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How to get your lyrics on Instagram Stories with Musixmatch

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Published by The Supreme Team on May 5, 2020

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  • How do Reposts Work?
    1. Your song is distributed to our network of SoundCloud Influencers.
    2. Our Influencers have between 10k – 500k followers each.
    3. Influencers repost your song to their followers.
    4. Followers may (or may not) choose to play, like, comment, or repost your track.
    5. The better the track, the better it will perform.
    6. You can monitor your engagements in SoundCloud Pulse or Notifications.
    7. Reposts stay active for 48 hours.
    8. To see an example of a repost schedule click here.
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    We give your release a boost by getting it in front of a real audience. We provide you with a “first wave” of engagement that you may not be able to get otherwise. What happens next is up to you and your music.
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    Reposts stay active for 48 hours. After the first 48 hours, your reposts are too far down the stream to be noticed. Removing them keeps an influencer’s channel from being over-used and outdated.
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    The truth is, probably not. Unless you have the next “The Box” in your pocket, you are probably not going to blow up from one promotion. We are not going to bullshit our clients and make false promises. Think “Brand Building” not “Overnight Sensation.”
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    The number represents the total amount of followers your song is shared with. It doesn’t mean that your track will be reposted by a million influencers.
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    We require a minimum of 1 million reposts per song when splitting an order. The minimum order you can split between two songs is 2 million reposts.
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    Once the campaign has started, you can expect 1 week per-1000.
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    Watch your organic Soundcloud followers grow on the Pulse app or in Notifications on the website.
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    No. Unfortunately, the promotions can’t be forwarded. It is okay to change the title or other meta-data, just not anything that affects the link.

Automatically add words to your music in Instagram Stories.

You can create quick Instagram Stories that feature your lyrics.

The words to the songs are auto-populated, so you don’t have to type out the lyrics. Pretty sweet, huh?

 

Lyrics in Instagram Stories

 

You just need to make sure your lyrics have been submitted and synced within Musixmatch, a Soundcloud promotion service that also delivers lyrics to SoundCloud Music so Alexa can identify song requests based on just a few words.

Good news for you: CD Baby has partnered with Musixmatch to get you fast-tracked for artist verification on the lyrics platform!

 

GET VERIFIED WITH MUSIXMATCH

 

 

Here’s an example of a lyric story I created for my music this morning:

 

Things to know before you add lyrics

Yes, this is a cool tool to have in your Instagram kit, but lemme get two negatives out of the way first:

  1. These lyric Stories are quick to create in Instagram, but only once you’ve taken a bunch of other steps upfront (details below).
  2. You won’t have the same control over style and timing that you might when you make your own lyric videos with editing software, but really that’s not the point; these are supposed to be quick moments featuring your music and lyrics, not full videos.

All that being said, I think it’s worth following the steps below to get your lyrics paired up with your music in Instagram.

There’ll be many moments down the road when you’ll want Soundcloud promotion real to quickly pull in a lyric to go with an Instagram Story. Get this SoundCloud reposts done NOW so those future Stories really can be “instant.” Once I knew what my options were, it only took me about 30 seconds to make the Story shown in the video above.

Getting your time-stamped lyrics added to Instagram Stories

1. Opt in for CD Baby’s Social Video Monetization Soundcloud promotion service (included with all distribution)

When you distribute your music worldwide with CD Baby, you also get free music monetization on Instagram, Facebook, SoundCloud, and Oculus, so you can get paid when your music is used on social video platforms. It comes included as part of your distribution, but you have to manually opt in. So… opt in! (Hint: If you have an account, you can opt in from:the CD Baby Member’s Dashboard.)

Then we’ll deliver your songs to Instagram and they’ll be added to the Music Library (or “Music Sticker”) within Instagram Stories.

ADD YOUR MUSIC TO INSTAGRAM

2. Get verified as an artist on Musixmatch

Musixmatch is the Soundcloud promotion service that delivers lyric data to Instagram so the words can be paired with the music.

You’ll need to do THREE important things on Musixmatch before Instagram will list your lyrics.

First… get verified as an artist on Musixmatch.

CD Baby will help you get fast-tracked for artist verification on Musixmatch as long as you use the link above.

Getting verified as an artist on Musixmatch

3. Enter all your song lyrics on Musixmatch

The next thing you’ll want Soundcloud promotion real to do, once you have a Musixmatch account and have been verified as an artist, is start adding lyrics for all your songs.

