Google: your online destination for cheap flights, self-diagnoses, and now, song lyrics. If you’re tired of landing on mysteriously spammy, somewhat suspicious sites anytime you look up the words of your new favorite jam, Google is here to help. The search engine giant is now featuring lyrics more prominently in its search results thanks to a new partnership with LyricFind.
For the last 12 years, LyricFind has established itself as one of the world’s biggest lyric-licensing services, and boasts relationships with over 4,000 music publishers. And they’re no small fish, either — EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing all work with LyricFind to ensure that we’re reading what artists are actually singing, and the service also guarantees that royalties are paid to publishers (based on how often the lyrics themselves are actually viewed).
But now, LyricFind is about to take the stage in an even more major way. In an announcement of its own, the service noted that it would be “adding lyrics from over 4,000 publishers to Google’s search results and within Google Play Music.”
“We’re happy to expand the depth and quality of lyrics available on Google’s services,” said LyricFind CEO Darryl Ballantyne. “We’re working together to make lyrics available to a larger audience in a faster and more efficient way.”
While Google has displayed lyrics in its search results in the past, this new partnership marks the first time that the search behemoth will work directly with a major licensing service. If you’re in the U.S., you can already enjoy the newly updated lyrics search results, but if you’re using Google abroad, it’s unclear as to exactly when you’ll be able to enjoy this latest integration.
But when it happens, the internet might finally start clearing its clutter of lyric websites.