Getting your lyrics on Spotify is key in boosting engagement with your listeners and connecting with your fans. Having your lyrics available and in sync with your music also contributes to the global image of your artistic universe. Lyrics are an essential element of making music, and for some artists, lyrics have really taken the spotlight. Lyric videos have become more and more popular on Youtube, indie artists are now making lyric books, and merch featuring lyrics has been on the rise. Looking to improve your Spotify engagement and connect with your fans?
In this article, we will focus on how to become a verified artist on Musixmatch to add lyrics to Spotify.
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1. Add lyrics to Spotify by using Musixmatch
Musixmatch allows users to search for and share song lyrics and is the official partner of Spotify for licensing and syncing lyrics to their platform around the world. In Japan, Spotify is partnered with the platform PetitLyrics.
2. Become a verified artist on Musixmatch
The first step to add lyrics to Spotify is to become a verified artist on the Musixmatch platform. Follow this link to either join as an artist or an artist manager. You’ll be asked to fill in some personal information and check various boxes about the role you play in your project. The onboarding process is very straightforward and only takes a few minutes to complete. Musixmatch will be able to verify your profile in just a couple days!
3. Add your lyrics and follow the text guidelines
Once you’re a verified artist, you’ll be able to see your releases in the music section of your artist profile. If you don’t see songs that are already on streaming platforms, you can click on the “Add missing release” link at the bottom of the page. Each song will have three main tasks you can perform: Lyrics, Sync, and Credits. First things first, add your lyrics to the song and follow the text guidelines for proper formatting. Here is a full overview of Musixmatch’s guidelines for perfectly formatting your lyrics and even adding translations. You can also just follow the virtual assistant on the right hand side of the lyrics page while typing to see if there are any format suggestions or errors.
4. Things to keep in mind when transcribing lyrics
There are certain things to keep in mind when transcribing your lyrics. Most simply put, think of writing your lyrics as if you’re setting up a karaoke version of your song! You want to make it as easy as possible for your listeners. Here are some tips to remember:
- Write the lyrics in their native language. You’ll be able to add translations later on if you’d like.
- Make sure that you type all the words that are sung or spoken, and do not replace words with multipliers (like x2) or titles (like verse or chorus).
- If you want to identify the structure of the song, you can do so by using hashtags. These following hashtags can be placed before their respective sections on a separate line: #INTRO, #HOOK, #VERSE, #PRE-CHORUS, #CHORUS, #BRIDGE, #OUTRO. If there is an instrumental section that lasts more than 5 seconds, you can indicate this by adding #INSTRUMENTAL.
- Backing vocals should be added in parentheses.
- If there is another artist that is featured on your track for a verse or during a chorus, do not write their name in the lyrics when they come in. You can do this in the credits sections.
- You can transcribe ooh’s and aah’s and other sounds if they play a big role in the lyrics of the song.
5. Sync your lyrics with either the desktop or mobile app
After you have added your lyrics, you will be able to sync them in real time with your song! You can do this either with the desktop or mobile app for Musixmatch. On the mobile app, you have the benefit of syncing your lyrics up word by word in real time with the song. On the desktop version, you can only sync up lyrics line by line. Once you’ve submitted the sync, it can take up to 24 hours for it to show up on Spotify.
6. Add credits when you add lyrics to Spotify
You’ve got the lyrics and sync submitted, now don’t forget to add credits to your song! In the credits section, you can add everyone who contributed to the project, including songwriters, producers, and musicians. You’ll be able to select tags from a drop down menu to credit each person for the role or roles they played in the song.
7. How to add lyrics on Spotify- and other platforms!
By using Musixmatch, your lyrics are not only added to Spotify, but they are also made available to these following platforms:
- Apple Music
- Amazon Music
- Jio Saavn
- Google search results
- YouTube Music
- Bing search results
Using Musixmatch is very straightforward to use and a great way to get your lyrics out there. It’s now easy to connect with your fans and have them singing along with you! It is also proven that having your lyrics pop up when a listener clicks on your song in Spotify really boosts engagement. Once you’ve added the lyrics feature to your songs, make sure to take advantage of adding looped videos by using Canvas on Spotify.
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