The Echo Nest Partners with JamBase and SongMeanings to Offer Aggregated Tour Information and Song Lyric Interpretations to Application Developers

Apr 12, 2012

SOMERVILLE, MA — April 12, 2012 - The Echo Nest, a music intelligence platform powering smarter apps across the web and devices, has partnered with JamBase, a web aggregator of concert and tour information; and SongMeanings, an online community focused on deciphering the meaning of song lyrics, to offer broader data options for developers building the future of music applications.

The two will become part of The Echo Nest's growing Rosetta Stone project, a first-of-its-kind platform that helps technologies from a variety of music services work together smoothly. By integrating artist and song IDs from JamBase and SongMeanings into the service, developers can now include accurate tour information from JamBase, alongside lyrical interpretations from SongMeanings users, lyrics from LyricFind, music from Spotify and Rdio, tweets from artists on Twitter, concert tickets from Seatwave, and links to the appropriate Facebook pages. All of those services, and more, are now integrated with Rosetta Stone.

JamBase offers its data to developers on an open developer site and will integrate its artist IDs with The Echo Nest's APIs to make its database of concert listings available, and will help application developers build more robust applications around discovering live music and events:

"JamBase is all about connecting music fans with the music they love. We've been aggregating live music information for over a decade, covering every type of band from clubs to stadiums," said Andy Gadiel, CEO of JamBase. "By integrating with The Echo Nest, it's now even easier for any developer to add concert dates to their app or website and help spread live music."

SongMeanings sources lyrics interpretations from its community of users, and will offer this information to developers building on The Echo Nest's open platform, to include alongside music, and other artist related content, in cutting-edge music applications.

Michael Schiano, cofounder of SongMeanings was excited of the opportunities partnering in the Rosetta Stone project could offer to the developer community, "Once discussions began with The Echo Nest, Brian and I both knew this was a no-brainer. We focus on providing our users with an open forum to discuss anything and everything about song lyrics and this partnership helps us develop those [discussions] even further."

Brian Adams, co-founder of SongMeanings, also commented, "I truly believe this partnership will allow for a better and deeper experience for our entire user base. It really is a great next step in the evolution of SongMeanings."

The Echo Nest is hopeful that these new partner integrations, and others in the future will only increase the variety and accessibility of open content to independent application developers building new ways to discover and interact with music.

About The Echo Nest:
The Echo Nest powers smarter music applications for leading media companies and thousands of independent developers, with a customer base that reaches over 100 million music fans every month. Over 250 applications have been built on The Echo Nest platform. With the world's only machine learning system that actively reads about and listens to music everywhere on the web, The Echo Nest opens up the largest repository of dynamic music data in the world – over 5 billion data points on over 30 million songs -- to help developers re-shape the experience of playing -- and playing with -- music. The Echo Nest was co-founded by two MIT PhDs. Investors include Matrix Partners, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, and three co-founders of MIT Media Lab.

About JamBase:
Established in 1998, JamBase is the premier website for fans of live music. By providing the largest database of show listings and ticket information, authoritative content, community, and personalization tools for fans, JamBase connects music fans with the music they love and empowers them to go see live music. Music fans everywhere rely on JamBase to find the most accurate show listings available for 80,000 artists across 50 genres, performing in over 100,000 venues worldwide. JamBase is headquartered in San Francisco and on the Web at

About SongMeanings:
SongMeanings is the premiere destination for lyric and song discussion, discovery, and meanings. The site is an open forum for users and artists to share and discuss what they believe song lyrics mean, as well as personal stories and interactions with the music. SongMeanings' nearly 2 million lyrics have over 1.7 million comments that are discovered by over 30 million visits each month. Launched in 1999, SongMeanings continues to be owned and operated by Michael Schiano and Brian Adams. Since its inception, it has been a labor of love for both and the epitome of a bootstrap operation. In 2011 SongMeanings became fully licensed through a partnership with LyricFind.