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An "[[Artist|artist]]" is usually either a person or a group of persons. While artists in MusicBrainz are (mainly) the people responsible for creating music, they are also used in many different [[Advanced Relationships|AdvancedRelationships]], and in that context they can fulfill all kinds of roles, from producers, publishers, lyricists, conductors and many more.
To distinguish the different kinds of artists, there are different types available.
:This indicates an individual person.
:This indicates a group of people that may or may not have a distinctive name.
:This type should be used if neither "person" nor "group" fits.
:This is to be used when the type of the artist is yet to be found.
==Additional information and examples==
Note that for the same person, there may be several different artist entries in the database, with different [[Artist Name|artist names]] - this usually happens when a person uses different [[Performance Name|performance names]]:
* [[Artist:cb661251-3bc2-4373-bd7c-4b1531275c4c|Kieran Hebden]] (of type person) performs as [[Artist:3bcff06f-675a-451f-9075-99e8657047e8|Four Tet]] (of type person)
The members of a group are indicated with the [[Member Of Band Relationship Type|member of band relationship type]], if the group represents a band, and the participants of a short-term collaboration are indicated with the [[Collaboration Relationship Type|collaboration relationship type]]:
* [[Artist:300c4c73-33ac-4255-9d57-4e32627f5e13|Ringo Starr]] (of type person) was a member of [[Artist:b10bbbfc-cf9e-42e0-be17-e2c3e1d2600d|The Beatles]] (of type group)
* [[Artist:cb661251-3bc2-4373-bd7c-4b1531275c4c|Kieran Hebden]] (of type person) collaborated on [[Artist:acef318f-bdd4-485d-b7e9-313e58e646fa|Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid]] (of type group)
In the case of a collaboration, the "members" can also be other groups. See for example:
* [http://musicbrainz.org/artist/0ecaa896-58fa-4dca-b53d-8da7bc5f59c5.html Band Aid] (of type group)
* [http://musicbrainz.org/artist/25f54bb7-c393-44e4-8e26-e4f4cd7aa61c.html Queen & David Bowie] (of type group)
The type of an artist can be modified by using the "Edit artist" link.
Finally, note that [[Special Purpose Artist|special purpose artists]] ([[Various Artists]], [[Unknown Artist]], [[No Artist]], etc.), being neither groups or persons, are of type "other".
[[Category:Terminology]] [[Category:Artist]]

Revision as of 19:33, 4 August 2011

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