In a significant expansion, Spotify to launch real-time lyrics in 26 markets – TipsClear
Last November, Spotify confirmed that it was testing real-time songs for music in select markets. Tomorrow, the company will announce the launch of its new songs feature in worldwide markets in Southeast Asia, India and Latin America. This would be the first time the song would be offered in 22 of these 26 markets, as only Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Mexico had some sort of endorsement of the song through other providers.
The launch is being made possible by a new agreement with song provider Musixmatch, which was also the source of tests seen last year. At the time, users in Canada were reported to have access to real-time songs. However, we understand that Canadian users will no longer have the likes of Likes in this trial, when it officially launches in supported markets tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30.
The facility will offer real-time songs in the language in which the songs are sung. Users will gain access to this feature by tapping “Lyrics” at the bottom of the “Now Playing” screen.
The following markets will gain access to the new facility starting tomorrow: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, El Salvador, Uruguay, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Taiwan , Singapore and Hong Kong.
Spotify confirmed the above details from TipsClear, supporting the song to be live on Tuesday 30 June at 10 am.
The streamer had worked with Musixmatch in the past, but cut ties with the provider before teaming up with song provider Genius in 2016 for its “Behind the Lyrics” feature.
Since 2016, Genius has provided partial songs as well as Spotify to power the Behind the Lyrics feature, but has not offered the full song.
In 2018, Apple, along with Genius, provided full songs to Apple Music listeners. Apple Music also became the exclusive web player for Genius after this. In 2020, Apple expanded its relationship with Genius to a video series called “Verified”, which was made available on Apple Music.
Spotify has a delay in getting the lyrics to roll out due to the complexities surrounding the song and license. As a result, giving users access to legally licensed songs on streaming services is difficult for many companies, not just Spotify.
Last year, for example, Genius sued Google and its song partner, LyricFind, for $ 50 million, claiming that he caught LyricFind red-handed while stealing his song. Genius used a clever digital watermarking technique where it set the 2nd, 5th, 13th, 14th, 16th, and 20th apostrophs of each watermarked song as curly apostrophs, and all other apostrophs directly . Interpreted as Morse code, this pattern replaced the term “redhand”.
Companies have to resort to digital tricks to combat song-piracy in such a manner as to how complex the market for lyrics has become. Contrary to popular knowledge, songs are generally not provided by labels or publishers. Instead, song companies rely on fans to broadcast the lyrics to the song or they receive the lyrics from the artists themselves, then get a license from the publisher to display and distribute them.
Genius has been of particular demand as it often works directly with artists.
With the expansion of songs to these 26 countries, Spotify will offer songs in 27 markets out of its 79 total markets worldwide. Japan had so far offered the songs through a different provider.
Spotify’s global partnership with Musismatch will give it access to the world’s largest list of lyrics and translations.