The artist or band name associated with a recording or release. This can be a band, solo artist, or featured performer. Think of an artist as the person(s) that would be featured on the spine of a CD, Vinyl Record or Cassette. For example, a bass player would normally be a Contributor instead of an artist (sorry, bass players), unless their name was on the spine of the record. David Bowie on “Heroes” is the artist. 
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