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Spotify users can now view song lyrics in freshly launched feature

Lyrics load in real-time on Spotify as a song plays

By Charlotte Krol

Spotify logo from 2013
The Pocket Gods released 1000 tracks on Spotify in protest at their royalty rates. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Spotify).

Spotify users are now able to look up song lyrics in real time thanks to the installation of a new feature.

The streaming service’s live lyrics feature allows both paying and non-paying subscribers to pull up lyrics while they listen to a song. It’s powered by Musixmatch, which already facilitates the platform’s search tool that provides song results based on lyrics typed in the search bar.

Spotify started testing live lyrics within its app in February although it was only available to a small subset of test users. According to Gizmodo, on-screen lyrics have been one of the company’s most widely requested features.

Prior to the launch of the live lyrics feature, Spotify had a lyrics snippet asset that was powered by Genius. The snippet tool highlighted interesting information about song lyrics and history. Engadget reported earlier this year that this feature would likely be pulled after the live lyrics rollout.

Spotify users can explore the new feature on the iOS or Android app by tapping on the ‘Now Playing’ view on a song and then swiping up from the bottom to reveal the lyrics.

The lyrics feature will also be integrated into the Spotify desktop app and its respective TV apps through the same ‘Now Playing’ menu. Game console users including the PlayStation 4, PS5 and the Xbox One can also access the feature.

In other news, Kendrick Lamar sparked rumours recently that his album could be released soon after he replaced his profile picture on Spotify for the first time since 2017.

Eagle-eyed fans spotted the change, posting it on social media. Many believe that the rapper is due to release his next album imminently.

Fans are eagerly anticipating the follow-up to Lamar’s 2017 album, ‘DAMN’, which debuted at number one in the US charts, and at number two in the UK. 

In August this year, Lamar revealed that he was working towards his final album with his record label, TDE, which is also home to ScHoolBoy Q, Jay Rock and SZA. 

His tweet, posted on August 20, linked to another website with his statement: “I spend most of my days with fleeting thoughts. Writing. Listening. And collecting old Beach cruisers. The morning rides keep me on a hill of silence.” 

The artist added: “As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years. The Struggles. The Success. And most importantly, the Brotherhood. May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators. As I continue to pursue my life’s calling.”