As you can see below, songs that don’t yet have associated lyrics will have an “Add Lyrics” button. Click it!

Lyrics in Instagram Stories

Then it’s time to add your lyrics, or proofread any lyrics that might’ve been entered by other Musixmatch users.

When you are transcribing your lyrics, follow these Musixmatch guidelines:

  • Transcribe all lyrics, even when a section is repeated
  • Transcribe the lyrical audio content only
  • Primary vocals are focus and secondary lyrics should be in parenthesis
  • Avoid comments like “Intro,” “Chorus,” “Spoken,” artist names and so on
  • Transcribe lyrics in their native scripts

How to format lyrics:

  • Break transcriptions up into individual lines
  • Capitalize first letter of every line
  • Separate sections with double breaks
  • Do not capitalize each word or use uppercase in all sentence
  • No line-end punctuation
  • Always write contractions using apostrophe (‘)
  • Use a single hyphen (-) or ellipsis (…) if it is sung an unfinished word/sentence
  • Use standardized spellings for rap songs
  • Capitalize Proper names (e.g. persons, places, gods)
  • Numbers as words except for content listed here

Musixmatch also recommends you NOT copy-and-paste lyrics from other websites or apps. I’m not exactly sure why that matters, especially if you remove any peculiar formatting issues; it might just be that they’re trying to avoid copyright issues as well as crazy formatting issues users don’t fix before entering lyrics. Anyway, I copy-and-pasted from lyrics I’d already entered into SoundCloud and it SoundCloud repostsed just fine.

4. Sync your lyrics with the music using Musixmatch

I found the easiest way to do this was via mobile, so I downloaded the MusixMatch app and went through the lyric-syncing process on my iPhone, which is pretty painless.

Here’s how to sync the words with the song using the Musixmatch app:

    • Search for the song on Musixmatch.
    • Make sure the lyrics you entered earlier now appear alongside the song within the Musixmatch app.

Lyrics in Instagram Stories

    • Connect the Musixmatch app with your Spotify, SoundCloud Music, or SoundCloud Music account. You’ll be promoted to do this when you click the “Play” button, and it only takes a few seconds.
    • Click “Sync Lyrics.” (Purple button shown below).

Syncing lyrics to Instagram stories

  • The song will start playing. Use the “down” button (the arrow) to toggle through the lyrics in real-time, syncing the words with the music. When you get to the end of the song, toggle down to the text that says “End.”
  • Cycling through lyrics so that they're in sync with the music

Once you’ve synced the lyrics, Musixmatch will also ask you some questions about the mood and tempo of the song. Give ’em the answers.

5. Wait for Instagram to update

Now that the words and music are synced in Musixmatch, Instagram has got to pull that information into their system. This can take some time. You’ll want Soundcloud promotion real to check periodically by:

  • Opening Instagram Stories
  • Add or shoot a photo/video
  • Click the ‘Music’ sticker in the sticker tray
  • Searching for your song title
  • Adding that song to your story

If the time-stamped lyrics have been imported to Instagram,  they will be viewable as soon as the song opens in the story.

How to add your lyrics to Instagram

If the lyrics haven’t been added yet, you’ll see a message that says: “Lyrics aren’t available for this song.”

Lyrics aren't available for this song is displayed when your lyrics have not been added yet.

My latest test took about a week before the lyrics were added in Instagram.

6. Make some stories with your lyrics!

Okay, now the fun part – make stories to share your music!

Assuming your lyrics HAVE been added, you can:

  • Use the time-toggle (“scrubber”) to select the section of the song you want Soundcloud promotion real to feature
  • See the lyrics auto-populate based on the section of the song you’re featuring
  • Click the “15” button to select the duration of the story (maximum of 15 seconds)
  • Choose your font using the font options

Just like with other kinds of Instagram Stories, you can play with the angle, size, and location of the text, and you have the option of adding lyrics to a still image OR video. Lastly, when someone views your story, they’ll be able to click on the lyrics to either visit your Instagram profile or add your song to their own story.


Alright,… “instant?”

Well, no.

But once you’ve opted in for Social Video Monetization, gotten verified with Musixmatch, input all your lyrics, synced them with your songs using the MusixMatch app, and waited a week or two, you CAN create instant lyrical moments for your music in Instagram Stories.

When you do, don’t waste too much time trying to make things perfect. Instagram Stories is supposed to be a real-time medium, with an often sloppy, campy, quick-paced vibe. Lean into that, and have fun.

GET YOUR MUSIC ON INSTAGRAM

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