Frequently Asked Questions

Artist Pages

Is it possible to correct the spellings of misspelt artist or track names?
Yes, Last.fm can automatically correct common misspellings of artist and track names. There's a “Spelling Correction” option in your Website Settings which when enabled auto-corrects incorrect spellings in your Library and charts. This means if you scrobbled different names of the same artist or track in the past, these will now be combined and the playcounts accumulated in the charts on your profile. (If you don’t like this behaviour and would prefer to keep your original spellings as-is, you can turn this setting off.)

Read more about this auto-correction system here on our blog.

What can be done if there's a wrong auto-correction somewhere, or none in place yet?
If you come across any spelling corrections that you think are wrong, you can give us feedback by using the “Flag this” option in the blue “Redirected from:” and yellow “Did you mean:” bars at the top of corrected pages, or if there aren't any blue or yellow barsyou can always use the “Suggest a correction” link in the blue “Is this misspelt?” box on the right-hand side of artist and track pages. You also can use the same link if you want to suggest a new correction, if there isn't any yet.

Please note that when making a new suggestion or voting on an existing auto-correction, you will not see any immediate changes. Auto-corrections are being updated weekly, and the system isn't driven by only votes (or only scrobbles or only fingerprints), but it is a combination of lots of different factors (scrobbles, votes, Musicbrainz/Discogs etc.).

What about incorrect capitalisations?
If a track or artist name is just incorrectly capitalised, in many cases it is possible to change the capitalisation of a name (e.g. “COLDPLAY” to “Coldplay”). Please have a look at this forum thread for more information and post your change requests there.
And what about artists with the same name?
It is currently not possible to disambiguate artists with the same name, which means that if an artist shares their name with at least one other artist, they will have to share one Last.fm artist profile.

Please note that any other valid artist with the same name has the equal right to appear on such a shared profile, including their music, their pictures, their artist description and any other information on them.
It is for instance not allowed to remove their description from the wiki, and it is also not possible to have an official primary image for one artist, while there are other pictures for the other artist(s) which all users can vote for and thus decide which one of the artists should get the "main" image.

In the circumstances where a page is shared between a few artists, the name of the artist should be written in a standard manner. For instance, should there be more than one artist with the name "Ram", it should be written as "Ram" and not as "RAM" or "RaM", etc.. (case sensitivity!).
Is it possible to merge different profiles for the same artist into one?
No, although there are now redirections for incorrectly spelt artist names in place, it is not yet possible to merge different profiles for the same artist into one artist profile, which means that for now there will still be separate artist pages, one for each variation of the artist name. In your Library however, different spellings of the same artist and all plays will be corrected and counted as one.
Read more about auto-corrected names in the FAQ “Is it possible to correct the spellings of misspelt artist or track names?” and on our blog.

We are working on further solutions to this issue, and hope we'll soon be able to merge different profiles for the same artist into one. (The same goes for tracks and albums!)

You can also help us to gather more information on the different spellings of artist, track and album names by fingerprinting your music, as this information will eventually allow us to know what the correct spellings are, and to moderate other entries for different spellings based on this. You can find some more information about fingerprinting on our blog: 1, 2 and in our “What is fingerprinting?” FAQ.
What are tags?
Tags are like keywords or labels that you can use to classify music – artists, albums or tracks. They are simply short descriptions.

You can assign as many tags as you like to any track, album, or artist. Tags are a great way to label items by genre ('rock', 'electropop', 'alt-country', and so on), but the possibilities are endless.

What should I do if I see a tag that I don’t think is correct?
On music pages, the tags that you see are an overview of what everyone on Last.fm has tagged that artist as.

Due to the nature of tags being opinions, it is not possible to remove someone else's opinion of what an artist should be tagged as.

The most that you can do is to tag something in whatever way you feel is best, and as more people use a tag, it will increase in popularity and be favoured over less used tags.
How are the similar artists calculated?
The list of artists which you see on an artist page as being "similar" is automatically created by the Last.fm Audioscrobbler, based on our user's listening habits: If a lot of users listen to Artist X, but also Artist Y and Z - Y and Z artists will become similar to X.
How often do the charts and play counts on artist pages get updated?
The charts and other play counts on artist (and album and track pages) get updated once a week, the cut-off time is Sunday 12:00 GMT and you should see the new stats at the beginning of every week. The 6 months charts get updated once a month.
How can I add a video for a track?
We automatically import many videos from YouTube. If a video is not present, you can add a YouTube video using the link on the track page:

We don’t have a video for this track yet.
Add a video

How can an incorrect YouTube video be removed?
If you spot a YouTube video for a track that’s incorrect and shouldn’t be there, flag it using the “Flag as incorrect” link below the video. It’ll require a few flags by different users for the video to be removed.
How are the images for an artist chosen?
The artist images are uploaded by the artists and labels themselves, or by you, the users.

