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To help give users a consistent experience on the site, this page outlines the standard format for an Artist page.


This is an artist in the LyricWiki sense

  • Usually an artist is the performer of a certain song. This can be a single person, a band, an orchestra, or a collaboration of two or more performers.
  • In some cases the lyricist can be the artist, especially for songs in the public domain Wikipedia16.
  • In some cases the composer can be the artist, for instance on a various artists soundtrack including tracks with lyrics and score tracks. The latter would be assigned to the composer.

Example: Frozen (2013).

Also, most songs from the classical era are usually assigned to a composer instead of a lyricist or certain performer.

Example: The Twelve Days of Christmas by Frederic Austin (composer)

These are not artists in the LyricWiki sense

- instead, use performer or lyricist prefix for song pages, composer for score/instrumental tracks, and name respective albums according to Help:Formatting Albums
  • Fictional bands / characters
Examples: "Ali G" is Sacha Baron Cohen, "Phoebe Buffay" (from sitcom "Friends") is Lisa Kudrow
You can find a list with some fictional bands here Wikipedia16.

If you're not sure about an artist, please contact an admin before setting up a page.


There are a few practices which have become standards on LyricWiki, some involving page titles and some involving layout.

Page Title Guidelines

  • Capitalize the first letter of every word in the artist's name. (For more information about page naming guidelines, see LyricWiki:Page Names)
  • For artists with names in non-Latin based scripts, use the artist's native name.
    To assist other users in locating the artist's page, pages should at the same time be created under alternative versions of the artist's name and redirects placed upon those pages directing to the correctly titled page. For example, Nakajima Miyuki and Miyuki Nakajima are simply pages which redirect the user to the correctly titled page: 中島みゆき. See Help:Redirect for further details.
  • For homonymous artists please see here for details

Artist Page Format

The Artist page consists of five major sections:

  1. {{ArtistHeader}} (which includes the following:)
    1. Wikipedia link (optional)
    2. Official Site link (optional)
    3. MySpace link (optional)
    4. Twitter link (optional)
    5. Hometown information (optional)
    6. Artist image (optional)
  2. List of albums and their songs
  3. Songs not listed on albums
  4. {{ArtistInfo}} (optional and may include the following:)
    1. Listing of a group's members
    2. Solo artist information
    3. Related artists list
    4. Genre information
    5. Record label information
  5. {{ArtistFooter}}

Generic Template

The following is a generic template of how the Artist page is formatted with some optional parameters. Replace the sections in <<>> with the correct information and remove the <<>> completely.

|star      = <<Colour>>
|homepage  = <<Website address - full URL>>
|facebook  = <<Facebook ID>>
|myspace   = <<MySpace site ID>>
|twitter   = <<Twitter ID>>
|wikipedia = <<Wikipedia article title>>
|country   = <<Country>>
|state     = <<Region within the country>>
|hometown  = <<City or town>>
|pic       = <<Picture of artist>>

==[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Album Title #1>> (<<YEAR>>)|<<Album Title #1>> (<<YEAR>>)]]==
{{Album Art|<<Artist Name>> - <<Album Title #1>>.jpg|<<Album Title #1>>}}
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Title #1>>|<<Song Title #1>>]]'''
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Title #2>>|<<Song Title #2>>]]'''
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Title #3>>|<<Song Title #3>>]]'''

==[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Album Title #2>> (<<YEAR>>)|<<Album Title #2>> (<<YEAR>>)]]==
{{Album Art|<<Artist Name>> - <<Album Title #2>>.jpg|<<Album Title #2>>}}
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Title #1>>|<<Song Title #1>>]]'''
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Title #2>>|<<Song Title #2>>]]'''
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Title #3>>|<<Song Title #3>>]]'''

|members =
* <<Member 1>> – <<Instruments played>> (<<Membership years>>)
* <<Member 2>> – <<Instruments played>> (<<Membership years>>)
|fmembers =
* <<Former Member 1>> – <<Instruments played>> (<<Membership years>>)
* <<Former Member 2>> – <<Instruments played>> (<<Membership years>>)
|related =
* <<First Related Artist>>
* <<Second Related Artist>>
{{Genres|<<Main Genre>>|<<Another Genre>>|<<Yet Another Genre>>}}
{{Labels|<<Label>|<<Another Label>>}}

|fLetter     = <<Initial letter of the artist's name>>
|asin        = <<Artist ID>>
|iTunes      = <<Artist ID>>
|allmusic    = <<Artist ID>>
|discogs     = <<Artist ID>>
|musicbrainz = <<Artist ID>>
|spotify     = <<Artist ID>>
|youtube     = <<Artist ID>>

