Last.fm sings us along – adds song lyrics

Last.fm has reached a deal with LyricFind to offer searchable lyrics alongside its free music service.

The move means 800,000 Song lyrics from major and independent artists – from The Beatles to Radiohead – are easily available at Last.fm.

Lyrics can be searched by artist name, song title and phrase. They come from LyricFind’s database of content drawn from over 1,800 music publishers including EMI, Warner-Chappell, Sony/ATV and Universal/BMG.

An excerpt from each available lyric will be featured on the relevant Last.fm track page, so you can click through to the full lyric page.

Another useful feature means you should be able to search for specific songs by lyrics, finding the exact track through the input of lines and phrases.

Tough luck (for now) in the UK though – Last.fm is launching its lyrics service today in the US and Canada, with “more territories to be added in the near future”.

EXAMPLE:
Amy Winehouse, song page
Amy Winehouse (sorry, this URL doesn’t appear to work from the UK), lyric page

Also, Last.fm is providing advertising and sponsorship opportunities on its lyrics pages, including the ability to skin the entire page.
 
Martin Stiksel, Last.fm co-founder, said: “Adding lyrics to Last.fm is another big step towards us becoming the most comprehensive, full-featured free music platform on the web. Nowhere else can you search through this many songs, find the lyric you want, and listen to the track free-on-demand at the same time. Lyrics are some of the most searched-for content on the web, and we’re hugely excited to be able to partner with LyricFind to offer such an in-demand service legally and for free.”
 
Darryl Ballantyne, LyricFind CEO, said: “Adding lyrics content provides a compelling feature for both discovery and interaction with music. Last.fm is already an amazing service, and we’re thrilled to be able to partner with them to add this core feature and complete their music offering.”

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