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LyricFind is the world’s leader in legal lyric solutions. Founded in 2004, LyricFind exists to fill the void of the most popular music content on the Internet – lyrics.

In order to provide a successful lyrics service, LyricFind has not only amassed licensing from over 4,000 music publishers, including ...

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Samantha Brickler
812-339-1195

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  • 11/08/201711/08/2017

Lyrics Everywhere: LyricMerch lets fans wear, sip from, and even shower with the words to their favorite songs

There are those lines in songs that say it all, simply and perfectly. Now you can emblazon these lines on high-quality t-shirts, caps, mugs, and even shower curtains--and do it legally, giving back to your favorite songwriters and artists.
 

LyricMerch is a new consumer-facing lyrics service from LyricFind, the pioneering company that brought fully legal lyrics to search engines, lyric sites, and music streaming services around the world. LyricMerch draws on LyricFind’s database of...

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  • USA Today, Mention, 02/02/2017, Canada seizes chance to skim talent from disaffected U.S. tech companies Text
  • Billboard, Feature story, 11/08/2017, LyricMerch Launches, Allowing Fans to Customize Merch With Their Favorite Song Lyrics Text
  • Billboard, Article, 09/22/2017, Why Taylor Swift Trademarks Her Lyrics and Why Other Acts May Follow Suit Text
  • Hypebot, Feature story, 11/15/2017, LyricMerch Lets Fans Wear The Words From Their Favorite Songs Text
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11/08/2017, Lyrics Everywhere: LyricMerch lets fans wear, sip from, and even shower with the words to their favorite songs
11/08/201711/08/2017, Lyrics Everywhere: LyricMerch lets fans wear, sip from, and even shower with the words to their favorite songs
Announcement
11/08/2017
Announcement
11/08/2017
LyricMerch is a new consumer-facing lyrics service from LyricFind, who brought fully legal lyrics to search engines, lyric sites, and music streaming services around the world. With LyricMerch, fans can put lyrics on anything from shirts to shower curtains. All while rights holders get royalty payments for their work. MORE» More»

There are those lines in songs that say it all, simply and perfectly. Now you can emblazon these lines on high-quality t-shirts, caps, mugs, and even shower curtains--and do it legally, giving back to your favorite songwriters and artists.
 

LyricMerch is a new consumer-facing lyrics service from LyricFind, the pioneering company that brought fully legal lyrics to search engines, lyric sites, and music streaming services around the world. LyricMerch draws on LyricFind’s database of millions of lyrics and allows fans to put over one hundred thousand licensed lyrics on a wide range of clothing and household items.
 

Just select the lines you’d like, format them as desired from an easy-to-use design interface, and the service will custom print your creation. Meanwhile, rightsholders get royalty payments for the use of their work.
 

“We see this as a win-win for songwriters and artists, and for fans who love their lyrics,” says Darryl Ballantyne, CEO of LyricFind. “LyricMerch also expands the income possibilities for lyrics rightsholders, helping them make the most of an asset that is growing in significance in the digital era.”
 

LyricMerch also offers a selection of pre-made designs from LyricMerch’s in-house design team, and will create original designs for artists or labels when they need unique merch for an upcoming release or tour. LyricFind will also partner with design-conscious artists and their teams, as well as social media influencers, to craft just the right product that reflects their vision and sound. At launch, LyricMerch is only available to users in Canada and the United States.
 

This is the first consumer-facing offering from the pioneers of lyric licensing. Founded over a decade ago, LyricFind has made it its mission to bring lyrics out of the shadows and into fully legal usage, turning what was once an industry loss leader into a true asset. Lyrics dominate music-related searches, direct fans to their favorite tracks, and promise to dominate voice command.
 

With LyricMerch, lyrics are poised to impact the world of style, as well. “Now that lyrics have been associated once again with recordings, it’s time for them to expand further,” says Catherine Fournier, LyricFind’s Marketing Manager “The most memorable part of many songs is now a new fashion statement.”

 
Announcement
11/08/2017

08/30/2017, How We Remember: Lyrics and Legacies
08/30/201708/30/2017, How We Remember: Lyrics and Legacies
Announcement
08/30/2017
Announcement
08/30/2017
Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, Prince, David Bowie. All deaths within the past year or so that have devastated fans. This series of deaths has increased attention to these artists’ catalogs tenfold and revealed enlightening data related to the ways in which fans choose to honor and remember these recently deceased artists. MORE» More»

Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, Prince, David Bowie and just recently Glen Campbell. All deaths within the past year or so that have devastated fans. This series of deaths has increased attention to these artists’ catalogs tenfold and revealed enlightening data related to the ways in which fans choose to honor and remember these recently deceased artists.
 

