The following important requirements for adding metadata to the DMB is binding and needs to be put into practice without any exception.
This guideline should help you avoid problems which could not be covered by the technical possibilities of the DMB.
Any confusion for the customer (no matter if it is meant or unmeant) will make your products unavailable!
Important: Please contact your label manager if you are unsure, whether you have entered all data in a correct way, before you deliver the product to any store. Otherwise you risk that the affected product will not released on its release date and a need for an elaborate post-process!
When formatting titles for albums that are part of a series, the information should be presented as follows:
Series-Title: Album Title
For example: Top of the Clubs, Vol. 50
When formatting titles for albums that are part of a series that don't have a specific album name, the information should be presented as follows:
The word “Exclusive” must not be part of the title because the titles are a permanent part of the content and must not include anything that could be temporary.
The album title must match the track title including all information in parenthesis or brackets with the exception of the word “-Single”.For example:
Track titles need to be unique! It’s not allowed to have more than one track named identically on one album. The only exceptions are different versions of a track like Clean/Explicit or Remixes.
(But you need to give these versions a different ISRC!)
Do not use versions that are pointing to the 'Original version' to avoid redundancy:
· ‘Album Version’ Might only be used if there is a difference between the ‘Album-' and the 'Single-Version' of the track.
· 'Clean Version' You can declare this via the 'Explicit-Selection'
· 'Explicit Version' You can declare this via the 'Explicit-Selection'
· Versions like 'Previously Unreleased' are always forbidden.
In case you have bonus versions, these are the only official ways to name the albums:
• Bonus Track Version
• Deluxe Edition
• Extended Version
• Bonus Video Version
• Bonus Digital Booklet Version
• Audio Version (only allowed to use if the physical release is only available as CD+DVD Box)
Language specific requirements
English, Spanish and Portuguese album and track titles must be in title case format. All capitals must not be used.
The first letter of each word must be
capitalized except for the articles, coordinating conjunctions and prepositions
The words listed below must be lowercase with the following exceptions:
“The” must be capitalized when it is the start
of an Artist's name
In all other cases, the following words must be lowercase for English:
Intentionally misspelled words must respect the same title casing rules.
The elements of hyphenated words must be capitalized except for a, an, and, for, from, of, or, the, to and in.
For Spanish and Portuguese, the following words must be lowercase:
For titles in
German, the capitalization and
orthography according to the "New German Orthography” (the
accepted, standardized way of writing in German) must be used.
Sentence casing must be used, and the first letter of every noun must be capitalized.
For titles in Swedish, French, and Italian, sentence casing must be used where only the first letter of the first word is capitalized; the remaining words except proper nouns must be in all lower case. Proper nouns are the names of particular people, places, or things. The first letter of proper nouns must be capitalized:
Frequent abbreviations of the original title must not be used to provide additional information about the content.
The following abbreviations are acceptable:
The following case-specific abbreviations must not be used:
It is not allowed to have more than one album named identically. If there is more than one album online named identically, all albums will be taken down!