Sequencing Recording Artists and Writers

DDEX allows to sequence artists using the SequenceNumber attribute which is available on various composite, including DisplayArtist, ResourceContributors and IndirectResourceContributors.

The code bloc below shows its use on the DisplayArtist composite. The first SequenceNumbers should always be 1, followed by 2, 3 etc.

The importance of including such sequence numbers can be shown at the composer pair of John Lennon and Paul McCartney who were listed  on the first Beatles album as McCartney/Lennon and on all subsequent albums as Lennon/McCartney.

The sender of DDEX messages – particularly record companies – need to be be aware that if they do not provide a sequence number for DisplayArtists and IndirectResourceContributors, the DSP is at liberty to order the artists as they wish (and, potentially, turn Lennon/McCartney to McCartney/Lennon).

The order of ResourceContributors is of less importance.

<DisplayArtist SequenceNumber="1">
    <FullName>Robin Thicke</FullName>
  <PartyId Namespace="...">123</PartyId>
<DisplayArtist SequenceNumber="2">
  <PartyId Namespace="...">456</PartyId>