Relationship Types / Label-Label / Label rename


This describes a situation where a label has changed its name, either for purely aesthetic reasons or following a buyout/sellout/spin-off. Extra care should be taken with cases where complicated merge/split/restructure financial operations are done. For example, it's not a good idea to rename the label Verve into The Verve Music Group, as Verve continued its existence thereafter as an imprint.

ID: 202
Cardinality of {entity0}: Few relationships (0)
Cardinality of {entity1}: Few relationships (0)
Orderable direction: None (0)
UUID: e6159066-6013-4d09-a2f8-bc473f21e89e

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The following attributes can be used with this relationship type:

start date

end date


The start and end dates should contain the date the rename occurred. The same date should be used in both fields, as a label is not "renamed" over a period of time.

Try to remember that MusicBrainz is not a corporate database, so keep it simple. Avoid abusing this relationship by trying to follow companies' existences too closely. A company slightly altering its name, without significant change to its imprint(s) or ownership details, is not enough to justify adding new labels to the database (to then be used as targets for this relationship).

Keep in mind that the minor benefit of that extra bit of detail is far outweighed by the complexity involved in ensuring that editors assign the correct version of the company as the label for releases.


Satellite Records (50s/60s US, renamed to Stax) was renamed into Stax in 1961