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Various Artists, often abbreviated as VA or V/A, is a term used by the music industry for releases (singles or albums) that contain collaborations. Rather than listing the many individual singers or artists being credited individually, the name Various Artists is used instead.
Aggregated compilation albums containing tracks from a number of artists can also be credited to Various Artists. Various Artists compilation albums are often compiled from a particular musical style or period to another.
Another use for Various Artists is a specific artist "and Various Artists" or "featuring Various Artists". This is most common in remixes where there are many releases using the formula, such as "Rihanna featuring Various Artists" for remixes of "What's My Name?".
Term in other languages
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Some recordings may use local variances rather than the English term Various Artists. For example:
- Arabic: مختلف الفنانين
- Chinese: 群星
- Danish: Diverse kunstnere
- German:Diverse Interpreten
- French: Artistes variés
- Finnish: Eri esittäjiä
- Icelandic: Ýmsir
- Italian: AA.VV. (Abbreviation of "Autori vari")
- Japanese: オムニバス ("Omnibus")
- Korean: 다양한 아티스트
- Norwegian: Diverse artister
- Portuguese: Vários artistas
- Russian: Различные исполнители
- Spanish: Varios artistas
- Swedish: Blandade artister
- Thai: หลากหลายศิลปิน
- Turkish: Çeşitli sanatçılar
- Vietnamese: Nhiều nghệ sĩ
- Various Artists is also a pseudonym for Torsten Pröfrock, a member of the duo Monolake. His personal solo albums Decay Product (1997) and 8, 8.5, 9 Remixes (1999) are credited to Various Artists rather than to Torsten Pröfrock.
- There is a French video game company called "Various Artists Multigaming" or VA Multigaming.