Bollywood Releases are different than western releases and therefore need a different guideline.
I am looking to find answers to the following points.
It is typical of the release to credit Composer for the Release and works fine logically when the composer is same for all the tracks. But when there are multiple composers for the release, it is not clear how to credit the release artist.
The release usually credits all the composers even though not common for all tracks, is that the way to go?
Guideline says to credit the release artist to Various Artists when there are multiple artists, but that is not the case here as it is not a compilation.
Personal opinion: I think it is better to credit all the composers for the release as it is the most common way to credit the release artist for Bollywood releases and it appears on their discography.
Some releases credit lyricist for the release and some don’t.
- example with lyricist being credited on digital release
- example of the same for physical media
- example of Director being credited
is there a guideline for this or are both acceptable and just a matter of preference? what is the best practice?
Personal opinion: I think it is better to credit the lyricist for the release even if not appearing on the release. I am not sure about the director of the movie though, because many of the releases credit the director as well on physical media. And the director is also involved in the making of the music, in giving the vision to the composer.
platforms like Spotify and Apple Music use Original Soundtrack as the release subtitle for Bollywood releases but platforms like JioSaavn don’t. This was for digital releases, but for physical releases, while most physical releases don’t have Original Soundtrack as the release subtitle, some do.
- example: jiosaavn without OST vs apple with OST
- example 2: without OST | Spotify vs with OST | Apple Music
How should this be handled? Should it be added as a release subtitle or left it as a metadata for RG and skipped from the release title?
Personal opinion: I think it is better to leave it as a metadata for RG and skip it from the release title as well since it just creates clutter and is not necessarily doing the work of a subtitle (i.e. adding distinguishing information about the release).
Not the same but a similar guideline I found was about the primary type, like remove “EP” from the title if it is not for distinguishing the release.
There is inconsistency in the way composers are credited for the tracks. Some releases credit composer in tracks and some just include the vocalist. Some release credits both.
What is the best practice here? the most common way is to only credit the vocalist but that is not the case for all releases.
Personal opinion: I think it is better to credit both the vocalist and the composer for the track, with the initial position being given to the composer as that is the most common way the track would appear on other compilations. But only crediting the vocalist is also fine as it is the most common way to credit the track.