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New Yahoo Site Legally Publishing Music Lyrics

Remember the good old days when in order to find out the lyrics to your favorite song, you'd have to buy the whole album? While the internet has replaced this trend with thousands of different lyrics sites, there is no way of knowing the accuracy of the information — until now. Yahoo has launched the very first site for lyrics that is both accurate and legal, getting consent from the biggest publishers in the music industry. Here's more:

"We think we can build a really healthy business for lyrics and I think publishers stand to gain quite significantly from this new revenue stream," said Ralph Peer, head of music publishing firm peermusic.

"With the popularity of lyrics on the Internet, advertisers want to be there. This is definitely a selling point," said Rogers.

Gracenote said it was also talking with various other music partners, such as Apple's iTunes, about its lyrics database.

"We wouldn't be in the business to launch just one service, so stay tuned," said Palmer.

As someone who once thought the "Tiny Dancer" lyrics were "Hold me closer Tony Danza," this sounds like a great idea to me. Plus, now when I belt out the words to my favorite songs, I can rest assured that people are only staring at me because of my voice.

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catstarr catstarr 8 years
If you have to pay for it, I dont think its a good idea. i've been googling song lyrics for years and a lot of bands are starting to include lyrics on their myspace pages and websites.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 8 years
Hmm interesting.
GirlC GirlC 8 years
But I don't understand the line "publishers stand to gain quite significantly from this new revenue stream" - does this mean it's going to be a pay system?
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