40,000 artists to feature
A legal lyric website is to be launched in America.
Although lyric sites exist online, it will mark the first time major publishers will have given consent to such a site.
The lyrics come from Gracenote, the company which powers the CD look-up facility on programmes like iTunes.
Users can search for songs using the Yahoo Music search bar, simply by entering a partial lyric from the song.
Over 100 music publishers have licensed their artists’ lyrics including the top five BMG Music Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner /Chappell Music.
Ralph Peer head of music publishing firm peermusic, told BBC News: “I think publishers stand to gain quite significantly from this new revenue stream.”