When young Milun Tesovic arrived in Canada from Bosnia in 1995, he could only manage a “tiny, tiny” bit of English – a few basic words and phrases. Five years later, at 15, he created a website that would help boost the lyrics literacy of young music fans everywhere, and the legitimacy of the online lyrics business by embracing an above-board, licensed model.
Today, MetroLyrics, co-founded with family friend Alan Juristovski, is the third-biggest music website in the world, behind MySpace and Yahoo! Music, with tens of millions of unique views every month.
“When we started, Alan had a hard time convincing me that we’d be a $1-million company one day. And I would have been ecstatic about that. But where we are today – I never would have thought,” said Tesovic, now 25, during a recent interview at the Burnaby, B.C., offices of MetroLeap Media, which operates MetroLyrics.
They won’t say where exactly they are financially – beyond acknowledging that they are “well past” that million-dollar mark.