Thursday, July 03, 2008

British Columbia a lyrical place in the world of websites

Singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris performs on a Caribbean cruise. Photo by Sue Frause.

A Burnaby, BC based company is making big waves in the website world. MetroLeap Media's flagship site, MetroLyrics, is now the most trafficked lyrics site in the world. Its numbers are impressive. 

With more than 22 million unique users per month, up from a mere 14 million in December 2007, the site has gone from number three to number one in just six months. It's among the fastest growing sites on the Internet in numerous countries, including Canada, USA, UK and Australia.

In April 2008, MetroLyrics announced an agreement with Gracenote® to adopt Gracenote’s lyrics service, making MetroLyrics the first and only existing lyrics site to provide its users with the largest database of licensed, complete and accurate song lyrics in the world.

Through the agreement, MetroLyrics replaced lyrics submitted by the community with Gracenote’s authorized lyrics to ensure users that artists, songwriters and music publishers are being properly compensated for the use of their copyrighted work. MetroLyrics users are still able to submit lyrics to the site, but they are now put through an accelerated clearance process.