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Style Guide: Tracks

Umbrella (featuring Jay-Z)

When posting tracks on LeadSingle, there are a couple of style rules to remember:

Structure of a track

The most important rule is: On LeadSingle, we have extraneous information such as featured artists and versions seperated out from the main title. As an example, this means that the main title of a track is not Umbrella (feat. Jay-Z), but simply Umbrella, with the featured artist added seperately. This is shown in the ideal example at the top.

Please note that this does not mean that anything that is in parentheses should be separated out; if it is simply a part of the track title, it should stay part of the title.

Track length

Adding a length to the track would seem like a fairly simple task, but there is something to keep in mind here. We want to make sure that the track length describes the amount of time the song itself is playing. That means if there’s a couple of seconds of silence at the end of the track, this should not be counted. In practice, you don’t really have to think about this. Instead, you should check track lengths from multiple sources, and if there is a difference of a couple of seconds (as there usually is), always pick the shortest of those.

Versions

A track is one entity on LeadSingle, while a track may have several different versions. A version is, as the name hints at, a different version of the given track; a variation. Usually, this is a different mix, a shorter version or a remix—perhaps by a third party.

No matter what it is, it is very simple to add one. What distinguishes a version from the main track can essentially be boiled down to two things: The version title and the version length. The length is, of course, the length of this version of the track. The title is the part that is usually in parentheses after the name of the main track, such as Radio Edit or Acoustic or {{Passion Pit}} Remix. Whatever it is, exclude the parentheses and type only that part as the version title.

Please remember to link up all artists in the version title using the {{ }} formatting. Additionally, version titles are subject to the normal title rules. Don’t use version title fields for anything other than a version of the track. Don’t use this field for comments/subtitles!

Any given track may have artists that are featured on the track. These are not written in the track title and instead written in their own seperate field (called the byline field). The format is featuring {{Artist Name}}, and thus, please avoid shortening “featuring” to “feat.” or “ft”. We’re writing the whole thing here, regardless of what is originally written by the artist. When there is more than one artist featured, we either seperate them with an “and” or “&”, depending on what the artist writes. Since the featured artist(s) field always starts with a lowercase character (as in “featuring” and not “Featuring”), this field is not subject to the normal title rules. Also, please remember to link all artists mentioned in the field using the {{ }} formatting. Don’t use the featured artists fields for anything other than noting featured artists on the track. Don’t use this field for comments/subtitles!

Track by one or more artists

A step further from a featured artist, sometimes there are tracks that are made by more than one artist. There is unfortunately not support for this at the moment, but it will be coming at some point. Until then, you can add two different tracks: One for each artist, with the other in the featured artists field using the word “with”. That is: with {{Other Artist Name}}.

Featured artists exclusive to one or more versions

Sometimes, tracks have versions that adds a new featured artist to the track, often a vocalist (remixers are excluded from this). But, since the featured artist field is a track-wide field, you cannot put featured artists here that are unique to only one or more versions of the track. In this situation, the featured artist information is added to the version title field.

If the version with the featured artist already has a version title, then the featured artist information is simply appended to this. An example of this is: {{Artist Name}} Remix featuring {{Other Artist Name}}.

However, if the version is simply a re-recording of the track with a new featured artist—that is, the version doesn’t have a definite version title that seperates it out from the original—the version title field is used as a de-facto featured artist field in this case. So, you simply type: featuring {{Other Artist Name}}.

Note again the non-capitalization of the word “featuring”. Any rules concerning formatting in the featured artist field still applies in both cases.