One such way is reminiscing over lyrics. The recent passing of Chester Bennington had Linkin Park storming onto the LyricFind Billboard charts, securing 13 of the top 15 spots on the U.S. chart, including the entire top 10, and nine of the top 10 spots on the Global list.
 

Based on web searches tracked by LyricFind, the highest surge in lyric searches happens the day after an artist passes. Fan searches for lyrics of Bowie songs increased 1,044% the day after he died compared to the day prior.  More than Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus, or Bruno Mars, Billboard U.S. and Global Lyrics charts (powered by LyricFind) displayed Soundgarden and Audioslave in seven of the top 10 spots immediately following Chris Cornell’s death. “Fell On Black Days” had a 25,542% increase in lyric searches alone.

 

Even three weeks after each respective artist’s death, lyric searches remain well above the average search for lyrics before their death.  Three weeks after Bowie died, searches remained 234% higher than the average search that occurred before his death. The way fans engage with their favorite artists during the grieving process says a lot about how they connect with the artform.

 

As to the types of songs fans search for while mourning these losses, there seems to be a direct correlation to the death itself. The day after Prince’s death (April 22, 2016), “Sometimes It Snows In April” experienced a 454,750% increase. And following Chester Bennington’s suicide, Linkin Park’s “Shadow of the Day,”  a song about goodbyes, experienced a 10,431% increase.

 

“Lyrics offer an intimate glimpse into emotions and stories behind the hits.  After an artist passes away, experiencing the lyrics to their songs, according to the data, seems to be one of the more popular ways to mark their loss,” says Darryl Ballantyne, Founder and CEO of LyricFind.   

 

About LyricFind:

LyricFind is the world’s leader in licensed lyrics with 100+ clients worldwide including, Google, YouTube, Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Microsoft, Shazam, SoundHound, The Recording Academy, Billboard and many others. LyricFind licenses from over 4,000 music publishers, including all the majors: Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and Kobalt. It has built a quality-controlled, vetted database of lyrics available for licensing and synchronized technology in 100 countries. Behind the scenes, LyricFind tracks, reports, and pays royalties to publishers on a song-by-song and territory-by-territory basis.

 
Announcement
08/30/2017

07/17/2017, 10 Ways DIY Musicians Can Make The Most Of Their Lyrics
07/17/201707/17/2017, 10 Ways DIY Musicians Can Make The Most Of Their Lyrics
Announcement
07/17/2017
Announcement
07/17/2017
10 Ways DIY Musicians Can Make The Most Of Their Lyrics Include lyrics on your website. You can create a whole page dedicated to lyrics, or even offer a downloadable PDF for fans, in exchange for an email. MORE» More»
  1. Include lyrics on your website. You can create a whole page dedicated to lyrics, or even offer a downloadable PDF for fans, in exchange for an email.

  2. Use lyrics on social media to engage fans. Include lyric snippets in your social media posts and tweets, when you share a video or audio track, when you post a picture from a gig, rehearsal, studio session, or epic brunch.

  3. Post playful photos of your lyrics to Instagram and social media. Post-its, flyers, chalk… they all suggest quirky, fun ways to put your lyrics out there. Need something more serious? Try your hand at something more calligraphic, or track down a letterpress and commission a few printed cards.

  4. Make lyric videos to promote your new song. Lots of bands with big marketing budgets are opting out of the big produced video, and looking for a simpler way. Indie musicians can, too. Start with a straightforward lyric video. If you’re not a whizz at motion graphics or After Effects, try Superstring.

  5. You can also go lo-fi for your lyric video. It can be as simple and impromptu as Bob Dylan’s iconic video for Don’t Look Back. Get out the poster board and markers, gather your friends and get creative. Find approaches that capture your artistic aesthetic and that feature your words.

  6. Get your lyrics into the publishing pipeline (and onto streaming platforms and other services). Publishing has opened up and is now accessible to artists at all stages of their careers, thanks to aggregators like The Harry Fox Agency or Songtrust. As LyricFind works directly with these aggregators (and many more), it makes it easier for your lyrics to become discoverable through platforms like Apple, Deezer, Shazam, and MetroLyrics. Look into what publishing services your distributor offers. Make the most of them.

  7. Make merch with your lyrics. Your song’s words would look perfect emblazoned on a t- shirt. Later this year, LyricFind is entering the merch scene with a new on-demand product that allows fans and consumers to print legally licensed lyrics on many kinds of merchandise.

  8. Make lyric posters. Remember that letter press idea? Why not print up a few dozen (or thousand) posters or flyer-sized arrangements of popular lines from your fans’ favorite songs? Or find other creative ways to present your lyrics visually.

