Wait, what on Earth did Drake just mumble in that new single? And what the heck is Rhianna saying in the hook on her new song? Is that Fetty Wap track even English? There’s a reason lyrics sites like Genius have exploded in popularity over the past few years — fans have no idea what anyone is saying anymore. There are dozens of apps and services that offer lyrics for millions upon millions of songs, and soon you won’t have to use any of them ever again. Why? Because song lyrics will appear right within your search results on Google.com and inside Google’s mobile search apps for iOS and Android.
Google and a Toronto-based company called LyricFind have both confirmed a deal that will bring song lyrics directly to search results. As Billboard confirmed, the ink on the deal is dry and the new lyrics feature will begin rolling out to users in the United States on Tuesday.
This is more than just a big win for LyricFind, which will undoubtedly pull in some nice additional cash as a result. It’s also more than a win for Google, which takes yet another step toward realizing a future where users never actually have to leave Google’s own sites and apps. Music publishers and songwriters will also see benefits from the deal, according to LyricFinder CEO and co-founder Darryl Ballantyne.
“It should be a significant revenue stream,” Ballantyne told Billboard. “I can’t get into the rates, but we expect it to be millions of dollars generated for publishers and songwriters as a result of this. It’s all based on usage. Royalties are paid based on the number of times a lyric is viewed. The more it’s viewed, the more publishers get paid.”
Here’s a screenshot of a lyrics search: