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Introduction

To help give users a consistent experience on the site, this page will outline the standard format for an Album page. Please note that soundtracks, compilation albums by multiple artists, and films are formatted slightly differently from the guidelines given here.

Page Name Guidelines

Capitalize the first letter of every word in the artist's name, the album's title and the song's title. For more information about LyricWiki's page naming policy, see LyricWiki:Page Names.

Album Page Format

The Album page consists of four sections:

  1. Album template
  2. List of the tracks on the album
  3. Additional information about the album (optional)
  4. AlbumFooter template

Other sections, giving important and relevant information about the album (credits, awards, historical relevance, etc.), can be added after the song list, under an appropriately descriptive heading.

Template

The following is a generic template of how the Album page is formatted. Replace the sections in <<>> with the correct information and remove the <<>> completely:

{{Album
|Artist    = <<Artist Name>>
|Album     = <<Album Title>>
|fLetter   = <<First Letter of Album Title>>
|Genre     = <<Genre>>
|Length    = <<mm:ss>>
|Cover     = <<PictureName.jpg>>
|Wikipedia = <<Wikipedia Page Name>>
|star      = <<Violet, Green, Bronze, Silver or Gold>>
}}

# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song One>>|<<Song One>>]]'''
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Two>>|<<Song Two>>]]'''

{{AlbumFooter
|asin        = <<Amazon ASIN ID>>
|iTunes      = <<iTunes ID>>
|allmusic    = <<AllMusic ID>>
|discogs     = <<Discogs master or release ID>>
|musicbrainz = <<MusicBrainz release-group or release ID>>
}}

Album Template

The first item on the page is the Album template. This template creates a link back to the artist page, categorizes the album by the first letter of its name, year of release, and genre, gives the length of the album, and creates an area for the album cover to be displayed.

The format is as follows. Replace the sections in <<>> with the correct information and remove the <<>> completely:

{{Album
|Artist    = <<Artist Name>>
|Album     = <<Album Title>>
|fLetter   = <<First Letter of Album Title>>
|Genre     = <<Genre>>
|Length    = <<mm:ss>>
|Cover     = <<PictureName.jpg>>
|Wikipedia = <<Wikipedia Page Name>>
|star      = <<Violet, Green, Bronze, Silver or Gold>>
}}

Album Types

An optional Type parameter may be added to the Album header for releases other than studio albums, as |Type = <<album type>>. Any text can be entered here; the most commonly used types are EP, Single, and Box set. Also used fairly often are Live album and Compilation album, particularly when the album title does not indicate the album's nature.

Three possible Types have special functions:

  • Single – All parameters are identical, but the page is placed in the Singles category rather than the Albums category.
  • Compilation – For multiple artist compilations only. Artist should be entered as "various artists" (case-insensitive), all other parameters work the same. The page is added to the Category:Compilation category. See Help:Contents/Editing/Formatting/Compilations for more information. (Single-artist compilations, such as "greatest hits" albums, may be indicated with the aforementioned Compilation album.)
  • Soundtrack – For multiple-artist or single-artist soundtracks. Genre parameter will be ignored; SType parameter must be used instead. All other parameters work the same. The page is added to Category:Soundtrack. See Help:Contents/Editing/Formatting/Soundtracks for more information.

Artist

  • This parameter produces a link to the Artist page and must therefore be the same as the Artist page's name.
  • To display a different link text, the parameter |Alias = <<display text>> can be used.

Album

  • This parameter does not have to follow LyricWiki's page naming policy. Instead, it should follow the "official" album title capitalization as closely as possible.

fLetter

  • The following guidelines apply to the |fLetter = parameter:
    • The very first letter should always be used, even if the first word is A, An, or The. Example: for The it would be fLetter=T.
    • If the first letter is a number, use: fLetter=0-9.
    • If the first letter is a symbol (like ";", "(", "-", "*", or "$"), then use: fLetter=Symbol.
    • If the first letter is a character from a non-Latin writing system that uses symbols for entire words, (Chinese, Japanese, & Korean), then the fLetter is the language of the character. For example: fLetter=Chinese
    • If the first letter is a character in a non-Latin alphabet such as Cyrillic, Greek, etc., or is an "accented" character such as Á, Ö, or Ç, use the true fLetter character, not fLetter=Symbol.

