Artist Credits

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Artist credits indicate who is the main credited artist (or artists) for releases, release groups, tracks and recordings, and how they are credited. They consist of artists, with (optionally) their names as credited in the specific release, track, etc., and join phrases between them.

Use of artist credits

This page describes the use of artist credits (or ACs for short), and gives examples. It is not a style guideline - for that, check the style guidelines for artist credits.

That said, there are better and worse uses for artist credits.

  1. Use to indicate collaborations when possible (when not, use the collaboration relationship type).
  2. Use to indicate variations in an artist's name
    Name variations should not be used for
    • Performance names that are considered separate artists (see the guidelines for artists).
    • Variations based on graphic design choices rather than on artist intent (for example, if a release uses "AЯTIST" for its visual effect, the intended credit might still be "Artist").

How to edit

While the examples below are for releases, artist credits can also be added to tracks, recordings and release groups. The process is similar for each.

Name variations

Entering the release editor
Accessing the artist credit tool

To change how an artist is credited on a particular release


To create a collaboration artist credit for a whole release

Multiple artists

To create a collaboration artist credit for a single track in a release

"Splitting" existing collaboration artists

Before artist credits were added to MusicBrainz, collaborations were often entered using the collaboration relationship. If you find an existing collaboration that you feel would be better represented as an artist credit, see How to Split Artists.


Name variations

Simple name variation
Alex Band / Alex Max Band
Name variations including character and voice-actor credits
Macross Frontier O.S.T. II: Nyan Tora


Simple collaboration
Bert Jansch & John Renbourn
Simple collaborations in a language that inflects nouns to indicate association
More complex collaborations
DJ Muggs vs. Ill Bill
Simple "featured artist" in popular music

Other Uses

Simple split release
Kyuss / Queens of the Stone Age
Use of "join phrases" to more closely match the "as on cover" credits (controversial)
The Quintet of The Hot Club of France with Django Reinhardt (Guitar) & Stephane Grappelly (Violin)

How-To Pages
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Basic How-Tos
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