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General formatting

The structure of a song must dictate a lyric’s format and structure. When transcribing lyrics, it is important to separate the lyrical sections and changes within a song with line and section breaks. All lyric lines must be single-spaced and a double space must separate each stanza.

If unsure when to input a line or section break, some common identifiers are:

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A defined chorus, verse, intro, bridge, or hook

Changes in the song tempo

Changes in how the artist delivers the lyrics (from singing to rapping)

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Capitalization

Capitalization in your lyrics must follow traditional grammar rules. Proper nouns must be capitalized. Additionally, all lyric lines must begin with a capital letter.

Here are examples of words that must be capitalized:

Divinity and religious intricacies (“God,” “You,” “Him,” “Your” in religious songs)

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Acronyms (NASA, FBI)

Geographical location (East Coast, Southside, etc.)

Title casing

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The first letter of the first word contained in parentheses

Brand names

Punctuation

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There must be no periods or commas at the end of any lyric line. Exclamation points, question marks, and quotation marks must be the only end-line punctuation and must be included as needed. Within the line, it is most important to follow traditional grammar rules.

Hyphens: dropped words, spelled out words, and acronyms (L-Y-R-I-C-S)

Parentheses: background vocals must be wrapped in parentheses at the end of a line, with the first letter capitalized

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Apostrophe: for certain slang and contractual modifications (‘Rari for Ferrari)

Repeated lines

The lyrics must match the audio. If a line is repeated, it must be written out.

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Correct:

Until you respect me and my dogs

I’ll keep barking up the wrong tree

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I’ll keep barking up the wrong tree

I’ll keep barking up the wrong tree

I’ll keep barking up the wrong tree

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Incorrect:

Until you respect me and my dogs

I’ll keep barking up the wrong tree

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(Repeat x3)

Spoken word

Currently, spoken word/conversational content within a song must not be transcribed.

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Non-word vocal sounds

Non-word vocals must be transcribed sparingly and only if they add to the content of the song, either narratively or stylistically.

Improvised scatting is considered instrumental content and must not be transcribed.

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Non-lyrical, or harmonious non-word vocal sounds, must be transcribed.

For example: “ooh,” “ah,” “whoa,” as well as onomatopoeia such as “burr” or “skrrt.”

Do not include computer-generated sound effects in lyrics (door slamming, car horn, phone ringing, etc.)

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Clean and explicit lyrics

The term “clean” must only be used if there is an available corresponding explicit version of the track. In clean lyrics, dropped and edited content must be represented with asterisks.

If the track is explicit, all explicit language must be transcribed as it is heard in the audio:

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Audio: ”I’m the motherfvcking man”

Lyrics: I’m the motherfvcking man

Partially or fully censored words must be completely starred out with asterisks:

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Audio: ”I’m the mother(bleeped out) man”

Lyrics: I’m the **** man

Audio: ”I’m the (bleeped out) man”

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Lyrics: I’m the **** man

Time-sync

At this time, the time-synced lyrics is a feature that is implemented at Apple’s editorial discretion. lyrics is a feature that is implemented at Apple’s editorial discretion.

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Meet Dr. Esther Mahlangu, an 85 year old South African Artist Known for her large scale contemporary paintings

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Dr. Esther Mahlangu, the 85-Year-old South African artist, decorates cars and houses in an exotic and exceptional way.

Esther Mahlangu was born in 1935 on a farm outside Middleburg, in what is now the Mpumalanga province.

Esther Nikwambi Mahlangu is a woman of many names. “Dr. Mahlangu, Mam Esther, Esther Mahlangu, Gogo, Mother, Daughter of Africa,”

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Esther Mahlangu is a South African artist from the Ndebele nation. She is known for her bold large-scale contemporary paintings that reference her Ndebele heritage.

Esther Mahlangu was conferred with an honorary doctorate by the University of Johannesburg, 9 April 2018.

Esther Mahlangu paints bold, geometric canvases inspired by the patterns and palettes of Ndebele house painting and beadwork.

Mahlangu’s pioneering use of the crafts of her Ndebele people of south-eastern Africa has brought her huge success on the world’s art markets. She is globally acclaimed for her bright and bold abstract paintings that are inspired by Ndebele design.

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Mahlangu was the first person to transfer the traditional Ndbele style of mural painting to canvas. She painted her geometric patterns on a BMW 525i in 1991, becoming the twelfth artist and first woman to take part in the BMW Art Car Project after figures such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

In the years that followed she exhibited work in countries around the world, from Mexico to Switzerland to Australia.

With the goal of preserving her cultural heritage, Mahlangu started an art school in the backyard of her home in Mabhoko (Weltevreden) in the KwaMhlanga district in Mpumalanga Province.

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She funded the school herself, and when not travelling for exhibitions she mentors young artists in the traditional style of Ndebele design. Pupils learn how to mix pigments and paint straight lines, freehanded and without sketches, using their fingers or chicken feathers.

Mahlangu’s work is featured in collections in South Africa, the United States, Japan, Germany, France and elsewhere.

Her awards include the South African government’s Order of Ikhamanga, silver class, in 2006, as well as the Mpumalanga Arts and Culture Award, an award from the French Ministry of Culture, two awards from Radio Ndebele and others from South Africa and abroad.

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Source: Sintim Media 

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