[mb-style] RFC-327: Featured Artists

MeinDummy MeinDummy at nurfuerspam.de
Mon Jul 18 13:00:34 UTC 2011

swisschris wrote:
> There seem to be several unresolved questions here we should try to
> address
> separately:
> 1. How does "as on cover" (on track/release level) *ideally* translate
> into
> NGS structures?
> For an album by artist Foo with a track Quux featuring artist Bar:
> A) [track] Quux (feat. Bar) [Artist Credit] Foo (as we had pre-NGS) or
> B) [track] Quux [Artist Credit] Foo feat. Bar (using the NGS multiple
> artist
> feature, with the link phrase exactly "as on cover") ?

'As printed' does IMO not mean that additional artist info has to be part of
the track title if the cover happens to have them next to each other.
Otherwise we'd end up with A for all 'feat.' tracks on single artist
releases and with B for almost all occurrences of the same track on VA

> 2. How should the featured artists *ideally* be treated on the
> (normalized)
> recording level?
> Assuming there is consensus that "feat."-information should not be part of
> the title field at recording level:
> A) [Artist Credit] Foo & Bar (as by default)
> B) [Artist Credit] Foo feat. Bar (assuming "feat." has a specific
> different
> meaning, not to be normalized to "&")

Usually, '&' and 'feat.' have different meanings and shouldn't be merged
into one normalized phrase.
But we could allow only a couple of standardized join phrases and make them
selectable from a dropdown.
'&' as a normalized expression for '&', 'and', '+', ...
'with' as a normalized expression for 'with', 'avec', 'con', 'mit', ...
'duet with' as a normalized expression for 'duet with', 'Duett mit', 'en duo

> 3. Do we want/need a delay on application of (part of) these *ideal*
> rules,
> once agreed upon, because of the ws/1 issue?
Not if there is a reasonable workaround for the current ws/1 issue.
But it is currently not clear if featured artist credits can automatically
be moved from the artist field into ETI.

> 4. Do any or all of the above rules apply only to the exact wording
> "feat."
> (or featuring, features) or would it also affect (how?) other link terms
> (in
> other languages) like "with", "en duo avec", "con"
This guideline should ideally cover all cases where multiple artists are
credited for one track or release.

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