Fictional group "Helper" example

|star      = Green
|homepage  =
|myspace   = helperofficial
|twitter   = helpertheband
|wikipedia = Helper (band)
|country   = United States
|state     = Nevada
|hometown  = Las Vegas
|pic       = Helper.jpg

==[[Helper:Others (2001)|Others (2001)]]==
{{Album Art|Helper - Others.jpg|Others}}
# '''[[Helper:Song One|Song One]]'''
# '''[[Helper:Song Two|Song Two]]'''

==[[Helper:Save Me (2003)|Save Me (2003)]]==
{{Album Art|Helper - Save Me.jpg|Save Me}}
# '''[[Helper:Save Me|Save Me]]'''
# '''[[Helper:Help|Help]]'''

|members =
* George Helper – Guitar, keyboards (2005–current)
* Greta Helper – Bass guitar (2005–present)
* Henry Helper – Drums (2005–present)
|fmembers =
* John Helper – Saxophone (2005)
* George Helper, Jr. – Tuba (2005)
|related =
* [[The WTFs]]
* [[The ZoomQuilts]]
{{Labels|Columbia Records|Warner Bros. Records}}

|fLetter     = H
|asin        = B0016CJPR0
|iTunes      = 3949650
|allmusic    = mn0000123456
|discogs     = 12345
|musicbrainz = 93b92c06-957f-416a-8de4-2907ca4e2cad
|spotify     = 1OwarW4LEHnoep20ixRA0y
|youtube     = youtube-username


At the top of artists' pages, we use the template {{ArtistHeader}} or {{Collaboration}} (see below). Although all the parameters in the {{ArtistHeader}} except star are optional (see template page for complete list), these parameters provide valuable information and should be completed if possible. The most commonly used parameters are as follows:


See LyricWiki:Page ranking for information.

Artist and romanized Artist

If the pagename is different from the actual artist's name (due to our page naming policy or for disambiguation purposes), the actual name can be specified using the artist parameter. This name will be used for the search links in the "External links" section at the bottom.

Example: On Armageddon (UK), one would use

|artist = Armageddon

If the artist's name is in a non-Latin alphabet, the roman parameter should be used to specify the romanized name.

Example: On Ελευθερία Αρβανιτάκη, one would use

|roman  = Eleftheria Arvanitaki

Official Site

If the artist has an official website, the homepage parameter can be added and the full url to the site provided. For example:

|homepage =
  • TIP: Links to an artist's official site can often be found on the artist's page at Wikipedia, or through a web search.


If the artist has an official MySpace profile, the myspace parameter can be added. Only the profile name needs to be entered. For example:

|myspace  = helperofficial
  • TIP: This is often the artist's name in lower case and with spaces omitted.


If the artist has a Twitter ID, the twitter parameter can be added. Only the Twitter ID needs to be entered (no @ symbol). For example:

|twitter = helpertheband


If Wikipedia has an article about the artist, then a link to that article should be given in the wikipedia parameter. Only the article's page name is required.

  • Important: If Wikipedia's article on the artist includes a disambiguating word or phrase added in parentheses, such as Helper (band), this also needs to be included in the link name.

Country, State, and Hometown

Artists can also be categorized by their place of origin -- either the place where the group was originally formed, or the solo artist's place of birth -- using the parameters in the Artist Header for country, state, and hometown.

For example:

|country  = United States
|state    = Nevada
|hometown = Las Vegas

will add the artist to the categories Category:Hometown/United States, Category:Hometown/United States/Nevada and Category:Hometown/United States/Nevada/Las Vegas.

