7 songs poised to make a Swift exit from TikTok amid UMG’s licensing dispute from Mashable

Universal Music Group (UMG) is prepared to call “time out on TikTok” if the two companies fail to renegotiate their partnership today.

UMG published an open letter citing “appropriate compensation for our artists and songwriters, protecting human artists from the harmful effects of AI, and online safety for TikTok’s users” as the three key issues TikTok has yet to address. TikTok responded with their statement reading, “It is sad and disappointing that Universal Music Group has put their own greed above the interests of their artists and songwriters.”

If negotiations fall through, Universal Music Group will pull its entire catalog of music from the platform. The music giant owns a third of the world’s music including some of TikTok users’ favorite songs. Here is just a small selection of songs beloved by users of the platform that will be removed.

“About You” by The 1975

Yearnposters will have to find a new soundtrack.

“All-American Bitch” by Olivia Rodrigo

Uh oh, the “I pay attention to things most people ignore” crowd is being attacked, again.

“FTCU” by Nicki Minaj

A lot of perfect dance videos are about to lose their beat.

“Now That We Don’t Talk” by Taylor Swift

How will women share the hellish things they pretended to like to appease an ex?

“Mastermind” by Taylor Swift

And…how they nabbed their ex in the first place.

“What Was I Made For” by Billie Eilish

Emotional Barbie lovers aren’t spared either.

“yes, and?” by Ariana Grande

R.I.P. unpacking the mess and drama that is “yes, and?” with the TikTok community.

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