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===Follow the appropriate Capitalization Standard===
 
===Follow the appropriate Capitalization Standard===
  
Album and song titles are often found in uppercase on the back cover of CDs. For example, the album [[ReleaseGroup:964ccc52-2873-3bce-a806-73d71532c539|Songs of Love and Hate]] is written as SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE on the cover. This is usually the choice of a graphic designer, not the artist. So, instead of copying the title from the cover, we follow certain rules to capitalize a title. The rules are different for each language.  
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Album and song titles are often found in upper‐case on the back cover of CDs. For example, the album [[ReleaseGroup:964ccc52-2873-3bce-a806-73d71532c539|Songs of Love and Hate]] is written as “SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE” on the cover. This is usually the choice of a graphic designer, not the artist. So, instead of copying the title from the cover, we follow certain rules to capitalize a title. The rules are different for each language.
  
 
Please see [[Style/Language]] for more information.
 
Please see [[Style/Language]] for more information.
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===Expand abbreviations===
 
===Expand abbreviations===
  
Abbreviations in titles (but not acronyms) should generally be expanded. Probably the most common abbreviations used in titles are "Vol." and "Pt.", these should always be expanded to "Volume" and "Part".
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Abbreviations in titles (but not acronyms) should generally be expanded. Probably the most common abbreviations used in titles are “Vol.and “Pt.”; these should always be expanded to “Volume” and “Part”.
The main exceptions to this guideline are "feat." for "featuring" and "vs." for "versus".
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The main exceptions to this guideline are “feat.for “featuring” and “vs.for “versus”.
  
 
See [[/Abbreviations|Abbreviations]] for more information.
 
See [[/Abbreviations|Abbreviations]] for more information.
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===Use parentheses for extra information===
 
===Use parentheses for extra information===
  
Additional information which is not part of the name of a song or album should be in parentheses. You often see this with alternate versions of tracks, or when an artist is featured on a track.
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Additional information which is not part of the name of a song or album should be in parentheses. You often see this with alternate versions of tracks, or when an artist is featured on a track.
  
 
See [[/Extra title information|Extra title information]].
 
See [[/Extra title information|Extra title information]].
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===Use a slash (/) to separate multiple titles===
 
===Use a slash (/) to separate multiple titles===
  
If two releases are re-released on one CD, or if two songs share the same track, the title should be split as follows: "This Is the Modern World / All Mod Cons".
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If two releases are re‐released on one CD, or if two songs share the same track, the title should be split as follows: “This Is the Modern World / All Mod Cons”.
  
 
See [[/Multiple titles|Multiple titles]] and [[/Split releases|Split releases]].
 
See [[/Multiple titles|Multiple titles]] and [[/Split releases|Split releases]].
  
===Use a comma (,) to separate words such as Volume or Part from the title itself===
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===Use a comma (,) to separate words such as “Volume” or “Part” from the title itself===
  
When a release or track is part of a series, seperate the volume or part name from the title with a comma, like this: "The Red Weed, Part 1".
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When a release or track is part of a series, separate the volume or part name from the title with a comma, like this: “The Red Weed, Part 1”.
  
 
If the title already ends with an alternative punctuation mark, such as a question mark (?) or an exclamation point (!), use that mark instead of the comma.
 
If the title already ends with an alternative punctuation mark, such as a question mark (?) or an exclamation point (!), use that mark instead of the comma.
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===Do not remove EP===
 
===Do not remove EP===
  
If the word "EP" or "E.P." is part of a release title, it should be retained.  
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If the word “EP” or “E.P.is part of a release title, it should be retained.
  
 
==Exceptions and corner cases==
 
==Exceptions and corner cases==
  
Sometimes it isn't clear how these guidelines should be applied to a particular release, these cases may be discussed by the StyleCouncil. Decisions of the StyleCouncil concerning particular releases, series or corner cases should be followed. Currently there are two of these guidelines:
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Sometimes it isn’t clear how these guidelines should be applied to a particular release, these cases may be discussed by the StyleCouncil. Decisions of the StyleCouncil concerning particular releases, series or corner cases should be followed. Currently there are two of these guidelines:
  
 
* [[/OC ReMix series|OC ReMix series]]
 
* [[/OC ReMix series|OC ReMix series]]
 
* [[/Promo Only series|Promo Only]]
 
* [[/Promo Only series|Promo Only]]
 
  
 
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Revision as of 20:16, 15 November 2011

Status: This is an official style guideline.

When entering a new release into MusicBrainz, the titles should be normalized by following these guidelines.

This page provides a summary of the important guidelines, please follow the links to the full guidelines when you need more information.

Guideline summary

Follow the appropriate Capitalization Standard

Album and song titles are often found in upper‐case on the back cover of CDs. For example, the album Songs of Love and Hate is written as “SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE” on the cover. This is usually the choice of a graphic designer, not the artist. So, instead of copying the title from the cover, we follow certain rules to capitalize a title. The rules are different for each language.

Please see Style/Language for more information.

Expand abbreviations

Abbreviations in titles (but not acronyms) should generally be expanded. Probably the most common abbreviations used in titles are “Vol.” and “Pt.”; these should always be expanded to “Volume” and “Part”. The main exceptions to this guideline are “feat.” for “featuring” and “vs.” for “versus”.

See Abbreviations for more information.

Use parentheses for extra information

Additional information which is not part of the name of a song or album should be in parentheses. You often see this with alternate versions of tracks, or when an artist is featured on a track.

See Extra title information.

Use a colon (:) to separate subtitles

Use a colon (:) to separate any subtitles. If there is an alternative dividing punctuation mark such as the question mark (?) or exclamation point (!), use that mark instead of the colon.

See Subtitles.

Use a slash (/) to separate multiple titles

If two releases are re‐released on one CD, or if two songs share the same track, the title should be split as follows: “This Is the Modern World / All Mod Cons”.

See Multiple titles and Split releases.

Use a comma (,) to separate words such as “Volume” or “Part” from the title itself

When a release or track is part of a series, separate the volume or part name from the title with a comma, like this: “The Red Weed, Part 1”.

If the title already ends with an alternative punctuation mark, such as a question mark (?) or an exclamation point (!), use that mark instead of the comma.

See Series numbers, Part numbers and Volume numbers.

Do NOT use (feat. Artist) if an artist is featured on a recording

This was the old advice prior to the launch of NGS. The guideline has been changed to use the new Artist Credit support.

See Featured artists for the full guideline.

Do not remove EP

If the word “EP” or “E.P.” is part of a release title, it should be retained.

Exceptions and corner cases

Sometimes it isn’t clear how these guidelines should be applied to a particular release, these cases may be discussed by the StyleCouncil. Decisions of the StyleCouncil concerning particular releases, series or corner cases should be followed. Currently there are two of these guidelines:

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