Adding lyrics to songs on digital music platforms is beneficial for fans and artists alike. Lyrics are precious — artists spend a lot of time and energy crafting the perfect words to accompany their music. Uploading your lyrics makes sure that there are no mistakes or mix-ups online, and allows fans to connect even deeper with your music. It also makes sure they’ll be singing every track word-perfect at your live shows. If you’re unsure of where to start the process, this step-by-step guide will help you learn how to add lyrics to Apple Music, Instagram, Spotify, Genius, Facebook, and other major music platforms.
How to add lyrics to Apple Music as an artist
As an independent artist or label, you can upload your lyrics on Apple Music yourself. iMusician members can easily do so via the iMusician dashboard. You can order the lyrics service from the “Products” page, send your lyrics along with the track files and we will sort out the rest.
There are, however, some rules you’ll need to follow before you begin. Formatting, punctuation, and capitalization are just some of the topics that you’ll have to think about when working with Apple Music lyrics. Here’s a quick rundown of the lyrics guidelines:
The structure of your song dictates the lyrics’ format and structure. It’s important to separate musical changes and different lyrical sections by using line and section breaks. All lyric lines should be separated by a single space — double spaces should separate sections.
Lyric capitalization follows traditional grammar rules. All lines must begin with a capital, and proper nouns must be capitalized. Acronyms, locations, and title casing all follow the traditional rules too.
Repeated lyric lines
The lyrics need to match the audio. If a line is repeated by the performer, it should be written out that way. At the moment, the time-synced lyrics feature is added to songs chosen by Apple’s editorial team.
To see the full list of lyrics guidelines, head to the Apple Music Lyrics Guidelines page.
If you want to send lyrics to Apple Music, you must contact them directly and select ‘Submit Your Lyrics’ from the topic menu. You can only submit lyrics to tracks one at a time. It can take 10 business days for your lyrics to appear in Apple Music. The lyrics feature varies by country and region. Unfortunately, lyrics are not available for all songs
Add song lyrics to Deezer with iMusician
Deezer is one of the few streaming shops where you can add your lyrics . As with Apple Music, iMusician offers the possibility to easily upload your lyrics to Deezer via your Dashboard.
If you’re interested in taking the long road, Deezer also offers a third-party solution with LyricsFind, so that independent artists and labels can directly add their lyrics to the platform. For that, you will need to gather the following information in a .doc file for each of your tracks:
LRC (timestamp) data
Once you’ve got it all ready, you can get in contact with LyricFind and send them the information here: email@example.com.
One of the perks of having your lyrics on Deezer is the multitude of features that the platform offers to users, such as ‘Lyrics on Cast’ - which, as the name indicates, allows users to cast lyrics on a TV Screen via Chromecast. Users are also able to apply two different sorts of lyrics to display: ‘Sing-a-long’, in which listeners are guided through the song with synchronised lyrics shown on the screen, or ‘Score mode’ with fixed lyrics on one screen.
Deezer’s lyrics tool also allows mobile users to share lyrics to Instagram Stories and search by lyrics, a feature available for all tracks that include sing-along-lyrics. Simply include at least four words from the song’s lyrics. We’ll do the rest and help you find your desired track.
How to add lyrics on Instagram
Facebook works with Musixmatch — a third-party company that provides the features to show lyrics on both Instagram and Facebook. If you want to submit your lyrics on these platforms, the first step is to create a Musixmatch profile and get verified.
For new releases, the lyrics and timestamp details for tracks need to be added via Musixmatch’s verified artist link once the track is released. If you want to add lyrics to a song that is already released, search to see if it is already available in the Musixmatch catalog. If you’re not able to find track lyrics in Musixmatch’s catalog, log in via the verified artist link and submit the lyrics.
If you do find the lyrics you’re looking for in the catalog, but the lyrics are not appearing on Instagram, use this form to report a lyrics issue to Facebook. The Facebook team will then investigate the issue and notify Musixmatch if needed.
To get started, go on the Musixmatch website and look for your artist’s profile or tracks.
You can click on the “Are you the artist? Verify your lyrics now!” button on the cover art :
Let’s switch to another profile we have verified: Kill Her First. You can click on a track where the lyrics aren’t yet added and click on the round button “Add Lyrics”.
You can easily read the guidelines to add your lyrics properly. There are five steps:
We will only discuss the first 3 as they are the steps required to get your lyrics on Instagram.
Transcribe your lyrics on Musixmatch
First, you need to listen to the song. If it’s yours, you might need to skip this step but if you’re the manager or the label or even the fan, you can listen to it again so you can add the lyrics and not copy paste them from an unreliable source. More information in the Musixmatch Guidelines.
Format of the lyrics on Musixmatch
You have to break transcriptions up into individual lines and double breaks for separations. All first letters and proper nouns need to have capital letters, the rest should be small letters. The back vocals can be added in parenthesis and you have to respect the punctuation. More information in the Musixmatch Guidelines.
Once you have finished adding the lyrics following the guidelines, you can click on “Send Lyrics” and they’re online on Musixmatch!
Sync your lyrics with Musixmatch
Open Musixmatch and from Musixmatch, click on “Open Spotify”.
Play the song you want to sync and you should have the lyrics on the app.
Now, it’s time to listen several times to this track to sync the lyrics with the timing and to add the instrumental parts / leave them blank.
Once you’ve checked it again and corrected the time, you can send it. It’ll be on Instagram a few days later and you’ll be able to share your music with the lyrics! Not just for you, your fans will love it too!
How to add lyrics on Spotify
Spotify also works with third-party companies to supply song lyrics. You can use Musixmatch or Genius. To be eligible for the Spotify lyrics features, artists must have at least 100k streams on Spotify, which means, you first have to distribute your music to Spotify. If you don’t already work with a digital distributor, find out how iMusician can help.
