CBS Interactive Music Group today announced a significant expansion of its streaming, personalized radio, on-demand and editorial franchises as a result of integrating MetroLyrics (http://www.metrolyrics.com), the No. 1 lyrics website, reaching nearly double the audience of its nearest competitor, into its family of properties.
The initial phase of this enterprise affiliation launched today with the debut of a new and dynamic MetroLyrics website. The updated design presents a very powerful user experience for the consumer with restructured navigation, more original music content than ever before powered by Radio.com, Last.fm and MP3.com, and expansive social integration all the while showcasing the work of songwriters.
MetroLyrics is the most comprehensive database of legal lyrics in the world with words to more than 700,000 songs. The site generates over 25 million unique users a month across the globe with nearly 12 million of those in the United States (comScore, Aug. 2011).
“Searching for lyrics is a core behavior of both the casual and passionate music fan,” says David Goodman, President, CBS Interactive Music Group. “MetroLyrics is the leader in the category, and has methodically built a loyal following by embracing the inherent social intentions of the music community. Our assets integrate naturally into the existing framework of MetroLyrics and vice versa. The immediate back and forth effect between the premier online properties will have overwhelming benefits to users.
“Having MetroLyrics under our leadership will produce a number of opportunities for audience growth both individually and collectively, as well as create an additional revenue source for our business unit. We believe now more than ever is the time for further innovation and expansion.”
“Lyrics have been one of the most searched keywords on the Internet for several years,” says Alan Juristovski, CEO, MetroLyrics. “We have realized the power of lyrics and built the most trafficked lyrics website in the world. Integration with CBS Interactive Music Group will provide consumers with an enhanced music experience, while allowing MetroLyrics to aggressively pursue laser focused innovation relevant to our core product.”
Beginning today, visitors to metrolyrics.com will experience the following developments:
▪ Expertly sourced editorial material from leading CBS RADIO music stations on everything from the biggest names in the news, the hottest events and latest gossip, and exclusive interviews prominently featured on the lyrics pages. Text, photos and video accompany the original posts;
▪ Links to personalized streaming radio stations and recommendations for similar artists reflecting a user’s current search results and based on “scrobbling” technology proprietary to Last.fm. With feedback from millions of registered users, and information culled from more than 600 services that scrobble, Last.fm provides the most accurate insight into what listeners truly want to hear;
▪ Lead franchise posts on the homepage to coincide with specific artists or song lyrics based on content submitted by users, created by the artists themselves or produced by the CBS Interactive Music Group.
▪ Access to free MP3.com downloads of the day from artists across pop, rock, urban and country. Unsigned bands, rising indie stars and top name groups can all be found on the pages of the original digital music download source.
About CBS Interactive Music Group
CBS Interactive Music Group is comprised of a diverse collection of leading consumer music brands including Radio.com, Last.fm, and MP3.com. Broadcast, online and personalized products are readily accessible across a variety of digital and mobile platforms by a worldwide audience of more than 50 million unique monthly users. Music fans can interact with material from the biggest names in the industry, as well as discover new and breaking artists, crate their own listening experience and share their personal taste in music with friends and other like-minded fans.
The division also has established content partnerships with VEVO, the Web’s leading premium music video and entertainment service, and Xbox Live, the popular gaming platform.
MetroLyrics was the first lyrics dedicated site to provide users with the largest database of licensed, complete and accurate song lyrics and to compensate copyright holders for the content through its partnership with Gracenote. The Vancouver, British Columbia based company is run by co-founders Milun Tesovic and Alan Juristovski, and a team of dedicated employees. Driven by the power of lyrics, MetroLyrics fosters conversation about music and artists with content that is socially engaging, relevant and current. For more information, visit www.metrolyrics.com.