User:LordSputnik/Definite Article

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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


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.


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.


  • 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".