Common Music Group plans to drag track catalog from TikTok

Common Music Group (UMG), the label representing artists together with Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande, says that it’ll pull its music from TikTok tomorrow at midnight after failing to succeed in a take care of the platform’s mother or father firm, ByteDance, over royalties.

UMG gained’t search to resume its present association with TikTok, set to run out on January 31, and plans to stop licensing content material to each TikTok and its music-focused service, TikTok Music.

In a press launch, UMG accused TikTok — which reportedly made near $20 billion in advert income final 12 months — of making an attempt to construct a “music-based enterprise with out paying truthful worth for [artists’] music.”

“TikTok proposed paying our artists and songwriters at a fee that may be a fraction of the speed that equally located main social platforms pay,” the label wrote. “At this time, as a sign of how little TikTok compensates artists and songwriters, regardless of its large and rising person base, quickly rising promoting income and growing reliance on music-based content material, TikTok accounts for under about 1% of our complete income.”

TikTok didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The best way UMG tells it within the press launch, TikTok and it didn’t see eye to eye on funds for AI-generated recordings utilizing UMG properties. As well as, TikTok wasn’t taking applicable steps to swiftly take away content material in violation of the label’s copyright, UMG says.

“Finally TikTok is making an attempt to construct a music-based enterprise, with out paying truthful worth for the music,” UMG wrote.

UMG’s present contract with TikTok dates again to 2021, and covers recorded music from artists at UMG’s labels and songwriters related to Common Music Publishing Group. As part of the deal, UMG and TikTok agreed to experiment with new options, like permitting customers to include clips from UMG’s full catalog of music spanning Unhealthy Bunny, SZA, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Harry Types, Justin Bieber, Adele, U2 and Elton John.

The fallout with UMG comes as TikTok leans extra closely into music creation and curation.

The platform is positioning TikTok Music, which launched final 12 months in choose international locations, as a severe Spotify and Apple Music rival. In the meantime, TikTok is piloting an “AI Tune” characteristic that makes use of AI to create songs based mostly on prompts that customers enter.

Whereas TikTok has proven a willingness to interact with sure labels on phrases it finds favorable — the platform was reportedly in talks with Warner Music Group, Sony Music Leisure and UMG “all 12 months” in 2022 and 2023 for a share of its advert revenues — it hasn’t been shy about throwing its weight round the place it sees match. Final February, TikTok eliminated main report firm music from its service for a subset of customers in Australia in an obvious check to see how person engagement could be impacted.

Just lately, TikTok has sought to ink unique distribution offers with musicians for ByteDance’s SoundOn service, which distributes on to TikTok and music streaming providers. It’s additionally launched a program, referred to as Elevate, designed to establish the following wave of rising artists within the music business.

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