Artist relationship with release to have artist name and release name in the same table

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My use case is fairly simple. I just need the release mbid, release title and the artist name in the same table so the rest of the data is not of much use to me. I have been looking at the release and artist file in the data dumps and so far I have not been able to find a way to connect artists with releases. I just need some guidance on how to connect the release to artists so i can create a new table locally that has release name and artist name in the same row.



Do you want an entry for each artist involved in a release, or just the string for the release artist?

That is: if you have “Very Cool Release”, by “Jazz Dude 1” and “Pop Dude 2”, do you want to have two entries, one per Dude, or something like “Jazz Dude 1 and Pop Dude 2”?

If you want the second, you don’t need the artist table at all, but the artist credit one.


Thanks a lot for your response. Yes i want it like the second one. I have got the following records from the dump.

This is a record from release table

2001185 Yordano & Franco de Vita 2 2 2017-05-15 15:35:17.613531+00

And this is a record from artist_credit table

202094 Ani & Beau 1 6 2011-05-16 16:32:11.963929+00

How do i get their relationship? I thought “202094” in the artist credit was the id from the release table but its not. So how do i connect them. My end goal is to have a tuple like


If I’m not mistaken you should look at the release table, then join it with artist_credit on release.artist_credit =, and take out release.gid, and So, if you want every release:

SELECT release.gid,, FROM release JOIN artist_credit ON release.artist_credit =


Ok so I dont have a db setup and am looking at raw files in the dump. I will be generating a db by running a script on this data. This is a record form release table
115687 bc0cc120-24ed-47cf-abdb-bab8f581fb41 Thriller 519 488118 1 \N 120 28 828767252025 0 -1 \N
Can you please point to which one is the artist credit foreign key here? I will be very grateful.