Maybe you have or have not noticed the addition of the Lyrics link next to songs as they play on Spotify.
As a songwriter and musician, your first thought was probably similar to mine. How do I make sure my lyrics are there…and correct.
Fortunately it’s very simple.
1. Click Lyrics
If lyrics are available you will see them. If not, you will see a screen similar to the one below.
2. Click Add Lyrics
If lyrics are not available, simply click Add Lyrics. You will be prompted to Login into Musixmatch.
The quickest way to create an account without leaving Spotify is to connect using Google+ or Facebook.
You can also create an account with your email but Musixmatch will open in a new browser window for you to complete their sign up form.
3. Copy & Paste or Type Lyrics
Once logged into Musixmatch you will see this screen.
I simply copied and pasted the lyrics for BUNKS single “Super Bad (Mr. P Chill Remix)” from a text document.
4. Save Changes
Click Done in the top-right corner and your changes will be saved.
Once saved you will see this screen letting you know it was a success.
5. Synchronize Lyrics
Next you will have the option to synchronize your lyrics to the music.
Synchronization is a simple process.
The lyrics appear on the screen.
As the song plays you click each line of the lyrics as they are sang/rapped/spoken during playback.
Once saved and successful you will see the below screen and have the option to synchronize more lyrics.
Why should I add lyrics to my songs?
- People can search for songs by lyrics = more probability of your songs populating search results.
- Musixmatch is an app you can download to find lyrics. Considering they are powering Spotify’s lyrics system this app/company will become more popular.
- Professionalism and good for branding.
- Fan and listener engagement. Reading lyrics can be an intimate experience usually enjoyed by loyal fans and those who support you the most.
…but i hate typing my lyrics.
Having worked in publishing with songwriters for a few years, typing lyrics is the last thing musicians want to do and it usually is the lowest thing on their priority list.
Despite how painful typing your lyrics might be it can provide many benefits and open your music to more opportunities.
- You only have to type them once.
- Save a few backups.
- Then just copy and paste (or send a file) anytime lyrics are requested from a licensing firm, publisher or, in this case, adding lyrics to your Spotify releases (and the Musixmatch database).