refers to the main credited artist for a release.
If the required artist name is not in the database
yet, it will be created after you submit and will be made live after the
first related release is accepted.
Check whether the name is already present, or whether the same artist
exists under a slightly different name. Consider
whether the Artist Name Variation function would be suitable
here. If there is more than one main artist on a release then
either Various should be used for the main artist or, if there are
several collaborating artists, they should all be listed using separate
artist fields linked with an appropriate "Join Field" e.g. "/". See the
for more information. Abbreviations follow the usual
font-family:Arial;color:black">Mr. Artist instead of Mr.Artist
font-family:Arial;color:black">Dr. Dre instead of Dr.Dre
Most releases fall into one of the
color:black">Single-artist release: A release where a single artist
occupies all of the time on a release. That artist should be listed as
the main artist of the release.
color:black">Split-artist release: A release where
2 or 3 artists share approximately equal
time on the release. The artists should be listed separately in the main
artist section, using Join Fields. Individual artists should be listed
on each track.
color:black">Collaborative release: A
release in which 2 or more artists collaborate on a majority of the
tracks. Artists should be listed in the main artist section. If all
tracks are by the same group of artists then it is not necessary to list
the artists on the tracks.
color:black">Compilation release: Everything else. Main artist should
be Various. Artists should be listed on each track. Note that DJ
mixes and remix compilations fall under this category. Compilations of
tracks made by one artist under several aliases may also fall under this
category, but some cases can be credited to one artist name if that is a
reflection of what is indicated on the release.
Artist names consisting of two or more
artists can be separated with a join field.
This is useful for artist names such as
Artist A & Artist B
Artist A and Artist B can be
listed as separate artists using & in the Join Field.
frequently record/release together should
be listed as one artist. e.g.: Ed Rush & Optical or Giovanni
Artist collaborations which are one-off
recordings should be listed as separate artists. If this one-off
collaboration becomes an ongoing recording team then they can be updated
to one artist entry later.
Featuring should always be listed in the credits
field and not in a join field. This is to provide a consistent look and
structure to Discogs.
Read the splitting
for more information on whether artists should be listed separately
using a Join Field or as a single entity.
not leave any Artist fields empty when you submit, only add as many as
Md 11:50, 17 October 2006 (PDT) - I have made some
minor amends to the wording "if the required bla bla does not exist"
following MONK's ticket here: http://help.discogs.com/ticket/2082
Actually his ticket is somewhat pointless as he seems to have missed the
text he's asking for that's already in both the sections he suggests,
but I've tried to make it a bit clearer.