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How to Get Verified on Genius

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How to Get Verified on Genius Lyrics

What is a verified account?

A verified Genius account allows artists, writers, producers and overall creators to share their creative process with music’s most engaged fan community.

How can I get a verified account?

  • Sign up for an account: Anyone can sign up for an account by clicking the “SIGN UP” link in the top right corner of your screen → More on signing up
  • Add information to your profile: Once you sign up, you'll be directed to your account. Click "Edit" under your username to add an avatar, cover art, and a bio
    More on adding info
  • Add your songs: After you add a profile picture, you'll be able to post your lyrics. Click the “Add Song” link on any Genius page to get started!
    More on adding lyrics
  • Request verification: To get your account verified, fill out this form. It will ask you to submit the following:
    • Your Genius username
    • Your artist name
    • A link to your music on Genius
    • Your Twitter handle
    • A link to your music outside of Genius
  • Verified Account tiers: We use two different tiers when verifying accounts—one for up and coming artists and another for more established artists.
    -> More on Verified Account tiers

What can I do with my verified account?

  • Add Your Lyrics: You can add lyrics to any of your songs by clicking "ADD SONG" at the top of your screen.
  • Annotate Lyrics: Highlight any line in your song to start an annotation. Explain a complicated lyric, add context, or tell the story behind the line. → More on annotating lyrics
  • Edit Lyrics: Click "Edit Lyrics" to fix any inaccuracies in your song lyrics → More on editing lyrics
  • Verify Lyrics: Below the artwork section, click on "Admin," then "Verify Lyrics." Doing this will prevent anyone from changing your lyrics. → More on verifying lyrics
  • Cosign Annotations: If you see a really great annotation made by a fan, you can cosign it! → More on cosigning annotations
  • Delete Your Own Songs: If you want to take down one of your songs, post in this thread to get it deleted.
  • Post In Our Verified Showcase Forum: If you want to share your music, give/receive feedback, or collaborate with other artists, post in this forum.

How can I share my lyrics and annotations?

Verified Account FAQ

Please refer to our Verified Account FAQ page for any other questions you have in regard to your account. If your question isn't there, comment below the page with your question and we'll get back to you via DM.

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About “How to Get Verified on Genius”

This guide explains all the details of our verified artist program. It’s intended as a manual for artists looking to get verified and start sharing their Genius.

To get your account verified, fill out this form. Make sure you’ve followed the steps in the “How can I get a verified account?” section of this guide prior to applying.

  • What is the difference between your username and your artist name?

    Your username is the name you chose when you created your Genius account. This might, but doesn’t have to be the same as your artist name.

    Your artist name is the name you’re known as to your listeners (e.g “Eminem” or “Kanye West”).

  • Why should I get verified?

    Verification allows an artist to share accurate lyrics, hidden meanings/stories behind songs/song lyrics, and even to reach out to their fans that are already annotating their art on the site.

  • Why are my songs not shown on my artist page?

    That’s because your song(s) were flagged as a probable spam hence they are hidden from your artist page. Whoever is working on your profile will mark them as not spam which makes them visible afterwards.

  • How long does it take after filling in forms to expect results?

    We strive to get Verified Requests taken care of as soon as possible—this is usually within 1-3 days, but can take longer in the event of weekends, holidays, and increases in requests. If you’ve been waiting for more than 3 days, feel free to send a message to streetlights.

  • Once I do this will my lyrics be on Spotify

    No—our Spotify integration is solely handled by our in-house team that picks out songs based off of popularity, brand collaborations, and the tastes of our content team. If you have a song that has a large amount of streams on Spotify and would like to have a “Behind the Lyrics” video created, send a message to streetlights.

  • Are there rules for verified artists?

    Yes, Verified Artists are, like other users, required to adhere to our Community Policy. Since being Verified on Genius is a privilege, any verified artist who commits a major violation to our Community Policy will lose their verification and be banned from Genius in accordance with the weight of the infraction.

    In addition, tampering with song pages in any capacity will result in an immediate permaban from Genius.

  • What if you haven't recorded and don't plan to but just want to showcase lyrics?

    You can receive community verification. Like regular verification, you’re still required to have a page up on the site under your artist name prior to requesting verification.