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TikTok Purge: Millions of Taylor Swift Songs Vanish from Platform

TikTok Purge: Millions of Taylor Swift Songs Vanish from Platform

TikTok Purge: Millions of Taylor Swift Songs Vanish from Platform

TikTok Purge: Millions of Taylor Swift Songs Vanish from Platform

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  • Taylor Swift’s songs gone from TikTok as UMG ends contract.
  • UMG cites TikTok’s low compensation, risking all UMG songs removal.
  • TikTok upset, accuses UMG of prioritizing money over artists.
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In a significant development in the music industry, millions of songs, including those of globally renowned artists like Taylor Swift, Drake, and The Weeknd, are set to disappear from TikTok. The impending removal follows the disclosure by Universal Music Group (UMG) that it has opted not to renew its contract with the popular social media platform.

Daily Mail reported that due to this contractual modification, songs by some of the most well-known musicians will no longer be accessible on TikTok. The announcement has been met with disappointment and described as “sad” by TikTok, which also accused UMG of prioritizing their own financial interests over those of their artists and songwriters.

In a statement addressing its artist and songwriter community, UMG revealed that one of the key points of contention in contract renewal talks was TikTok’s reluctance to provide fair compensation to artists and composers. A UMG spokesperson warned that if an agreement is not reached by Wednesday, all UMG songs will be removed from TikTok.

UMG further accused TikTok of attempting to build a music-based business without offering fair value for the music it features. According to the music giant, TikTok proposed paying songwriters and musicians at a “fraction of the rate” compared to other major social media platforms facing similar situations.

In response, TikTok pushed back, expressing disappointment in UMG’s decision. The platform asserted that despite UMG’s claims, the reality is that the music giant has chosen to walk away from a platform boasting well over a billion users—a platform that serves as a free promotional and discovery vehicle for their talent.

As the deadline for the contract expiration approaches, the fate of millions of songs, including those of Taylor Swift, on TikTok remains uncertain, marking a significant shift in the dynamics between major music labels and social media platforms.

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