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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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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