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TikTok Removes Taylor Swift and The Weeknd’s music


February 2, 2024

TikTok has removed music by stars including Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and Olivia Rodrigo from videos after a row with their record label, Universal Music Group (UMG).

A licensing agreement between TikTok and the label expired on Wednesday, and a new deal could not be reached.

UMG said TikTok wanted to pay a “fraction” of the rate other social media sites do for access to its songs.

TikTok accused UMG of presenting a “false narrative and rhetoric”.