Google's New Knowledge Graph Carousel For Musicians

Sep 30, 2013 • 8:33 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Search Google for an artist name plus the word songs. For example, search for [neil young songs] and you should see a new knowledge graph carousel with the songs from the artist at the top.

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You can see you can scroll back and forward through the carousel to see more songs from that artist. You can then click on a song to learn more about it:

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It seems like almost all the songs bring up a YouTube video at the top. Plus, you can ask Google to "keep you updated" on that artist, where Google will push you Google Now cards when new updates are available.

This is clearly Google getting smarter, as they announced last week.

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09/30/2013 05:29 pm

Google is crossing anti-competitive lines here and might be encouraging copyright infringment as well. First off that spot that shows videos when you click a song title, shows YouTube videos exclusively, videos are not pulled from Vimeo, Daily Motion, MTV, MySpace, FUSE, Meta Cafe, or any other video hosting site. It also shows the top video for that search on YouTube, meaning if your offical video is not listed, another video is now appearing in search. That could be a cover, a lyric video, or a fan-made video. Try looking up 'Garth Brooks Songs' an artist that has never added a music video to YouTube.

Morgan Akchehirlian

10/01/2013 11:43 am

Right @joeyoungblood:disqus. Their are some good and bad impacts of each update but trust me Google is best at analyzing user experience and they are stepping ahead on same grounds to make sure users experience gets better.

Dr. Pete

10/01/2013 05:57 pm

What's interesting/weird is that clicking on a song triggers a new query, but if you run that query independently, the YouTube result is normal. Google is creating a special-case for the new query based on that particular click-path.

Gracious Store

10/02/2013 05:05 am

it will be good if Google will improve on users experience in using the search engine to find what they want

Morgan Akchehirlian

10/02/2013 05:54 am

I think this is something they are doing at regular interval,they are evaluating needs and updating the stuff accordingly from Gtalk to Google hangouts.From Google analytics to search results.Its all improving and getting better based on user experience. Google never cares about SEO and they will not care about it.


10/02/2013 03:49 pm

I smell a Google Employee. Tell me how showing a YouTube video of some guy covering a Garth Brooks song is a great user experience when I search for 'garth brooks songs' and click on a song? Google themselves has said OVER and OVER that users want to search and get an answer, but look at the local Carousel. It strips out address, website, and phone details for a business forcing you to search twice to that info. Guess what the top 3 things users want for a local search query are? That's right phone, website, and address. Google is inserting a second layer of search and in this musician case they are forcing ONLY YouTube videos, a property that they own, when music videos can be found on numerous other websites including the original music video company, MTV. I'm not a government regulator, but all day that is anticompetitive.

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