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Rap Genius announces Universal deal

By | Published on Thursday 23 January 2014

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Lyric site Rap Genius has announced a licensing deal with Universal Music Publishing, its second deal with one of the majors since scoring Sony/ATV in November. It’s also the second deal since the US National Music Publishers’ Association named the site the “worst offender” for publishing lyrics without permission.

Announcing the news, Rap Genius co-founder Ilan Zechory said: “We love UMPG! They have a truly incredible stable of writers – we will lend them a wheelbarrow for the Grammys they are about to win! Rap Genius lets UMPG’s writers connect with their most obsessed fans, and we couldn’t be more excited about solidifying this partnership”.

This comes as UMPG reaches its aforementioned agreement with Pandora on its BMI-represented songs. Busy, busy.