Last.fm Web Services

artist.search

Search for an artist by name. Returns artist matches sorted by relevance.

Example URLs

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

Params

limit (Optional) : The number of results to fetch per page. Defaults to 30.
page (Optional) : The page number to fetch. Defaults to first page.
artist (Required) : The artist name
api_key (Required) : A Last.fm API key.

Auth

This service does not require authentication.

Sample Response

<results for="cher" xmlns:opensearch="http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearch/1.1/">
  <opensearch:Query role="request" searchTerms="cher" startPage="1"/>
  <opensearch:totalResults>386</opensearch:totalResults>
  <opensearch:startIndex>0</opensearch:startIndex>
  <opensearch:itemsPerPage>20</opensearch:itemsPerPage>
  <artistmatches>
    <artist>
      <name>Cher</name>
      <mbid>bfcc6d75-a6a5-4bc6-8282-47aec8531818</mbid>
      <url>www.last.fm/music/Cher</url>
      <image_small>http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/50/342437.jpg</image_small>
      <image>http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/160/342437.jpg</image>
      <streamable>1</streamable>
    </artist>
	...
  </artistmatches>
</results>

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