This post comes from Spotify.
Music is a universal phenomenon, and we think musical knowledge should be, too. Every song has a story to be told.
When we first joined forces with Genius to introduce Behind the Lyrics on iOS last year, our goal was to put these stories—from the inspiration behind each lyric to what that artist was feeling at the time—right at your fingertips precisely at the moment you were listening to your favorite track.
It worked. Every day, millions of Spotify iPhone users around the world go Behind the Lyrics to brush up on everything from Lorde to Little Big Town to Lil Yachty, gaining deeper insight into today’s biggest artists and their creative process.
And the experience just got more global.
Today Spotify and Genius are thrilled to announce that Behind the Lyrics has landed on Android. Spotify Android users everywhere can now enjoy the Behind the Lyrics treatment on our curated playlists Behind the Lyrics: Hip Hop and Today’s Top Hits. Tracks on these playlists will include lyrical excerpts, fun facts, and stories straight from the artists themselves about how they created their standout songs. Simply hit ‘Play’ on these Genius-powered playlists to learn more about your favorite artists and songs.
There’s more: one of today’s brightest stars, R&B breakout Khalid, is taking you Behind the Lyrics of every track on his new album American Teen, providing an intimate glimpse into his soundscape.
“Genius’s Behind the Lyrics on Spotify is very helpful because it gives you insight on what the artist was thinking about when they created the record. It also lets you think about things you didn’t think of before,” says Khalid. “You listen to a record, and you interpret it your own way. But with this, you can see what the artist felt. ‘You know what? Maybe it doesn’t mean what I thought. Maybe it means this.’ But at the same time, music is universal. Music can mean anything you want.”