Curious about potential differences between crediting featured artists, guest vocals, and additional vocals.
If a release attributes guest/additional vocals, is that the same as a featured artist?
Linear notes for Divination by In Hearts Wake credit guest vocals to Winston McCall. Is this entered as:
a) In Hearts Wake feat. Winston McCall
b) In Hearts Wake guest vocals by Winston McCall
a) is very commonly how it’s attributed in digital versions, but b) is consistent with the release and the style principle: “You should generally enter the credit as it appears on the release…”
Also some releases have tons of additional vocal credits that don’t really seem to be features (the physical release of Opeth’s In Cauda Venenum has about 7 spoken word vocal credits).
I understand the impact of a featured artist who is prominent in the genre needing a credit as opposed to the band’s friends who do chants and are listed as “guest vocalists”, but how can I distinguish this when interchangeable language is used on releases? Should I do some research and enter this at my own discretion or is there a more “official” way to do this, like seeing if an artist is already entered into the database?
If a release credits vocals that have no track attribution, how do you credit them?
Time, the Valuator gives 4 additional vocals credits on their release of How Fleeting, How Fragile, but none are credited in the physical materials and only 2 are credited on the digital version. Also since they are credited as additional vocals, I would imagine it would be:
a) Time, the Valuator additional vocals by Nico Schiesewitz
instead of the more commonly accepted:
b) Time, the Valuator feat. Nico Schiesewitz
A little semantic sure, but this would be helpful for me to know going forward with cataloguing some fairly unknown releases.