Ever since the demise of Vine, millions of young smartphone owners in their teens and twenties have been trying to discover the next social media craze designed primarily for them.
Vine was a place for younger audiences to create short-form content designed for people just like them, and the popularity of that content has remained steadfast, despite the app no longer being available.
Snapchat was once seen as a haven for younger audiences looking to create and communicate, but a series of poor decisions on the part of Snap – a botched redesign, the increased focus on content from established brands instead of user-generated photos and videos – have left the app’s community looking increasingly desolate.
For some, Instagram has become a place to hang out, view Snapchat-like stories and traditional photo posts, but it doesn’t have the same sort of creative energy that supplied Vine’s audience and pushed them to make some incredible short-form video.
Enter Musical.ly. Although not quite a replacement for Vine, it is by far the closest that many have found. The general idea behind the app is simple: using a sampled piece of audio ranging from 15 seconds to a full minute long, you create a video on your phone using the two cameras on the front and the back of the device, as well as a full lineup of effects and other options within the app.
The sampled audio is what really separates Musical.ly from Vine; though Musical.ly originally focused entirely on lip syncing to a song, the last two years have seen users become much more creative with the audio library available. Sound effects, quotes from stand-up and television shows, and more content has become commonplace on the app, allowing for users to create new ideas and to make something new while repurposing old elements.
If you’ve spent a while on Musical.ly, you’ve probably noticed that some users have a small crown icon on their profile, next to the circular profile image that shows their face. It’s not on every profile, but if you browse the front page displaying popular Musical.ly content, you’ll likely see plenty of profiles with this crown icon. If you’re a newer user, you’re probably trying to figure out what that means and how, exactly, you can get one on your profile. A crown in Musical.ly is not just given out – it’s earned. Let’s take a look at what it means and how to get one.
What Does The Crown Mean?
If Musical.ly is the first social network you’ve joined – and considering the app’s younger demographics, that’s entirely possible – the crown may confuse you, leaving you without an understanding what it’s doing on some profiles and not others. However, if you’re on other social networks like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, the crown will make sense within the context of other similar social networks. While the crown doesn’t have a direct parallel in those apps and platforms, social media-experts will likely understand the general idea behind the crown immediately.
On social platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, certain users have blue checkmarks next to their name on profiles. Whether it’s a celebrity, a band, or a news network, these platforms will place a blue checkmark next to specific pages in order to prove the accounts verified and real. On Twitter, this is referred to simply as “verification”; users with a checkmark are simply referred to as verified. On Facebook and Instagram (which is owned by Facebook), it’s still referred to as verification, but the blue check marks are called “verification badges.” All three serve the same purpose: to show users that the account you’re looking at is real and not a fan-owned page or parody.
Musical.ly’s crowns are, essentially, the same thing as verification. Instead of using the blue check mark seen on other platforms on the web, Musical.ly chooses to keep its own style. Using a crown instead of a blue check mark (or “badge”) helps to keep Musical.ly feeling like its own thing, which is important in a world filled with various social networks and platforms vying for your attention and your posts. However, a crown does mean something a little different on Musical.ly. While it can (and does) stand for a verified user – with pop stars like Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande on the platform, it has to be there to prevent imposter accounts – because of Musical.ly’s younger, less well-known audience, crowns don’t just stand for verification.
Instead, earning a crown on your account effectively means that you’ve become a Musical.ly influencer, someone who is incredibly popular on the service. Crowns are bestowed (to stick with the royalty theme here) onto users who have established a brand on Musical.ly, video makers who demonstrate their knowledge of how to make the service work for them and work well. It isn’t just given out to anyone, however, and it’s important to keep in mind that it’ll take some time to get a crown implemented onto your account. Let’s discuss how to get one, what you’ll need to strive for on the platform, and why not everyone gets a crown in the first place.
How Do I Get a Crown in Musical.ly?
So, crowns exist on Musical.ly as a way for the service to point out users who are notable in some way. Typically, these users fall into one of three categories:
- The user is immensely popular on the site, serving as a content creator that makes a big mark on Musical.ly’s platform in one way or another.
- The user is someone of note, including actual pop stars and musicians that happen to be on the platform.
- They have been chosen by the staff and support team at Musical.ly as someone who requires verification or as someone who has shown their dedication to creating content of note on the site.
That third option is probably your best bet at earning a crown on your Musical.ly account, unless the person currently reading this is Carly Rae Jepsen, looking to get her account verified on Musical.ly. Chances are, however, that you aren’t a famous pop musician joining the service, and instead, you’re an average individual with a smartphone, some ideas, and raw talent ready to be used on making short-form content. And the good news, of course, is that you don’t have to be Carly Rae Jepsen to get a crown on Musical.ly. All you need is that aforementioned talent and your smartphone.
In fact, the path to scoring a crown in Musical.ly is actually pretty similar to the path to becoming popular on the site, since the two goals are nearly one in the same. To gain a crown on Musical.ly, you’ll want to work towards gaining followers and, in turn, popularity, but that isn’t the end-all-be-all of gaining a crown. Here are four tips to obtaining a crown on Musical.ly:
- Work hard to create good content
This is the main step, the thing you should be doing to achieve any sort of popularity and success on the site. Musical.ly has a large fanbase, but unlike Instagram or Twitter, it isn’t impossible to find followers and fame on the platform in order to become a breakout success. Musical.ly is young enough still that almost anyone can make their way out of the shadows to become the next Musical.ly hit, with videos regularly featured on the main feed within the app. All you need is some talent and some hard work.
