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===Definite Articles===
 
===Definite Articles===
A definite article is a word before a noun which indicates uniqueness, found in some languages. For example:
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Where an artist name starts with a [[wikipedia:wikt:definite_article|definite article]] (eg. ''the'', ''le'', ''el'', ''der'') on a release, always check whether the definite article is actually part of the artist name when adding or editing the artist. If in doubt, ignore the definite article.
*English has one: ''the''
 
*French has three: ''le'', ''la'', ''les''
 
*Spanish has four: ''el'', ''la'', ''los'', ''las''
 
*German has many, including: ''der'', ''die'', ''das''
 
  
 
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If an artist name does not start with a definite article, but is credited with a definite article on a release, include the definite article in the artist credit. The exception to this is where a join phrase is used before the artist name - in this case, include the definite article in the join phrase.
When adding an artist to the database whose name appears to start with a definite article, always check whether the definite article is actually part of the artist name. In cases where this is not known, ignore the definite article.
 
 
 
If an artist name does not start with a definite article, but is credited with a definite article on a release, include the definite article in the artist credit. The exception here is where a join phrase is used before the artist name - in this case, include the definite article in the join phrase.
 
  
 
'''Examples'''
 
'''Examples'''
*"The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" should actually be [[artist:299597ae-3a20-4bf1-973e-03704af69f6b|Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]] according to their website. If they appear on a release as "The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra", then "The" should be included in the artist credit. If they were to appear as "...and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra", then "and the" would be the join phrase.
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*[[artist:ce8cacb6-c917-41f5-b403-8fb601c89e70|The Glenn Miller Orchestra]] should actually be "Glenn Miller Orchestra", according to their US website.
*In the case of "Los Lobos", "Los" is actually part of the name according to their website and Wikipedia, so their artist name in MusicBrainz is correct: [[artist:2b9967c7-3246-4658-a561-ded5408dd9af|Los Lobos]].
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**[[release:120c8867-f999-4aba-832e-74082964f27e|In the Mood]] should be credited to "Glenn Miller Orchestra" since that is the credit on the release.
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**[[release:5b45204b-5de5-4192-a416-fd73dd1e2ca2|In the Nutcracker Mood]] should be credited to "The Glenn Miller Orchestra" since the definite article is used on the release, and there is no join phrase.
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**[[release:f0cfc670-9f33-4792-9d7b-566a66d70d2c|The Chesterfield Broadcasts, Volume 1]] should be credited to "The Andrews Sisters" and "Glenn Miller Orchestra" using the join phrase "with the".

Revision as of 19:25, 27 January 2013


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



Proposal number: RFC-STYLE-180
Champion: LordSputnik
Current status: RFC
Initial Discussion


JIRA ticket http://tickets.musicbrainz.org/browse/STYLE-180


Introduction

This proposal is designed to improve the correctness of artist names in the database, where the artist name starts with "The" or some other definite article. It also aims to improve the consistency of artist credits for these artists.

Proposal

Insert the following text at the end of the "Name" section of Style/Artist.

Definite Articles

Where an artist name starts with a definite article (eg. the, le, el, der) on a release, always check whether the definite article is actually part of the artist name when adding or editing the artist. If in doubt, ignore the definite article.

If an artist name does not start with a definite article, but is credited with a definite article on a release, include the definite article in the artist credit. The exception to this is where a join phrase is used before the artist name - in this case, include the definite article in the join phrase.

Examples

  • The Glenn Miller Orchestra should actually be "Glenn Miller Orchestra", according to their US website.
    • In the Mood should be credited to "Glenn Miller Orchestra" since that is the credit on the release.
    • In the Nutcracker Mood should be credited to "The Glenn Miller Orchestra" since the definite article is used on the release, and there is no join phrase.
    • The Chesterfield Broadcasts, Volume 1 should be credited to "The Andrews Sisters" and "Glenn Miller Orchestra" using the join phrase "with the".