Genre

See Category:Genre for a list of genres.

Length

The length of the album can often be found on the album's MusicBrainz page or on the album's article page at Wikipedia. It should be specified in minutes and seconds, even if it is longer than one hour, e.g. 77:04, not 1h 17m 04s, 1:17:04 or 01:17:04.

If lengths are known for different versions of the album, they may be indicated with a notation in parentheses and separated using a line break code (<br>).

Example:
44:38<br>47:09 (UK release)<br>63:12 (2011 reissue)

Star

Album pages are ranked, like Song and Artist pages, by their level of completion. This displays as a coloured star at the top of the Album page. The ranking commences with Green and this should be added together with the parameter |star= in the Album template where this is absent. The page can be upgraded from Green to Bronze, Silver, or Gold. Violet is a colour reserved for pages with special needs.

Track List

The second portion of the Album page is the listing of the songs on the album.

  • Songs should be listed in the order they appear on the album.
  • Capitalize the First Letter Of Every Word Of The Song Name before the pipe "|" character. See LyricWiki:Page Names for more information.
  • The text after the pipe character determines how the link displays on the artist page. This should adhere to the "official" capitalization as used by the artist.
Example:
[[Artist:SOng NAmE|sOng nAmE]]
  • Special notations about a song (such as featured artists, instrumental, live performance, etc.) should be placed after the link to the song, not as part of the song's name. The song title should be kept as close to its official title as possible.
Example:
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song>>|<<Song>>]]''' {{ft|Someone Else}}
# '''[[<<Artist Name:<<Song>>|<<Song>>]]''' (radio edit)
  • If the album is a multi-disc set, then the discs should be separated with subheadings.
Example:
{{H4|Disc 1}}
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song One>>|<<Song One>>]]'''
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Two>>|<<Song Two>>]]'''
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Three>>|<<Song Three>>]]'''

{{H4|Disc 2}}
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Four>>|<<Song Four>>]]'''
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Five>>|<<Song Five>>]]'''
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Six>>|<<Song Six>>]]'''
  • Songs included only on certain versions of an album (available in certain countries, at certain online or physical stores, or on a later reissue version of an album) may be listed at the end of the track list using headers created by the {{OL}} template.
Example:
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song One>>|<<Song One>>]]'''
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Two>>|<<Song Two>>]]'''
# '''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Three>>|<<Song Three>>]]'''
{{OL|header=Bonus track on UK release|nr=4|
#1='''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Four>>|<<Song Four>>]]'''}}
{{OL|header=Bonus tracks on 2011 reissue|nr=4|
#1='''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Five>>|<<Song Five>>]]'''|
#2='''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Six>>|<<Song Six>>]]'''|
#3='''[[<<Artist Name>>:<<Song Four>>|<<Song Four>>]]''' (extended remix)}}

A tool is available (based on a script provided by one of our users, Lentando) that will generate a formatted song list from a list of tracks – Wikifyer.

Additional Information

This optional section may be used to provide additional information about the album. If the album has won awards, the {{Award}} template should be placed here.

Information in paragraph form may be added under headings such as == Notes == or == Trivia ==. Please be concise -- keep in mind that links to Wikipedia and other sites are on the page for anyone interested in further details about an album.

Album Footer

The final item on the Album page is the AlbumFooter template. The basic AlbumFooter template is:

{{AlbumFooter
|asin        = <<Amazon.com ASIN>>
|iTunes      = <<iTunes album ID>>
|allmusic    = <<AllMusic album ID>>
|discogs     = <<Discogs master or release ID>>
|musicbrainz = <<MusicBrainz release-group or release ID>>
}}
  • All parameters are optional.
  • Two additional parameters, "romanizedArtist" and "romanizedAlbum", can be used when the artist name is in an alphabet other than Latin, e.g. Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic, Japanese, Hebrew, etc.

For details on how to complete the AlbumFooter and a complete list of parameters that the AlbumFooter currently accepts, see Template:AlbumFooter.

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