Artists play different roles in a recording. Artists also have different contractual entitlements when it comes to being named (and being paid[1]). In addition, a label may wish to specifically promote certain artists. To support these aspects, DDEX’s Release Notification standards support a variety of fields on Release and Resource level.

The main fields are:

Sample XML 

Below please find an excerpt of a NewReleaseMessage displaying artist information for “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall”. The snippet below provides an International Standard Name Identifier for each party that has been allocated an ISNI. Not all direct and indirect contributors are listed.

<SoundRecordingDetailsByTerritory>
      <TerritoryCode>Worldwide</TerritoryCode>
      <DisplayArtist>
          <PartyName>
            <FullName>Coldplay</FullName>
          </PartyName>
          <PartyId IsISNI="true">000000011551394X</PartyId>
          <ArtistRole>MainArtist</ArtistRole>
      </DisplayArtist>
      <DisplayArtist>
          <PartyName>
            <FullName>Swedish House Mafia</FullName>
          </PartyName>
          <ArtistRole>MainArtist</ArtistRole>
      </DisplayArtist>     
      <ResourceContributor SequenceNumber="1">
          <PartyName>
            <FullName>Chris Martin</FullName>
          </PartyName>
          <PartyId IsISNI="true">0000000114707136</PartyId>
          <ResourceContributorRole>Member</ResourceContributorRole>
      </ResourceContributor>
      <ResourceContributor SequenceNumber="2">
          <PartyName>
            <FullName>Markus Dravs</FullName>
          </PartyName>
          <ResourceContributorRole>Producer</ResourceContributorRole>
      </ResourceContributor>
      <IndirectResourceContributor SequenceNumber="1">
          <PartyName>
            <FullName>Chris Martin</FullName>
          </PartyName>
          <PartyId IsISNI="true">0000000114707136</PartyId>
          <IndirectResourceContributorRole>ComposerLyricist</IndirectResourceContributorRole>
      </IndirectResourceContributor>     
      <DisplayArtistName>Coldplay vs. Swedish House Mafia</DisplayArtistName>     
 </SoundRecordingDetailsByTerritory>
<DisplayArtistName>Coldplay vs. Swedish House Mafia</DisplayArtistName>
<DisplayArtist>
	  <ArtistPartyReference>P1</ArtistPartyReference> <!-- Coldplay -->
	  <DisplayArtistRole>MainArtist</DisplayArtistRole>
</DisplayArtist>
<DisplayArtist>
	<ArtistPartyReference>P2</ArtistPartyReference> <!-- Swedish House Mafia -->
	<DisplayArtistRole>MainArtist</DisplayArtistRole>
	<TitleDisplayInformation>
		<IsDisplayedInTitle>false</IsDisplayedInTitle>
		<Prefix>vs.</Prefix>
	</TitleDisplayInformation>
</DisplayArtist>


<Contributor SequenceNumber="1">
	<ContributorPartyReference>P3</ContributorPartyReference> <!-- Chris Martin -->
	<Role>GroupMember</Role>
	<Role>ComposerLyricist</Role>
</Contributor>
<Contributor SequenceNumber="2">
	<ContributorPartyReference>P4</ContributorPartyReference> <!-- Markus Dravs -->
	<Role>StudioProducer</Role>
</Contributor>     

Roles and Sequence Numbers

With the exception of the DisplayArtistName, which is just a string, all other artist and contributor composites need to provide a role code. For the DisplayArtist this is typically MainArtist whereas for the contributors the role can vary greatly.

Direct and indirect contributors are typically sequenced. DSPs are encouraged to honour this order as the artists (and labels) will have agreed to stick to that order when releasing material.

Examples (with role codes being omitted)

 

Display Artist Name

Display Artist
(incl. featured artists)

Direct Contributors

Indirect Contributors

Note

Desaparecidos Vs. Lanfranchi & Farina And Marchesini

  • Desaparecidos,
  • Lanfranchi,
  • Farina
  • Marchesini
  • Farina
  • Marchesini
  • Desaparecidos,
  • Lanfranchi,
  

Farina and Marchesini are legitimate compound featured artists

Coldplay vs. Swedish House Mafia

  • Coldplay
  • Swedish House Mafia
  • Chris Martin
  • Guy Berryman
  • Jonny Buckland
  • Will Champion
  • Axwell
  • Steve Angello
  • Sebastian Ingrosso
  • Markus Dravs,
  • Daniel Green
  • Rik Simpson
  • Guy Berryman
  •  Jonny Buckland
  • Will Champion
  • Chris Martin
  • Peter Allen
  • Adrienne Anderson
  

 

Simon & Garfunkel

  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Paul Simon
  • Art Garfunkel
  • Paul Simon
  

Simon & Garfunkel is a real compound artist name

The Beatles

  • The Beatles
  • Paul McCartney
  • Ringo Starr
  • John Lennon
  • George Harrison
  • John Lennon
  • Paul McCartney
  

 



[1] But artist royalties is not what this article is about!

[2] The same is true for Releases as well as other Resource types such as videos etc.

[3] The same is true for other Resource types such as videos etc.

[4] The same is true for other Resource types such as videos etc.