ARTISTdirect, Inc. is a Santa Monica, Calif.-based music news website. Recently, ARTISTdirect signed two deals that revolves around music lyrics. EMI Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing Group will allow ARTISTdirect to add the lyrics to over 1 million songs. The financial details of the deal were undisclosed.
?EMI has the publishing rights to some of the greatest, most beloved songs ever written and performed and we are truly delighted to be able to share them with our community,? stated Dimitri Villard, the Interim CEO of ARTISTdirect. ?In the past, music fans have had to rely on user generated lyrics posted on the Internet that were often inaccurate or incomplete; this partnership helps create one of the largest repositories for official lyrics as written by the songwriters.?
This move competes directly with Gracenote, a subsidiary of Sony. Gracenote provides the lyrics through 80 music publishers, including EMI and Universal. Another competitor of ARTISTdirect is OHHLA.com.