Lyric searches drive huge traffic on the web. They may not be quite as popular as “Lady Gaga Download” and other similar searches but they are right up there.
There are lots of licensed sites and as usual lots of what appears to be unlicensed sites. Almost all of these sites have major brand advertising.
Many of you may not realize this but I’m also on the faculty of The University of Georgia. I teach in the Music Business Program. I spent considerable time this summer studying these sites as part of my official research duties. It’s part of a bigger project whereby I’m studying and cataloguing many of the “lesser known” kinds of copyright infringing websites.
Here is a short paper listing this months top 50 “undesirable” lyric websites as well as my methodology and further comments. It is my hope that brands and advertising agencies will consult this list when planning advertising campaigns. Suggestions are truly welcome.
You may download/view it here:
If you don’t want to download it and read the whole thing (I’m talking to you generation tl/dr) here are the Top 50 “undesirable” lyric websites. (If for some reason you believe your website was mistakenly included in the list follow instructions in the paper. )
(Ranked by search result rankings.)
Top 50 Undesirable Lyric Websites.
(This list has been corrected. 7 sites from original list turned out to have been licensed. Thanks to Andrew Stess at LyricsFind for doing deep dive into this over a holiday weekend).
*songmeanings.Net was mistakenly included in first list. This was a typo we compared it to songmeanings.com.
** Over the weekend we were notified that these sites are also licensed:
May I humbly suggest that Lyric sites begin putting a notice on their sites clearly explaining which organizations and publishing companies have licensed them. At least until we manage to create a master list.
*update 10/22/2013 new list: UGA Music Business Undesirable Lyric Website List Oct 22nd 2013