ArtistDirect Teams With Labels for New Lyrics Database

August 18, 2008 5:10 PM ET

Music and entertainment site ArtistDirect will branch out and start posting song lyrics sometime this fall with the goal of becoming one of the Net's biggest and most accurate lyric sites. Unlike other sites -- which frequently take their (often-misinterpreted) lyrics from an aggregator or fan sites -- ArtistDirect is pursuing its own licensing deals with music publishers to ensure accuracy. ArtistDirect, which launched way back in 1997, already has deals in place with Universal Music Publishing and EMI Music Publishing -- according to Variety, 1 million EMI songs' lyrics will be included.

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Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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