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In a surprising twist, the world of TikTok is without some of its brightest stars. The recent rift between the short-form video platform and Universal Music Group (UMG) has left big-name artists like Taylor Swift, Drake and Olivia Rodrigo off the digital beat. The dispute was sparked after negotiations to renew licensing agreements reached an impasse, triggering a symphony of conflicts ranging from artist pay to online security to the creation of music by artificial intelligence.
The curtain is closing on TikTok as far as some of the biggest names in the music scene are concerned. Universal Music Group has taken the drastic step of removing the catalogs of iconic artists such as Taylor Swift, Drake and Olivia Rodrigo from the popular platform. This dramatic turn of events was triggered when negotiations to extend the licensing agreement between UMG and TikTok came to an abrupt end last January 31.
UMG's indictment of TikTok is blunt: the short-form video platform is trying to force a "bad deal" that fails to address core music industry concerns. Among the main disputes are salary issues for artists and songwriters, protection against AI-generated music, and online safety to safeguard artists from situations such as "hate speech, bigotry, bullying and harassment."
TikTok, for its part, defends its position, calling UMG's decision "disappointing" and accusing the label of putting its "own greed before the interests of its artists and songwriters". The platform, with more than one billion users, regrets the loss of the backing of one of the music industry's major powers.
The impact of this breakup will be felt strongly in TikTok's videos, as music owned by UMG will be muted. Users wishing to fill the musical void left by these iconic artists will have to look for alternatives from other record labels.
The drama behind Taylor Swift and Drake's disappearance from TikTok. The battle between the platform and Universal Music Group explores key issues such as artistic salaries, generative AI and online security. UMG's music on TikTok shuts down after licensing negotiations collapsed, generating controversy and leaving users searching for new tunes.
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