Record label as artist

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Asking here because I didn’t get an answer on IRC.

There are quite a few cases among Japanese albums in MusicBrainz where the record label has been marked as the artist on compilation albums.

For example, there’s a a record label called MEGAREX that makes series of compilation albums.
SPD GAR series by MEGAREX has Various Artists marked as artist: https://musicbrainz.org/series/bdaf27b6-40c3-4f2a-a5e1-2316186ae4ba
But FÜGENE series has MEGAREX as artist: https://musicbrainz.org/series/a07fa772-8553-437d-8647-7fb655be4c21

Label has been marked as artist on Miraichaya / 未来茶屋 albums by Miraicha Records: https://musicbrainz.org/release/b0988502-41c3-4344-b748-55ef09e4eba9

And on A Taste For Emotion by Emoism Records: https://musicbrainz.org/release/4430d119-f759-43ed-a870-d5096337e031

Should Various Artists or the record label be used as artist in these cases? Personally, I would put them all under Various Artists - I don’t see any gain in adding a separate artist for the label.

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Yes, label compilations are usually Various Artists, but on many platforms the label registers as an artist.
Such artist has no real existence, so, apart perhaps rare cases, they shouldn’t be created in MB.

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