Last.fm Web Services

artist.getSimilar

Get all the artists similar to this artist

Example URLs

JSON: /2.0/?method=artist.getsimilar&artist=cher&api_key=YOUR_API_KEY&format=json
XML: /2.0/?method=artist.getsimilar&artist=cher&api_key=YOUR_API_KEY

Params

limit (Optional) : Limit the number of similar artists returned
artist (Required (unless mbid)] : The artist name
autocorrect[0|1] (Optional) : Transform misspelled artist names into correct artist names, returning the correct version instead. The corrected artist name will be returned in the response.
mbid (Optional) : The musicbrainz id for the artist
api_key (Required) : A Last.fm API key.

Auth

This service does not require authentication.

Sample Response

<similarartists artist="Cher">
  <artist>
    <name>Sonny & Cher</name>
    <mbid>3d6e4b6d-2700-458c-9722-9021965a8164</mbid>
    <match>1</match>
    <url>www.last.fm/music/Sonny%2B%2526%2BCher</url>
    <image size="small">http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/34/71168880.png</image>
    <image size="medium">http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/64/71168880.png</image>
    <image size="large">http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/126/71168880.png</image>
    <image size="extralarge">http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/252/71168880.png</image>
    <image size="mega">http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/71168880/Sonny++Cher.png</image>
    <streamable>1</streamable>
  </artist>
  ...
</similarartists>
Hover over the underlined tags and attributes to get detailed information.

Other Formats

Also available as a feed in txt format

e.g. http://ws.audioscrobbler.com/2.0/artist/cher/similar.txt

Errors

  • 2 : Invalid service - This service does not exist
  • 3 : Invalid Method - No method with that name in this package
  • 4 : Authentication Failed - You do not have permissions to access the service
  • 5 : Invalid format - This service doesn't exist in that format
  • 6 : Invalid parameters - Your request is missing a required parameter
  • 7 : Invalid resource specified
  • 8 : Operation failed - Something else went wrong
  • 9 : Invalid session key - Please re-authenticate
  • 10 : Invalid API key - You must be granted a valid key by last.fm
  • 11 : Service Offline - This service is temporarily offline. Try again later.
  • 13 : Invalid method signature supplied
  • 16 : There was a temporary error processing your request. Please try again
  • 26 : Suspended API key - Access for your account has been suspended, please contact Last.fm
  • 29 : Rate limit exceeded - Your IP has made too many requests in a short period