For some time now you’ve been able to read the lyrics of tracks while playing them on Spotify, via a swipe-up panel on the Now Playing screen.
In 2019, lyrics site Genius sued Google and LyricFind, alleging that they had copied and pasted its lyrics to use in Google ‘OneBox’ results.
The Restoring Artistic Protection Act (RAP Act) has been reintroduced by Democrat congressmen Jamaal Bowman and Hank Johnson.
BELEM is the European Union-funded consortium announced last December with €2m of funding to explore lyric translation.
LyricFind has long been banging the drum for translated lyrics, especially in recent years when non-English tracks have become global hits.
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Apple has added more features, including a profile section where musicians can create a customised bio by answering a series of short questions.
While artists and labels have hogged the headlines when it comes to launching music NFTs, publishers are exploring how they can get involved too.
Real-time lyrics are increasingly standard across the major streaming services, but Deezer is hoping to steal a march on its rivals by also offering translated lyrics.
Spotify is taking its synchronised lyrics feature global, having launched it in 26 countries last year. As of yesterday, the feature is live globally in Spotify’s mobile, desktop, console and TV apps. The company’s partner is lyrics firm Musixmatch, which has a long (if not always harmonious) history with the streaming service.
Musixmatch was one of the launch partners when Spotify added external apps to its desktop client back in late 2011, and its app was one of the most popular on the platform. When the ‘App Finder’ feature was retired early in 2015, Spotify integrated Musixmatch’s lyrics into its service, but they were removed in May 2016 after the two companies fell out.
“We regret the end of this partnership… we will not allow anybody to ignore our business model,” was Musixmatch’s comment at the time. By June 2020, when Spotify launched its synchronised lyrics feature with Musixmatch – perhaps nudged by Apple Music having trumpeted time-synced lyrics as a USP for its service – the business models had seemingly aligned again.
We know music/tech firm Musixmatch mainly for its services relating to lyrics: it has worked with the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and Instagram on various integrations of lyrics down […]
Brazil is already an important market for LyricFind: in fact, it’s the fifth-largest territory in terms of business for the lyrics-focused company. Now it’s hoping to build on that with […]