ArtistDirect Teams With Labels for New Lyrics Database

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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.