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What are the artwork guidelines for tribute and karaoke albums?

Tribute

The guidelines for how to properly format a tribute album's artwork & basic album info are as follows:

  • A tribute album's cover art must list the performing artist name as large as, or larger than, the original artist name.
  • The word "tribute" must appear larger than the original artist name. 
  • The performing artist name cannot include the original artist name (i.e., The Beatles Tribute Band, etc).
  • The album title should not start with the original artist name (i.e., The Beatles: A Metal Tribute, etc). The original artist name can appear later on in the album title, however (i.e., Help: A Metal Tribute to the Beatles, etc).
  • The track titles cannot include references such as: "As Made Famous By…," "Originally Performed By…," "In the Style of…," etc.

Karaoke

The guidelines for how to properly format a karaoke album's artwork & basic album info are as follows:

  • The word "karaoke" must appear as large as, or larger than, the original artist name.
  • The word "karaoke" must not be used as the artist name on its own, but can be incorporated into an artist name (i.e., The Karaoke Superstars, etc.)
  • The title of karaoke tracks must indicate that there are no leading vocals on the track. For example, "Karaoke Version," "Instrumental Version" - this should appear after the track title in parenthesis. For example, "Track Title (Karaoke Version)."
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