  • TIP: This information can often be found on the artist's page at Wikipedia, or on their official website.
  • For bands and artists from the U.K., define the country of origin by entering England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland as the country, enter the county in the "state" parameter, and the town (or city) in the "hometown" parameter. If the official country of origin is unknown, United Kingdom can be entered as the country.
  • To avoid multiple categories being created for the same location, please use the same place-names that English Wikipedia uses for their article titles. For example, Bavaria instead of Bayern, Lisbon instead of Lisboa, Basse-Normandie instead of Lower Normandy. EXCEPTION: Where Wikipedia has added a disambiguating term to the place-name (displayed in place-names not by parentheses, but after a comma), the disambiguating term should be omitted. For example in the case of Milo, Italy, Italy would not be entered in the same parameter as Milo, but in the country parameter.
  • If the artist comes from a country where you don't know what to enter for the state, look around the already existent hometown categories first. A list of country names approved for use on LyricWiki can be found at LyricWiki:List of Countries.
  • If the artist page is not for an artist but for a fictional character (The Simpsons, South Park, etc.), then use the country of origin of the TV show/movie/etc., e.g. United States.


A further parameter is pic. See Uploading Artist Images for further information on this subject, including what pictures are considered acceptable.


For limited-time collaborations between two or more artists, where most parameters of the {{ArtistHeader}} wouldn't apply, the {{Collaboration}} template can be substituted. This produces an infobox similar to the ArtistHeader, but with information about each collaborating artist. See the template documentation for full details.

Album List

Create album pages for the following:

  • all officially-released studio albums containing at least one blue song
  • officially-released singles, EPs, live albums and "greatest hits"/"best-of" compilations containing more than one song not appearing on other albums by this artist

Do not create pages for the following:

  • bootlegs and other fan-made albums
  • singles, EPs, live albums or single-artist compilations only containing songs already included on another album by this artist, or only containing a single song not included on any other album by this artist, unless they are highly noteworthy (e.g. platinum-selling)

Please see the Non-Album Songs section of the Artist help page on how to handle songs not listed on album pages.

Album Art

The Beatles - Help!


The artwork for each album can be displayed on the Artist page by placing the {{Album Art}} template directly below the link to the Album page. The format of this template is:

{{Album Art|Artist's Name - Album Title.jpg|Display text}}

For example, to display the cover to "Help!" by The Beatles, the completed template would look like:

{{Album Art|The Beatles - Help!.jpg|Help!}}

This would display the picture on the right.

Please note that the name of the album does need to be entered after the second pipe symbol to enable the album title to display correctly on the artist's page. (Do not include the release year.)

  • Best practice is to upload a JPEG of the album cover, no more than 500 by 500 pixels in size, and name it Artist - Album.jpg.
  • This naming format is recommended because it is the format that is automatically searched for and inserted into Album pages. As such, it makes searching for pictures much easier if the file has been named in this way.
  • The picture is not required to be a .jpg. Other formats, such as .gif or .png are acceptable.

Track Lists

  • Track lists for albums on Artist pages should match the track list on that album's corresponding Album page. See this Help section for full information.
  • Songs should be listed below each album heading in the order in which they appear on the album.
  • In multi-disc albums or box sets, the discs should be separated with subheadings to break up a long list of song titles. (Example: {{H4|Disc 1}})
  • Links to instrumentals should be created.
  • Bonus tracks found only on certain releases of the album may be separated from the main track list by a header created using the {{OL}} template.
  • Singles that have Album pages may have their titles listed and linked in a simple format at the bottom of the corresponding album's track list, such as the following:
* Singles: '''[[Helper:Song One (2001)|Song One]]''', '''[[Helper:Song Two (2001)|Song Two]]'''
  • If album art is present, include the {{Clear}} template at the end of each album's track list.
  • A useful tool, the Wikifyer, inspired by one of our users, Lentando, is available which generates a formatted song list from a list of tracks. It can be found here: Special:Wikify.

Non-Album Songs

Some songs may not fit elsewhere on the page, that is, they do not appear on any of the artist's officially released albums, EPs, or compilations (see above). These can be listed separately, after the artist's most recent album, under several different headers.

Note: Only existing song pages, i.e. blue link songs, should be included under these sections.