What do we mean by this? Simple: users on Musical.ly are always looking for new content to follow. Thanks to the average length of a Musical.ly video being pretty short all things considered, it’s no surprise that users are always hungry for more content. So what does that mean from you? If you’re willing to learn the basics and advanced steps of creating a Musical.ly video that shines among the rest, and you do this consistently for a long enough period, you’re bound to start getting noticed.
Of course, there’s always a way to speed up getting noticed, and for that, we jump to step two.
- Follow users to gain more followers
We have a whole article available here for you to check out on how to gain more fans in Musical.ly, but the short version is this: once you have content that is not just respectable, but showcases your talents in the best way possible, you can use the app’s follow feature to get noticed by new users. We suggest making ten really strong Musical.ly clips; make them your best work possible, and don’t be afraid to try something new or go outside the box. Once you’ve done that, you can start using the app’s headlining page to find new users. Refresh your feed and start looking for new clips posted from popular, and possibly already-crowned Musical.ly users. Then, look through the comments on those videos to find accounts of people who are enjoy the content posted from that user.
When you’ve found a comment posted recently, click on the account to add that profile to your followed list. When the user receives a notification that you’ve followed them, many will be inclined to check out your own page, and since you have several great Musical.ly clips already posted on your account, you’re likely to get a follow back.
Obviously, not everyone is going to follow you back. The main key here is not to get discouraged, and to stick with it the best you can. Musical.ly users are often hungry for new content and new creators. If your clips are good and you keep using this strategy to gain new followers, you’ll start receiving a following in no time.
- Use the right gear – and the right songs
If you’re having problems attracting a group of followers, make sure your Musical.ly videos are the best they can be. Start by checking out where you’re filming. Look around your surroundings and ensure that you have a nice backdrop, be it outside or in your house. If you’re filming in your room, make sure to tidy things up. No one wants to watch a video that takes place within a messy room. Then, to make your videos look that much better, find a way to record your videos without the need to hold your phone. It allows you the freedom of a second hand and to perform crazy actions without having to worry about where the device is at any given time. If you don’t have someone around to hold your phone, that’s totally okay. Instead, you might want to check out one of the many smartphone tripods available on Amazon. Most of them are universal and cost just $10 to $15 to purchase for your smartphone, like this one right here.
Likewise, you want to make sure you’re using the correct songs in your videos. You might like certain songs more than others, but if you’re looking up tracks that only feature a handful of videos, you aren’t going to end up on the main page. If you browse through the main feed inside of Musical.ly, you’ll probably notice a lot of repeats of songs and clips. Don’t be afraid to use those same audio clips in your videos; by using popular media, you put yourself one step forward on the way to accomplishing your goal. Likewise, you can look through the search menu to find songs that are currently popular, and can browse through the song list on the Billboard Hot 100 to get an idea of what’s popular on the radio and Spotify.
- Don’t give up
Yes, this may seem obvious, but we’ve said it before: becoming successful on any social-driven site starts with you putting in the work. There may be setbacks along the way, but if you have the raw talent, you’re willing to put the time and energy into creating content, and you work hard to publicize your videos and to draw a crowd, you can do anything with some hard ward work and a focus on your goal. Being crowned means you’ve become one of the sites top members, someone that reliable puts out incredible content with thousands of fans following your every creative mood. But to get there, you’ll need to keep pushing forward. Rome wasn’t built in a day, as they say, and setting small goals can help you accomplish everything that stands in your path.
I Found a Site Says They Can Earn Me a Crown. Can They?
The short answer is no. There’s no site on the web today that can gift you a crown on Musical.ly, despite several sites listed on Google’s search results that say otherwise. The truth is that, like verification on Twitter or Instagram, only Musical.ly staff and support teams can grant a crown to a profile they deem worthy or necessary to prevent fake listings.
The longer explanation is somewhat of a warning. Those sites and apps that market crowns, or tell you that you can get free crowns by just using their system to gain access to brand new likes and followers almost always ask for your login information, pushing users on Musical.ly to hand over their email and password in exchange for a crown. If you do give your account information to one of these fake services, a lot can go wrong. At best, it could be considered a violation of the Musical.ly terms of service, thus pushing your account to be cancelled or closed by Musical.ly, shutting down your collection of videos and making you lose access to anything you haven’t manually backed up.
At worst, the person, site, or service receiving your login information could log into your account on your behalf, changing the password and holding your account hostage until you pay to receive it back. If you use the same password for content like your email for personal use, school, or work, you’re looking at a potential loss of private information. Even if the password for your Musical.ly account is different than the one you use for other sites, most Musical.ly users have some form of social media plugged into their account, which can lead to future problems down the road when the individual who has gained access to your login info begins to post content from your page.
Likewise, any Musical.ly account that asks for follows in exchange for crowns in the bio of the profile are automatically flagged within Musical.ly’s system, according to Musical.ly’s own support site. This means that marketing an account as a way to get an easy crown will get you automatically shut down by the bots that check Musical.ly accounts for spam and harassment. Obvious every possibility here has a poor outcome, so no matter how tempting it may seem, you should, under no circumstances, use a site or application that promises automatic crowns for your account.