Web site to aid lyrically challenged

HOLLYWOOD — Can’t remember a song title, but know some of the words?

The lyrically challenged can now locate their favorite song — without those embarrassing encounters with teenage record store clerks who can’t tell Billy Joel from Billie Myers — by using a Web site established by music publisher Warner/Chappell.

The site — http://www.warnerchappell.com — was designed primarily for film and TV companies, advertising agencies and artists looking for songs.

But budding songwriters and music fans can use the site to research and hear music from the publisher’s vast catalog.

The site also includes up-to-date information on new artists and legendary songwriters, exclusive interviews and chart positions on current Warner/Chappell songs.

“We have set the standard,” Les Bider, Warner/Chappell Music chairman/CEO told Daily Variety. “The Song Search data-base holds almost a million songs and makes finding them a breeze.”

Bider noted that songs can be located by title, songwriter, artist, year, the name of the film or Broadway show, as well as through the record label. “You can even combine searches to suit your own needs. It’s impressive,” he said.

The Web site also features a wide range of applications for anyone interested in music. Its sections include: news/events, song search, new releases, charts, featured songwriters, library and music shop.

“The operation of the site goes beyond other music publishing sites with areas like the music shop and featured songwriter pages to create something that is interesting and beneficial to all types of music fans while remaining a compelling professional tool,” said Steve Scott, Warner/Chappell’s director of new media and architect of the Web site.

Visitors can move easily between sections, link to related Web sites and purchase sheet music, song books, CDs, instructional videos and other music-related material.

It also features exclusive interviews with some of the world’s leading songwriters including Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Carole Bayer Sager, Gamble & Huff, Korn and Deftones.

Even “Sammy Cahn’s Rhyming Dictionary” and a glossary of musical terms can be accessed.

Music publishing titan Warner/Chappell is home to many songs and songwriting legends like George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Sammy Cahn, Gamble & Huff and Jule Styne, as well as contemporary artists like Madonna, Elton John, Sheryl Crow, Alan Jackson, The Wallflowers, The Black Crowes, Green Day, Dwight Yoakam and Collective Soul, among others.

“We wanted WarnerChappell.com to be useful to the music community to simplify the method of attaining licenses for our compositions, and we also wanted it to be a fun experience for your average music fan,” said Warner/Chappell prexy Rick Shoemaker.

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