Compilations and Soundtracks

The most common example is songs that appear on various artists compilations or movie soundtrack albums. These may be listed together with a link to the album, in chronological order by album, as in the following example:

==Songs on Compilations and Soundtracks==
* '''[[Helper:Song Three|Song Three]]''' on the soundtrack ''[[Titanic V: (2008)]]''
* '''[[Helper:Song Four|Song Four]]''' on the compilation ''[[Songs With Numbers In The Title (2009)|Songs with Numbers in the Title (2009)]]''

Note that songs do not need to be listed here if they also appeared on a compilation or other album by the artist and are therefore listed elsewhere on the Artist page. The song's Song page will include complete information about the song's album releases.


Singles often consisted of an album track backed with a non-album song, or vice versa. Today, digital single releases often consist of a single track. Those non-album songs should be listed chronologically in order of release, as per the following example:

==Songs on Singles==
* '''[[Helper:Song Zero|Song Zero]]''' (2009) {{MB|<<MusicBrainz-ID>>}} {{dog|<<Discogs-ID>>}}
* '''[[Helper:A B Cide|A B Cide]]''' (B-side to "[[Helper:The Seaside|The Seaside]]", 2011)

Note 1: If the section contains only 1-track singles, the section header may be shortened to "Singles".

Note 2: Often, non-album tracks from singles are later included as bonus tracks on an album or collected on compilations. In that case, they should be included on the album/compilation and not listed in the Singles section.

Live and Unreleased Songs

Artist pages may contain songs that the artist has only performed live, or has recorded but has not released on any official albums, if the performance is available (e.g. as download or on YouTube). These may be listed in this section. Further information, if known, may be added in parentheses:

==Live and Unreleased Songs==
* '''[[Helper:Song Two And A Half|Song Two and a Half]]''' (unreleased; recorded during the ''[[Helper:Others (2001)|Others]]'' sessions)
* '''[[Helper:MacArthur Park|MacArthur Park]]''' (performed regularly on the ''Save Me'' tour, 2003-2004)
* '''[[Helper:Song Seven|Song Seven]]''' (performed on the "Eddie and the Dude" radio show, KQXQ, Nome, Alaska, June 21, 2004)

Songs Featuring This Artist

The artist may appear as a featured performer on songs that were released by another artist. These may be listed in this section.

==Songs Featuring Helper==
* '''[[The Assistants:We Need Help|We Need Help]]''' by [[The Assistants]]
* '''[[Andy And The Aides:Mayday|Mayday]]''' by [[Andy And The Aides|Andy and the Aides]]

Note that songs do not need to be listed here if they later appeared on a compilation or other album by the artist itself, and are therefore listed elsewhere on the Artist page.

Other Songs

Songs in this section are generally "orphaned" Song pages that were added by a bot. Some may just not have been separated into albums on the Artist page, but others may be misspellings of existing titles, songs that should go in the Compilations/Soundtracks or Live/Unreleased categories, or even songs that are listed under the incorrect artist. The latter should be redirected to the correct artist; others should be moved to a different section on the Artist page, and the Other Songs heading removed.


Additional information about the artist may be provided using the {{ArtistInfo}} template, which creates a nicely formatted box in which to present the information. All sections within ArtistInfo are optional, but at least one section must be present for ArtistInfo to display properly.

Listing a Group's Members

  • A group's members may be listed using the members parameter, for current members, and the fmembers parameter, for former members.
  • It is helpful if the musical contribution to the group by each member is listed as well. Members can also be listed with the timeframe of when they were a group member.
  • Link to each member's LyricWiki page, if applicable; if a member has a Wikipedia page but not a LyricWiki page, a link may be created using the {{wpi}} template.

Example (for Aerosmith):

* [[Steven Tyler]] – vocals, piano, harmonica (1970–)
* [[Joe Perry]] – lead guitar (1970–1979, 1984–)
* {{wpi|Tom Hamilton}} – bass guitar (1970–)
* {{wpi|Brad Whitford}} – guitar (1972–1981, 1984–)
* {{wpi|Joey Kramer}} – drums, percussion (1970–)
* {{wpi|Ray Tabano}} – guitar (1970–1972)
* {{wpi|Jimmy Crespo}} – lead guitar (1979–1984)
* {{wpi|Rick Dufay}} – guitar (1981–1984)

Solo Artist Information

  • For a solo artist that uses a performance name, particularly one that sounds like the name of a group, use the realname= parameter. This will produce the statement "Artist Page Name is a performance name for value of parameter."

