Album and track title guidelines

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Capitalization of titles

The use of capital letters and other characters in album and track titles is quite particular and needs to be taken into account. Many portals prefer that you use a strict syntax in order to prevent visible chaos and an overabundance of strangely designed titles.

Of course, as an artist you are also free to design your titles in a fun way. That is why we use a number of guidelines, which ensure that your titles are accepted.
 
  • Avoid titles entirely in capitals (example: RED ROSES FOR YOU)
  • Avoid titles where upper and lower case letters seem to alternate randomly (ReD rOSEs fOr YOu)
  • Avoid lowercase titles only (red roses for you)
  • Avoid overly styled text when the title is an otherwise regular phrase (r4d ^ Ro53s ^ f0R U)
  • If the title is a regular phrase, use lowercase letters for articles, adverbs and verbs and capital letters for all other words (Red Roses for You, You are the Most Beautiful Woman)
Additional guidelines
 
Titles must not include additional information unless it is needed to identify the content. 
 
Correct Incorrect Reason
New York Eye & Ear Control New York Eye & Ear Control (1964 Includes release Date
I'll Be Walking Alone in a Crowd 12. I'll Be Walking Alone in a Crowd  Includes track number
Dawns Welcome to the Club (feat. RickyJ) Dawns Welcome to the Club - Album (feat. Ricky J)  Includes "Album"
Campus Girl - Single Campus Girl (Produced By T.J. Douglas) - Single Includes additional information at the album level 
Shadow Shadow - Rock Top 40 Indie Pop Includes search terms 
Draw The Line Aerosmith - Draw The Line Includes artist information
 

Singles. An album will be identified as a single if it contains one to three songs that are less than 10 minutes each.  

One-Track Products. One-track products must have matching album and track titles, including any parentheses or brackets. The only exception is the addition of “- Single” in the album title. Additionally, all artist information for one-track products must be consistent across the album and track levels.
 
Album Title                Busy Earnin’ - Single
Track Title                 Busy Earnin’ 

EPs. An album must be identified as an EP if it has:
  • One to three songs with one song at least 10 minutes long and a total running time of 30 minutes or less
  • Four to six songs with a total running time of 30 minutes or less
    Note “- EP” will be added automatically. 
Generic Titles. Do not use generic titles, such as Track 1, Track 2, or Instrumental, unless they are the actual titles of the tracks or ringtones. 
 
Multiple Albums and Tracks. Multiple album or track titles in the title field must be separated by a slash. Note that you must place a space before and after the slash.
Album Title         The Sunset Sleeps / Hometown Gypsy - Single
Album Title         Blonde on Blonde / Blood on the Tracks / Time out of Mind 
 
Silent, Hidden, and Ghost Tracks must be clearly labelled in the track title.
 
Version Example
Silent Track Outro (Silent Track)
Hidden Track A Rockin' Good Way (feat. Maceo Parker) [Hidden Track]
Ghost Track Open My Eyes (Ghost Track) 

Track Version Information. All track titles performed by the same artist on an album must be unique, except for different versions of the same track that are differentiated by Parental Advisory tags. To differentiate multiple versions of the same track title, use terms in parenthesis or brackets such as:
  • Live
  • Radio Edit
  • Instrumental
  • Japanese Orgel
  • Extended Version
  • Single Version
  • Cover Version 
 Use of “Exclusive” or “Limited Edition.” Titles must not contain terms like “Exclusive” or “Limited Edition,” because the titles are a permanent part of the content. The “Exclusive” or “Limited Edition” claim may only apply for a limited time. 

References to Physical or Digital Content or Content Not Included. Titles must not include explanatory terms that refer to the digital or physical format of the content. For example, titles must not include:
• E-Release
• Digital Only
• Digital Download
• Digital Single
• E-Album
• 2 CD set
• With Lyrics 
 
Unnecessary Version Information. The standard, original version of an album or track must not include any additional information in the track title. For example, titles must not include:
  • Album Version
  • Original Version
  • Previously Unreleased
  • Reissue
  • Original Mix 
 
Album Version Information. If an album has been rereleased or if multiple versions of one album exist, use the album title version to indicate how the version differs from the original recording.
 
Title Version
25th Anniversary Edition
Bonus Version
Rerecorded Version
1969 Version
Deluxe Version

Live Content. If the audio is from a live recording, the title version must be indicated as “Live.” Territory specific versions (”Ao Vivo” in Portuguese, and “En Vivo” or “En Directo” in Spanish) should be used. Do not use “Live” for Standup / Comedy albums.
 
Bonus, Deluxe, or Extended Versions. If an album offers more content than the standard version of the album (for example, extra tracks or a bonus video), indicate the difference in the title. 
Versions Example
Bonus Track version Sadecessary (Bonus Track Version) 
Deluxe Edition The Endless River (Deluxe Edition) 
Extended Version Tear the Roof Up (Extended Version) 
Bonus Video Version Mi Quimera (Bonus Video Version) 
Bonus Digital Booklet Version Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows (Bonus Digital Booklet Version)
Audio Version Celebrate - Live At the SSE Hydro Glasgow (Audio Version) 
 
Performance, Backing, and Split Tracks. If a track is a performance track, backing track, or split track, that information must be included in the title.
Version Example
Performance Track With Background Vocals Sometimes I Cry (Performance Track with Background Vocals)
Backing Track What Is Life (Backing Track)
Split Track Your Everlasting Love (Split Track)

Rerecorded Versions. If a track is rerecorded, the track title must include “Rerecorded.” Please Note: A rerecorded track may be hidden for editorial reasons!
 
Album Title In the Still of the Night (Rerecorded Version)
Track Title In the Still of the Night (Rerecorded
Album Title The Legend of the Drifters (Rerecorded Version)
Track Title Track Title Stand by Me (Rerecorded)
 
 
Remastered Versions
. If a track is remastered in a way that is significant or meaningfully differentiates it from other non-remastered versions available, the track title version can include “Remastered.” 

Multiple Version References. Content that requires multiple explanatory references in the title (for example, live EPs, soundtracks, live albums, and so on), must have the first explanatory reference enclosed in parentheses (”( )”) with any additional references enclosed in brackets (”[ ]”). 
 
Track Title All of Me (Tiësto’s Birthday Treatment Remix) [Radio Edit]
Track Title Numb (feat B. o. B. & Yo Gotti) [Bonus Track]
Track Title (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave (In the Style of Martha Reeves)

 
Album Subtitle Formatting. Titles and subtitles should be separated by a colon. Don’t use a hyphen or dash unless that’s the format used on the album cover.
Album Title A Total Embrace: The Composer
Album Title On the Air: Her Greatest TV Performances
Album Title Round Midnight: The Complete Blue Note Singles (1947-1952)
 
 

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