Editor Discussion Guideline Update October 2006 2 Artist



Discogs Submission Guidelines - Artist

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
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


  • Various is to be used for compilations. DO NOT USE Various
  • Unknown Artist is to be used for audio releases/tracks which are
    not credited to an artist.
  • No Artist should be used on releases/tracks where there is no
    audio/music artist performing, such as radio / TV advertisements,
    movie samples, blank tracks, sound effects, etc.
Click the "+" button if you need to list more than one artist as the main artist. Doing this will also add a join field between each artist. Note that in no case is "featuring" suitable for the Join Field, it belongs to Credits.
#### Artist Naming Conventions Artists beginning with "The" e.g. **The Artist** should become **Artist, The** Example: RZA, The Different Artists with the same name e.g. two artists named "John B" should be entered as **John B** and **John B (2)** The (2) is not part of the name but is used to distinguish the two artists. If you need to create a third use (3) and so on. Artists with abbreviated titles should have proper spacing. e.g.:

  • \<span style="font-size:10.0pt;

font-family:Arial;color:black">Mr. Artist instead of Mr.Artist


\<span style="font-size:10.0pt;

font-family:Arial;color:black">Dr. Dre instead of Dr.Dre

Abbreviations and case follow the usual

How to use a single artist, multiple artists, or "Various" on a Release

Most releases fall into one of the
following categories:


\<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;

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.


\<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;

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.


\<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;

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.


\<span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;

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.

Listing Artists on Collaborative Releases

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.

Artists that
frequently record/release together should
be listed as one artist.
e.g.: Ed Rush & Optical or Giovanni
& Mosler

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
you need.

Md 04:58, 5 December 2006 (PST) edited post-ANV
and in some cases for clarity.


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.