  9. Are you artistically inclined? Are you a doodler? Make an old-school zine-style lyric chapbook for fans, as special thank-yous or perks. Print it, jot some fun notes or little drawings on it, and toss it on the copy machine.

  10. Make sheet music or charts for a song. It’s not hard to generate the chords or tablature for many songs. Check out Ultimate Guitar or Fender to make your own sheet music for fans to play along with.

Announcement
07/17/2017

06/29/2017, Nice and Easy Pivot: “Despacito” May Be Ushering in the Golden Age of Non-English Hits, says LyricFind’s lyric search data
06/29/201706/29/2017, Nice and Easy Pivot: “Despacito” May Be Ushering in the Golden Age of Non-English Hits, says LyricFind’s lyric search data
Announcement
06/29/2017
Announcement
06/29/2017
The song “Despacito” by Puerto Rican pop artist Luis Fonsi featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee has become a global sensation. The remix, which features Justin Bieber singing in English and Spanish, has dominated Billboard’s Top 100 list for the fifth week, and is shaping up to be the song of the summer. MORE» More»

The song “Despacito” by Puerto Rican pop artist Luis Fonsi featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee has become a global sensation. The remix, which features Justin Bieber singing in English and Spanish, has dominated Billboard’s Top 100 list for the fifth week, hitting charts worldwide, and is shaping up to be the song of the summer. The chart topper is originally a non-English song, sung in Spanish.

Could this be the long awaited watershed moment for non-English hits? It just might be.

The majority of global hit songs are English-language songs. The last non-English hit was Gangnam Style by the South Korean musician Psy, powered by a viral video. It’s been a long time since everyone was singing “Macarena” by Los Del Rio, the last song primarily in Spanish to top the Billboard Hot 100 in 1996, which peaked with the Bayside Boys Remix. Hits in other languages seem to be the exception, not the rule.

Then why is everyone searching for the lyrics for “Despacito”? Data from LyricFind, the world’s leader in lyric licensing, indicates that the song has garnered over 20 million displays, surpassing all other songs of the summer, including DJ Khaled’s “I’m The One”, which also features Justin Bieber. US fans have made the most searches for the lyrics, followed by Mexico and Germany. When it comes to lyric searches for the remix featuring Justin Bieber, Mexico has made the most searches, followed by Argentina, then the US.

“We think this shows how non-English songs and their lyrics are becoming just as compelling for listeners as English-language songs,” says Robert Singerman, VP of International Publishing at LyricFind. “We’re entering an era where lyric language will become less of an issue.” Tracks will start to speak for themselves--and appear in translations.

The popularity of “Despacito” shows it’s time to think beyond the English language when it comes to hit songs. Thanks to LyricFind’s upcoming translation feature, the meaning of songs of all languages will soon be unlocked to audiences around the world. Integration of lyric translation in apps, platforms and streaming services is on its way, enabling music to literally be the global language it has been touted to be for centuries. Meanwhile, we asked LyricFind’s translation team to tell us what the lyrics to Despacito say. Here’s their translation and some insights they shared with us about how to interpret it:

Come on over in my direction
So thankful for that, it's such a blessin', yeah
Turn every situation into heaven, yeah
Oh, you are
My sunrise on the darkest day
Got me feelin' some kind of way

Make me wanna savor every moment slowly, slowly
You fit me, tailor-made love, how you put it on
Got the only key, know how to turn it on
The way you nibble on my ear, the only words I wanna hear
Baby, take it slow so we can last long

Oh, you, you are the magnet and I'm the metal
I keep getting closer and setting up the plan
Just thinking of it raises my heartbeat (oh yeah)
I, I'm already liking it more than usual
All my senses are asking for more
This needs to be taken with no hurry

Slowly
I want to smell your neck slowly
Let me whisper things in your ear
So that you'll remember if you're not with me
Slowly
I want to undress you with kisses slowly
Put my signature on the walls of your labyrinth
And make your whole body a manuscript
(Up, up, up, up, up)

I want to see your hair dance
I want to be your rhythm
And show my mouth
Your favorite places

(Favorite, favorite, baby)
Let me overstep your danger zones
Until I provoke your screams
And you forget your last name

If I ask you for a kiss, come, give it to me
I know you're thinking about it
I've been trying for a while
Baby, this is giving and giving it
You know that your heart with me makes you go boom boom
You know that that girl is looking for my boom boom
Come, taste from my mouth to see how it tastes
I want, I want, I want to see how much love you can take in
I’m in no hurry, I want to take the trip
Let's start slow, and then wild

Little step by little step, smooth and gentle
We keep getting closer, little by little
When you kiss me with such skill
I see that you're malice with delicateness
Step by step, smooth and gentle
We keep getting closer, little by little
It’s just that such beauty is a puzzle
But to solve it I have the piece here
Listen!

