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Style Guide: Releases

Type

Type specifies what type of release you are adding. Main release types:

  • Studio album
  • Live album
  • Remix album
  • Compilation album
  • Single
  • Promo
  • EP

Artist name

The artist name field specifies the name the artist used when the release was released. The default setting is the current artist name, but when adding historical releases, the artist may sometimes have released the release under a different name. Example: 2Pac released his 1996 album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory as Makaveli.

Alternate titles

If the release you are editing is known under multiple titles, you can add the alternate titles to the release in this section. The official title, as specified on the release, should in all cases be the main title. Alternate titles are generally unofficial titles, abbreviations, or working titles. Example: Dr. Dre’s 1999 album 2001 is also known as The Chronic 2001.

Release has image

The release has image section specifies whether a release has an image or not. Because this generally is the case, the checkbox is checked by default. If you are you are absolutely 100% sure that this release does not have a cover image, clear the checkbox.

Description

The release description tells us about the background of the release. Read more about descriptions

Release dates

The release dates specify when a release was released in a specific region, or country. Our main principle applies here as well: simpler is better, clearer and easier to understand. Example: Katy Perry’s 2010 album Teenage Dream was released to most of the world on August 30th, 2010, but had deviating release dates for North America, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Argentina.

The format field should only be specified if the release date is specific to a certain format. For instance, if an official digital download was made available a week before the official CD release.

All release dates should be sourced. When sourcing release dates, ensure the source is reliable and official. Examples of official sources include the record company website, an official artist page, or major online stores like iTunes, HMV and Amazon. Other crowdsourced websites, like Wikipedia, should not be linked to as a source.

Track list

The track list specifies what songs are featured on the release you are editing. Tracks should have proper title casing. When in doubt, always use the Tc button. When clicked, the system will automatically correct any mistakes in the title casing of a track.

If the track has a featured artist, if the track is a remix of an original version, or if the track is a bonus track on a release, you can add this information by clicking on the Add field button.

The more button will soon allow you to add another track in the same position, add a movements note, or change the track type. Read more about tracks in our track style guide

Image

The image should in all cases be the official cover art. If a release does not yet have an official cover, do not upload a fan made cover.

The images should be at least 300x300px, but the general rule of thumb is: larger is better. Images larger than 300x300px will be automatically resized to the correct resolution. Read more about images and our policy on the topic

Editions

An edition is a special version of a release. Click on the Add edition button to add an edition.

Full title

Edition releases should be added with the full title. Example: Rihanna’s 2008 edition of Good Girl Gone Bad is listed as Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded rather than Reloaded.

Has separate image

The has separate image section specifies whether a edition has an image or not. Because this generally is the case, the checkbox is checked by default. But if you are you are absolutely 100% sure that this edition does not have a cover image, clear the checkbox.

Release dates

The release dates section specifies when the edition was released. It only has to be added when the edition release date differs from the original release: if this is not the case, you may leave this section unspecified.

Track list

The edition track list shows which tracks are on the edition, just like with the regular release track list.

You can easily add the tracks listed on the original release by clicking on the Copy from primary track list button. This will copy all listed songs on the release track list to the edition track list. This specifically comes in handy if the edition only has a few unlisted songs at the end of the release, or if some songs are in a different order. Read more about tracks in our track style guide

Tags

Taggings display keywords the LeadSingle community associate with the release. Generally, taggings describe the music style(s) on the release.