User:Hawke/Proposal/artists with multiple names

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

Proposal number: RFC-Unassigned
Champion: Hawke
Current status: pre-RFC


The artist name is the official name of an artist, whether it is a person or a band. In most cases, it is the name as found on releases.

Note that you can change how an artist is credited on a release or track when you enter that release. There is usually no need to add a new artist to the database if the artist is already present in our database under a (slightly) different name.

Multiple Names

Some artists may have several names. In some cases the additional names should be treated as different artists. In other cases they should merely be Artist Credits or aliases.

Performance Names
Sometimes an artist uses a different name for different projects, different contexts, or due to a lineup change or a change in musical genre. These should usually be treated as separate artists. Examples: Aphex Twin et al., La Puta Opepé / Raggaflá, others?
Name variations
Sometimes an artist spells their name differently on different releases, without any particular artist intent to the change. In this case, Artist Credits are sufficient. The main artist name should be set to the most recent/current name. Examples: John (Cougar) Mellencamp, (The)Oyster( )Band, (The) Prodigy, Shonen Knife/少年ナイフ.
Legal name changes
Sometimes an artist changes their legal name

Sort name

See the guideline for sortnames.

Disambiguation comment

Disambiguation comments should be kept fairly short, with just enough information that someone reading it will recognize the artist they're looking for. The comment field is not a place to store general background information about the artist, that kind of information should go in the artist's annotation.


  • Randy Jackson has the disambiguation comment "Brother of Michael and Janet."
  • Randy Jackson has the disambiguation comment "Former bassist with Journey and American Idol Judge"


For people, use the country where they were born and raised. For groups, use the country where the band was formed. If the artist is predominantly active in a different country, use that country instead.



Use the gender the artist identifies as. Use "other" if the artist identifies as something other than "male" or "female".

The "other" gender option is meant to represent a gender that is neither male nor female, and is not intended for use with entities for which the concept of gender is illogical, such as companies.


See the guideline for aliases.

Title Style
Special Cases/Misc.