Slowly
I want to smell your neck slowly
Let me whisper things in your ear
So that you'll remember if you're not with me
Slowly
I want to undress you with kisses slowly
Put my signature on the walls of your labyrinth
And make your whole body a manuscript
(Up, up, up, up, up)

I want to see your hair dance
I want to be your rhythm
And show my mouth
Your favorite places
(Favorite, favorite, baby)
Let me overstep your danger zones
Until I provoke your screams
And you forget your last name

Slowly
This is how we do it down in Puerto Rico
I just wanna hear you screaming, “Oh my god!”
I can move forever when I am with you
Dance!

Little step by little step, smooth and gentle
We're sticking together, little by little
To show my mouth
Your favorite places
(Favorite, favorite, baby)
Little step by little step, smooth and gentle
We keep getting closer, little by little
Until I provoke screams (Fonsi)
And you forget your last name (D.Y.)
Slowly

LyricFind’s translator Raymond Robert has a few tips for interpreting the translation. First of all, “despacito” is a diminutive form of “despacio” meaning slow, which expresses a sense of endearment or intimacy. It could be roughly translated as “nice and slow” or “very slowly.” The song’s chorus may read as abrasive or awkward in English, but in Spanish it is innocent and sweet, and meant to be read figuratively, not literally. The translation of “Sube,” continues Robert, is “go up” or “goes up.” This word is common in pop songs to create a sense of growing energy or hype. And that’s definitely where the song has gone, up, up to the very top. Sube, sube.

 
Announcement
06/29/2017

04/11/2017, LyricFind’s 10 Ways DIY Musicians Can Make the Most of Their Lyrics
04/11/201704/11/2017, LyricFind’s 10 Ways DIY Musicians Can Make the Most of Their Lyrics
Announcement
04/11/2017
Announcement
04/11/2017
1. Include lyrics on your website. You can create a whole page dedicated to lyrics, or even offer a downloadable PDF for fans, in exchange for an email address. MORE» More»
  1. Include lyrics on your website. You can create a whole page dedicated to lyrics, or even offer a downloadable PDF for fans, in exchange for an email.

  2. Use lyrics on social media to engage fans. Include lyric snippets in your social media posts and tweets, when you share a video or audio track, when you post a picture from a gig, rehearsal, studio session, or epic brunch.

  3. Post playful photos of your lyrics to Instagram and social media. Post-its, flyers, chalk… they all suggest quirky, fun ways to put your lyrics out there. Need something more serious? Try your hand at something more calligraphic, or track down a letterpress and commission a few printed cards.

  4. Make lyric videos to promote your new song. Lots of bands with big marketing budgets are opting out of the big produced video, and looking for a simpler way. Indie musicians can, too. Start with a straightforward lyric video. If you’re not a whizz at motion graphics or After Effects, try Superstring.

  5. You can also go lo-fi for your lyric video. It can be as simple and impromptu as Bob Dylan’s iconic video for Don’t Look Back. Get out the poster board and markers, gather your friends and get creative. Find approaches that capture your artistic aesthetic and that feature your words.

  6. Get your lyrics into the publishing pipeline (and onto streaming platforms and other services). Publishing has opened up and is now accessible to artists at all stages of their careers, thanks to aggregators like The Harry Fox Agency or Songtrust. As LyricFind works directly with these aggregators (and many more), it makes it easier for your lyrics to become discoverable through platforms like Apple, Deezer, Shazam, and MetroLyrics. Look into what publishing services your distributor offers. Make the most of them.

  7. Make merch with your lyrics. Your song’s words would look perfect emblazoned on a t- shirt. Later this year, LyricFind is entering the merch scene with a new on-demand product that allows fans and consumers to print legally licensed lyrics on many kinds of merchandise.

  8. Make lyric posters. Remember that letter press idea? Why not print up a few dozen (or thousand) posters or flyer-sized arrangements of popular lines from your fans’ favorite songs? Or find other creative ways to present your lyrics visually.

  9. Are you artistically inclined? Are you a doodler? Make an old-school zine-style lyric chapbook for fans, as special thank-yous or perks. Print it, jot some fun notes or little drawings on it, and toss it on the copy machine.

  10. Make sheet music or charts for a song. It’s not hard to generate the chords or tablature for many songs. Check out Ultimate Guitar or Fender to make your own sheet music for fans to play along with.

Announcement
04/11/2017