Women in Music 2016

LyricFind Debuts Exclusive Lyric Charts On Billboard.com

LyricFind, today, launched two new weekly charts exclusively on Billboard.com, titled LyricFind U.S. and LyricFind Global, ranking the top trending lyric searches through LyricFind’s syndication service. 

LyricFind is the world’s leader in licensed lyrics, with data provided by over 4,000 publishers and utilized by more than 100 services, including Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Shazam, Microsoft, Yahoo, SoundHound and iHeartRadio. 

Lyrics are culturally pervasive, from the influx of sophisticated lyric videos preceding official music video releases to Taylor Swift trademarking “this sick beat” and the ubiquitous quoting of Drake’s verses in Instagram captions. 

“Searching for lyrics is easily one of the largest music discovery methods globally, with billions of annual requests made through our syndicated service alone,” says Will Mills, Chief Revenue Officer of LyricFind.

Lyrics are one of the most searched terms on the internet and one of the primary ways fan engage with and discover music. These two charts will highlight the fastest momentum gaining tracks in lyric search queries through LyricFind’s API in the U.S. and Globally (with partners in every continent), adding a new way for Billboard to measure music discovery and consumer interaction. 

On the inaugural charts dated November 7 (with a Monday to Sunday tracking week, covering Oct. 19-25), Drake’s “Hotline Bling” crowns the LyricFind Global list, while placing more tracks (five) on the U.S. list than any other artist. 

Meanwhile on the LyricFind U.S. tally, Adele’s “Hello” is the No. 1 trending lyric search, while starting at No. 2 on the Global list.  It is telling that the opening preview of Adele’s first new recording in three years was a U.K. television commercial showcasing only her voice and the track’s lyrics on a black background. 

Further down each list, Jess Glynne’s “Hold My Hand” ranks at No. 14 on the U.S. chart, having peaked at just No. 88 on the Hot 100 so far. The velocity in lyrics searches for the track could indicate a future bump in overall popularity for the song. 

On the Global list, Jamie Lawson’s “Wasn’t Expecting That” comes in at No. 20 with emotional lyrics that run through the timeline of a love from first kiss to a “surprise” ending. The track is also in the top 20 of Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs radio ranking.