In the Wake of ‘Lyric-Gate,’ Apple Music Taps Genius for ‘Verified’ Lyrics Series

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Apple Music has teamed up with the popular lyric site, Genius, for its well-known video series, Verified. The collaboration is a considerable snag for Apple, as there are over 800 episodes since the series debuted in 2016. The show is now available on Apple Music, and the company will also co-produce the series. Episodes will first premiere on Apple Music, followed by the Genius website, before making their way to YouTube.

To celebrate the new partnership, Genius has released two new Verified episodes, featuring Alec Benjamin’s “Mind Is A Prison” and Yung Baby Tate’s “CAMP.” Upcoming Verified episodes will focus on songs from 24KGoldn, Olivia Rodrigo, Caroline Polachek, and more.

Apple Music is working closely with Genius in other regards, too. Geniuses became the first official music player for Genius in 2018. Apple Music listeners can play songs on the site without leaving it. It is also the official lyric provider for thousands of songs on Apple Music.

Genius also powers Spotify’s “Behind the Lyrics” feature that rolled out for select songs and playlists. Songs and playlists that support the feature will have a lyrics button in the mini-player when a song is playing. Both services are keen to partner with Genius, partly because the company frequently works with artists directly.

The Genius deal comes after Lyricgate last year, where Google was caught copy/pasting lyrics from Genius red-handed. Google later shifted the blame to its lyric partner, LyricFind. Genius used alternating commas to spell out ‘red-handed‘ on specific lyrics, and those lyrics then appeared on sites wherever LyricFind provided the lyrics. Now both Google and LyricFind are facing a $50 million lawsuit over the practice.

LyricFind has promised to do a better job of vetting the lyrics on its site and their origins. Meanwhile, Apple appears content to partner with a company that works closely with artists and has done so for several years. The new Verified episodes will appear every weekday on Apple Music and the Genius website.

The Genius partnership is a significant move for Apple Music as it continues to compete with other music streaming services. Apple Music has been expanding its offerings, including exclusive content and artist collaborations, to attract more subscribers. The Verified series is a unique addition to Apple Music’s content lineup, and it gives users a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite artists.

The Verified series features interviews with artists, where they discuss the meaning behind their lyrics and the inspiration for their songs. It’s a great way for fans to get to know their favorite artists better and understand their music on a deeper level.

While music streaming services compete on price and content, the Verified series brings a unique and engaging element to Apple Music. The series appeals to music fans who are interested in the creative process behind their favorite songs, and it’s a smart move for Apple Music to add it to its lineup.

In conclusion, the partnership between Apple Music and Genius for the Verified series is a significant move for both companies. It’s a great way for Apple to expand its content offerings and attract more subscribers. The Verified series is a unique addition to Apple Music’s lineup, and it gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite artists. With new episodes appearing every weekday, it’s an exciting time for music fans on Apple Music.