User:Kuno/Style/Titles

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Titles

When entering a release or track title into MusicBrainz, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Follow the appropriate Capitalization Standard
  • Expand abbreviations
  • Use a colon (:) to separate multi-line parts
  • Use a slash (/) to separate multiple titles
  • Use a comma (,) to separate words such as Volume or Part from the title itself

Detailed guidelines

Follow the appropriate Capitalization Standard

Album and song titles are often found in uppercase on the back cover of CDs. For example, the album Songs of Love and Hate by Leonard Cohen 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. There rules are different for each language, please see Capitalization Standard for more information.

Expand abbreviations

Abbreviations in titles 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 only exceptions to this guideline are "feat." for "featuring" and "vs." for "versus". Also, acronyms such as "OST" should not be expanded.

Use a colon (:) to separate multi-line parts

Use a colon (:) to separate multi-line parts of a release title. If there is an alternative dividing punctuation mark such as the question mark (?) or exclamation point (!), use that mark instead of the colon.

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".

Note that this is space, slash, space!

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".

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.

Examples

Capitalization

Title on release Title in MusicBrainz
confusion the waitress Confusion the Waitress
AAN DE BEWONERS VAN DIT PAND Aan de bewoners van dit pand

Notes: The first title uses Capitalization Standard English, the second example is a dutch title and thus Capitalization Standard Dutch applies.

Series and abbreviations

Title on release Title in MusicBrainz
PAST MASTERS · VOLUME ONE Past Masters, Volume One
We Have Explosive (Pt. 5) We Have Explosive, Part 5

Featuring artists

Title on release Title in MusicBrainz
Good Morning Heartache (feauturing Lil' Mo) Good Morning Heartache (feat. Lil' Mo)
Weer geen clubhit (met Laberinto) Weer geen clubhit (met Laberinto)

NOTE: "Featuring" is always written in abbreviated form, but not translated when a track uses an equivalent non-english word.

I don't think there's any consensus on that point. Murdos 23:29, 15 November 2009 (UTC)

Subtitles

Title on release Title in MusicBrainz
feel ghood muzik
·the 8th wonder·
Feel Ghood Muzik: The 8th Wonder
FINAL FANTASY
CRYSTAL CHRONICLES
Ring of Fates

Original Soundtrack
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates

Notes

The intent for this page is to replace the following wiki pages:

MainTitle, VolumeNumberStyle, PartNumberStyle, SeriesNumberStyle, SubTitle, SubTitleStyle.

Still todo:

  • examples from:

MultipleTitleStyle, AbbreviationStyle, SplitReleaseTitleStyle.

  • merge in:

FeaturingArtistStyle, ExtraTitleInformation.