Did you know that depending on the language used, that artist names, album titles, and track titles actually needs to be “cased” a certain way (as in, “upper case” vs “lower case” letters)? It can be tricky to navigate, but with the following info you should be all set to case like a pro!
English Title Casing
English albums and track titles must be in title case format. Title case format requires the first letter of each word be capitalized, with some exceptions for smaller connecting words.
The following words must be in lower case:
- a, an, and, as, but, for, from, nor, of, or, so, the, to, and yet.
The following words must be in lower case, with a few exceptions:
Prepositions of four letters or fewer (at, by, for, from, in, into, of, off, on, onto, out, over, to, up, and with), except when the word is part of a verb phrase or is used as another part of speech (such as an adverb, adjective, noun, or verb).
In addition, for English, words before and after a -, /, or : must be capitalized.
The most common example of a preposition being cased differently is "From", which is used to describe the source material for covers of songs from TV / Film / Game Soundtracks. Since it is used to tell where the song came from (and isn't a part of the song's name), it gets to be capitalized.
Ex: Tank! (From "Cowboy Bebop")
Further examples of correct vs. incorrect casing for artist names:
Artist Name, Iron Maiden
S.O.U.N.D.R.O.P (Where S.O.U.N.D.R.O.P is an acronym like A.T.M.)
Artist of the Century
artist name, steely dan
SOUNDROP (Where SOUNDROP is NOT an acronym)
ArTiSt Of ThE cEnTuRy
Spanish and Portuguese Casing
The following Spanish words should always be in lowercase:
a e las por
al el los un
de en o una
del la para y
The following Portuguese words should always be in lowercase:
a, das, nas, pela, à, de, no, pelas, ao, do, nos, pelo, aos, dos, o, pelos, as, e, os, por, às, em, ou, um, da, na, para, uma
Swedish, French and Italian
For titles in Swedish, French, and Italian, sentence casing must be used where only the first letter of the first word is capitalized; the remaining words except proper nouns must be in all lower case. Proper nouns are the names of particular people, places, or things. The first letter of proper nouns must be capitalized:
L’amour dans la rue
Il mondo che vorrei
För sent för edelweiss
For titles in German, sentence casing must be used, and the first letter of every noun must be capitalized.
For example: Dies ist der Albumtitel
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