ARTISTdirect And EMI Set Licensing Partnership
August 20, 2008 at 6:19 AM (PT)
ARTISTDIRECT has entered into a licensing partnership with EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING, for rights to the lyrics of some its most popular songs. Through the deal, access to official lyrics of more than one million EMI songs will be featured in the new lyrics section on ARTISTDIRECT.COM.
"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," said ARTISTDIRECT Interim CEO DIMITRI VILLARD. "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."
EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING Chairman/CEO ROGER FAXON commented, "Great lyrics are at the heart of every great song, and our incredible songwriters spend many hours crafting words which music fans everywhere can relate to and enjoy. We are delighted to be able to work with ARTISTDIRECT on this new service which gives people access to lyrics from some of the best songs ever written, at the same time as allowing songwriters to be paid appropriately for their creative efforts."