Artists that called it a day in 2011

It is that time of year when music critics make their year-in-review lists: best albums, worst albums, best new artists and so on.   To help critics with their year-end review, I’ve put together a list of the top artists that stopped performing in 2011 – due to retirement, breaking up or due to death.

I made this list using by calling Echo Nest artist search call, limiting the results to artists with an ending year of 2011.  Here’s the salient bit of python:

           results =, artist_end_year_before=2012,
                             buckets=['urls', 'years_active'], sort='hotttnesss-desc')

You can see the list of the 3,300 or so artists that stopped performing in 2011 here: Artists that called it a day in 2011. Thanks to Matt Santiago, master of data quality at The Echo Nest, for coming up with the idea for the list.

In the same vein, I created a list of the top 100 artists (based upon Echo Nest hotttnesss) that became active or released their first recording in 2011.

Check this list out at: Top New Artists for 2011

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  1. #1 by Marni on December 18, 2011 - 11:26 pm

    Overall, how many new bands were created in 2011? Are the overall number of active bands increasing or decreasing? 3300 seems like a big fallout…

  2. #2 by Wren on December 19, 2011 - 4:37 pm

    Tacere and Mortuary Drape I believe are still active. Mortuary Drape were supposed to play the Rites Of Darkness III fest in early December but they had visa problems.

  3. #3 by Wren on December 19, 2011 - 5:12 pm

    Holy Grail is still going too!

    (just trying to help!)

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