This article is a part of Believe's Audio Content Guidelines.
Generic or Fake artists. Content that uses generic or fake artists' profiles is not accepted in some stores (e.g. Apple, Spotify).
The purpose of fake artists is to generate streams and downloads by using either fake audio files, sound-alike covers for famous songs or original audios of famous songs.
Generic artists are names like: White Noise, Yoga, Workout, Meditation, Baby, Christmas, Top Hits, Chorus, Orchestra, or Singer.
Any generic or fake artists' releases, when spotted after being delivered, are subject to immediate takedown without the right of being restored on relevant stores. The decision is applicable to the whole catalogue of such artists.
Multiple Artists Formatting. If a release contains more than one main artist, use a new field to list an additional artist (or separate artists’ names by coma). When a track list contains two or three different artists, they all must be indicated on album level and separated by commas.
Various Artists. If there are four or more different performing artists on the track level, the artist on the album level must be indicated as “Various Artists”. Do not list “Various Artists” on the track level. List all the performing artists instead separated by commas. For one-track singles, it is accepted to indicate all performing artists at the album level even if they are more than five. Note that when one artist is present on all tracks of the track list, it is possible to indicate only that artist on the album level (even if more than five artists are present in the track list).
Compound Artists. Artists who are generally listed together and were performing throughout their whole or (in some exceptional cases) a part of their career together are considered Compound Artists (i.e. “Bob Marley and the Wailers” is considered a Compound Artist, even though Bob Marley had a solo career afterwards). Such artists can be indicated together in the same field by using & or any other conjunctive separator (i.e. Simon & Garfunkel, etc.).
Compound artists are considered as one artist by the stores. Any misuse of compound artist may lead to disorder and incorrect display of the artists’ pages.
Using “Meets” or “vs.”. For artists using “Meets” or “vs.”, all artists involved must be listed at the album or track level and separated as two independent artists by a comma. The terms “Meets” and “vs.” must only appear in the album or track title. These terms must not be used in the artist's field.