Last.fm Web Services

artist.search

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

Example URLs

To get an example URL for this API call you'll first need to join Last.fm and then get an API account.

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