Example (for Five For Fighting):

|realname = John Ondrasik

Related Artists

Musical groups and solo artists will often have a close connection with other musical groups and solo artists. Linking to these artists' pages is optional, but it is helpful in enabling users to move easily from one related artist page to another.

Solo artists may use the memberof template, to list groups that the artist is currently a member of, as well as the fmemberof template, to list groups that the artist was formerly a member of.

Both groups and solo artists may use the related template. For groups, this may include the following:

  • Other groups which members have been in
  • Other groups which this band spun out of
  • Groups which spun out of this one

For both groups and solo artists, this may include:

  • Other groups or solo artists that have worked or collaborated closely with the group or solo artist
  • Artists who are relatives of the solo artist or a member of the group

Note that members of the group itself should only be listed in the members or fmembers section, not in related (even if their solo career has overshadowed their career with the group).

Both groups and solo artists may also use the collabs template, which is meant to link to LyricWiki pages for collaborations between multiple artists.

List artist names alphabetically within each section, and link each to a LyricWiki page, if applicable; if the artist has a Wikipedia page but not a LyricWiki page, a link may be created using the {{wpi}} template.

Example #1 (for Elvis Costello):

* [[Elvis Costello & The Attractions]]
* [[Diana Krall]]
* [[Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint]]
* [[Elvis Costello With Burt Bacharach]]
* [[Anne Sofie Von Otter & Elvis Costello]]
* [[Elvis Costello And The Brodsky Quartet]]

Example #2 (for George Harrison):

|fmemberof =
* [[The Beatles]]
* [[Traveling Wilburys]]
|related =
* [[John Lennon]]
* [[Paul McCartney]]
* [[Ringo Starr]]
* {{wpi|Ravi Shankar}}


LyricWiki allows for artists to be categorized by their music genre. Up to nine genres can be specified by using the Genres template within ArtistInfo:

{{Genres|<<Genre>>|<<Another Genre>>|<<Yet Another Genre>>}}

Note: Never use terms such as "Alternative", "Indie", or "Hardcore" because they are ambiguous. Try those prefixes in combination with a main genre instead.

  • A list of all genres can be found here. If you are unsure of an artist's musical genre, it is often given in the artist's Wikipedia article.


LyricWiki also allows for artists to be categorized by their record label. Up to 20 labels can be specified by using the Labels template within ArtistInfo:

{{Labels|<<Label>|<<Another Label>>|<<Yet Another Label>>}}
  • A list of all labels currently on LyricWiki can be found here. If you are unsure of an artist's record label, it is often given in the artist's Wikipedia article.


Use of the Template:ArtistFooter places external links at the bottom of the page to other pages related to the artist. The basic format of the template is:

|fLetter     = <<Initial letter of the artist's name>>
|asin        = <<Amazon ASIN>>
|iTunes      = <<iTunes artist ID>>
|allmusic    = <<Allmusic artist ID>>
|discogs     = <<Discogs artist ID>>
|musicbrainz = <<Musicbrainz artist ID>>
|spotify     = <<Spotify artist ID>>
|youtube     = <<YouTube artist ID>>

All parameters except fLetter are optional. See the template documentation for more information.

The following guidelines apply to the |fLetter = parameter:

  • If the first character is a digit, then use: fLetter = 0-9.
  • If the first character is a symbol (like ";", "(", "-", "*", or "$"), then use: fLetter = Symbol.
  • If the first character is from a logographic writing system that uses symbols for entire words (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, or Korean), then use the name of the script. Example: fLetter = Chinese.
  • For all other cases, use the actual first character of the artist name, in uppercase. This includes non-Latin alphabets such as Cyrillic, Greek, etc., and accented characters such as Á, Ö, or Ç.
  • Always use the first character of the actual artist name, even if it deviates from the pagename. Example: On 2Pac:Number 1 With A Bullet, the fLetter is "Symbol", not "N", because the actual song title is "#1 With a Bullet".
  • The very first character should always be used, even if the first word is "A", "An", or "The". Example: for "The" it would be fLetter = T.

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