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The standard infobox for album articles is the {{Infobox album}} template. The box to the right is an example. You can click on "edit this page" and copy-and-paste the markup to a different article, replacing its information with info on the album you choose to write about.

The infobox code should be placed at the top of the article.

Code

Most articles should only need the following fields (for the full list of fields see advanced usage). Do not remove fields from this list when the value is unknown; in that case the values should be left blank. Please note that the field names are case-sensitive.

{{Infobox album <!-- See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Albums -->
| Name       = 
| Type       = 
| Artist     = 
| Cover      = 
| Alt        = 
| Released   = <!-- {{Start date|||}} -->
| Recorded   = 
| Genre      = 
| Length     = <!-- {{Duration|m=|s=}} -->
| Label      = 
| Producer   = 
| Last album = 
| This album = 
| Next album = 
}}

Details

Try to fill in as many of the details as you can. If some details are unknown, leave the section blank. Wikilink wherever appropriate, but make sure you check your links and disambiguate accordingly.

Name

The album's title should be specified using text (not a logo), which will be automatically italicized.

Type

The Type field refers to the general type of album. Enter a code from the following chart. The type will appear with the appropriate color and wikilink. Don't use codes "single" and "song"; there are specific infoboxes {{Infobox single}} and {{Infobox song}} available for those (see WP:SONG for further information). If the type is unknown, leave the field blank.


Cover

An image of the official front cover of the original version of the album (or a reissue, if no original cover can be found) should be included at Cover. Album cover artwork may be scanned, or downloaded from another site such as Allmusic or Amazon.com. Note that whether you scan one yourself or copy it from another site, when uploading an image, you must tag it properly and follow fair use guidelines. Whenever possible, prefer a version without stickers (like Parental Advice, "As seen on TV", etc.) to display the artwork as intended by the artist. If you cannot find a cover image, just leave this field blank.

  • Upload a copy of the album cover (under fair use). The image will display in the infobox in its real size, capped by the value of the user's "Thumbnail size" parameter in his or her appearance preferences. The width of the image should usually be 220–300px; for a square image, 300 is ideal. To satisfy fair use criteria, the total number of pixels in any copyrighted image (i.e. the width in px × the height in px) should not exceed 100,000.
  • On the image description page, use the {{Non-free album cover}} image copyright tag. Selecting "Album or single cover" from the pulldown list on the image upload page will accomplish this.
  • Add detailed fair use rationale for each use of the image. You can also use the {{Non-free use rationale album cover}} template.
  • Fill the template's Cover field with the name of your file (the full image syntax is not required here—just the file name with the extension).
  • Remove the request-photo or request-image template from the talk page of the article.

If nothing is entered into this field, the article will be added to the tracking category Category:Album infoboxes lacking a cover. The article will also be added to the category if one of the following values is used: ???, Nocover.png, nocover.png. setting the field to the value blank will leave the cover area empty without categorizing the article into the above category. This is useful if the cover does not exist, for example the album was not released yet, or the cover cannot be added due to other limitations.

Alt

Alt text for the album cover, for visually impaired readers. See WP:ALT.

Released

Original album release date, formatted according to the Manual of Style for dates ("December 14, 2003" or "14 December 2003" depending on the article style, without the quotation marks). If the day is unknown, indicate only month and year ("December 2003"); if the month is unknown indicate only the year ("2003"). Only the earliest known date that the album was released should be specified; later release dates (incl. re-issues) can be mentioned in a Release history section.

Recorded

Details on where and when the album was recorded should be included.

Genre

The one or more music genres that the album reflects, delimited by a comma should be listed here. Genres should be linked (piped linked where needed), for example, "Rock, pop" should link to rock music and pop music respectively. Note that most genres aren't proper nouns, and shouldn't be capitalized, but the first word in the list should be.

Length

The length of the album should be specified in minutes and seconds, even if it is longer than one hour, for example 74:23. Use {{Duration}}, for example {{Duration|m=74|s=23}}. It may be helpful to include a source in a comment, such as Template:Nowrap.

Several albums have been released with bonus tracks or multiple track listings. In this case, just list the length of the original release. In the case of albums which are released with multiple track listings simultaneously, only list the most common length or that of the standard edition of the album.

Label

Only the record label that the album was originally released on should be specified. Where significantly different versions have been released (featuring alternative track listings) e.g. in the US vs UK, the later release date or record label should be mentioned in the article, for example in a Release history section. Drop words like "Records" from the end of the label's name (e.g. use Template:Nowrap rather than Template:Nowrap).

Producer

The name of the producer should be linked to the corresponding article. If there is more than one producer, the names can be delimited by commas or Template:Tp.

Professional reviews

Formerly, a Reviews field was included in this template. Professional reviews should no longer be included in the infobox, but be described in paragraph form in a "Reception" section. See Wikipedia:WikiProject Albums/Article body#Critical reception. The album ratings template can be used to illustrate review scores in this section.

Chronology

This group of fields establishes a timeline of an artist's releases. In general, all albums and EPs should be placed in a single, chronological chain in order of release date (singles have a separate infobox, and thus a separate chain). Exceptions may be appropriate for artists with very complex discographies which may warrant more than one chain. If the previous or next release has a Wikipedia article, link the title to the corresponding article. Take care to maintain the integrity of chains, so that when release "A" points to "B" as the next release, "B" points back to "A" as the previous release.

All album titles should be italicized. The year of release for each should be listed in parentheses, separated from the album title by <br /> or <br>. Wikipedia's date style guidelines recommend that years should not be linked within the chronology section. Cover images should not be included in the chronology, as that would not be fair use.

No more than one album should be included in any of the three slots in the chronology. Some albums can be part of more than one chain, using an "additional chronologies" section. Albums released on the same day should be listed separately, ordered using the standard ordering of those albums, or alphabetically if no such standard exists.

Last album field specifies the previous album in the chain. If the current album is the first album in a chain, this field should be blank.

This album field specifies the album for the current article, and should be in boldface.

Next album field specifies the next album in the chain. If the current album is the last album in a chain, this field should be blank. At least one of the two fields, previous or next, must have a value filled in, for the chronology to display. <div style="clear:both;" />
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