SOURCE: Gracenote

October 16, 2008 08:00 ET

Gracenote and MetroLyrics Extend Authorized Lyrics Service to Mobile Devices and iPhone Applications

Agreement Marks First Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Portal to Offer Industry-Authorized Lyrics Solution

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - October 16, 2008) - In response to the rapidly growing use of mobile devices to access digital media, MetroLyrics and Gracenote® today announced an agreement to be the first to extend authorized lyrics licensing services to mobile devices and iPhone applications via a WAP portal. Beginning today, Gracenote's Lyrics service, which offers the largest database of licensed, complete and accurate song lyrics in the world, will be available to mobile consumers through MetroLyrics' WAP portal at m.metrolyrics.com.

In April, MetroLyrics became the first existing lyrics-only site to license Gracenote's catalog of lyrics, propelling MetroLyrics to its spot as the leading lyrics site on the Web. Now the industry standard, Gracenote Lyrics is also utilized by major search portals and music sites such as Yahoo!, AOL, MTV, Radio Disney and others.

"With the popularity of lyrics queries on the Internet and the skyrocketing use of mobile devices for access to digital media, it's a natural progression to extend Gracenote's Lyrics service to the mobile arena," said Jim Hollingsworth, SVP of sales and marketing, Gracenote. "Through our agreement with MetroLyrics, consumers will be able to search the most complete and accurate lyrics database while they are mobile, on one of the world's most popular web sites."

The Gracenote lyrics database contains lyrics for more than 500,000 commercial tracks and has license agreements with all four major publishers: EMI, Universal/BMG, Sony/ATV, and Warner/Chappell. Gracenote also has agreements with dozens of prominent independent music publishers including ABKCO Music, Inc., Cherry Lane, Chrysalis Music Group, Disney Music Publishing, Peermusic and Bug/Windswept Holdings; and hundreds of agreements for key artist repertoires such as Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Dixie Chicks, Janet Jackson, The Grateful Dead, Keith Urban, Melissa Etheridge, The White Stripes, Natalie Merchant, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul McCartney, Gwen Stefani, Nirvana, R.E.M., Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat and Madonna.

"We are pleased to be the first to offer a WAP portal with Gracenote's Lyrics service to the mobile arena," said Alan Juristovski, co-founder and CEO, MetroLyrics. "By accessing lyrics through MetroLyrics using their mobile device, music fans will be using the number one lyrics site on the Web with the largest authorized lyrics database in the world."

With more than 27 million unique users per month, up from 14 million in December 2007, MetroLyrics went from the number three lyrics site to number one in just six months and has more traffic than many of the well-known sites in the music industry, according to comScore Media Metrix. Now among the fastest growing sites on the Internet, MetroLyrics has a daily traffic rank among the top 500 sites and also boasts the number nine Internet property in the Entertainment-Music Category based on total U.S. unique visitors [comScore Media Metrix, All Locations, August 2008].

About Gracenote

Gracenote, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, is a global leader in embedded technology, enriched content, and data services for digital entertainment solutions within the Internet, consumer electronics, mobile, and automotive markets. Formerly known as CDDB®, Gracenote delivers a substantially improved consumer experience in digital media devices and applications, plus media monitoring and other data services to the recording industry, making it an integral part of the digital media economy. Gracenote powers leading services including Apple iTunes, Yahoo! Music Jukebox, Winamp; home and automotive products from Alpine, Panasonic, Philips and Sony; and mobile music applications from Samsung, Sony Ericsson, KDDI (Japan), KTF (Korea), Musiwave (Europe), and others. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Gracenote has offices in New York, Tokyo, Berlin and Seoul. For more information about Gracenote, please refer to www.gracenote.com/corporate/.

About MetroLeap Media Inc.

MetroLeap Media Inc. is leading provider of entertainment content within the music and video game Internet market. Its flagship site www.metrolyrics.com is the most trafficked lyrics site worldwide reaching more than 26 million monthly unique visitors. MetroLeap's distribution widgets are gaining great acceptance in blogs and social networks across the Web. MetroLyrics was named a Top 50 start-up company by Red Herring Canada in 2008. Metroleap Media Inc. is headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia. For more information about MetroLeap, please refer to www.metroleap.com

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