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How to Add Songs to Genius

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How to Add Songs to Genius Lyrics

The Genius community prides itself on having accurate lyrics for new releases first. We're also constantly trying to grow our database by adding old songs and more obscure tracks.

How To Add Lyrics

Anyone can add a new song by clicking the "ADD A SONG" link at the top of the page. —> More on adding lyrics

Lyric Accuracy

Genius prides itself in hosting accurate lyrics—this means lyrics should look clean and concise and the text itself should be as correct as possible.

Grammar (Spelling, Capitalization, etc.)

Incomprehensible Lyrics

Apostrophes

Ad-libs / Other

How To Format Lyrics

In addition to lyric accuracy, maintaining easy-to-read and well-organized lyric formatting is a crucial part of Genius.

Translations and Romanizations

Additional song resources such as translations and romanizations should be added to Genius on a page separate from the primary lyric page:

How To Edit Lyrics

Direct Edits: Most users can directly edit lyrics by clicking the "Edit Lyrics" button above the lyrics and below the page's header -> More on editing lyrics

Proposing Lyric Edits: We're currently in the process of rolling out our Proposed Lyric Edits feature. This feature 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. You can follow THIS THREAD to stay up-to-date on our rollout of this feature.

  • How to propose lyric edits
  • How to moderate proposed lyric edits
  • More on proposed lyric edits

Integrating Lyric Corrections

While our Proposed Lyric Edits feature should catch most lyric corrections, sometimes users leave their suggestions in other areas of song pages. For editors, here are the best practices for handling those corrections in their respective setting:

Adding Unreleased Music to Genius

Unreleased Songs (Snippets & Live Performance Premieres)
Unreleased songs should ONLY be added to Genius if one of the following conditions applies:

In either case, citing your source is crucial. After the song has been added to the site, create a song bio with the following information:

  • When/where the unreleased song was first revealed or where it initially surfaced
  • If applicable, link to the video/audio (only if the media is found on social media, Soundcloud, or YouTube—DON'T link to leak sites)
  • Example: This snippet originally surfaced on Lil Yachty's Instagram Story on March 2nd, 2018.

Adding Unreleased Albums to Genius
If an artist announces that they're working on a project, but the title hasn't been announced, you can use the artist's initials followed by the number that corresponds with how many albums they have in their discography. For example, if Drake is set to release his 5th studio album, it would be titled D5 until the official title is announced.

If an artist announces an album's title, it can be added to Genius as normal.

Adding Tracks to an Unreleased Album
If an unreleased album's tracklist hasn't been officially revealed, only add the following tracks to it:

  • Songs that have officially been confirmed to appear on the project
  • Recent singles that were not a part of a previous album cycle
  • Recent snippets or confirmed titles

Track numbers —> Make sure to leave track numbers blank until the tracklist has been officially announced—adding track numbers gives the page a heightened sense of authenticity.

Album bio —> The bio section should include sources as to when and where the title and artwork (if applicable) were announced. If the album's tracklist is still speculative, add the following in bold to the top of the album bio:

This tracklist is unconfirmed. It is compiled of recent singles, snippets, and song titles sourced from streaming services, PRO's, and social media. It is purely speculative and has not been confirmed by the artist. We will update this tracklist as more information comes to light.

What Else Does Genius Transcribe?

Genius transcribes EVERYTHING! Whether it be musicals, poetry, scripts, or anything else, we're on top of it.

Want to Dive Deeper?

But wait, there's more! Since you know the basics and have now become hooked on transcribing, here's how you can take your transcription game to the next level:

Release Calendars
Transcribing from and updating our release calendars are a great way to help out! Whenever you transcribe a song found on the release calendar, you can either edit or leave a comment on the annotation, indicating that the song is up.

Join the @transcribers forum!
Subscribing to the @transcribers forum is a major key to becoming a top notch transcriber. Here, you'll get updates, new transcription requests, and general conversation around transcription topics. If subscribed, you'll also get notifications when someone around the site needs your help.

Transcribing high traffic pages
We've all been here before—everybody wants to transcribe the biggest song releases. When everybody tries to transcribe at the same time, it only makes the process more strenuous and time-consuming. There is currently no way to entirely prevent other users from attempting to transcribe while you are, but here are some tips:

Shell Pages

How to make shell pages

Managing Duplicate Pages

Leaked Songs

Awarding Transcription IQ

Contact

Everyone in the @transcribers forum can answer questions about their transcription experience on Genius. If you have any questions, feel free to hit up Stephen (@streetlights)!

More on Genius

About “How to Add Songs to Genius”

This guide explains all the details of our collaborative transcription project.

It’s intended as a manual for new users, and a reference tool for transcribers looking to better understand all aspects of transcription on Genius.

  • How should we handle discrepancies between official lyrics and recording?

