How to Add a Release to Discogs
What if you can’t find your release on Discogs? Congrats, you have a rare release in your hands! With over 11 Million releases in the Discogs database, most popular releases are already documented. But occasionally you’ll run across a record that had a limited release or is so new it isn’t yet documented on Discogs. When that happens, you can help document this piece of music history by adding the release to Discogs!
Step 1: Search Discogs
Before adding a release to Discogs, be sure to thoroughly Search for the release.
Search For Your Release
Is the release totally new to Discogs? Move on to Step 2 if you are sure you have a unique release.
Is a different version of the release already on Discogs? For example, do you have a UK pressing, but you can only find a US pressing on Discogs?
Nice, that means you can skip some data entry by using the Copy to Draft feature:
From the different version’s Release page, click Edit Release. Then click Copy to Draft. Now, rather than entering all Release data, you will only need to edit the data to reflect what is unique about your version.
Step 2: Enter the Data
The very first rule in the Discogs Database Guidelines states “You must have the exact release in your possession when you make a release submission.”
Once you have your release in front of you, navigate to the Add Release Form:
Add Release Form
Although adding images is optional, it’s highly recommended that you add them. You should take your own pictures and follow the Image recommendations in the Database Guidelines.
Step 3: Double-Check
Double-check all the data you’ve entered, especially the linked Artist and Label pages.
After checking, click the Preview / Submit button. Be sure to read through and fix any errors or warnings, then Submit the release!
Once submitted to the Discogs Database, the release is immediately visible to other music-lovers around the world, and Discogs Voters have the ability to vote on the correctness of the data you added.
If you added a release that had other versions in the database, you’ll need to add it to the correct Master Release (to group all the different versions together).
If you need help or want some feedback from other Discogs contributors, start a thread in the Submission Help Forum.
How to Add an Artist or Label to Discogs
Artist and Label pages are automatically created when you add a Release that identifies previously undocumented artists or labels.
Once the Artist or Label page is created, you can then navigate to the new Artist or Label page and click the Edit Artist or Edit Label link to add images and more information. Be sure to follow guidelines for Updating an Artist Profile and Updating a Label Profile.
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