Web Services


Get the metadata for an artist. Includes biography, truncated at 300 characters.

Example URLs

JSON: /2.0/?method=artist.getinfo&artist=Cher&api_key=YOUR_API_KEY&format=json
XML: /2.0/?method=artist.getinfo&artist=Cher&api_key=YOUR_API_KEY


artist (Required (unless mbid)] : The artist name
mbid (Optional) : The musicbrainz id for the artist
lang (Optional) : The language to return the biography in, expressed as an ISO 639 alpha-2 code.
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.
username (Optional) : The username for the context of the request. If supplied, the user's playcount for this artist is included in the response.
api_key (Required) : A API key.


This service does not require authentication.

Sample Response

  <image size="small"></image>
  <image size="medium"></image>
  <image size="large"></image>
      <image size="small"></image>
      <image size="medium">></image>
      <image size="large"></image>
    <published>Thu, 13 Mar 2008 03:59:18 +0000</published>


  • 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
  • 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
  • 29 : Rate limit exceeded - Your IP has made too many requests in a short period