3c04-4280-b7d7-b20e158f345d.html A Perfect Circle] for “incorrect capitalization”.
 
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Revision as of 17:05, 25 June 2012

As a general rule, MusicBrainz editors should correct spelling and punctuation and, to a lesser extent, grammar errors in artists' names, as well as the titles of works, recordings, tracks and releases. However, this rule does not apply if it can be shown that an artist intentionally used unorthodox spelling, punctuation or grammar.

Error Correction

There are many cases of record companies incorrectly reproducing titles or even artist names, or breaking generally accepted rules of usage for stylistic purposes. In such cases it often makes sense to fix errors and standardize irregularities, valuing correct spelling, punctuation and grammar over faithfulness to the printed release cover.

Examples

Artist Intent

Artists sometimes choose to present names and titles in ways that deliberately contradict the rules of the language they're in (e.g. unorthodox spellings) and/or the MusicBrainz Style Guidelines. To describe the way we handle such choices, we use the term "artist intent." The general idea is that if an artist intended something to be written in a special way, then MusicBrainz should follow that intent.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find out what an artist intended. If you want to claim that some deviation from the Style Guidelines should be considered artist intent, the burden of proof lies on you. A seeming error may be considered evidence of artist intent if it is consistently found on all of an artist's official releases. The best evidence would be a statement of intent by the artist (e.g. edit 6892422).

Words in Latin script used in Japanese releases present a special case and are generally treated as artist intent; see the Japanese style guidelines for more information.

Examples


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