The Good Guys: Shazam and Other Licensed Lyrics Resources.

You’ve been asking “If those 50 lyric websites are undesirable which websites/apps are fair to songwriters?”

First of all if you get your lyrics through Shazam you are using a licensed service. To me Shazam is THE shining example of  technology that brings artists and fans together while managing to actually pay songwriters.  We wish everyone was like Shazam.

Here are some lyric sites that appear to be licensed and pay songwriters. This is by no means a definitive list.   If you are already using these sites? Great. If not consider using these sites:

About Dr. David C Lowery

Platinum selling singer songwriter for the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven; platinum selling producer; founder of pitch-a-tent records; founder Sound of Music Studios; platinum selling music publisher; angel investor; digital skeptic; college lecturer and founder of the University of Georgia Terry College Artists' Rights Symposium.

2 thoughts on “The Good Guys: Shazam and Other Licensed Lyrics Resources.

  1. David,

    I looked at your study and the rankings in it. What you have here is great, but I think we would all benefit if you provided a list of unlicensed lyrics sites that tend to come up in the first page of search rankings. That way, if people type “[artist] [song] lyrics” into their favorite search engine, they will know which of the sites they get in their search results to avoid.

    • For the general public you are absolutely right. And there is a public good aspect to what I’m doing. perhaps I will post that alongside the main list. There are several reasons my list is so deep and weighted linearly and I will eventually explain this in detail. But the most obvious reasons are to catch the up and coming sites and begin tracking them right away.

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