Is it possible to record the real name of an artist?

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#1

I’ve just added a new artist to the database - Asu - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/02cceb18-10a7-4aaf-9059-538e027a688f
His real name is “Alexandru Gabriel” but I can’t find a field called “Real name” or something like that.
Also I can’t find a field like “Additional information - Annotation” (as the releases have)

Is there any way to mention the real name of an artist?


#2

You can add his real name as an alias with the alias type set to legal name.


#3

Here is an example: https://musicbrainz.org/artist/51f1ca49-846a-4ef1-b4fa-187ecc88bbe5


#4

I prefer adding it as an alias as mfmeulenbelt said, not so much adding a second (and third and fourth) artist entry the way thomnottom’s example shows.
IMO, there are very few times an artist needs a 2nd entry.

mfmeulenbelt’s (and my) suggestion is just to have the real name listed on the artist entry page.
But if there a place he is credit as something other than Asu, that is what the “credit as” box is for.

Let’s say, as example, his writing credits are under his real name. You can put Asu in the box the way you normally would, and then put Alexandru Gabriel in the credited as box.
It will display as Alexandru Gabriel but will link to the Asu entry.

I just fixed up this entry that has everything I am talking about.

Entry name is different than the real name, which is listed under the aliases tab (many of the aliases are spelling issues, there just for search purposes). He is credited in multiple ways, which can be found listed under the relationships tab.


#5

Good point. That’s something I’ll keep in mind. For a lot of electronic artists, they tend to have multiple projects they record under, so having a single legal name entry is nice because it ties them together (which is why I jumped to that example). But for other artists, they may only have a single recording name and it make sense not to have a separate entry.


#6

Especially since MB started the Alias and ‘credited as’ features.