Very few musicians are suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia.
There are millions of musicians in the world, but only a small percentage of them are appropriate for Wikipedia. There must be enough reliable, third-party information about a musician to demonstrate public interest in him or her or a band. If a musician meets at least one of the items below, they may merit their own Wikipedia article, as there is probably a lot of verifiable information available about them and a lot of public interest in them. This list shows examples of level of notability required for Wikipedia:
A musician or ensemble (note that this includes a band, singer, rapper, orchestra, hip hop crew, DJ, musical theatre group, etc.) is notable if it meets any one of the following criteria:
- Has been featured in multiple non-trivial published works in reliable and reputable media (excludes school newspapers, personal blogs, download sites, YouTube, etc.).
- Has had a hit on a national music chart in at least one large or medium-sized country.
- Has had a certified gold or platinum record in at least one large or medium-sized country.
- Has released two or more albums on a major label or one of the more important indie labels (i.e. an independent label with a history of more than a few years and a roster including several notable performers).
- Has won a major music award, such as a Choice Music Prize, Grammy Award, Juno Award or Mercury Prize.
A song or album is notable if it meets any of the following:
- Has won a major award
- Is an official anthem of a notable state, region, province or territory
- Is a musical standard (e.g. a pop or jazz standard)
- Is a folk song, hymn or Christmas carol with a documented history of more than fifty years
A note on advertising: Wikipedia is not for advertising or promotion.
- It is not for announcing upcoming records that have not been released.
- It is not for announcing upcoming tours by music groups.
- It is not for promoting a new band.
Using Wikipedia for advertising is against official policy. If your article looks like promotion or an advertisement, it will probably be rejected and speedily deleted.
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