LyricWiki and MusicBrainz integration!

LyricWiki and MusicBrainz are two community-powered sites about music which share some of the same passionate users. LyricWiki contains song lyrics and MusicBrainz contains metadata (detailed info) about music.

As of today, the two projects are going to be able to work together better than ever. Now that LyricWiki has obtained licensing, MusicBrainz can now link to song lyrics without worrying about legal issues. LyricWiki has given explicit permission to MusicBrainz to do so and MusicBrainz has added LyricWiki links (as an AR type) to their standard.

Linking from LyricWiki to MusicBrainz

Linking from MusicBrainz to LyricWiki

To link to an artist, track, or release on MusicBrainz, put “musicbrainz= [UUID]” into the footer (ArtistFooter, AlbumFooter, or SongFooter) template. For [UUID], put in the MusicBrainzIdentifier. This has been available for quite a while, but hopefully there will be many more links now that we’re working more closely.

To link a release or a track to LyricWiki, copy the LyricWiki album or track URL and then navigate to the proper release or track page in MusicBrainz. Be sure to be logged in and then click on “Relate to URL” link. Follow the instructions on the next page to add the LyricWiki URL to MusicBrainz.

This is an exciting opportunity for the two projects to be more closely linked together. We’re looking forward to it!

– Sean Colombo & Robert Kaye

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5 Responses to LyricWiki and MusicBrainz integration!

  1. MB user says:

    This is great, but shouldn’t it be possible to link lyrics for songs to MusicBrainz “works” and albums to “release groups”?

  2. Sean Colombo says:

    Yup, great point! We’ve already resolved the “release-groups” issue for albums this week and appear to be moving on to “works”.

    Given the timing of this comment, I’m assuming you’re the same MB user who swooped in and helped us with the conversion 😉

    Either way, great suggestion!

  3. MB user says:

    Exactly 🙂

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