The Genius Community is made up of users who live all over the world. Our community prides itself in being able to efficiently transcribe lyrics, including translations. This guide explains how to add and format translations. If you have any questions about translating on Genius, leave a comment below or send @streetlights a message.

How To Add Translations

Anyone can add a new translation to the site by clicking the "ADD SONG" link at the top of the page.

How To Format Translation Pages

Genius prides itself in maintaining standardized translation page formatting. Use this format when adding a translation to Genius.

  • Artist Name: Genius Translations
  • Song Title: Primary Artist - Song Title ("Language Translation" written in Translated Language)
    • Kanye West - Facts (Türkçe Çeviri)
    • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee - Despacito (Remix) (English Translation)
    • Logic - 1-800-273-8255 (Traduction Française)

It's important to leave the following sections blank:

Feel free to include the following information:

  • Song Artwork
  • SoundCloud/YouTube Links
  • Release Date

How to Translate a Song

How to Translate an Entire Album

If you're translating an album (or even a song that's a part of an album,) you can set the album up in the following manner:

  • Name: Primary Artist - Album Title ("Language Translation" In Translated Language)
  • Artist: Genius Translations
  • Additional Credits: LEAVE BLANK

Receiving/Awarding IQ

Translating a song is tough work—that work should be rewarded with IQ! 30 IQ can be awarded by any Transcriber+ by doing the following:

  • Go to the page
  • Click "Admin
  • Click "Award transcription IQ"

It's important to ONLY award IQ to translations that you can validate yourself—you must be proficient in both original and translated language. If you're looking for someone to assist you in checking your translations, feel free to reach out to a user on this page.

Linking Translations to Original Page

You can link translations or the original through any song page by using the “Song Relationships” section in the metadata editor. —> Read More

How to Format Lyrics:

  • Type out all lyrics, even repeating song parts like the chorus
  • Lyrics should be broken down into individual lines
  • Use section headers above different song parts like [Verse], [Chorus], etc.
  • Use italics (<i>lyric</i>) and bold (<b>lyric</b>) to distinguish between different vocalists in the same song part
  • If you don’t understand a lyric, use [?]

To learn more, check out our transcription guide or visit our transcribers forum


Genius Annotation

This guide explains all the details of our collaborative translation project.

It’s intended as a manual for new users, and a reference tool for translators looking to better understand all aspects of translation on Genius.


Find answers to frequently asked questions about the song and explore its deeper meaning

Do tates on the translated page have to be translations of the original tates?
Genius Answer

Only if it’s a really popular song with great annotations.

What happens if a singer translated a song of another artist?
Genius Answer

Check if the translation is accurate and credit the singer in the Q&A if it is.

Should my translation be also rhymed?
Genius Answer

Not necessarily! But if you’re so talented that you can put up a work that suits the text and has similar rhymes, such a translation will always be welcome!

Can I just add translations as annotations?
What does the asterisk (*) mean by translation albums?
When did Genius release “How to Translate Songs on Genius”?