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The purpose of this policy is to have page names that are as uniform as possible. LyricWiki is a site that has songs, artists, and users from many different nations, which have rules for capitalization that may vary. (At times, artists may creatively change capitalization as well.) By breaking the capitalization rules of every language, it is hoped that the creation of multiple variations of a page will be minimized. This way, the site won't have one group of editors working on one variation, while another group works on another and work can be more collaborative. Also, because LyricWiki is incorporated into other projects, a uniform method of creating page names is also necessary for coding purposes.

Example Titles

Each of the following examples applies to all page types (artists, albums and songs), not just the type given in the example.


All words, regardless of whether the artist capitalize that letter or the language's grammar says it should be lower case, must have their initial letter capitalized.
  • ABBA, instead of Abba
The artist's name in this example is kept all in capitals, because that is the closest to the original name's format as seen on album covers and the official website.
Although the official format of this artist's name is almost completely capitalized, it is changed to normalized case for LyricWiki as it is not a name that would be completely capitalized in normal writing (unlike acronyms, abbreviations, etc.). Note that if a name is OdDly CaPiTaLIzeD, it should not be normalized, per below.
  • K.d. Lang instead of k.d. lang or K.D. Lang
In this example, the K and L are capitalized for LyricWiki's purposes, but the remainder of the artist's name remains in its official format. So, if an album was named OdDly CaPiTaLIzeD, the name should be capitalized exactly as shown, not changed to Oddly Capitalized.
If an album lists a song as being in all capitals, it is often the case that it shouldn't be placed under a page name with all capitals, although exceptions are likely to exist. This is very common with Japanese artists (such as Abingdon Boys School) who will use all capitals for those songs with English titles, such as with the example. The page name should follow the normal initial letter capitalization, followed by the capitalization that the word would normally have. (So MCDONALDS should be McDonalds, for example.) The display portion of the link, however, can follow the capitalization used on the album. (Example: # '''[[Abingdon Boys School:Strength.|STRENGTH.]]''' would display as STRENGTH., although it links to the correct page name.)
E and A in the above example are still initial letters of their respective words, even though those words now form part of contractions and are not preceded by whitespace.

Names Beginning With An Article

Articles such that would normally follow a name in an index (A, An, and The) should remain at the beginning of the artist's name.

Punctuation And Symbols

In this example, the quotation marks are used because this is the punctuation that the artist officially uses (following the official artist website).
Words should not be substituted with their equivalent symbols if the word is an official part of the name (& for And, @ for At, etc.).
Symbols should also not be substituted with their word-equivalent if the symbol is an official part of the name. (A few exceptions exist, see Technical Restrictions below for more information.)
Stylized artist names should be kept where possible.
Keep apostrophes in contractions such as, ain't, don't, can't, won't, etc. (unless the official spelling of the artist/album/song omits them as well).

Non-Latin Character Sets

  • 宏実 instead of Hiromi or 宏実 (Hiromi)
For Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and other languages written in non-Latin based scripts, artist pages should use the artist's name in the native script, not the romanized name.
Exception: If the artist uses a stage name in Latin script, the stage name should be used (see below).

Stage Name Vs. Real Name

Artist names should be the popular ones, those the artists refer to themselves on album covers or the official websites.

Common Misspellings/Incorrect Tagging

  • When you think that an artist or band will be searched for under a technically incorrect name, (ELO or E.L.O. instead of Electric Light Orchestra, for example) you may create a redirect to point to the correct name. A redirect is created by adding #REDIRECT [[Correct Artist Name]] to a blank page.
  • When you find an artist page to be under an incorrect name, you may move it by using the Move tab at the top of the page.
    • If the artist page contains subpages (such as album and/or song pages) please do not move it yourself: this would be a lot of work since all subpages would have to be moved manually and would likely break a lot of links. Instead, add {{move|Correct page name|Reason for moving}} to the page source by using the Edit tab at the top.
  • These same conventions hold for Album and Song names.
  • Note: Non-ASCII punctuation symbols in page names should be replaced by their ASCII equivalents, e.g.: … (ellipsis) should be replaced with three full stops, and with a simple hyphen, ` and ´ with ', and with ".

Artist Pages

On occasion, there will be more than one artist with the same name. Whichever artist has the most of LW-relevant releases listed on Kingnee - Musicbrainz MusicBrainz should keep the primary location, with no parenthetical add-on used. If you are not sure about this, please contact an administrator.

For all other artists add a distinguishing notation to the page title in parentheses. Use the following:
  • The 2-letter country ISO codes Wikipedia16, e.g. (AR) for Argentina, (SE) for Sweden. For the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland always use (UK).
  • For multiple artists from the same country add the code for the principal subdivision (state or province) with a hyphen, e.g. (US-CA) for California. The same goes for all countries, respectively.
  • Use the primary genre for artists from the same country and state, e.g. (US-CA Rap) or (US-CA Metal) – as brief as possible.

NOTE: This only applies to the artist page, not the artist's albums and songs, which should keep the unchanged artist name as prefix. For details see the homonymous artists help page.

A {{WrongPage}} template should be placed at the top of all similarly-named Artist pages with a link to the disambiguation page.

Album Pages

Album pages should be named as follows: Artist:Album (release). For example: Green Day:American Idiot (2004). Notice that a space should be placed in between the album's title and the release year inside the parentheses.

Adding the release year should always be done, but is especially important when the album contains a song by the same name, for example: The Corrs:Forgiven, Not Forgotten (1996) (album page) vs. The Corrs:Forgiven Not Forgotten (song page). If the release year is unknown, four question marks should be substituted for the year: (????).

On a rare occasion, an additional parenthetical notation such as (EP) or (Demo) may be necessary to differentiate between two albums. For this to be necessary, the two albums must have the same name and have been released in the same year. This is mostly due to an identically-titled demo album or EP being released in the same year as a full-sized album release. An add-on should not be used, however, for releases from different countries. Any album differences due to various regional releases, deluxe editions, or limited editions are best noted on the regular album page.

Song Pages

Song pages should be named in the same way: Artist:Song.

  • Added song notations (such as featured artists, live performances, bonus tracks, hidden tracks, etc.) that are not part of the song's title should be left off of the song's name whenever possible, and added parenthetically after the link.
EXAMPLE: Fergie:Fergalicious (featuring instead of Fergie:Fergalicious (Featuring
  • A song may use an added notation to distinguish a version that has different lyrics from the original.
EXAMPLE: Fergie:Fergalicious (Radio Edit) and the original Fergie:Fergalicious

Technical Restrictions

If a page name would contain a character that is impossible to use due to technical restrictions (for example, a # symbol) replace it by a suitable equivalent (whatever the symbol represents when the item would be said aloud) and use the {{WrongTitle}} template (or a more specific wrong-title template).

Full List of Restrictions

  1. # should be "Number " (notice the space at the end) or " Sharp" (however, in the case with albums or songs that start with a Twitter hashtag, the number part should be removed completely since it doesn't refer to a number in this case)
  2. < should be "Less Than"
  3. > should be "Greater Than"
  4. [ and ] (square brackets) should be ( and )
  5. { and } (curly brackets) should be ( and )
  6. » and « (double guillemets) should both be "
  7. | (pipe) and ¦ (broken pipe) should both be /
  8. (pilcrow) should be P
  9. \n (the actual sequence backslash-n, not the newline character) should be /n
  10. : and / are only problematic as first character of the page name and should be omitted only in those cases
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