Gracenote Introduces Global Music Database, a catalogue for Indian music

The new database enables streaming services, voice-powered virtual assistants and online media companies to deliver next-generation music search and discovery of Indian music

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Published: Aug 21, 2018 2:33 PM  | 3 min read

Gracenote®, a Nielsen company, is launching its Global Music Data, the catalog of reference for the music industry, in India. The solution localises Gracenote’s comprehensive collection of descriptive music information for the Indian market enabling regional music and global streaming services to now deliver advanced search, discovery and navigation of India-based music to fans all over the world.

India has a vibrant and complex music market, and is now experiencing massive growth among local listeners as well as fans around the globe. The market is driven by a close relationship to the Bollywood film industry with popular musical scores and soundtracks dominating the landscape. While typical Western music catalogs are organised by artist, recording and album, the popular music scene in India features a range of talent, from playback singers and actors to music directors, lyricists and songwriters among many others featured in films. With more than 1,000 movies released annually, the data challenges that underpin next generation search, discovery and navigation are compounded. Further complicating matters are India’s 22 official languages and variances in music popularity by region.

The Global Music Data solution aims to help solve India’s music data challenge by normalising artists, albums and recordings with a proprietary ID system that associates the right content with the right recording artists, actors and music directors. Leveraging industry-standard media linking and IDs, the catalogue enables smarter search and discovery of playback singers across digital media catalogs, including linear TV, movies and VOD. In addition, the latest database supports key local languages and alternate names to power playlisting and search using voice assistants and smart speakers.

“India is one of the fastest growing music markets in the world and also one of the most complex,” said Brian Hamilton, General Manager of Music and Auto at Gracenote. “With the strong ties to Bollywood, there are multiple singers, actors and directors on a single tag or field that creates metadata challenges. Gracenote is now applying its ID structures, metadata standards and AI/machine learning skills to make Indian music more searchable and discoverable to help services drive engagement and interactivity with fans in India and around the globe,” explained Hamilton.

The catalogue leverages the best music experts in the world and applies state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to scale recording-level descriptors to tens of millions of songs. As a part of the solution, global and regional streaming music services will have direct access to Gracenote’s latest music descriptor which classifies the ‘style’ of individual musical recordings for more powerful search and discovery experiences and more personalised playlists.

Gracenote Global Music Data is now available in eight markets including the United States, Korea, Japan, Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and now India.

Gracenote provides music, video and sports content and technologies to global entertainment products and brands. It is supported by the largest source of entertainment data, featuring descriptions of more than 200 million tracks, TV listings for 85+ countries and statistics from 4,500 sport leagues and competitions.

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