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.
This one’s an interesting move to expand the reach of music – a deal between EMI Music Publishing and leading UK retailer Sainsbury’s Tu Clothing division means we’ll soon be able to buy clothes featuring “lyrics to some of the greatest songs ever written”, the partners promised.
This new range of singer/songwriter royalty payment friendly clobber will include products for men, women and children, will feature words from classic songs from EMI’s catalogue of over 1.3 million songs such as “My Girl”, “ABC”, “(Theme From) The Monkees”, “Wild Thing” and “Dancing In The Street.”
EMI Music Publishing has reached a worldwide agreement with Stargate songwriter Mikkel Eriksen, who shares the credits for a string of hits by artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Mary J Blige and Mariah Carey.
Eriksen joins his Stargate partner Tor Erik Hermansen on the EMI Music Publishing songwriting roster. Hermansen has been represented by EMI since 1999, and this marks the first time that the Stargate songwriting partnership has been brought together under one music publishing house.
Hermansen and Eriksen will also continue with their joint venture partnership Stellar Songs, with EMI Music Publishing and the pair’s long-time managers Tim Blacksmith and Danny D.
Nokia’s launch of its all-you-can-eat music subscription service, Comes With Music, appears to have slammed into some unexpected hurdles – the company appears to have not yet finalised its music publishing deal – a deal it needs to offer the service legally.
Music Week reports that, while the UK will be the first territory to see the service debut on the Nokia 531D XpressMusic handset, Nokia neglected to conclude talks with music publishers before announcing the deal.
Perhaps a bigger problem is that market chatter indicates Nokia to be already paying handsomely for the right to distribute free music from such a grand catalogue – and it may be the company hasn’t included the fees from publishers, as these haven’t been agreed yet.
I remember the days when you and your mate would get back from the record shop with a new slice of vinyl, and get a kick out of listening to the music while singing along, reading the lyrics printed on the record sleeve. It was an exuberant experience that I for one have missed since the dawn of the CD.
Things have got worse – digital music means you rarely get lyrics with your purchase, and music publishers have made no significant effort to resolve this, other than to pursue unauthorised lyrics websites.
Clearly, rights holders aren’t planning a future business model that’s at all relevant to the digital age. Why, for example, aren’t lyrics attached to song downloads through iTunes? It’s a classic case of rights holders ignoring the audience, but most of us are used to that now.