Already distributing your music online? Let’s continue. If you’re based in an English-speaking country, your lyrics will be provided by Genius. Spotify has partnered with MusixMatch to provide lyrics in other countries. To make sure your lyrics are available globally, it’s best to register with both.
Submitting lyrics to Genius follows a similar process to Musixmatch. It just takes four steps:
- Create your Genius account
- Verify your account
- Upload your track(s) lyrics
- Boost your streams on Spotify
Don’t be disheartened if your lyrics don’t show up right away — the live lyrics feature is still quite new. Songs are given the green light for lyrics by the Genius and Spotify in-house teams, the process isn’t automatic. At the moment, the most popular artists and songs get priority. The only way to move yourself to the top of the pile is to improve your Spotify promotion strategy. We have a few tips that can help you do that.
Your first stop should be genius.com. This lyrics platform is the number one website that pops up when you enter “a song title + lyrics” on Google. Getting your own lyrics on genius.com is super simple, so you shouldn’t miss out on connecting with your fans there.
Genius was founded in 2009 as a platform for rap lyrics. It quickly expanded and is now serving lyrics to over 100 million people each month. The platform works similar to Wikipedia — anyone can enter lyrics and contribute to the community, just by clicking the "ADD A SONG" link at the top of the page. You can only see this button if you’re signed in, so make sure to create an account first.
Genius obviously wants lyrics to look clean and concise and the text itself should be as correct as possible. You should make sure the spelling is correct and standardized and the lyrics are easy to read and well-organized. Genius provides further grammar & formatting instructions on that on their website, so everyone is on the same page.
When you get to the status of a “trusted” community member you can also directly edit lyrics that have already been added. If a fan entered the lyrics to one of your songs for example and there is a mistake, you just click the "Edit Lyrics" button above the lyrics or below the page's header and make the changes.
Genius is currently in the process of rolling out a proposed lyric edits feature, which allows users and non-users to propose edits to lyrics that they normally wouldn't have access to edit on their own. Once a proposal has been submitted, it must be reviewed before being integrated into the lyrics. There is a thread on the rollout of this feature.Check it out if you want to stay up-to-date.
So, what exactly do I need to do to add lyrics to Genius.com? Here’s a list:
- The name of the artist or the band
- The track title
- The release date
- The main genre (there aren’t too many options, but they count as tags)
- The lyrics (be sure to read the transcription guide as mentioned above)
- The name of the producer
- The composers & lyricists
- A link to a YouTube video
- An artwork URL (i.e from your Bandcamp or your website)
How to add your lyrics on Google Search?
At the moment Google uses LyricFind to display lyrics in the Google Search Results. When you enter a “song title” + “lyrics” you will very likely get the lyrics displayed right at the top of the page. But how do you get your lyrics on LyricFind?
LyricFind currently licenses lyrics from over 5,000 music publishers around the world, including all majors, but also through global partners. If you are already signed with one of those partners you can just opt in to LyricFind’s licensing agreement and voilá.
If you simply just want to upload your lyrics without further ado – that’s possible too! Just send them a .doc file with the following information for all your tracks:
- Song Title
- Contributing Writers
- Publishing Company
- LRC (timestamp) data
- Translations Language
- Translated Lyrics
Once you’ve gathered everything, simply get in touch with LyricFind at firstname.lastname@example.org and wait for further instructions.
How to add your lyrics on other websites, platforms and databases?
Add your lyrics on Bandcamp
When you upload your music (a single track, an EP or album) on your Bandcamp, you can add plenty of information related to your song such as recording credits, performers, links...and your lyrics!
It’s very simple, you just need to add your lyrics in the right box called “lyrics” when you edit your release on Bandcamp:
Once your release is public, your fans will be able to see and sing your lyrics while listening to the song!
Add your lyrics on your YouTube Music Videos
If you do not post videos on YouTube yet, we recommend creating a channel and getting started as it is a great place to be discovered and engage with your fans. Once you have even only one video with your music - it could be anything like a Lyric Video, Music Video, a simple background image with your music featured - you have the possibility to add your lyrics in the description of the video.
When you upload your video or after you have published it, you can always edit your description. In this description, you can leave a part for your lyrics so people can sing along!
This is very easy and it’s a great thing for your fans!
Add your lyrics on lyrics websites
You’ve already done a lot to give the opportunity to your community to know the lyrics of your songs but in case you want to do more, there are plenty of websites where you can only publish your lyrics. Usually, it requests the artist/band name, the track title and the lyrics. You can have a look at Lyrics.com, AZ Lyrics, MetroLyrics, Songtexte, FindMusicbyLyrics & Lyricsfreak.
How can we help?
Yes — and with iMusician it’s easy. Spotify is just one of the digital music stores where you can sell your music. You can add your music to over 200 stores worldwide. Check our pricing plan page to see which subscription works best for you.
The first thing you’ll need to do is distribute your music to Spotify. iMusician can help with that. Once your music is available, take or select a video or photo you want to add to your Story. Along the top of your screen you will see a music icon — click it. Simply search for the track you’re looking for and select your choice. If you need more help, check out our How to Get Music on Instagram and Facebook.
Apple Music will not ask for money to add music to its platform. However, it will cost you to work with a digital distributor. Working with a digital distributor is the only way to get music on digital music stores, you can’t submit tracks directly. You can digitally distribute your music with iMusician. Check out our pricing plans for more.
Start the process by signing up for a Genius account. To get your account verified, fill out this form. The form will ask you for the following information: your Genius username, your artist name, a link to your music on Genius, your Instagram or Twitter handle, and a link to your music outside of the Genius platform. Genius separates verified accounts into two tiers: up and coming artists and established artists.
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