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Google Adds Lyrics To Song Search, Points Results To Google Play

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (Hypebot) – Google has added song lyrics to the top of search results when users search for “song name” plus “lyrics.” Large portions of the song's lyrics are displayed along with a link to "Full Lyrics on Google Play." The move is both a major blow for existing lyric sites and likely a strong source of new users for Google Play. Microsoft's Bing added lyrics to their search results last year.

Top lyric sites like LyricFind, Azlyrics and Songlyrics previously received the bulk of their traffic via search, but they should have seen this change coming. Google has a history of promoting its own services first in search results.

As a hedge, some lyric sites have forging partnerships with music sites. Most recently Deezer added song lyrics from LyricFind to its global streaming service.