Genius and YouTube launch new ‘Song Stories’ video format
2018 is already a very active year for lyrics-focused company Genius: its latest $15m funding round was revealed in early March, before a partnership with Spotify on a podcast called Déjà Vu which was announced last week. Now...
April 3, 2018
Spotify and Genius team up for Déjà Vu music podcast
Spotify’s latest podcasts move is a partnership with lyrics-focused firm Genius. The companies have collaborated on a podcast called Déjà Vu, which launched yesterday. It’s a panel-based podcast discussing “the...
March 29, 2018
After $10m of 2017 revenues, Genius raises $15m funding round
Genius – the company formerly known as Rap Genius – has enjoyed a new prominence in the last year thanks to its ‘Behind the Lyrics’ partnership with Spotify, which pops up lyrics and other information on-screen as...
March 6, 2018
Sandbox Issue 197: FAN BASIS subcontracting marketing to your audience
Lead: Since the 1950s, fans were there to buy records, tickets and whatever bits of merchandise acts could pump out into the market. Three decades ago, they were turned into evangelists as street teams came to the fore. Today...
February 17, 2018
Genius pivots towards ‘easy-to-consume formats like video’
Changes are afoot at annotations-focused service Genius – formerly Rap Genius – and they involve focusing less on annotations. The company laid off a quarter of its staff in January, but according to The Verge has...
March 16, 2017
Sandbox 164: Pub-listing – Why Publishers are Pushing Playlists
Lead: Record labels and streaming services themselves dominate in what playlists do and how they do it, but publishers are steadily becoming attuned to how they can help both break their new signings and also give a lift...
September 21, 2016
Apple iMessage gets an App Store: Genius lyrics included
Apple is launching its iOS 10 software today, and as part of it is opening up its iMessage messaging app to developers
September 14, 2016
Can Spotify / Genius lyrics deal be more than a gimmick?
Spotify already has one music-lyrics partner: Musixmatch. Now it has a second: Genius – the company formerly known as Rap Genius. The pair are teaming up for an initiative called ‘Behind The Lyrics’, based around...
January 13, 2016
Eminem invests in Genius with lyrical partnership
Annotations site Genius has a new investor: Eminem. The rapper has invested an undisclosed amount in the company, while striking a partnership to use its service for lyrics on his own website. Eminem will also be annotating...
November 5, 2015
Rick Rubin rolls out the memories on Genius
Lyrical annotations service Genius has a new user, and he’ll be familiar to many of you: Rick Rubin. The famous producer has been adding his studio memories to a selection of tracks on the service, with anecdotes about...
February 4, 2015
Music Ally Report 358 – It’s Only Words: Digital Lyrics Get in Line
Our cover feature looks at the new ways in which lyrics are being used online – from the steady rise of Genius (formerly Rap Genius) and its new goal of annotating the entire web to Deezer’s partnership with LyricFind...
January 21, 2015
Genius poaches New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones
Sasha Frere-Jones is one of the more august music critics in the US, but being poached from his existing berth at the New Yorker wouldn’t usually be cause for a Music Ally story. But Frere-Jones’ destination makes it...
January 20, 2015