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Interesting Question

April 21, 2010

I thought this was an interesting question on the mailing list, given the unrelenting stream of find-the-next-star reality shows in the US:

The band BeForU (as with many Japanese pop bands) was formed when a label (in this case the game company Konami) held a competition to select members for a new band. Is it appropriate to add the “founding member” attribute to the member of a band AR for these people?

The answer was no: “A founding member should be a) involved in founding the band and b) a member of the band at some point – probably from the beginning.”

I actually think this was an interesting question and that a competition-formed band should be somehow noted in MB if it really is going to be an encyclopedic repository for music information.

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