MetroLyrics hits 45 Million pageviews in January 2010

by Liam Britten

Which music websites are the top three most visited in the world? iTunes? Yahoo! Music? MySpace?

If those were your three guesses (I know they were mine), you’re only two for three; while MySpace and Yahoo! Music are on that list, the top three is rounded out by MetroLyrics, the world’s most popular lyrics website, and the product of a 25-year-old Vancouver man who came to this country as a refugee fleeing the 1995 civil war in Bosnia.

Milun Tesovic turned enthusiasm for computers in high school into a business worth “well past” a million dollars. Tesovic and his business partner Alan Juristovski have told their story before at events, but The Globe and Mail recently published a profile of the two partners, and how they rose to dominate the market on online song lyrics — legally:

When his family moved to Canada, Tesovic knew how to say numbers and colours in English, and some helpful phrases such as “Can I borrow a pencil?” and “Can I go to the bathroom?” He spent a year in ESL.

At 15, he began a user-generated lyrics website, choosing the name MetroLyrics from a domain name spinner. He designed it, programmed it, worked on it at home and in the computer lab at school. He showed it to friends who shared it with their friends. As more users contributed and searched the site, the website started moving up on the search engines. It began looking more like a business and less like a hobby.

You can read the full piece here.

Photo: The Globe and Mail

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MetroLyrics is the premiere destination for song lyrics online, with a legal database of over 700,000 titles. MetroLyrics is the most popular lyrics website worldwide, boasting the most comprehensive database of legal lyrics in the world with over 700,000 titles. With a best-in-class design and first-to-market social media sharing features, MetroLyrics is the web's premiere lyrics site. more

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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