Have you ever Googled the lyrics of a song you just couldn’t seem to remember? We’ve all been there.
To make the search for your favourite music a little bit easier, Google has unveiled new search placement for song lyrics. Through a partnership with the Toronto-based company LyricFind, Google will now display lyrics from more than 4000 music publishers in Google Search and Google Play Music.
While the new feature rolls out in the United States today, the deal with LyricFind includes international licensing. CEO and co-founder Darryl Ballantyne told Billboard that he projects publishers and songwriters seeing a spike in revenue as a result of this agreement.
“We’re happy to expand the depth and quality of lyrics available on Google’s services. We’re working together to make lyrics available to a larger audience in a faster and more efficient way,” said Ballantyne in a statement.
LyricFind was founded in 2004 by Darryl Ballantyne and Mohamed Moutadayne in 2004 and has obtained licensing from the four major international music publishers; EMI Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
Not only will this deal allow Google to officially monopolize lyric searches, which has been dominated thus far by illegitimate sites that may not have the licensing required to display lyrics, but the partnership also drives profits back to Google.
Every snippet card in search results links to the full lyrics on Google Play, where users can either buy the song or start a free radio station.
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