Thanks to the invention of smartphones, computers and websites, people don’t often have to guess what the lyrics are to their favorite songs on the radio. One quick Google search and you can find the words to just about every song ever published.
The problem is those lyrics come back from a variety of websites. Some want you to download an app or click an advertisement to continue through to the lyrics. Some lyric sites are riddled with errors in the lyrics themselves, and many of those sites are functioning without any regard for the artists or record labels associated with those lyrics.
LyricFind, the world’s leader in legal lyric solutions, announced a new partnership with Universal Music Publishing Group which opens up the entire roster of Universal and associated labels to LyricFind and their users. The new partnership allows LyricFind to search, display, distribute and transmit the lyrics of all of the Universal artists. It also allows LyricFind to sublicense the lyrics to other apps like streaming music services, across the internet.
This new contract between Universal and LyricFind also means that artists will receive a share of revenues generated through LyricFind, something that just about every other lyric site on the web doesn’t do.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have UMPG’s lyrics as part of LyricFind’s diversified offerings. Lyrics is one of the most popular search terms online, and we’ve seen increased integration of lyrics into websites, music services and applications since we first launched in 2004. For publishers like UMPG, LyricFind’s proven, quality controlled database and web services make it simple to reach services across the world in need of lyrics, and most importantly, easily manage the revenue stream from opening up those services.” LyricFind CEO Darryl Ballantyne said in a statement.
LyricFind’s deal with UMPG expands its already extensive catalogue, further establishing it as the most complete catalogue of lyrics in the world. LyricFind also created a quality-controlled vetted database of those lyrics available for licensing. Behind the scenes, LyricFind tracks, reports, and pays royalties to those publishers on a song-by-song and territory-by-territory basis.
With this deal, LyricFind will now be offering its solutions to clients in 30 significant territories including USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Korea, Russia and India, with additional countries being added soon. Clients of LyricFind include Amazon, Pandora, Shazam, SoundHound, HTC, Nokia, SongMeanings, and LyricsMode, and these global deals will allow such services to hugely increase the catalogue of lyrics that they can showcase for their customers.