To get an image to appear for that artist go to that artist's page, click on "Images" in the left-hand menu and select the option to upload an image.

After uploading your image, your image will appear towards the end of all available images for that artist. Official artist and label uploaded images will take precedence over user uploaded images. In order to get your image further up the listing, it will need to receive positive votes. The images are sorted by recent popularity.

If you find an image you feel is inappropriate, or incorrect, you can flag the image. Once an image is flagged, a moderator can delete it if the image is wrong, inappropriate or of poor taste.
Can I upload album covers to Last.fm?
Most album covers are added by labels or artists who’re making their music available on Last.fm, but if there’s no cover art for an album yet, ou’ll find an “Upload album art” link where the image should be which allows you to upload the album cover as a user.

If you’re a label or an artist managing your presence on Last.fm with our Music Manager, you can upload covers for your albums from there. (Here’s a related FAQ which may help you with this.)

Until we are able to do album corrections, please use the appropriate album art not Fix your tags images.
I’m a new user and I don’t seem to be able to upload any artist or album images to Last.fm, what’s going on?
To prevent spam, new users can’t upload straight away. You’ll need to scrobble some music to your profile before you can see the image upload options – just keep listening to more music!
What are the guidelines for correcting artist and track names?

First of all, always reference Musicbrainz or Discogs before suggesting a change. In general, we follow Musicbrainz conventions, with minor adjustments where needed to fit Last.fm. However, their documentation is vast and sprawling so below is a summary of the main points. A very important principle is that of artist intent, i.e. always respecting what the artist intended (see Musicbrainz ArtistIntent).

The overall aim is to improve the user experience of Last.fm and make the right content easier to find, not necessarily to always be 100% discographically correct.

Artists

  • Use the exact name and spelling used on releases by that artist.
  • If the artist name is not always consistent across releases, or the artist changed names, map to the most commonly used name (if in doubt, check the listener count). E.g. map:
    • Kylie -> Kylie Minogue
    • Tupac -> 2Pac
    • Motorhead -> Motörhead
    • Eddie Fowlkes -> Eddie "Flashin" Fowlkes
    • Yaz -> Yazoo
    • Walter Carlos -> Wendy Carlos
    • J.S. Bach -> Johann Sebastian Bach
  • If an artist deliberately uses different aliases for different releases, don't map these to each other. E.g. don't map:
    • Polygon Window -> Aphex Twin
    • Voodoo Child -> Moby
  • Map to the spelling in the artist's own language and character set (if applicable). E.g. map:
    • Bjork -> Björk
    • Ryuichi Sakamoto -> 坂本龍一
  • Before mapping away from an artist name, check that there is no other artist sharing the same name. E.g. don't map:
    • Pink -> P!nk
    • Mum -> Múm
  • The should always come before the name, not after. E.g. map:
    • Beatles, The -> The Beatles
  • But don't add a The if the artist doesn't normally use one, e.g. don't map:
    • Pet Shop Boys -> The Pet Shop Boys
  • Real names should be written with the surname last. E.g. map:
    • Spears, Britney -> Britney Spears
  • An artist name should only be considered a valid one if a release exists under that name. Never map to an artist name for which no release of any form exists.
  • Where more than one artist collaborate on a track or a release, they're often joined with words like feat., &, vs, / etc. Only map to such joint artist names if a full release exists under the joint name and it's obvious from the credits that it's not just a guest appearance. Examples: The line between a collaboration and a guest appearance is however quite vague, and if in doubt, prefer mapping to the more prominently credited artist, e.g.
  • Relevant Musicbrainz documentation

