How many times have you listened to your favorite artist and wanted to know what their lyrics really meant? If you were one of the people itching to find out the deeper meaning of a song lyric, you would be joining millions of like-minded individuals browsing the web for answers. Whether it is searching for recent interviews conducted by the artist or a forum of people dissecting each word within the songs’ lyrics, it always became too time consuming. In most cases, you would not even find what you were looking for. In coming weeks, Spotify’s new “Behind the Lyrics” feature will begin to bridge the gap between lyrics and meanings from the very artists that wrote the songs. With the help of Genius, an online platform that houses the biggest collection of song lyrics and crowdsourced musical knowledge, Spotify is now making our need for finding the meaning in lyrics real-time.
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Spotify and Genius came together to launch their first Behind The Lyrics playlist series for the music genre, Hip-Hop. Close to follow will be their Behind The Lyrics playlist series for today’s Hits. The tracks on these playlists are expected to include frequently updated lyric excerpts, fun facts, annotations, and stories from both artists and the Genius community.
The hip-hop playlist includes songs by Diplo, Pusha T, and Tinashe. Pusha T made a statement in Spotify’s press release explaining why he got involved. “Every word I write means something to me, so that is why I got involved with Spotify and Genius in the first place.” Pusha T went on to say, “Together we’ve found a way to bring my fans a deeper listening experience and raise the bar for songwriters.”
Behind the Lyrics feature is a significant step in the right direction for establishing Spotify’s differentiating factors against the music streaming apps leading competitors, Apple Music and Tidal Music. Tidal has definitely made steps towards establishing their place in the market as well. Tidal has established relationships with artists to pre-release music to their application before releasing their music to Spotify and Apple. Bringing Genius into the mix has helped Spotify to cement their name into the industry.
As Spotify continues to jockey for position in the increasingly lucrative music streaming market, the competition will be sure to keep moving at its breakneck pace of development to establish the leader.
Behind the Lyrics is currently available to iPhone users and Desktop users.