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A [[Release Event]] is the event when a [[Release]] is first sold on a market.
A [[Release Event]] is the event when a [[Release]] is first sold on a market.

Revision as of 01:49, 24 March 2010

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

Proposal number: RFC-43
Champion: Jacobbrett
Current status: RFC


Trac ticket # 2145

This page could use a better title, perhaps:

  • Release Attributes Style
  • Release Information Style
  • Release Details Style
  • Release Characteristics Style

A Release Event is the event when a Release is first sold on a market. A Release Event consists of a Date, Country, Label, Catalog #, Barcode, and Format field. Each of these fields are optional, though the more complete a release event is, the better. Please note that some independent/unsigned releases may not have a barcode, catalogue number or label.

A standard release event looks like the following:

Frances the Mute by The Mars Volta

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Frances the Mute CD 12 2005-02-28 Australia Universal Records 2103977 075021039773

Styling Release Fields


The Date is formatted using the ISO 860 standard YYYY-MM-DD. It may consist of year only ("1980"), year and month ("1980-03"), or a specific day as year-month-day ("1980-03-20").


The Country list is based upon the ISO 3166 standard "Country Names and Code Elements". In addition, the Country may be set to "[Unknown Country]" or "[Worldwide]".


The Label is selectable from a list of Labels entered into MusicBrainz' database. If you are sure a label does not exist (sometimes under a similar name), enter a new Label Name.

Catalog Number

The Catalog Number is a usually alphanumeric code found on the back/spine of a physical release. It should be entered as close as possible to what is printed (this includes, for example, spaces " " hyphens "-", and dots ".").


The Barcode is usually an EAN or UPC number found on the back of a physical release. It should be entered as a number with no spaces.


A release may consist of several Mediums. For each medium added, the format is selectable from a list. For example, a medium could be a CD, cassette or vinyl disc. A Release's mediums may be structured as CD (1), CD (2) for a two-disc set (displayed as "2xCD"), or in rarer cases as CD (1), CD (2), Vinyl (3) (displayed as "2xCD + 1xVinyl").


Packaging refers to the type of container a physical release was available in. It is selectable from a list, similar to the Format. For example, release may have been sold in a "Jewel Case" or a "Digipack".




This proposal, when passed, should replace Release Country Style.