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Style Guide

This style guide outlines best practices to follow when adding new songs, artists, and albums to Crownnote. These guidelines are put in place to ensure uniformity among users' charts and imports, reducing the chance of duplicates and making it easier to tabulate composite charts like the Crown 100.

Main artists vs. featured artists

Every song should have at least one main artist, though it may have more than one; it may also have one or more featured artist. If there are multiple artists with lead billing, include them all in the main Artists field (if importing from a spreadsheet, separate them with semicolons). Likewise, if there are multiple featured artists, include them all in the Featured Artists field. Artists should be listed as a featured artist if they are designated as "featuring" (or a similar abbreviation, such as "feat." or "f/") either in the artist listing or at the end of a song title. If the artist is billed with "with," "and" or "&," "duet with," "X," or "vs.," they should be listed as a main artist.

Example: The Weeknd f/Daft Punk - "Starboy"
Example: Chris Young; Cassadee Pope - "Think Of You"
Example: Duran Duran f/Janelle Monáe; Nile Rodgers - "Pressure Off"

Explicit titles and censoring

If a song, album, or artist name includes an explicit word and is uncensored in its original, explicitly-designated release, use the explicit word in the name. If the song, album, or artist name was only released with the censored version of the explicit word, match their method of censorship, whether asterisks, an ellipsis, the first letter alone, or another method.  If a song has a different title in its censored form, e.g. a radio edit that replaces the explicit word with another word entirely, that title is valid as a separate listing and both songs will be combined when tabulating the Crown 100 and any other composite charts.

Example: CeeLo Green - "Fuck You" or "Forget You"
Example: JoJo f/Wiz Khalifa - "F*** Apologies." or "No Apologies"

Crediting remixes

When charting a remix of a song, designate the name of the remix in round parentheses (like these) in the song title. Do not include the remixer as an artist or featured artist unless they are credited as such on official releases.

Example: Mike Posner - "I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)"
Example: Alesso; OneRepublic - "If I Lose Myself (Alesso vs. OneRepublic)"

Parentheses, not brackets

When a song or album title includes parentheses or brackets, use round parentheses (like these), [not like these].

Example: Adele - "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)"


Titles and names should generally be written in Title Case, including conjunctions. Follow the capitalization used in official releases; if there is discrepancy, use the most-used capitalization scheme or, in the lack of a majority, fall back to Title Case.

Example: Adele - "Water Under The Bridge"
Example: ZAYN - "LIKE I WOULD"
Example: gnash f/olivia o'brien - "i hate u i love u"

Artist names with "and" or a symbol

If an artist consistently uses a symbol like an ampersand (&) or a plus sign (+) in their artist name, list them with the symbol in their name. If there is discrepancy among retailers or album eras, write out "and" in full.

Example: Fitz and the Tantrums
Example: Dan + Shay
Example: Maddie & Tae

Artists who change names

If an artist changes their name, any songs released under the new name, including any previously-released songs that are re-released under the new name, should use the updated artist name. If a previously-released song is not re-released under the new name, leave it with its old name.

Example: Who Is Fancy - "Goodbye" (first released under Fancy, then re-released as Who Is Fancy, but not re-released as Fancy Hagood) vs. Fancy Hagood - "Seven Minutes In Heaven" (released as Fancy Hagood)
Example: BANNERS - "Ghosts" (first released as RAINES, then re-released as BANNERS)

Territorial differences

If a song or artist has a different name in different territories, use the most-used name. If an album is released with a different title in different territories, list it as a separate album.

Example: RÜFÜS (not RÜFÜS DU SOL)
Example: Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty and Tattoos

Deluxe editions and reissues of albums

All albums should be listed with their regular title, without any designation of a deluxe or bonus version. All tracks released as part of the album should be listed as part of the album, even if they only appear on deluxe or territory-specific versions of the album. (Exception: this does not include catalog songs that are deliberately tacked onto a new album specific to certain retailers, such as QVC or HSN; those should only be listed as part of their original album.) If an album is reiussed, new tracks should be added to the original album without changing the title. If the album is significantly different, such as a separate EP that is also packaged with the original album, list any new songs as part of the new EP while leaving old songs only as part of the original album.

Example: Lady Gaga - "Video Phone" (part of The Fame Monster)
Example: OneRepublic - "Love Runs Out" (part of Native)
Example: Carly Rae Jepsen - "Store" (part of E·MO·TION: Side B)

EPs and soundtracks

List EP titles with "(EP)" at the end; list soundtracks with "(Soundtrack)" at the end and remove any additional designation that the album is part of a soundtrack (e.g. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). Remove any designation that a song is part of a soundtrack from its title unless it's an actual part of the title. Unless it is soundtracked by a single artist, list the artist of soundtrack albums as Various Artists.

Example: Meghan Trainor - Title (EP)
Example: Various Artists - Suicide Squad (Soundtrack)
Example: The Weeknd - "Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)"