Tracks

  • Use the exact name and spelling used on releases by the artist.
  • If the name is not always consistent across releases, map to the most complete version of the name. If this doesn't apply, map to the most commonly used variant (check the listener count). E.g. map:
    • The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction -> The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
  • Map to the spelling in the artist's own language and character set (if applicable). E.g. map:
    • Sigur Rós - Vidrar vel til loftarasa -> Sigur Rós - Viðrar vel til loftárása
  • Use the standard capitalisation rules for the language of the title.
  • For remixes or versions other than the original, put the name of the version as it appears on the release in brackets after the name. E.g. map to:
    • The Postal Service - Nothing Better (Styrofoam Remix)
  • Don't use (Original Mix), (Original Version) etc as part of the track name for original versions. E.g. map:
    • Daft Punk - Revolution 909 (Original Mix) -> Daft Punk - Revolution 909
  • For track-level collaborations, i.e. where no full release exists as the collaboration, put the featuring artist in brackets after the track name if that artist is credited on the release. E.g. map to:
    • Method Man - Dangerous Grounds (feat. Streetlife)
  • Fix common misconceptions. E.g. map:
    • The Who - Teenage Wasteland -> The Who - Baba O'Riley
    • Kraftwerk - Popcorn -> M & H Band - Popcorn
  • For classical pieces, treat the composer as the correct artist, not the performer. E.g. map:
    • London Symphony Orchestra - Hallelujah -> Georg Friedrich Händel - Hallelujah
  • Untitled tracks should not be mapped to or from. There is currently no way of specifying which untitled track we're talking about.
  • Relevant Musicbrainz documentation

General

What are the rules for uploading images to the site? How can I report an image that may be against the rules?
In general, do make sure that any material you upload to the site complies with our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines.

If you see an image that is against any of these rules, please use the “Flag as abuse” option on the page of the image to report it for review, clearly stating what is wrong with the image you’re flagging.

The following rules apply to artist image uploads, and can also be found on every image upload page:

  • Images should be actual images of the artist. In the case of “virtual groups” or bands that appear in movies/TV shows, the “characters” may be shown.
  • Album covers, logos and other representations are discouraged. In the case of actual artist images being unavailable, logos may be used instead.
  • No “funny”, or anti-artist images to be used. Similarly, it is preferable that images contain no nudity, or sexually explicit content.

  • These are the guidelines for album covers:

  • The image should be the actual cover art for this album (preferably no less than 300 x 300px).
  • If this album has multiple artwork, check if there is a release date to disambiguate.
  • If that throws up nothing, use your best judgement and upload the artwork with the larger print run (most recognisable, popular).

  • The following should be considered for label images:

  • The logo should be the actual logo of the label, preferably on a white background.
  • If this label has had multiple logos (or changes to their logo) over time, please use the current version.
  • Can I add new albums to Last.fm or edit existing ones (for instance, their track listings)?
    Generally, albums are added by labels and artists who’re making their music available on Last.fm. Many albums are automatically imported from labels we have partnered with. Alongside albums we also automatically import cover art, track listings and other release details.

    If you’re an artist or from a label yourself, you can upload your releases to Last.fm using our Music Manager, and thus automatically create new pages for them or update their existing ones, including track listings of the songs you’re adding. Your uploaded releases will appear on your artist’s page. Read more about how all this works in the Music Manager FAQ.

    As a user, you can’t add albums in the same way artists or labels can, which means you can’t add new albums or edit existing ones to add or change their track listings or other release details.
    However, if you scrobble an album that isn’t on Last.fm yet, a new page for it will be created where you can write a wiki description and upload cover art, which will then be shown in your Library. Such albums created through scrobbling are linked from your own album charts just like all other album pages, but they will not be listed on the artist’s page.

    At present it is not possible to merge duplicate album entries, or correct the spelling of album names as it can be done for artist and track names.
    Why doesn't the Music Search find the artist I'm looking for?
    We do have some restrictions on which artists make it into the search results to optimize the results you will get.

    There are two different indexes for artist search:

  • The main search results page has very loose requirements. An artist must have at least 5 listeners or have streamable tracks. This cuts out more then half of our artist pages, many of which are misspellings sourced from scrobbles.

  • Autocomplete, it is the drop down box you see from the search bar in the header, it has far fewer artists in it to keep it as speedy as possible. To make it into this index an artist must have at least 1000 listeners or have streamable tracks. We've found autocomplete doesn't work if it's too slow.
  • What about album corrections?

    We can't currently correct album pages to the correct spelling, like we do for artists and tracks. There are several reasons we can't do this... yet:

    • We need artist disambiguation first, something we are working toward at the moment.
    • Tracks can belong to several albums, therefore we need release groups.

    In the meantime, make sure you have the correct information in the ID3 tags on your music files. Until we can use corrections to solve the problem, please use the appropriate album art not Fix your tags images.