Songkick gets a boot up its traffic, as Yahoo integrates its gig listings API

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Recently Yahoo attempted to bring the search fight back to Google Instant and Bing’s guided search by packaging up searches related to music, movies, or news, into a box with vertical tabs along the side. This is similar to Google’s Universal Search Onebox and the Bing Box. The organic results are from Bing (of course), but this works best when Yahoo is able to bring in very targeted content from partners, thus improving their wow factor for users. For movies for instance, you get an overview with links to trailers and it’s partnership with Netflix creates link directly to that movie on Netflix, where it can be added to your queue. Yahoo did this also for nearby events, albums, videos, and Twitter search.

And as of right now Yahoo has also now integrated data from the API belonging to Songkick, a UK-based startup which has focused lazer-like on gig listings and everything surrounding those events from fan buzz to ticketing to even preserving your excited tweets from the gig.

The effect means that if you search for Lady Gaga, you’ll get direct links to Songkick where you can see her latest gigs, but also the gigs closest to you. Because Songkick can work out where you’re searching from via IP address.

The launch is in the US first, and presumably Songkick’s data will be rolled out to other Yahoo properties in due course. The move follows an integration with YouTube, the BBC and Vevo and it’s something of a validation for Songkick that big US players like YouTube and Yahoo are using its data.

But it also means a big traffic boost for Songkick, of course, and a growing user-baser in the US.

As such, co-founder Ian Hogarth, is moving over to the valley for late October.

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  • Corey Denis

    here’s something interesting…with all the focus on which cloud music service will emerge as #1, there’s quiet but cut throat competition in the tour date sector; with this competition brings a new deluge of tour date services, and clearly one or two will replace the pollstar system. tour date services are competing for partnerships and dwarfing pollstar. Songkick is relatively new.

    Question: **Why** did yahoo choose songkick over the more reliable services with richer historical databases (such as jambase)

    • guz

      #1. ‘historical databases’ don’t really apply here and Songkick’s upcoming events database is one of the best in my own experience.

      #2. Songkick is trending upward, full of hype, working with others you can say the same about (eg.hype machine, songbird) – it’s a good choice for Yahoo!.

      • Corey Denis

        guz – how in the world can you say tour history does not apply to information disbursement and sharing amongst music services? This is crucial data and information. I dare you to try and argue why accurate tour history is not important data to fans, artists or services.

      • DaveO

        Maybe I’m missing the functionality on Jambase, but *where* on the site can I view historical data for bands?

  • Chris

    The thing that makes Songkick better than similar sites like BandsInTown is they are Web 2.0 meaning users can actually add shows themselves. All these tour sites scrape Ticketmaster listings (as well as other ticket vendors) but for smaller bands/venues that don’t go through major ticketing agents, Songkick is great because it lists shows that the other sites just don’t have. It also lets users upload pictures of the concert they took, scans of ticket stubs, poster images, and other web 2.0 stuff like that.

    • Corey Denis

      users have been able to add shows to jambase for 11 years. they still add them. And, apparently jambase has a higher accuracy rate than pollstar.

      • Corey Denis

        oops forgot sonicliving – which is a highly 2.0 platform and has enabled users to add shows since its inception.

      • Chris

        I have trouble finding local bands on Jambase. Maybe users CAN add concerts, but DO they?

  • Charles Battle

    Forget about users adding shows, Songkick is superior because their software scans iTunes and automatically begins tracking the artists in your library. Then, anytime you add new artists to iTunes, Songkick automatically adds them to be tracked. The usability far exceeds that of any other service I’ve come across. And the email alert system is much better than Pollstar’s.

  • Mike

    Didn’t Yahoo buy way long ago for this purpose? Whatever happened to them? Just another Yahoo property that has languished and been forgotten I guess.

  • Fabio De Bernardi

    Awesome news for Ian and Pete, congrats!
    I’m glad to see that Yahoo picked an impartial service to power this part of the search instead of any of the big secondary market resellers.

    And about the historical database, I don’t think it’s that important here, since you’re more interested in the upcoming shows rather than the previous ones. So although other websites may have richer data for the past, Songkick’s upcoming events are just brilliant and thorough (to the extent – for what it’s worth – that I completely stopped using the awesome for tracking gigs and didn’t get excited at all about Ping).

    Way to go guys!

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