Wikipedia:Naming conventions (music)/Disambiguation

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This is the guideline for disambiguation of non-classical music articles. It is intended only as a guide to assist in the correct methods of disambiguation when there is no primary topic for the base name's title. For disambiguation styles of classical music refer to Compositions (classical music).

General[edit]

Musical individuals and groups[edit]

For individuals:

Disambiguation for musical groups should be done by using an appropriate disambiguation term. The most common is "(band)", but it can also be done through other methods:

In both cases, if a person or a musical group shares their name with another person or musical group, and there is no primary topic, disambiguation may be performed through methods that can help to distinguish one topic from another:

Albums, extended plays and video albums[edit]

Unless more than one article[2] about albums of the same name exist, there is no need to disambiguate any further. For example, it has been determined that there is no primary topic for "Down to Earth", so "Down to Earth" is a disambiguation page. As multiple albums share the same name, "Down to Earth (album)" will redirect there.

If two or more albums share their title, but they are not from the same type, simple disambiguation will still be used, for example Title (album) and Title (EP), or Electric Dreams (album) and Electric Dreams (soundtrack). If two or more albums share their title, and they are of the same type, further disambiguate by band, for example Confessions (Buckcherry album) and Confessions (Usher album). Collaborative albums and split albums—those in which two (or more) performers release an album together and that require disambiguation, will include all performers as they are credited on the album cover (Hands (Dave Holland and Pepe Habichuela album) or Trio (Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris album)). Consider that titles should be concise enough and should not be "longer than necessary to identify the article's subject and distinguish it from other subjects", so if an album was released by several people, and it may compromise readability, use another shorter method of disambiguation.

In the event a performer releases two or more albums of the same name, but in different years, the year of its release will be utilized (Weezer (1994 album), Weezer (2001 album), Weezer (2008 album) and Weezer (2016 album)). If a performer releases two or more albums of the same name, and other performers also have albums with the same name, use both year and performer (Colours (album) v. Colours (1972 Donovan album), Colours (1987 Donovan album) and Colours (1991 Donovan album)). If they are released in the same year, use a method that can help to be distinguished from each other (Uzi (Muslimgauze studio album) v. Uzi (Muslimgauze compilation album) or The Videos (Kylie Minogue VHS) v. Kylie: The Videos). In the rare event two unrelated performers share the same name (for example Bleach (American band), Bleach (British band) and Bleach (Japanese band)), and they release an album with the same name (example: Bleach), disambiguation will be handled as: "Title of the work (year of release / nationality of the performer / band or singer / name of the performer / type of album)", resulting in: Bleach (American band Bleach album), Bleach (British band Bleach album), and Bleach (Japanese band Bleach album).

  • Note that there may be occasional exceptions for redirects; these are determined when an album may not be the primary topic for its title, but results to be the most preferred option for readers's searches and/or it is a highly valued recording by multiple reliable sources, for example Thriller (album). The consensus can be reached through a discussion on the talk page or through Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion.

Songs and compositions (non-classical)[edit]

Like with albums above, unless more than one article[2] about songs of the same name exist, there is no need to disambiguate any further.

If two or more musical compositions share the same title, and disambiguation is necessary:

Artists who make a guest appearance, those who are credited with a "featuring", are not included in the disambiguation: ("Without You" (David Guetta song) not "Without You" (David Guetta and Usher song)). Collaborative songs—those in which two (or more) performers release a musical composition together (generally include a "and"/"&", "with", "/", "+", or an space between their names in the credits), and that require disambiguation will include all performers as they are credited in the single cover: ("Whistle" (Kylie Minogue and múm song) or "Bang Bang" (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj song)). As explained above, consider that titles should be concise enough.

  • Note that there may be occasional exceptions for redirects; these are determined when a song may not be the primary topic for its title, but results to be the most preferred option for readers's searches and/or it is a highly valued recording by multiple reliable sources. The consensus can be reached through a discussion on the talk page or through Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion.

Concert tours[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ An RFC closed in August 2013 has established consensus that "(entertainer)" "should be restricted to cases where a subject's notability across different areas of entertainment is roughly the same".
  2. ^ a b An RFC closed in June 2016 has established consensus that further disambiguation is only required when multiple songs or albums of the same name have articles.