    Oftentimes, lyrics are written, then recorded slightly differently. It’s best to initially go off of the official lyric booklet, then revise based on the recording.

  • How should I signify that a chorus has been repeated?

    Whenever lyrics are repeated they should be typed out in their entirety. Read more here.

  • How do you lay out lyrics side by side when they are in unison?

    Different lyrics that are sung in unison should be transcribed in the following format:

    Lyric that is more in the foreground
    (Lyric that is more in the background)

  • If two different lyrics are being sung at the same time, how do I transcribe it?

    Listening to the song, you should be able to tell who has the most forefront lyric—type that one regularly, then type the other one in italics directly underneath it. For example:

    Forefront lyric
    Lyric in the background

  • How can I correct metadata (title, youtube link, etc) on a song page?

    Check out this guide: How to Edit Metadata on Genius.

  • If the song is in another language, which lyrics do I use?

    Transcribe the lyrics in the song’s original language. Translations can be added later, as appropriate, either in annotations or in full below the original lyrics.

  • How do I separate two parts of the same song? Like that on 'Bad guy'- Eminem?

    By putting parts such as [Part 1] or [Part 2] in the transcription, just like you would with song sections like [Verse] and [Chorus]. It’s recommended to put these “Parts” headers in bold. Read about how to format texts with things such as italics and bold here: Formatting and Markdown Guide.

    If the two sections of the song have different subtitles, it’s fine to include them. For example, “Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2” by Drake is split into [Part 1: Pound Cake] and [Part 2: Paris Morton Music 2].

  • How do I add a song that hasn't been released yet?

    A page for an upcoming song is called a shell page. You can read about them here under the “Shell Pages” section of this guide.

  • How to add the track number to songs?

    You can do this by going to the album page and clicking on ‘Edit Tracklist’. At the top of the tracklist you can drag and drop songs in the correct order.
    Here’s a more detailed explanation.

    You need a minimum of 300 IQ to perform this action.

  • How do you add/edit an album's artwork?

    Read this annotation for how. You can post your request on this thread if you’re below 300IQ or need further assistance. Thanks!

  • What if a lyric is echoed, until it fades out, with nothing said over it?

    Include them, especially if they are at the end of the track (if so, with the [Outro] tag). If you wish to distinguish them even more from the rest of the lyrics, you can place the italics markup around the quiet lines.

  • Can I add a song that is in another language?

    Yes. You can add any song that is out there, regardless of the language.

  • What about translations?

    There is a guide for it. Check this out!

  • I write new lyrics about rare medical things to existing songs. Is this allowed?

    If they are not the original lyrics then you cannot replace the correct lyrics. You can put whatever you want in the comments at the bottom of any song page though – DatPratt

    Edit: Pretty sure this question is asking about filk, in which case the original reply makes no sense. I’m guessing the first responder had never heard of filk. Mods, can we sort this? Filk songs with new lyrics to an old melody should be listed as separate songs with the “music” credit given to the original author, surely? That’s the tradition. – Trialia

  • Do you put a question mark in a transcription?

    Yep! Always include a question mark if the artist is asking a question.

  • Are songs on Genius auto transcribed?

    No, contributors can transcribe songs themselves as explained here.

  • How do you say a song was sampled?

    Under “Edit Song Facts” between the album art and the lyrics, under “Song Relationships”, you can add a note for tracks that are sampled by clicking that and then “Add new”.

  • What if the lyrics are already known and my version is incorrect?

    Some songs are locked and it requires over 600 IQ to change so just send a message to an editor or someone who works at Genius.

  • Can I request a song for someone else to transcribe?

    Yes. You can post the name of the song and artist of a song or a link in the transcribers forum and tag @transcribers for someone else to transcribe it.

  • How can I submit a song whose album is not registered?

    Just transcribe the song and publish it. If it is part of an album, put the album title in the album box, submit it, and it will appear as an album. You can change the album’s information from there.

  • How do I let people know a song is a cover?

    You can edit the metadata of the song under “Song Relationships” and add a “Cover Of” tab. Additionally, you can write it in the song bio or the song’s Q&A section.

  • How do I add a song's cover/artwork?

    Go to “Edit Song Facts”, then go to “Audio, Video, and Images.” See annotation for more info.

  • How do I type in bold or italics?

  • How do you transcribe lyrics when there is a fade-out?

    Include the faded-out lyrics and use the [Outro] tag. If you wish to distinguish them even more from the rest of the lyrics, you can place the italics markup around the quiet lines.

  • How do I transcribe in Italics?

    On the lyrics section you can italicize text by putting it inside <i> and </i> tags.

  • Should I save the release date in eastern time or pacific time?

    If you view the song on iTunes or Spotify mobile it will give you the official release date. You can also cross check this with Wiki sites and the artist’s announcements.