Artists and Labels: How to make the most of Last.fm

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Welcome to the new Last.fm! While we work on a new and overhauled platform to manage your artist or label presence on Last.fm, here are some tips on how to make the most of Last.fm.

Start scrobbling!

Most collaborative editing features on the site are only accessible to fully-fledged last.fm members, so you won't be able to access these features if you recently registered a user account or your library hasn't got a sufficient number of scrobbles. This is to protect the site and music catalogue from being vandalised. If you have forgotten the password of a previously registered user account, you can recover it here.

The current audio default for the last.fm player is Youtube. If you are a Spotify user, change your account playback settings to Spotify on your account settings. You could start by playing your favourite artist 'similar artists radio', or any of the other last.fm stations on your home page (while logged in to the site), to start scrobbling for a couple of days. 

If you are a Spotify user, simply add your last.fm account details on the spotify account settings and return after a couple of days. You can also connect our scrobbling app to your computer media players or add your account details to other streaming services.

Last.fm music catalogue pages (artist / album / track pages)

Update; the current catalogue on the website is rather inaccurate and there are many problems with artist redirections and releases being displayed. The new catalogue, which is being tested, will solve any tracklisting, release date, incorrect releases and any other problems you may find at present. There is more information about the new last.fm music catalogue here plus you can be notified of the latest web features additions here

Last.fm artist pages can not be managed in its entirety by an artist, neither have a dedicated login. We collect the artist, track and album name of the music that its users listen to, and automatically create a page on which the statistics for these items can be shown. Finding that we have an artist page for your music does not mean that we have any audio files for streaming or downloading. We simply have statistics that "x" many people listened to your music, and nothing else.

Pages for artists and new releases will be created when scrobbled for the first time by a last.fm registered user. By registering a user account and scrobbling your own music, you can create these catalogue web pages. If it doesn't go according to plan, you can find some advice in our help section.
 
Missing albums from the artist catalogue (lastfm/music/artist+name/+albums), missing track titles and release date, can be added through MusicBrainz if there are not found on any major music retail or streaming platform. If this is the case for your discography, there is no need to create a MusicBrainz entry. The release data will be sourced from the major retail and steaming platforms, delivered by yourself or a digital distributor. We are unable to manually merge or remove any titles with similar spellings at present, apologies. Once the works on the catalogue are completed, the merging process should be automated. 

When writing a bio, or last.fm wiki, for your artist (lastfm/music/artist+name/+wiki), use BBCode tags within the wiki to add play buttons and direct links to catalogue pages. You can also highlight relevant information including place formed, year formed, band members, location and one official website. This way if someone ends up on your profile they won't be confronted with an empty page, and may well have a listen while exploring your catalogue. Make sure you have reviewed the last.fm wiki style guidelines before submitting your bio, as artists and labels are not exempted from this rules. The wiki is for factual descriptions of the artist only. It's not a personal homepage and should not be treated as such. Anything outside of an unbiased artist description should be put on your "official" artist website, not in the wiki.

BBCode tags (album and track) are also extremely useful in the case of artists with the same name. When last.fm collects and displays the data regarding an artist, it uses the artist name metadata on the audio files. The last.fm catalogue page url address (lastfm/music/artist+name) is generated with the same characters as on the artist metadata. Because in these cases the characters are exactly the same, last.fm can't disambiguate them. Thus, you'll find all collected listening data for both artists are on the same last.fm catalogue page.

You can add artist images via the artist 'pictures' tab and release's artwork images through the 'artwork' tab on each individual release page. To add artist events, head to the main events section, though this is another section under construction. Remember that if you are not able to access some of these features after checking you are logged-in to the site, you need to start scrobbling!. For any other questions about your artist pages, you can always contact the music team including the links to the last.fm web pages and other relevant information. 

Your music / audio content

The last.fm players are ‘powered’ by Youtube and Spotify content; To add youtube content to track pages, go to their individual last.fm track page and add the youtube url of the song through the 'add video' link. To add content to Spotify, please check this post. To remove any ‘free download’ content, please contact the music team, including the registration details of your existing independent artist or label account. (name, e-mail and postal address, telephone number) and the last.fm track page url address where the content can be found. 

Making sure your artist is being scrobbled is an essential first step towards making an impact on Last.fm. Some features on Last.fm work better when you have reached a certain amount of listeners, so this is important. Recommend your fans and friends who listen to your music, to scrobble through their computer media players scrobbling app or other streaming services.

Tag Your Artists, Albums and Tracks

A way of making sure your artists get played and discovered by users is by tagging them. There are buttons to do this on artist, track and album pages.Tags can be genres, moods, personal notes, anything really! Get your friends and as many people as possible, to tag your music - and remember that tags need to have been listened first to have proper weighting.

Get Involved!

Last.fm is a huge community of music lovers - join them and explore, to understand Last.fm, its features, and its users better.

We hope this helps!

-The Last.fm Music Team
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