If they sing a song, will you sing along?

  • Posted August 2nd, 2007 at 8:02 am by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Music

I often get music artist recommendations from friends. It’s one of the quickest, easiest ways to hear about new bands that I might like. But when it comes to deciding if I actually like the music, I subscribe to the Ronald Reagan school of “Trust, but verify.” I prefer to get a taste of the artist before handing down my verdict, so it’s useful to watch some videos, listen to a few song samples and learn more about the artist. Today, Yahoo! Search rolled out a music artist shortcut feature that makes it faster and easier for me to determine if an artist is up to snuff.

Let’s use Feist as an example (a recent recommendation from Kevin, who’s posted here before). Entering “Feist” in the search box provides immediate access to the videos, songs and even the official site link (when there is one) — all from the search results page. There’s also quick links to see photos, find lyrics or check the discography (“Albums”).


And, if you’re just looking for a hit of nostalgia, check out an old music video that you may not have seen on TV. I thought U2′s “The Sweetest Thing” video was really amusing (but what’s Bono so sorry for?).

Try it for yourself! May I recommend Spoon or Zero 7? Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen have gotten a lot of attention lately. Or, take a trip down memory lane and check out The Rolling Stones or The Ramones.

And while you’re at it, here are some of the development team’s favorites:

We’ve got a few thousand artists covered right now and we’ll be working hard to expand the list (a lot of music artists just don’t have music videos). If your favorite music artist isn’t covered, let me know in the comments and I’ll investigate.

Ya-Bing Chu
Product Manager, Yahoo! Search

P.S. The first music video I ever saw was “Shout” by Tears for Fears. Before this experience, it had been 23 years since I saw it on MTV. Good times…

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