Soundtrack Listings

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Hi.  I have been submitting several music videos as per the guidelines for music videos that was posted.  One problem I am running into is how to properly add soundtrack listings for them.

Often band members appear in the videos and I am therefore adding them to the cast list.  I am also properly linking to them from the soundtrack listing.  The problem I am running into is when a band member doesn't have any existing credits.  Obviously if they are in the cast a new name page will be created for them.  But is it possible for me to link the soundtrack listing to them in the same submission?  Or do I always have to edit the page later to connect the soundtrack listing after the cast submission has created a new name page?  The (qv) system doesn't seem to allow the creation of new name pages (I realize this may be intentional to prevent the excessive creation of name pages).

The second issue is that many bands seem to have separate name pages under the name of the band (rather than an individual member).  Obviously I can link to it from the soundtrack listing if it already exists.  But what if it doesn't exist?  Is there a way to create a name page?  Should one even exist at all?  Are name pages under the band's name even sanctioned by IMDb, or are they just an anomaly of other submissions that really shouldn't exist?

And in that case can I, or should I, add pages for band members that play in the song but don't appear in the music video?  This would serve to link multiple videos or motion picture soundtracks to one name.  Again, how could I create one without listing them in the cast, if this should even exist?

Thanks for the advice.

- Adam Hunt




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Adam: Allowing music videos to be included in the IMDb is a relatively new function, and full guidelines have not been made available yet. In the thread at https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/guide_for_submitting_music_videos I suggested that a guide be created; you may want to comment in that thread to ask for some of the issues you raised to be addressed.

However, I can answer some of your questions based on known policies.

The problem I am running into is when a band member doesn't have any existing credits.  Obviously if they are in the cast a new name page will be created for them.  But is it possible for me to link the soundtrack listing to them in the same submission?  Or do I always have to edit the page later to connect the soundtrack listing after the cast submission has created a new name page? 
As far as I know, you will have to wait until later to edit the page to add the (qv) tag to the soundtrack people who are new to the database, after they have had their IMDb name pages created.

Are name pages under the band's name even sanctioned by IMDb, or are they just an anomaly of other submissions that really shouldn't exist?
Yes, name pages under a band's name are legitimately sanctioned by IMDb. See http://www.imdb.com/updates/guide/cast#group:

When a group with identifiable members appears on screen, we credit according to the way they are credited in the production.
  • If The Beatles are credited that way, we would not enter "Lennon, John (as The Beatles); McCartney, Paul (as The Beatles); Harrison, George (as The Beatles); Starr, Ringo (as The Beatles)" Instead, they would simply be credited as "Beatles, The".
This is appropriate because often bands appear on talk shows, variety shows, etc., where they are introduced only by the band name, without even having the names of the individual members mentioned.

And in that case can I, or should I, add pages for band members that play in the song but don't appear in the music video?
Probably not. If the person doesn't appear in the music video, they wouldn't get a cast credit for that, and it's unlikely that they would have an on-screen credit in any other type of IMDb department for the video. 

Hopefully an IMDb staffer will be able to provide answers to the rest of your questions, and more definite answers to the questions I have addressed.
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