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April 16, 2009 08:00 ET

AOL Music Partners With MetroLyrics.com to Provide Song Lyrics Across Its Music Properties

Strategic Partnership With Top Lyrics Destination Worldwide Gives AOL Music Users Direct Access to the Most Robust Lyrics Site

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwire - April 16, 2009) - AOL Music, http://music.aol.com, has entered into a strategic relationship with MetroLeap Media, operators of MetroLyrics, http://www.metrolyrics.com, whereby the world's top lyrics site(1) will provide song lyrics for AOL Music and its related properties. The deal gives AOL Music users the most complete and compelling service for accessing and enjoying song lyrics, and provides MetroLyrics with potentially millions of new users via AOL Music, http://music.aol.com, the number one online music destination(2).

As an integrated content partner, MetroLyrics will provide song lyrics via a "Lyrics" link to MetroLyrics.com for AOL Music and its network of sites, which include TheBoot.com, http://www.theboot.com, The BoomBox.com, http://www.theboombox.com, Spinner.com, http://www.spinner.com, TourTracker.com, http://www.tourtracker.com, and NoiseCreep.com, http://www.noisecreep.com. Music fans will also have the ability to access artist-specific lyrics pages from the navigation bars within the AOL Music properties. For example, when watching AOL Sessions performances, customers can click the "Lyrics" link and be directed to MetroLyrics.com to see the lyrics for those songs.

"AOL Music believes in aggregating sites and services whose sum can be even greater than the individual parts, and the result is an unsurpassed entertainment experience for consumers," said Bill Crandall, vice president of AOL Music. "By integrating MetroLyrics into our properties, we can continue to focus on building out our music content and services for our consumers. We're excited to bring MetroLyrics into the AOL Music family."

MetroLyrics.com will continue to operate as a high-quality, high-traffic song lyrics destination, with an advertising-supported revenue model and growing user base.

"MetroLyrics is the right partner for AOL Music as it looks to enhance its lyrics offering for its consumers," said Alan Juristovski, MetroLeap Media co-founder and CEO. "Our unique focus is on building a song lyrics community and has resulted in our standing as the most popular lyrics website in all of Canada, seventh most popular music destination in the world, and now lyrics partner to AOL Music. Our growing user base and strategic partnership with AOL Music stands us apart as one of the strongest advertising platforms for reaching music fans."

MetroLyrics is the top trusted source for reliable and up-to-date lyric content worldwide. It licenses Gracenote's database to provide hundreds of thousands of lyrics from more than 16,000 artists, which continues to grow daily as new music is released. With more than 31 million unique monthly visitors, more than 100 million monthly page views, and more than 520,000 registered users, MetroLyrics receives more traffic than many of the best-known sites in the music industry(3).

AOL Music, part of the AOL MediaGlow division, http://www.mediaglow.com, is the Internet's most trafficked music site with more than 22 million unique visitors per month(4) providing music fans with unparallel access to artist videos, songs, photos, news and lyrics. AOL Music's network of sites includes Spinner.com, TheBoot.com, TheBoombox.com, TourTracker.com, and NoiseCreep.com and it is home to some of the Web's most popular original series including AOL Sessions and The Interface. AOL Music is part of AOL's entertainment channels that include Moviefone, AOL Television, BlackVoices, Asylum, and Urlesque.

About MediaGlow

MediaGlow, AOL's publishing business unit formed in early 2009, centralizes AOL's programming efforts, including AOL.com, AOL's content verticals and commerce and marketplace channels, dozens of niche sites, and state-of-the-art studios in Los Angeles and New York City. In all, MediaGlow operates more than 70 sites and attracts more than 70 million unique visitors each month, according to comScore Media Metrix. It plans to launch more than 30 new sites in 2009. MediaGlow, along with AOL's advertising business, Platform-A, and its social media business, People Networks, represent the three core businesses for AOL.

About AOL

AOL is a global Web services company that operates some of the most popular Web destinations, offers a comprehensive suite of free software and services, runs one of the largest Internet access businesses in the U.S., and provides a full set of advertising solutions. A majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., AOL LLC and its subsidiaries have operations in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Asia. Learn more at AOL.com.

About MetroLeap Media Inc.

MetroLeap Media Inc. is a leading provider of music and entertainment content. Its flagship product, MetroLyrics.com, is the first lyrics-dedicated site to provide users with the largest database of licensed, complete and accurate song lyrics through its partnership with Gracenote. MetroLyrics has become the most trafficked lyrics site worldwide and is the top reaching more than 31 million unique monthly visitors, 100 million monthly page views, and is currently the 7th largest music property in the U.S. For more information about MetroLeap, please refer to www.metroleap.com.

(1) AOL custom-built ranking based on February 2009 comScore Media Metrix data.

(2) February 2009 comScore Media Metrix data.

(3) March 2009 MetroLyrics Google Analytics.

(4) February 2009 comScore Media Metrix data.

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