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Similar artists

How are the “similar artists” determined? I often see the same recommendations with many musicians, usually bigger names, even if it’s a more unknown artist themselves. Like I see Lana Del Rey as similar artist on every second artist page.

For example, Agnes Obel: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/artist/4731-agnes-obel/similar/

Granted, her music sounds rudimentary to the suggestions, but she’s much closer to others such as Ane Brun, Feist or Sophie Hunger.

The recommendations of Spotify or last.fm are much more specific:

Another weird example: Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey nearest to ABBA?