[mb-style] RFC-327: Featured Artists (attempt 2)

SwissChris swisschris at gmail.com
Sat Jul 30 16:25:59 UTC 2011


On Sat, Jul 30, 2011 at 5:46 PM, Andii Hughes <gnu_andrew at member.fsf.org>wrote:

> On 21 July 2011 02:58, Andii Hughes <gnu_andrew at member.fsf.org> wrote:
> > Attempt 2.  The proposal:
> >
> > http://wiki.musicbrainz.org/Proposal:Featured_Artists
> >
> > updates the
> http://musicbrainz.org/doc/Style/Recording_and_release_group_titles/Featured_artists
> > guideline for recordings and release groups.
> >
> > Instead of the old form for featured artists:
> >
> > "X (feat. Y)" by Z
> >
> > a new form is used which makes use of artist credits:
> >
> > "X" by Z feat. Y
> >
> > where Z and Y are artists in the DB and ' feat. ' is the join term.
> >
> > This covers recordings and release groups *ONLY*.  The previous
> discussion on
> > this clarified that the current guidelines only apply to recordings &
> > release groups,
> > and that none yet exist for tracks and release titles other than
> > http://musicbrainz.org/doc/Style/Track_and_release_titles
> >
> > RFC Expiry Date: 28th of July, 2011 (in 7 days)
> >
> > Comments?
> >
> > --
> > Andii :-)
> >
>
> The expiry date has passed for this.  Can we finally move it forward to
> RFV?
>
> To summarise, this is not about changing the semantics of artist credits.
>
> With classic MB, we were technically limited to having only one artist
> credited.  This meant that collaborations and featured artists had to
> be dealt with in a less than ideal way.  At the time, the choice was
> made to allow pseudo-artists for collaborations and move featured
> credits to the title.  I don't know why featured artists were not also
> created as pseudo-artists, but I presume it was the proliferation of
> them and that they only apply for a single song in most cases.
>
> Now we have NGS, we can credit multiple artists.  We've already
> started to do this with splitting up '&' and ' vs. ' artists.  This is
> just a logical extension of that to include featured artists, so that
> the credits are no longer textual but link to artists within the
> database, making the data more useful to users.
>
> How that data is used is not at issue.  This is about making it
> available in a much more usable way.
> --
> Andii :-)
>

+1

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