Very first numbers…

I was granted with access to the BDMC (“La Base de Datos de la Música Chilena”, compiled by the SCD, the Chilean Copyright Society). Here are some numbers related to the amount of information that this database have:

bdmc

  • 40132 total songs
  • 32569 different songs (so, 7563 cover songs or with same name?)
  • 3342 different artists
  • 3085 different albums (some noise, though, as in the case of “Obras Sinfónicas en Vivo CD1″ and “Obras Sinfónicas en Vivo CD2″, and some possible identical names between releases)
  • 79 different genres (tags)
  • 432 different record labels
However, there is some noise in this data because entries with different styles appear as different things (e.g.,  “DJ Méndez y Yoan Amor” and “DJ Méndez – Yoan Amor”, “A ti”, “A Ti”, and “A tí”). A process of normalization of the data is required for further processing!

It is interesting to see how the BDMC has a different scope when comparing it with other sources of Chilean music information, as in musicapopular.cl, mus.cl, portaldisc.cl, and vccl.tv. BDMC has in it only songs that already have generated some copyrights for its authors, so most of the songs have been air played.

I have already scraped the data from all other sites, preliminary numbers are:

mus.cl

  • 502 album reviews
  • 332 interviews
  • 564 concert review

musicapopular.cl

  • 3353 artist biographies (I still need to extract the full discographies)

portaldisc.cl

  • 3634 album reviews (although there is some noise because there are some non-Chilean artists)

vccl.tv

  • 1661 videoclips